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Risk: Get Out of Your Safe Zone

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October 18, 2020
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There is no such thing as faith without taking a risk and stepping out of the safe zone into God’s faith zone.

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  • David Jeremiah: Today isabout the rest of your life.
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  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah encourages you
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  • to step out of your safe zoneand step into your faith zone.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Unbelief forfeitsyour opportunities
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  • and jeopardizes your objective.
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  • So let's keep seizingthe moments
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  • If God said it, I believe it,and that settles it,
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  • and I'm gonna do it.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Risk: Get Outof Your Safe Zone."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Jean Hansonand her husband Steve
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  • were celebratingtheir anniversary
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  • at a beautiful beach resortin Saint Lucia.
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  • One morning,they decided to walk
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  • the resort's wellness trail,
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  • a one-mile path with stationsfor exercises like pull-ups,
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  • a balance beam, and evenan elevated rope bridge.
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  • At each station,they did the activity.
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  • Then they cameto the rope bridge.
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  • Steve crossed it easily,but Jean, she hesitated.
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  • "All I could see," she said,"we're big gaping holes
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  • on the sides, large enoughto fit my entire leg through
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  • with one slip of the foot."
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  • Fear overcame her,and she backed off
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  • and walked away frustratedand disappointed in herself.
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  • The next day, she and Steve tooka trip on a 24-foot sailboat.
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  • It was Jean'sfirst time sailing,
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  • and she was thrilledand exhilarated
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  • even when the boat wasin choppy waters.
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  • Experienced sailors werein charge,
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  • but Jean knew this adventure wasfar more dangerous
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  • than the rope bridgeshe'd backed away from
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  • the day before.
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  • So, the following morning,Jean and Steve took
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  • the wellness trail again,and this time she said,
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  • "I didn't say anything.
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  • I just walked up the ladder,and I went for it.
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  • I didn't stop to look at itand wonder
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  • how I was gonna accomplish it.
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  • I just paused for a secondon the platform,
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  • grabbed the ropeand started putting one foot
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  • in front of another.
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  • Before I knew it, I was across,feeling very victorious
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  • about myself."
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  • Most of us, if we're honest,think of risk
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  • as a negative situationwe should avoid,
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  • but risk is a part of life,and it's a big part of faith.
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  • Not every risk is worth taking,but if you're too overwhelmed
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  • by fear to correctly assessa situation,
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  • you'll miss many opportunitiesfor growth.
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  • Have you been playing it safe?
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  • Too safe?
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  • If forward is the directionyou want to go,
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  • be prepared to takesome faith-based risks.
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  • I'll be honest.
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  • Left to myself, I probablywould've erred too often
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  • on the side of safetyand security,
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  • but there's a manin the Bible who inspires me
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  • to keep stepping outand taking risks
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  • with wholehearted confidencein the Lord.
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  • I'm convinced you'll be ableto go forward,
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  • unafraid to take risksif you can embody his spirit.
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  • That man is Caleb.
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  • Do you know him?
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  • In this message, I'm gonna showyou how this Old Testament hero
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  • left a legacy of couragefor you,
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  • a powerful exampleof risk-taking,
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  • future-grabbing grace.
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  • In the book of Numbers,Moses sent 12 men--
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  • Joshua, Caleb, and ten others--
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  • as an advance party toreconnoiter the Promised Land.
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  • These men left the safetyof their encampment
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  • for the Jordan River,slipped into Canaan,
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  • and their mission wasto make notes of the land,
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  • observe the enemy,study the fortifications,
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  • estimate the population,and bring back
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  • enough intelligence to aid Mosesas he planned
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  • the coming invasion of the landGod had promised
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  • to the Israelites.
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  • The Bible tells the storythis way:
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  • "So they went up and spied outthe land
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  • from the Wilderness of Zin.
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  • And they went up throughthe South and came to Hebron.
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  • And the descendants of Anakwere there."
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  • The city of Hebron had beenthe ancestral home of Abraham,
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  • Isaac, and Jacob, but now it wasinhabited by an evil tribe
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  • of huge warriors knownas the descendants of Anak.
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  • The site of these warriorsterrified these spies,
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  • and they quickly harvestedsome pomegranates and figs
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  • from the orchards of Canaan,and two of them lugged back
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  • an enormous cluster of grapes,carrying it on a pole
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  • between them.
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  • Imagine the excitement when thespies returned to Kadesh Barnea.
