Message Outline

A Conquering Spirit

Pastor Jonathan Stockstill
Sunday, May 3, 2020

Numbers 13:25–33 NLT: 25 After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned 26 to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. 27 This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. 28 But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.” 30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” 31 But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” 32 So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. 33 We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”

Three things about a conquering spirit that we can learn from this text:

1. A conquering spirit has a conquering ATTITUDE.

  • YOU control your attitude!
  • This group of 12 guys all looked at the same thing, but had different attitudes about what could happen.
  • Joshua and Caleb demonstrated a CONFIDENT attitude versus a DOUBTFUL attitude.
    • CONFIDENCE is always based on something. With the Lord, you can have confidence because of:
      • His PROMISES!
      • His PRESENCE!
      • His LOVE!
    • DOUBT is always based on something,
      • “The future is SO bleak.”
      • “The mark of the beast is here.”
      • “The world is coming to an end.”
    • Do a check right now on your attitude. Is it victorious, or is it expecting greatness?

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