#slowitdownSunday / living in the minority and what I learned from revival

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Y’all – we’ve been in revival the past 3 days and God showed up.

God is real and He is moving. The Spirit of God wasn’t just for those in the Bible, it is for us too.

My biggest takeaways from revival?

  1. The Gift of Forgiveness – it came from Jesus Christ and is available for all who call His name and repent. He forgives our sins and offers eternal life. Repentance is where it all begins.
  2. The blood of Jesus is powerful enough to break every chain. No matter what the bondage, there is a freedom in Christ. Draw close to Him and He is faithful to draw close to us.
  3. We are called to live in the minority. God calls us to live a different life that goes against our popular culture.

What does it mean to live in the minority, really?

Pastor Mike White explained this morning by going to Numbers, chapter 13.

We find Moses sending 12 men out to explore Canaan, the promised land God had prepared for the children of Israel after their years of wondering in the desert.

Here’s exactly what Moses asked the 12 men to do on their journey of exploration:

18See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. 19What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? 20How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.) [Numbers 13:18-20]

These 12 men explored for 40 days and then came back to report on their findings. Here is what they reported to Moses:

27They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. [Numbers 13:27-28]

Yes, Moses – it is a beautiful land – but the people are powerful. Essentially, 10 of the men said we can’t do this. They gave up.

But 1 man stood up and became a minority.

30Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” [Numbers 13:30]

The Bible goes on to say that the other men spread word throughout the community of how they should not go in and take this land. I’m pretty sure this would qualify as gossip. Yep. Truth.

Long story short, all the children of Israel starting whining and complaining saying it would have been better if they had died in Egypt – oh goodness. These are the SAME people who had seen God part the Red Sea, pour quail from the sky to feed them when there was no food and send down manna from heaven to feed them too. Yep, better if they had died. Ok.

They even talked among themselves and were contemplating finding another leader and going back to Egypt. Can you believe this?? Egypt – the same place where they had become slaves. Go back, excellent idea.

Don’t we do the exact same thing? Things get hard in life and we question the place God has us in. We don’t consider how we’re possibly better off than we were before and all of the miracles God has provided along the way. Instead, we just think about how things should go back to the way they were.

Back to the wilderness – Joshua stood with Caleb in being the minority. Here is what they said about all the grumbling and talk of going back.

6Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” [Numbers 14:6-9]

God spoke through these men.

And God wasn’t necessarily happy with the others. God promised that because of their decisions to not follow the Lord, they would all die in the wilderness and they would not live to see the promised land.

Except for 2 men. The minority.

24But 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]

30Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. [Numbers 14:30]

This is where my heart gets happy, friends. Because of being different – because of speaking up when no one else wanted to be brave enough to face what God had promised for them – God blessed them. God blessed them in a HUGE way.

Here is how the story continues.

36So the men Moses had sent to explore the land, who returned and made the whole community grumble against him by spreading a bad report about it— 37these men who were responsible for spreading the bad report about the land were struck down and died of a plague before the Lord. 38Of the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived. [Numbers 14:36-38]

God is faithful. Isn’t He?

I’m so encouraged tonight as I sit to #slowitdownSunday and allow God to strengthen me in His Word.

We can be the minority.
We can stand up in a culture that denies God.
We can be different.

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And God is faithful to honor those who love and obey Him.

Revive us, oh Lord.

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Want to live in the minority?

  • Open your Bible and read Numbers chapters 13 and 14 this week.
  • Allow God to speak to you through His Word – sit and listen to what He’s calling you to do differently.
  • Go against culture. This doesn’t mean you live a life of hatred and judgmental condemnation against others. It means you stand for the Word of God and a life that turns from sin. You extend your hand in love to those that cross your path every day. The life you live speaks louder than the words you say.

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