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  • Their mission had taken 40 days,and nobody knew
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  • if they had survivedor perished and, day after day,
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  • centuries atIsrael's parameters,
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  • watched for them,and now they're back,
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  • all of them safe and sound.
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  • But as you know,they were not united.
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  • Most of them wanted to livein the safe zone.
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  • So, let's take them and someother stories along the way,
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  • and let's talk about how to livein the safe zone.
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  • Have you ever heardof these names?
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  • Shammua, Shaphat, Igal,Palti, Gaddiel, Gaddi, Ammiel,
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  • Sethur, Nahbi, and Geuel?
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  • I haven't heard of them before.
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  • Have you?
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  • No, because these arethe names of the ten spies
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  • who risked their livesin an espionage mission,
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  • only to lose their heartand forget to trust in God,
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  • and they came backwith a negative report.
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  • They discouraged,they disheartened
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  • the people of Israel.
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  • Those men madethree terrible mistakes,
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  • and we can make these mistakesourselves if we're not careful.
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  • They fell into three traps,
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  • and you and I have to avoidthese at all costs.
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  • First of all, they maximizedthe opposition.
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  • Oh, how we love to do this.
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  • God wants you to go forward.
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  • He has adventures,challenges and victories,
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  • and meaningful tasks for you,and as you look at the bridge
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  • to your future, are you lookingat the ropes,
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  • or are you lookin' at the holes?
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  • In Number 13,the ten spies magnified
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  • every threat they looked at.
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  • They looked at the bridgeGod had designed for the future,
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  • and they saw only the holes.
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  • The Bible says, "The menwho had gone up with him said,
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  • 'We are not able to go upagainst these people,
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  • for they are stronger than we.'
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  • And they gavethe children of Israel
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  • a bad report of the landwhich they had spied out,
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  • saying, 'The land through whichwe have gone as spies is a land
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  • that devours its inhabitants,and all the people
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  • whom we saw in it were menof great stature.
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  • There were giantsof the descendants of Anak,
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  • who came from the giants,and we were like grasshoppers
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  • in our own sight,and so we were in their sight.'"
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  • Notice all the holesin the ten unbelieving spies.
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  • Here's what they said:Number one,
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  • "We are not able to goagainst these people."
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  • Number two, "They are strongerthan we are."
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  • Number three, "The land devoursits inhabitants."
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  • Number four, "The men areof great stature."
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  • Number five,"The men are giants."
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  • Number six, "They are from Anakand the land of the giants."
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  • Number seven, "We are likegrasshoppers in our eyes,
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  • and we are like grasshoppersin their eyes."
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  • If you propose to move forwardin life,
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  • especially if you aspireto leadership,
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  • you're gonna have to learnwhat it means
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  • to take risks to live by faith.
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  • Even history'smost celebrated leaders
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  • had to learn this lesson.
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  • There is risk in going forward.
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  • There is no tractionwithout friction.
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  • At the beginningof the Civil War,
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  • no military careerlooked brighter than
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  • General George B. McClellan's.
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  • Some called him the "Napoleonof the American Republic."
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  • Lincoln made him commanderof the Army of the Potomac,
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  • and he later promoted him to bethe first general-in-chief
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  • of the Union Army.
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  • McClellan cut a stunning figureon horseback.
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  • He looked like he'd beenselected by central casting
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  • for the role,but he also
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  • regularly overestimatedthe size of the enemy,
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  • magnifying the threat,and the more daunting
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  • the enemy grew in his mind,the less confidence
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  • he showed in the field.
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  • He saw the holesinstead of the ropes.
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  • Although he consistentlyorganized and prepared,
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  • he rarely got aroundto fighting.
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  • When he did, his objectiveseemed to be avoiding a loss,
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  • not winning the battle.
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  • Lincoln finally wrote McClellanand said to him,
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  • "If you don't wanna usethe army,
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  • I would like to borrow itfor a while."
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  • Reminds you of the ten spies?
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  • Whenever we compare ourselvesto the opposition
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  • instead of comparingthe opposition to God,
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  • we can getinto the state of fear.
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  • If that's a patternin your life,
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  • the first stepforward is to recognize it.
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  • One of the things we do,when we refuse to risk
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  • when we try to keep from losinginstead of trying to win,
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  • is we maximize the opposition.
  • 00:11:48.891 --> 00:11:52.027
  • Number two, we minimizethe opportunities.
