GOING BACKWARDS IS NEVER AN OPTION

Joseph LephiewSeries, Sermons, Transition-TRUSTING THE UNKNOWN

Sermon Notes

Anytime you choose to trust God and follow His lead and way it is scary.

God will lead us into your unknown and unfamiliar. We choose to do life in the safe, easy, comfort, and familiar. We by nature are not faith, daring, courageous people. Our human nature is selfish, fearful and self preserving.

This is why when God wants to bless you, promote you, lift you up, it appears to be a set up for failure, loss or even death.

David when showed up to feed his brothers who where Warriors it was a set by God to promote David. Everyone seen Goliath as unbeatable, a warrior killer, hopeless.
Davis sees what everyone else see. As Gods people we see the same things as everyone else, BUT THAT IS NOT WHERE OUR EYES STOP.

GODS PEOPLE SEE MORE. YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE MORE THAN JUST THE PROBLEM. YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE MORE THAN JUST THE PAIN, WHAT YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP. YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE MORE THAN JUST WHAT YOU HAVE TO FACE AND GO THROUGH.

MOSES WHEN GOD SPOKE TO HIM TO REPRESENT HIM BEFORE PHARAOH AND THE ISRAELITES, HE DID NOT WANT TO. HE FELT UNQUALIFIED, BECAUSE IT LOOKED TO BIG, TO DANGEROUS, TO MUCH.

IT WAS HUGE, WAY ABOVE MOSES. GOD NEVER CALLS US TO DO THINGS THAT WE CAN DO. HE CALLS US TO DO THINGS THAT ARE WAY BEYOND THE REALM OF SELF SO WE HAVE TO RELY ON OUR GOD.

IF YOU CAN DO IT ON YOUR OWN, WHO NEEDS FAITH AND GOD? IF YOU CAN DO IT ON YOUR OWN ITS NOT FAITH.

“for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—”
2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP

“We live by what we believe, not by what we can see.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 NCV

How do you see and view challenges? If we see with our human eyes we will see no way, impossible, hopeless. This way of seeing leads you to run backwards, to quit, to give up, to step down instead of rising up to the occasion.

What we BELIEVE CONTROLS WHAT WE SEE. YOUR BELIEFS CONTROLS WHAT AND HOW YOU SEE THINGS.

All the soldiers seen Goliath and what and how they seen was he is a giant, unbeatable, it’s hopeless. This way so seeing caused them to do nothing. It caused them to become filled with fear and they were stuck.

Their beliefs caused them to see the challenge a certain way, too big, no way, hopeless, forget it … let’s give up, surrender, throw in the towel, lay down and just die.

What you really believe will control your choices and actions. They seen Goliath as a giant and they too small and weak to challenge him.

When Moses sent out the spies to see the promised land. Remember they came back and said yes everything God said and promised is there, BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT.
BUT COMES FROM A WAY OF BELIEVING.

HERE IS WHAT THEY CAME BACK AND TOLD THE PEOPLE AND MOSES.

“Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession of it; for we will certainly conquer it.””
Numbers 13:30 AMP

Hear is Caleb says yes, WE WILL TAKE THE LAND, WE WILL DO IT, GOD IS WITH US.

Hear is the other report. Two different reports o fine same challenge.

“But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are too strong for us.” So they gave the Israelites a bad report about the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we went, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.”
Numbers 13:31-32 AMP

How do you know you are not able?

Listen to this way of believing and seeing. WE CAN’T, WE CAN’T, WE CAN’T. THEY ARE STRONGER THAN US. THE LAND IS TO LARGE TO CONQUER.

THESE WORDS ARE SPOKEN FROM A BELIEF AND A WAY OF SEEING THE CHALLENGE.

BACKWARDS IS NEVER AN OPTION UNLESS YOU ARE AFRAID. FEAR WILL CAUSE THE OPTION OF BACKWARDS, QUITTING, GIVING UP TO LOOK LIKE THE BEST AND SAFEST CHOICES FOR YOU.

FEAR IS A LIAR, THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE, BUT A LIE WILL CAUSE YOU TO BECOME IN BONDAGE AND ENSLAVED TO THE CHALLENGE BUT FEAR, ANGER, HURT RULE YOU.
WE WILL ALWAYS LIVE BY WHAT WE BELIEVE, WHAT WE BELIEVE IS SUPPORTED BY WHAT AND HOW WE SEE.

Moses group seen the blessings and promises of God. They also seen to CHALLENGES THAT STOOD BETWEEN THEM AND GODS PROMISE.

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMETHING THAT WILL STAND BETWEEN YOU AND GODS PROMISE. THE RELEASE, GAS OR BRAKES FOR YOU WILL BE WHAT YOU SEE AND FOCUS ON. THE CHALLENGE OR THE PROMISE.

DAVID SEEN GOLIATH BUT FOCUSED ON GODS PROMISE AND REWARDS FOR TRUSTING IN GOD.

MOSES GROUP SEEN THE LAND FILLED WITH MILK AND HONEY WHICH MEANS SUPER ABUNDANCE. THEY CHOSE TO FOCUS ON THE GIANTS, THIER FEARS, NEGATIVE TALK.
DAVID ATTACKS THE CHALLENGE THAT IS STANDING BETWEEN HIM AND GODS PROMISE.

