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					 Numbers 33:51-53 ""Speak to the sons of Israel
  and say to them, 'When you cross over the
  Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 then you
  shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from
  before you, and destroy all their figured stones,
  and destroy all their molten images and
  demolish all their high places; 53 and you shall
  take possession of the land and live in it, for I
  have given the land to you to possess it."
 Philippians 3:12-14 "Not that I have already
  obtained it, or have already become perfect, but
  I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for
  which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13
  Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid
  hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what
  lies behind and reaching forward to what lies
  ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the
  prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Possessing Through Faith and Patience

       Possessing the Promised Land
I. Caleb’s Possession
 Numbers 13 – Twelve spies sent to Canaan
  ● From the tribe of Judah – Caleb, son of
  ● Report – a beautiful land, but the people are
    powerful and cities are fortified
  ● Caleb’s report – let’s go at once, we can
    certainly conquer it
  ● The others disagreed and spread a bad report
 Numbers 14
  ● Vs. 5-9
     ▪ Don’t rebel against the Lord
     ▪ Don’t be afraid
     ▪ They are helpless prey
     ▪ The Lord is with us
● Vs. 22-24
   ▪ None of these people will enter that land
   ▪ But Caleb has a different attitude
   ▪ He has remained loyal to me
   ▪ I will bring him into the land
   ▪ His descendants will possess their full
     share of the land
 Numbers 32:11-12
  ● Joshua and Caleb have wholeheartedly
    followed the Lord
 Deuteronomy 1:34-36
  ● Caleb will see this land because he followed
    the Lord completely
  ● I will give him and his descendants the very
    land he explored
 Joshua 14:6-14
  Caleb taking
● Remember what
  the Lord said to
● I was 40, I gave
  an honest report,
  I wholeheartedly
  followed the Lord
● The land you
  were just walking
  will be your grant
  of land
● Today I’m 85 – just
  as strong, can fight
  like then
● Give me the hill
  country that the
  Lord promised me
  – where the giants
  and fortified cities
● I will drive them
  out as the Lord
  has said
II. Inheriting the Promises
 Hebrews 6:9-15
  ● Things that come with salvation
  ● Shown your love to God by caring for other
  ● Make certain that what you hope for will come
● Not spiritually dull
● Instead you will follow the example of those
  who are going to inherit God’s promises
  because of their faith and endurance
● Like Abraham – waited patiently and received
  what God had promised
 Like Caleb
   ● Promised possession of a portion of Canaan
     at age 40
   ● Age 85 – laying claim to it – battling to
     possess it
   ● Faith – wholeheartedly followed the Lord
   ● Patience/Endurance – 40 year wilderness and
     5 years helping others possess theirs
III. Your Possession
 John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill
  and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich
  and satisfying life.
 Rich and Satisfying Defined
   ● NASB – abundant
   ● NIV – to the full
   ● AMP – have and enjoy life, in abundance, to
     the full, till if overflows
   ● MESSAGE – real and eternal life, more and
     better life than they ever dreamed of
 Definition Summarized – everything that belongs
  to you in Christ Jesus
 Spiritual fullness
   ● Salvation
   ● Eternal life
 Things that accompany salvation
   ● Emotional fullness
   ● Physical fullness
   ● Relational (social) fullness
   ● Financial fullness
   ● Life calling fullness
      ▪ Occupational fullness
      ▪ Body member fullness
 Rich and satisfying life – is NOT A life without
 “I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for
  which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus”
   ● Press
   ● Lay hold
   ● Faith
   ● Patience/endurance
 The reality gap                  Ideal
   ● Difference between the
     ideal and the real                    Deal
   ● Because we live in a fallen   Real
   ● Because we deal with
     humanity in its frailty
   ● Life’s not fair
   ● In the gap you “deal”
          Biblical Tensions That
            Keep Us In Tune

Extreme   Biblical    Balance    Biblical   Extreme
          Truth                  Truth

          Scripture             Scripture
Error                                       Error
            Biblical Tensions That
              Keep Us In Tune
Error       Content                     Holy Discontent Error
            (Philippians 4:11) “
- settle    … I have learned to
                                    (2 Corinthians 9:8,11)       - greed
                                    “… always having all
- poverty   be content in           sufficiency in everything,   - envy
equals      whatever                you may have an
godliness   circumstances I am."    abundance for every
                                    good deed;”
            (1 Timothy 6:8) "And     "you will be enriched in
            if we have food and     everything for all
            covering, with these
                                    liberality, ..."
            we shall be content."
              Biblical Tensions That
                Keep Us In Tune
              CHURCH GROWTH
Error         Biblical Truth             Biblical Truth   Error

-Justifica-   - Talents              - Faithful with      -Numbers
tion          - Gideon               the few,             equals
-Why                                 entrusted with       success
bother?                              much
 Word of the Lord - July 1996 – Tent Revival Meetings on
  the Hwy 56 property
 7/18 – the Lord said that He wanted a church building
  built on that piece of property. I wrestled some with that
  – can a new building be justified for how often a church
  meets in it? But He said that it would be a testimony for
  Him. Other thoughts that came to me – I believe that we
  are to raise it up without debt. The Lord is also saying
  that He will supply seed for people to sow into this, and
  for them not to misappropriate funds He has given them.
  We are to call in the finances. Not to put up names or
  plaques for donations, it is to be a testimony to the Lord,
  not to people. Size – 300 expandable to 500.
             Reflection Time
 What part or parts of the abundant life have you
  not yet laid hold of?
 Have you settled for less than is yours in Christ?
 How are you dealing with the difference between
  the ideal and the real?

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