  • 00:11:52.061 --> 00:11:55.731
  • While the ten spies maximizedthe opposition,
  • 00:11:55.765 --> 00:11:58.400
  • they also minimizedthe incredible opportunity
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  • that God had given them.
  • 00:12:01.570 --> 00:12:03.439
  • They only had a dim perceptionof what God had
  • 00:12:03.472 --> 00:12:05.908
  • in store for them.
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  • They believed in their heartsthat God was setting that up
  • 00:12:07.376 --> 00:12:09.678
  • for destruction,
  • 00:12:09.712 --> 00:12:11.781
  • and their unbeliefwas contagious.
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  • You can read it for yourselfin Numbers chapter 14:
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  • "So all the congregationlifted up their voices
  • 00:12:18.487 --> 00:12:20.956
  • and cried, and the peoplewept that night.
  • 00:12:20.990 --> 00:12:24.426
  • And all the children of Israelcomplained against Moses
  • 00:12:24.460 --> 00:12:27.363
  • and Aaron, and the wholecongregation said to them,
  • 00:12:27.396 --> 00:12:30.966
  • 'If only we had diedin the land of Egypt!
  • 00:12:31.000 --> 00:12:33.502
  • Or if only we had diedin this wilderness!
  • 00:12:33.536 --> 00:12:35.771
  • Why has the Lord brought us tothis land to fall by the sword,
  • 00:12:35.805 --> 00:12:39.842
  • that our wives and childrenshould become victims?
  • 00:12:39.875 --> 00:12:42.511
  • Would it not be better for usto return to Egypt?'"
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  • You see, their perception of Godwould be laughable
  • 00:12:47.349 --> 00:12:50.119
  • if it weren't so tragic.
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  • After all the Lord had donefor them--
  • 00:12:52.254 --> 00:12:54.290
  • he had delivered themfrom slavery,
  • 00:12:54.323 --> 00:12:56.025
  • he had parted the wide watersof the Red Sea,
  • 00:12:56.058 --> 00:12:58.627
  • he'd accompanied themwith cloud and fire,
  • 00:12:58.661 --> 00:13:01.063
  • he'd given them his law,he'd given food and drink
  • 00:13:01.096 --> 00:13:04.133
  • in the wilderness,he had promised to make them
  • 00:13:04.166 --> 00:13:06.135
  • a great nationin a land flowing
  • 00:13:06.168 --> 00:13:07.837
  • with milk and honey,
  • 00:13:07.870 --> 00:13:09.305
  • and all they could do wasquickly forget.
  • 00:13:09.338 --> 00:13:12.942
  • When we forget all the blessingsGod has provided for us
  • 00:13:12.975 --> 00:13:15.911
  • in the past,we're apt to minimize
  • 00:13:15.945 --> 00:13:18.247
  • his ability to guide usin the future.
  • 00:13:18.280 --> 00:13:21.517
  • We may even dread the futureand where we think
  • 00:13:21.550 --> 00:13:24.620
  • God is leading us,and so we're exactly
  • 00:13:24.653 --> 00:13:26.889
  • where the devil wants us.
  • 00:13:26.922 --> 00:13:28.490
  • He puts us in a placeof avoiding risks
  • 00:13:28.524 --> 00:13:30.759
  • and playing it safe.
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  • Oh, we of little faith.
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  • What I'm telling you is this:
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  • Go forward with confidenceand courage,
  • 00:13:38.000 --> 00:13:40.803
  • and do the taskGod has set for you.
  • 00:13:40.836 --> 00:13:43.839
  • Don't maximize the opposition.
  • 00:13:45.341 --> 00:13:48.377
  • Don't minimizethe opportunities because,
  • 00:13:48.410 --> 00:13:51.447
  • if you do, you will jeopardizethe objective.
  • 00:13:51.480 --> 00:13:55.017
  • In their unbelief,men and women,
  • 00:13:55.050 --> 00:13:57.319
  • the Israelites discardedthe precious,
  • 00:13:57.353 --> 00:13:59.321
  • powerful futurethat God had for them.
  • 00:13:59.355 --> 00:14:02.057
  • Their act of defiant unbeliefincurred a terrible penalty.
  • 00:14:02.091 --> 00:14:07.229
  • First of all, the punishmentfor bringing back an evil report
  • 00:14:07.263 --> 00:14:10.432
  • to the people of God was metedout in two severe sentences.
