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Oct 30, 2016 | Rev. Dr. K. Rick Baker

Caleb & Joshua: Overcoming the Impossible

Numbers 13:26-14:10

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We may think God wants actions of a certain kind, but God wants people of a certain kind.

C.S. Lewis

1. You are the impossibility of your impossibility.

God wants the right to use the impossible to overcome YOU (Num. 13:1-3). You are the first obstacle to everything God wants to do.

Among the biggest impossibilities in our lives is the trading of our dependency on our own strength and what we can see for Who we have and what He wants to give us.

God doesn’t invite us to critique his promises; his promises are to give us hope that the Lord’s strength will be displayed in our lives (cf. 14:17).

Where there is promise, there is no longer impossible (cf. Ex. 3:8; 17, 13:5; 33:3).

2. To move against the impossible, you need to right size everything.

Choose faith over “safe” or what you try to save will result in losing what you could have had (14:1-5, 30; cf. Matt. 16:25)

Fear will either lead us to rebel or to further levels of dependence. (9) The great risk is to reject God.

3. You can’t make progress against the impossible while your heart is a slave to past dependencies.

Reject the “luxuries of former slavery”; what you had or could have without God, is NOT better (14:3-10).

The alternative to living by faith isn’t living safe, secure, and comfortable; it isn’t living at all. Obstacles overcome by faith are breaking us of our addictions to self and the limitations of our own strength.

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