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Man Up: Going Rogue – Numbers 13:26-14:30

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Going Rogue
January 17, 2010
Ryan Heller 
1.         Courageous living requires submission 
Go and occupy it as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don't be afraid! Don't be discouraged!'   "But you responded, `First, let's send out scouts to explore the land for us. They will advise us on the best route to take and decide which towns we should capture.'                                  
Deuteronomy 1:21-22 (NLT)
"Today, if you hear his voice,  do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion."  Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt?  And with whom was he angry for forty years?                                           
Hebrews 3:15-17 (NIV)
2.         Courageous living is lonely
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can't attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.”                             
Numbers 13:31-32
3.         Courageous living combats negativity
Then they plotted among themselves, "Let's choose a leader and go back to Egypt!"                                  
Numbers 14:4 (NLT)
The men went back to Moses, Aaron, and the entire Israelite community in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh… However, the people living in the land are strong, and the cities are large and fortified.                                         
Numbers 13:26 & 28 (HCSB)
The land we passed through to explore is one that devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of great size…To ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them.                                       
Numbers 13:32-33 (HCSB)
But the whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb. Then the glorious presence of the LORD appeared to all the Israelites from above the Tabernacle. 11 And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will these people reject me? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them? 12 I will disown them and destroy them with a plague. Then I will make you into a nation far greater and mightier than they are!"
Numbers 14:10-12 (NLT)
4.         Courageous living is fueled by big dreams 
But Caleb tried to encourage the people as they stood before Moses." Let's go at once to take the land," he said. "We can certainly conquer it!"                                                      
Numbers 13:30 (NLT)
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.                 
Numbers 14:24 (NIV)
{Caleb}Now give me this hill country the Lord promised [me]on that day, because you heard then that the Anakim are there, as well as large fortified cities.                         
 Joshua 14:12 (HCSB)