  • 00:14:10.466 --> 00:14:14.703
  • First, the ten menwho gave the evil report
  • 00:14:14.737 --> 00:14:17.773
  • were killed immediatelyby a plague.
  • 00:14:17.806 --> 00:14:21.176
  • Numbers 14, "Now the men whomMoses sent to spy out the land,
  • 00:14:21.210 --> 00:14:25.814
  • who returned and madeall the congregation complain
  • 00:14:25.848 --> 00:14:28.784
  • against him by bringinga bad report of the land,
  • 00:14:28.817 --> 00:14:31.420
  • those very men who broughtthe evil report about the land,
  • 00:14:31.453 --> 00:14:35.157
  • they died by the plaguebefore the Lord.
  • 00:14:35.190 --> 00:14:39.061
  • But Joshua the son of Nunand Caleb the son of Jephunneh
  • 00:14:39.094 --> 00:14:42.464
  • remained alive, of the menwho went to spy out the land."
  • 00:14:42.498 --> 00:14:46.936
  • Second, not only did the menwho brought the report die,
  • 00:14:46.969 --> 00:14:50.706
  • but all the people who listenedto the report,
  • 00:14:50.739 --> 00:14:53.108
  • they were sentenced as well.
  • 00:14:53.142 --> 00:14:54.810
  • Listen to Numbers 14:29 and 30:"The carcasses of you
  • 00:14:54.843 --> 00:14:59.014
  • who have complained against meshall fall in the wilderness,
  • 00:14:59.048 --> 00:15:03.953
  • all of you who were numbered,according to your entire number,
  • 00:15:03.986 --> 00:15:07.156
  • from 20 years old and above.
  • 00:15:07.189 --> 00:15:09.091
  • Except for Calebthe son of Jephunneh
  • 00:15:09.124 --> 00:15:10.759
  • and Joshua the son of Nun,you shall by no means
  • 00:15:10.793 --> 00:15:14.797
  • enter the land which I sworeI would make you dwell in."
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  • Let me ask you a question today.
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  • What is your Canaan?
  • 00:15:20.336 --> 00:15:22.104
  • What does God want youto tackle?
  • 00:15:22.137 --> 00:15:24.139
  • What does he want youto possess?
  • 00:15:24.173 --> 00:15:25.841
  • What does he want youto accomplish for him?
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  • Unbelief forfeitsyour opportunities
  • 00:15:29.478 --> 00:15:32.047
  • and jeopardizes your objective.
  • 00:15:32.081 --> 00:15:34.984
  • So, let's keep seizingthe moments God provides for us
  • 00:15:35.017 --> 00:15:39.321
  • with childlike wonder.
  • 00:15:39.355 --> 00:15:42.124
  • If God said it, I believe it,and that settles it,
  • 00:15:42.157 --> 00:15:45.227
  • and I'm gonna do it.
  • 00:15:45.260 --> 00:15:47.429
  • How to live lifein the safe zone.
  • 00:15:47.463 --> 00:15:50.499
  • So, let's talk now about howto risk life in the faith zone.
  • 00:15:50.532 --> 00:15:55.404
  • That brings us back to Caleb.
  • 00:15:55.437 --> 00:15:57.806
  • He and Joshua representthe minority opinion
  • 00:15:57.840 --> 00:16:00.409
  • among the spies.
  • 00:16:00.442 --> 00:16:02.644
  • Caleb had pleadedwith the people.
  • 00:16:02.678 --> 00:16:05.414
  • He said, "Let us go up.
  • 00:16:05.447 --> 00:16:07.149
  • Let us take possession.
  • 00:16:07.182 --> 00:16:08.484
  • We are well ableto overcome it."
  • 00:16:08.517 --> 00:16:11.353
  • Imagine Caleb's frustrationwhen the whole nation
  • 00:16:11.387 --> 00:16:13.989
  • shouted down his words.
  • 00:16:14.023 --> 00:16:17.426
  • But God heard,and as the decades passed,
  • 00:16:17.459 --> 00:16:20.095
  • one by one, the older Israelitespassed away,
  • 00:16:20.129 --> 00:16:23.365
  • and their bodies dottedthe desert.
  • 00:16:23.399 --> 00:16:26.268
  • Even the aged Moses ascendedMount Pisgah and died.
  • 00:16:26.301 --> 00:16:30.339
  • Joshua and Caleb were the solesurvivors of their generation.
