Numbers 14:6-9 - Flesh Can Never Accomplish What Only Faith Can Do.

Numbers 14:6-9 (NIV) Joshua son of Nun and 
Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who 
had explored the land, tore their clothes and 
said to the entire Israelite assembly, The land 
we passed through and explored is exceedingly 
good. If 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. Only 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. 


God pardoned the people, but at the same 
time He judged their sins (Gal. 6:7-8). The ten 
spies died in a plague, and the nation was 
consigned to forty years of wandering until the people 
who were twenty years old or older died. Faith 
brings life, but unbelief brings defeat and death. 
[Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 

Like Caleb and Joshua, sometimes we must 
suffer because of the sins of others; but in the 
end, God will vindicate those who trust Him. (See 
Acts 20:24; 1 Cor. 15:58.) [Chapter by Chapter 
Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 


Facing Obstacles with Faith
   Have you ever been so discouraged that 
you wanted to die? 
   Thats how the Israelites felt as they 
were poised to enter the Promised Land. They 
said, If only we had died in the land of Egypt! 
Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 
(Numbers 14:2 NLT). 
   These people had lost perspective. They 
were allowing their fear to overwhelm them. 
   But Caleb and Joshua told the people, 
Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the 
people of the land, for they are our bread; their 
protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with 
us. Do not fear them (Numbers 14:9 NKJV). 
   God doesnt want us to run from our 
giants. He wants us to attack them. For example, 
lets take the giant of addiction. Lets say you 
have a problem with drugs or a problem with 
drinking. Recognize you have a problem. Bring it into 
the open, into the light of day. Make yourself 
accountable to someone and realize that you cannot do 
this in your own strength. 
   Call on God and pray for His power. But 
dont just face your giants; defeat them. Dont 
leave any backup plan to go back and do that thing 
again. Deal with your giants. Dont let them 
conquer you. 
   Faith and worry cannot coexist because 
when faith walks in, worry walks out. And when 
worry steps in, faith walks out. They dont get 
along. In fact, they cancel each other out. 
   Someone has wisely pointed out that when 
you trust, you dont worry, and when you 
worry, you dont trust. So we want faith in our 
lives, not worry. 
   Every Christian will face difficulty. The 
Christian life is not a cakewalk; its a conflict. 
The Christian life is not a playground; its a 
battleground. So lets face the obstacles that are 
before us with great faith. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


Faith and Perseverance
   "If the Lord is pleased with us ... 
That sounds awfully performance-oriented for a 
God of grace, but Caleb's words turn out to be 
accurate. God was not pleased with the fear and 
complaining of the multitudes, so He waited to give the 
Promised Land to their children. The majority view 
neglected an essential fact about God's processes: 
They aren't instant. 
   We forget that too. When we become 
convinced of Gods plans for us, we expect to see them 
coming to pass immediately. They rarely do. The 
path from Egypt to Canaan was traumatic to begin 
with - it took ten plagues and a miraculous 
exodus to get free - and there were hardships 
immediately after freedom came. We forget that there 
might be dry seasons, obstacles, enemies, and 
severe temptations to complain about along the way. 
We easily lose heart, see the need for 
perseverance as a sign that something has gone wrong, and 
weaken in faith. All the while, God's promise lies 
before us, waiting for those who have both faith 
and patience. Only this tandem of attitudes 
makes the inheritance possible (Hebrews 6:12). One 
or the other is not enough. 
   Perseverance is a necessary Kingdom 
attribute. The writer of Hebrews urged his readers not 
to shrink back in fear or unbelief, citing the 
spies' report in the wilderness and the people's 
response to it as the prime example of what not to 
do. The Kingdom is not a place of fear, 
complaining, or weak wills. It's a place of encountering 
obstacles and opposition and overcoming them, of 
enduring to the end, of setting our sights on the 
inheritance and never swerving from it. Remember that in 
whatever you face today. Nothing can undo God's plans 
for you if you anchor yourself in what you know 
to be true and refuse to be moved. [The One 
Year Heaven On Earth Devotional by Chris 


Whatever our motive, a failure to trust God 
enough to obey Him has consequences. How much 
wiser to simply put ourselves completely in 
Gods hands, and to obey Him without holding back. 
[The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 


Numbers 14:6-9 - Flesh Can Never Accomplish 
What Only Faith Can Do. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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