MOSES GROUP CHOSE TO WANDER AROUND FOR 40 years in the land of just enough. They died never receiving Gods full promises.

Because they lived and believed what they SEEN instead of WHAT GOD SAID.

WHAT YOU SEE OR WHAT HE SAID, YOU WILL ALLOW TO CONTROL YOUR BELIEFS AND THIS WILL DETERMINE WHAT AND HOW YOU LIVE.

Here is how what you see and believe creates your image. What see and believe will create how you live and how you will respond to your challenges.

“There we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Numbers 13:33 AMP

Remember we walk and do life by faith not by how we see things. They chose to see themselves weak, fearful, losers. They said we seen the big powerful people, and we were like grasshoppers IN OUR OWN SIGHT.

YOUR BELIEF WILL CREATE YOUR IMAGE.

IF I BELIEVE I AM CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, I SEE AND DO GOD THINGS. THIS IS WHERE WE REALLY BELIEVE WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERS. IF I BELIEVE I AM CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF MY GOD, TRUSTING GOD IS MY ONLY OPTION.

THEIR IMAGE OF THEMSELVES WAS WEAK AND FEARFUL SO THEY CHOSE THE IMAGE OF A GRASSHOPPER.
THEIR IMAGE OF THEMSELVES IS THE IMAGE YOU GIVE YOUR CHALLENGE OR CHALLENGER.

BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WALK IN FAITH BUT CHOSE FEAR THEIR CHALLENGE SEEN THEM AS WEAK AND FEARFUL AND THEY EMPOWERED THEIR CHALLENGE INSTEAD OF THEMSELVES.

YOUR BELIEFS EMPOWER SOMEONE OR SOMETHING. IMAGINE YOUR BELIEFS EMPOWERING DEBT. TO AFRAID TO TRUST GOD TO BLESS AND PROVIDE SO YOU DON’T TITHE AND GIVE OFFERINGS. PROSPERITY AND ABUNDANCE STAYS IS NOT IN YOUR SEEING AND BELIEVING. YOU WILL MANIFEST WHAT YOU SEE AND BELIEVE. MANY PEOPLE MANIFEST, DEBTS, LACK, BROKE, STRUGGLES, HARD TIMES AND BLAME IT ON THE DEVIL.

YOUR BELIEFS EMPOWERS SICKNESS AND DISEASES INSTEAD OF HEALING AND WHOLENESS.

YOUR BELIEFS EMPOWERS PROBLEMS AND PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF BREAK THROUGHS- AND VICTORIES.

YOUR BELIEFS EMPOWERS YOU TO STAY THE SAME WAY, BROKEN, STRUGGLING, WEAK, FEARFUL, HURT, WOUNDED, ETC.

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE OR CHALLENGER STANDING IN BETWEEN YOU AND THE LIFE OR LIFESTYLE THAT GOD HAS PROMISED YOU?

THE CHALLENGE OR CHALLENGER IS STANDING BETWEEN YOU AND GODS PROMISE JUST LIKE GOLIATH. THE CHALLENGE OR CHALLENGER IS MOCKING YOU, TEASING AND TAUNTING YOU. IT SAYS YOU ARE TO AFRAID TO TRUST GOD AND DO WHAT HE SAYS TO DO. YOU CANT BE HAPPY EVER AGAIN. WHO IS GOING TO LOVE YOU? YOU CAN JOT CHANGE, FORGET IT, GIVE UP.

OVER AND OVER THE CHALLENGE AND CHALLENGER MOCKING GOD AND LAUGHING AT YOU.

DAVID HEARED EVERY WORD GOLIATH SPOKE BUT THE WORD THAT MOVED DAVID TO FACE AND CONQUER HIS CHALLENGER WAS HE TRUSTED AND BELIEVED GODS WORD.

Joshua seen and lived through the failings of Moses generation. It was Joshua and Caleb who seen and said WE CAN TAKE THE LAND. THE NEGATIVE AND FEARFUL WORD CAUSED THE PEOPLE TO NOT BELIEVE GOD BUT TO BELIEVE IN FEAR, DOUBT, AND LACK. WHAT YOU SEE AND BELIEVE WILL TAKE YOU IN OR LOCK YOU OUT. YOU DO THIS.

JOSHUA IS THE LEADER WHO LEADS WITH A DIFFERENT VIEW AND FOCUS. WE CAN STILL TAKE THE LAND. WHO”S REPORT WILL YOU BELIEVE?

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.”
Joshua 1:8 AMP

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 AMP

What ever word, what and how you see things, whatever you believe will cause you to wander and wander and stay in the same place in life or CAUSE YOU TO CROSSOVER AND TAKE POSSESSION OF GOD’S PROMISES.

“Go throughout the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to cross this [river] Jordan, to go in to take possession of the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess [as an inheritance].’ ”
Joshua 1:11 AMP

WE ARE GOING TO LEAVE THIS HOTEL AND POSSESS OUR PROMISED LAND. WE GOT TO CROSSOVER. WE HAVE TO CROSSOVER AND TAKE POSSESSION OF THE LAND PROMISED BY GOD. REMIND YOU WHAT ARE HIS PROMISES.