  • 00:16:30.372 --> 00:16:35.077
  • When the day came to leadIsrael into the Promised Land,
  • 00:16:35.110 --> 00:16:38.280
  • they were as young in spiritas 40 years before.
  • 00:16:38.313 --> 00:16:41.483
  • Joshua succeeded Moses.
  • 00:16:42.151 --> 00:16:43.819
  • He led the Israelitesacross the Jordan River
  • 00:16:43.852 --> 00:16:46.255
  • into the land of Canaan.
  • 00:16:46.288 --> 00:16:47.589
  • And as we readthrough the book of Joshua,
  • 00:16:47.623 --> 00:16:50.259
  • we find conquest after conquestand allotment after allotment.
  • 00:16:50.292 --> 00:16:55.130
  • And then we open our Biblesto Joshua chapter 14,
  • 00:16:55.164 --> 00:16:57.966
  • and who should we meet againbut my favorite man, Caleb?
  • 00:16:58.000 --> 00:17:02.171
  • He made a trip to seehis old friend and fellow spy,
  • 00:17:03.172 --> 00:17:06.275
  • Joshua, and this iswhat he said to him.
  • 00:17:06.308 --> 00:17:09.311
  • He said, "You know the wordwhich the Lord said to Moses
  • 00:17:09.678 --> 00:17:12.581
  • the man of God concerning youand me in Kadesh Barnea.
  • 00:17:12.614 --> 00:17:16.452
  • I was 40 years old when Mosesthe servant of the Lord sent me
  • 00:17:16.485 --> 00:17:19.421
  • from Kadesh Barneato spy out the land,
  • 00:17:19.455 --> 00:17:21.723
  • and I brought back word to himas it was in my heart.
  • 00:17:21.757 --> 00:17:25.494
  • Nevertheless my brethrenwho went up with me,
  • 00:17:25.527 --> 00:17:28.664
  • the heart of the people,they made them to melt,
  • 00:17:28.697 --> 00:17:31.266
  • but I followed the Lord my God.
  • 00:17:31.300 --> 00:17:33.502
  • So Moses sworeon that day, saying,
  • 00:17:33.535 --> 00:17:35.537
  • 'Surely the land whereyour foot has trodden shall be
  • 00:17:35.571 --> 00:17:38.740
  • your inheritanceand your children's forever,
  • 00:17:38.774 --> 00:17:41.076
  • because you have whollyfollowed the Lord my God.'"
  • 00:17:41.110 --> 00:17:44.947
  • Now, friends,with the passing of years,
  • 00:17:44.980 --> 00:17:47.416
  • Caleb's faith had grown.
  • 00:17:47.449 --> 00:17:49.818
  • Mind was sharp.
  • 00:17:49.852 --> 00:17:51.420
  • His spirit was strong.
  • 00:17:51.453 --> 00:17:52.921
  • His enthusiasmwas like a child's.
  • 00:17:52.955 --> 00:17:55.557
  • The promise of God was stillthe obsession of his heart.
  • 00:17:55.591 --> 00:17:58.894
  • I believe there arefour reasons for this,
  • 00:17:58.927 --> 00:18:01.230
  • and they help us understandwhat is involved
  • 00:18:01.263 --> 00:18:03.832
  • in living a life of risk.
  • 00:18:03.866 --> 00:18:07.569
  • If you don't get anything elseout of what I'm saying today,
  • 00:18:07.603 --> 00:18:10.205
  • get these four thingsbecause these are the key
  • 00:18:10.239 --> 00:18:13.308
  • to your living a lifeout of the safe zone.
  • 00:18:13.342 --> 00:18:19.047
  • First of all, risk-takers stayexuberant about their lives.
  • 00:18:19.081 --> 00:18:23.986
  • The first reason has to dowith Caleb's exuberance.
  • 00:18:24.019 --> 00:18:26.655
  • He told Joshua, "The Lordhas kept me alive these 45 years
  • 00:18:26.688 --> 00:18:30.592
  • and ever since the Lordspoke this word to Moses
  • 00:18:30.626 --> 00:18:33.929
  • while Israel wanderedin the wilderness.
  • 00:18:33.962 --> 00:18:36.198
  • And now--" listen to this--"here I am this day,
  • 00:18:36.231 --> 00:18:38.467
  • 85 years old, and I am as strongthis day as I was on the day
  • 00:18:38.500 --> 00:18:43.605
  • that Moses sent me."
