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					 1 Corinthians 10:11 These things happened to
  them as examples for us. They were written
  down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
Journey to the Promised Land

     The Believers Promised Land
I. Follow the Cloud
 Numbers 10:11-12 – Israel leaves Sinai
 Number 9:15-23
● Whenever the cloud lifted, the people would
  break camp and follow it
   ▪ Overnight, few days, month, year
   ▪ Camped or traveled at the Lord’s command
   ▪ They did what the Lord told them through
     Moses
 Deuteronomy 1:32 - 33 32“…the LORD your
  God, 33who goes before you looking for the
  best places to camp, guiding you with a pillar of
  fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day.
 Number 10:29-36 – destination Promised Land
  ● We are on our way to the place the Lord
    promised – wonderful blessings
  ● Moving with the cloud
  ● Moses giving leadership – acknowledging the
    move of God
● Ark set out – “Arise,
  O Lord, and let your
  enemies be
  scattered”
● Ark set down –
  “Return, O Lord, to
  the countless
  thousands of
  Israelites”
● Significance of the
  Lord’s presence
 Exodus 33:15 - 16 15Then Moses said, “If you
  don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave
  this place. 16How will anyone know that you
  look favorably on me—on me and on your
  people—if you don’t go with us? For your
  presence among us sets your people and me
  apart (NASB - may be distinguished) from all
  other people on the earth.”
   ● God’s presence is the distinguishing factor
 Psalms 68:1-3 NASB "Let God arise, let His
  enemies be scattered; And let those who hate
  Him flee before Him. 2 As smoke is driven away,
  so drive them away; As wax melts before the
  fire, So let the wicked perish before God. 3 But
  let the righteous be glad; let them exult before
  God; Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.”
Let God Arise, His enemies be scattered
Let God Arise, His enemies be scattered
Let God Arise, His enemies be scattered
Let God, Let God, Arise
Let God Arise, Let God Arise
Let God Arise, Let God Arise
Let His enemies be scattered
But let the righteous be glad
Yes, let them rejoice with gladness
God has triumphed mightily
 To Israel
   ● A cry of Change
   ● A Cry of Progress
   ● Caused the entire
     camp to move on
     with God
 Perils of not following the Cloud
  ● No warmth
  ● No protection
  ● No manna
  ● No water
  ● Temptation to go back to Egypt
II. The Church’s Cloud
 Who has been given to lead the church in its
  continued journey of possessing its promised
  land?
   ● The Holy Spirit – John 16:13-15
      ▪ He will guide you into all truth
      ▪ He will tell you about the future
 Acts 16:6-10
  ● The Holy Spirit prevented them from
    preaching in Asia
  ● Did not allow them to go to Bithynia
  ● Vision to go to Macedonia
 Acts 15 – Elders of the church
  ● Pharisees contending that Gentiles had to
    become Jews to be followers of Christ
  ● Leaders listen to testimonies of God’s work
    among the Gentiles
  ● The testimonies are confirmed with God’s
    word
  ● The leaders make a determination “for it
    seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us…”
  ● Leaders crying out “Let God arise…”
 Letters to the churches in Revelation – “Anyone
  who has ears to hear must listen to the Spirit
  and understand what he is saying to the
  churches.”
 Manifestations of the Cloud (the Holy Spirit)
   ● Peace
   ● Provision
   ● Comfort
   ● Change
   ● Progress
   ● Distinguished by God’s presence
 Perils of not following the cloud (the Holy Spirit)
   ● Off course
   ● Vulnerable to temptation
   ● Not attain possession of the believers promised land
   ● No presence of God
III. The Profile of a Leader
 Numbers 11:16-30
  ● Men recognized as elders
  ● Put the same Spirit on these men
  ● Moses, make them stop prophesying
  ● I wish all the Lord’s people were prophets
 Numbers 12 – response to challengers
  ● Has the Lord only spoken through Moses?
  ● Moses – very humble – more humble than
    any other person on earth
  ● God spoke to Moses face to face – trust
  ● Exodus 33:11 "Thus the LORD used to speak
    to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks
    to his friend…”
● Miriam punished
● Moses intercedes
 The Principle of Leadership – Matthew 20:25-28
● Rulers in this world
  lord it over their
  people
● Different among you
● Leader must be
  servant
● First among you must
  be slave
 We all have the Spirit – why do we need
  someone to cry out “Let God Arise”?
   ● Areas of jurisdiction
      ▪ The church elders
      ▪ Pastors/shepherds – flock overseers
      ▪ Areas of various ministries
      ▪ Family
   ● Lead in your area of jurisdiction
   ● Follow others in their area of jurisdiction
   ● Trusted leader profile
      ▪ Humble
      ▪ servant
             Reflection Time
 People have rejected the cloud and strayed off
  course. What is the draw out from under the
  protection and into the place of vulnerability?
  Do you value the Lord’s presence?
 How have you embraced your area of
  leadership? Do you know when to say “let God
  arise?”
 How are you following other leaders? When
  they say “God is arising” are you ready to move
  with them?
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