  • 00:18:43.639 --> 00:18:44.940
  • In other words, Caleb said,"I'm 85, but I should be 40,
  • 00:18:44.973 --> 00:18:49.578
  • 'cause I have the same energy,the same enthusiasm,
  • 00:18:49.611 --> 00:18:52.114
  • the same exuberance about lifethat I had 45 years ago."
  • 00:18:52.147 --> 00:18:58.120
  • That same joyful eagerness isavailable to you and to me.
  • 00:18:58.153 --> 00:19:03.258
  • "For me?"you say.
  • 00:19:03.292 --> 00:19:05.661
  • Yes, it is.
  • 00:19:05.694 --> 00:19:07.596
  • You can't lose the wonderof the worshipful,
  • 00:19:07.629 --> 00:19:10.365
  • promise-filled lifeChrist died to give you.
  • 00:19:10.399 --> 00:19:13.969
  • You can ask God for joy.
  • 00:19:14.002 --> 00:19:15.737
  • You can choose to beexuberant in life,
  • 00:19:15.771 --> 00:19:18.006
  • based on his promises.
  • 00:19:18.040 --> 00:19:19.474
  • It's not a matterof conjuring up emotions.
  • 00:19:19.508 --> 00:19:22.311
  • It's a matter of saying,"Lord, with your help,
  • 00:19:22.344 --> 00:19:25.214
  • I'm gonna be like Joshua.
  • 00:19:25.247 --> 00:19:26.982
  • I'm gonna be like Caleb,not like the other ten
  • 00:19:27.015 --> 00:19:29.818
  • who came back from Canaan."
  • 00:19:29.851 --> 00:19:32.020
  • So, risk-takers stay exuberantabout their lives.
  • 00:19:32.688 --> 00:19:37.092
  • Number two, they stay excitedabout their futures.
  • 00:19:37.125 --> 00:19:41.530
  • Caleb told Joshua,"Now therefore,
  • 00:19:41.563 --> 00:19:43.999
  • give me this mountain of whichthe Lord spoke in that day,
  • 00:19:44.032 --> 00:19:47.636
  • for you heard in that dayhow the Anakim were there,
  • 00:19:47.669 --> 00:19:51.240
  • and that the citieswere great and fortified.
  • 00:19:51.273 --> 00:19:53.342
  • It may be that the Lordwill be with me,
  • 00:19:53.375 --> 00:19:55.777
  • and I will be able to drivethem out as the Lord said."
  • 00:19:55.811 --> 00:19:59.514
  • Now, I don't know if you getwhat's going on here,
  • 00:19:59.548 --> 00:20:01.617
  • but Caleb has just walked upto his leader and asked
  • 00:20:01.650 --> 00:20:04.786
  • for the toughest assignmentin the settling of the land.
  • 00:20:04.820 --> 00:20:09.458
  • When I read that,I felt like shouting, "Yes."
  • 00:20:09.491 --> 00:20:13.295
  • At age 85, Caleb was readyto claim the hill country,
  • 00:20:13.328 --> 00:20:17.132
  • to tame the land,provide a lasting inheritance
  • 00:20:17.165 --> 00:20:19.735
  • for his children.
  • 00:20:19.768 --> 00:20:21.536
  • There's something hereI don't want you to miss.
  • 00:20:21.570 --> 00:20:24.573
  • Early in this message,I told you about Hebron
  • 00:20:24.606 --> 00:20:28.610
  • and that it wasthe ancestral home of Abraham,
  • 00:20:28.644 --> 00:20:31.380
  • Isaac, and Jacob.
  • 00:20:31.413 --> 00:20:33.949
  • But now it was inhabitedby an evil tribe
  • 00:20:33.982 --> 00:20:36.051
  • of huge warriors knownas the descendants of Anak.
  • 00:20:36.084 --> 00:20:40.188
  • The sight of these warriorshad terrified
  • 00:20:40.222 --> 00:20:42.758
  • the ten unfaithful spies.
  • 00:20:42.791 --> 00:20:44.660
  • They were made to feel likegrasshoppers compared
  • 00:20:44.693 --> 00:20:46.862
  • to the enemy.
  • 00:20:46.895 --> 00:20:48.430
  • This portion of territorywas still not taken by Israel.
  • 00:20:48.463 --> 00:20:51.967
  • It was unpossessed, unclaimed,and the giants
  • 00:20:52.000 --> 00:20:54.603
  • had scared everybody away--everybody except Caleb,
  • 00:20:54.636 --> 00:20:59.508
  • who said, in effect,
  • 00:20:59.541 --> 00:21:00.842
  • "I want that countryas my inheritance,
  • 00:21:00.876 --> 00:21:04.112
  • and I'm ready to take care ofthose daunting super-villains.
  • 00:21:04.146 --> 00:21:07.482
  • Let me at 'em."
  • 00:21:07.516 --> 00:21:09.985
  • No matter your ageor your circumstance,
  • 00:21:10.018 --> 00:21:12.654
  • no matter what hillyou need to climb,
  • 00:21:12.688 --> 00:21:14.656
  • that kind of enthusiasm iswhat carries you forward.
  • 00:21:14.690 --> 00:21:19.461
  • Caleb didn't use his gray hairto beg off the heavy lifting.
  • 00:21:19.494 --> 00:21:23.732
  • He asked for a worthy challengebecause he had the wisdom
  • 00:21:23.765 --> 00:21:26.902
  • to know that with a powerfulquest comes a powerful reward.
  • 00:21:26.935 --> 00:21:32.107
  • In other words,knock down a giant,
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:34.743
  • and you become a giant yourself.
  • 00:21:34.776 --> 00:21:37.446
  • He still had a visionfor the future,
  • 00:21:37.479 --> 00:21:39.481
  • and because of that,he accomplished
  • 00:21:39.514 --> 00:21:41.550
  • the greatest victory of his lifewhen he was 85 years old.
  • 00:21:41.583 --> 00:21:46.421
  • Risk-takers stay exuberantabout their lives.
  • 00:21:46.455 --> 00:21:50.492
  • They stay excitedabout their futures,
  • 00:21:50.525 --> 00:21:53.595
  • and they stay enthusiasticabout their assignment.
  • 00:21:53.628 --> 00:21:57.699
  • As you can see,Caleb was enthusiastic
  • 00:21:57.733 --> 00:22:00.235
  • about his assignment.
  • 00:22:00.268 --> 00:22:02.104
  • Joshua and the Israeliteshad not yet succeeded
  • 00:22:02.137 --> 00:22:04.706
  • in driving the evil occupantsout of the large sections
  • 00:22:04.740 --> 00:22:07.876
  • of the Promised Land.
  • 00:22:07.909 --> 00:22:09.611
  • The business was unfinished,but Joshua 15, verse 14, says,
  • 00:22:09.644 --> 00:22:14.750
  • "Caleb drove out the three sonsof Anak--
  • 00:22:14.783 --> 00:22:17.986
  • Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai,the children of Anak."
  • 00:22:18.019 --> 00:22:22.991
  • Caleb did exactlywhat he was told,
  • 00:22:23.024 --> 00:22:25.861
  • and he did it immediately.
  • 00:22:25.894 --> 00:22:27.429
  • He is oneof those success stories
  • 00:22:27.462 --> 00:22:29.431
  • who's secret isn't so secret.
  • 00:22:29.464 --> 00:22:31.566
  • He just did it in the strengthof the Lord.
  • 00:22:31.600 --> 00:22:34.102
  • That's enthusiasm.
  • 00:22:34.136 --> 00:22:36.071
  • Today our ministriesat Turning Point cover the globe
  • 00:22:36.104 --> 00:22:39.741
  • because of the capabilitiesof worldwide broadcasting.
  • 00:22:39.775 --> 00:22:44.479
  • Much of the technological creditgoes to Sir Edward Appleton,
  • 00:22:44.513 --> 00:22:49.551
  • whose scientific discoverieswon him a Nobel Prize in 1947.
  • 00:22:49.584 --> 00:22:55.657
  • When asked about the secretof his lasting accomplishments,
  • 00:22:55.690 --> 00:22:58.326
  • he said, "It was enthusiasm.
  • 00:22:58.360 --> 00:23:01.363
  • I rate enthusiasm even aboveprofessional skill."
  • 00:23:01.396 --> 00:23:06.334
  • You know the word "enthusiasm,"made up of the Greek words
  • 00:23:06.368 --> 00:23:09.905
  • for "en" and "God."
  • 00:23:09.938 --> 00:23:12.774
  • "En," "theos," "ism,"it was coined to describe
  • 00:23:12.808 --> 00:23:15.777
  • the zealof the early Christians.
  • 00:23:15.811 --> 00:23:18.280
  • When we have the Godof all energy within us,
  • 00:23:18.313 --> 00:23:21.650
  • there's a surge of powerthat's like an atomic reaction
  • 00:23:21.683 --> 00:23:25.020
  • in our hearts.
  • 00:23:25.053 --> 00:23:26.521
  • Risk-takers stay exuberantabout their lives.
  • 00:23:26.555 --> 00:23:30.091
  • They stay excitedabout their futures.
  • 00:23:30.125 --> 00:23:33.328
  • They stay enthusiasticabout their assignment,
  • 00:23:33.361 --> 00:23:36.131
  • and they stay energizedabout their God.
  • 00:23:36.164 --> 00:23:40.836
  • And that brings us back tothe consummation of our story.
  • 00:23:40.869 --> 00:23:45.340
  • Only the energy of Godwithin us can keep us barreling
  • 00:23:45.373 --> 00:23:49.177
  • forward into the remainderof God's will for our lives.
  • 00:23:49.211 --> 00:23:53.114
  • The story of Caleb's life istold in just 30 verses
  • 00:23:53.148 --> 00:23:57.152
  • in the Bible, but six timesin those 30 verses,
  • 00:23:57.185 --> 00:24:02.224
  • we are given the secretto his risk-filled,
  • 00:24:02.257 --> 00:24:05.627
  • risk-taking life.
  • 00:24:05.660 --> 00:24:08.497
  • I wanna put these before you.
  • 00:24:08.530 --> 00:24:10.765
  • I want you to see these.
  • 00:24:10.799 --> 00:24:12.100
  • It is really stark.
  • 00:24:12.133 --> 00:24:13.668
  • It is really overwhelminglyclear and very powerful--
  • 00:24:13.702 --> 00:24:17.739
  • just 30 verses,and in those verses,
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  • six times we're toldCaleb's secret.
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  • And let me tell you something,
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  • when you find Caleb's secret,you will find the secret
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  • for your life.
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  • Here are these verses:"But my servant Caleb has
  • 00:24:29.584 --> 00:24:33.255
  • a different spirit in him,and he has followed me fully.
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  • They have notwholly followed me,
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  • except Calebthe son of Jephunneh,
  • 00:24:42.964 --> 00:24:44.866
  • the Kenizzite,and Joshua the son of Nun,
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  • for they have wholly followedthe Lord."
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  • Deuteronomy 1,"Caleb the son of Jephunneh,
  • 00:24:52.507 --> 00:24:54.976
  • he shall see it,and to him and his children
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  • I am giving the landon which he walked,
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  • because he wholly followedthe Lord."
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  • Joshua 14, "I wholly followedthe Lord my God.
  • 00:25:04.686 --> 00:25:09.190
  • So Moses swore on that day,saying,
  • 00:25:09.224 --> 00:25:11.393
  • 'Surely the land whereyour foot has trodden shall be
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  • your inheritance andyour children's forever,
  • 00:25:14.296 --> 00:25:16.431
  • because you have wholly followedthe Lord my God.'"
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  • And Joshua 14:14,
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  • "Hebron thereforebecame the inheritance
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  • of Caleb the son of Jephunneh,the Kenizzite to this day,
  • 00:25:26.041 --> 00:25:29.644
  • because he wholly followedthe Lord God of Israel."
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  • Now, if you didn't pick upfrom my voice the key phrases
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  • in these verses,you're not listening.
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  • "Caleb wholly followed."
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  • "He wholly followed."
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  • "He wholly followed his Lord."
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  • By the time he was 85,most of his generation
  • 00:25:46.461 --> 00:25:49.497
  • had given up hope and died,but Caleb still had
  • 00:25:49.531 --> 00:25:52.300
  • a bright fire burningin his heart.
  • 00:25:52.334 --> 00:25:54.269
  • He still wanted to risk his lifeon the greatest possible task
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  • that God could give him.
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  • What risk is God asking youto take as you go forward?
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  • I wanna tell you flat out,
  • 00:26:05.313 --> 00:26:07.182
  • you can't go forwardwithout risk.
  • 00:26:07.215 --> 00:26:09.818
  • His will for you is not earthlycomfort but divine courage,
  • 00:26:09.851 --> 00:26:13.655
  • courage in the faceof opposition,
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  • courage in the faceof cultural change,
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  • courage when confrontedwith the unknown.
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  • God will never choose safetyfor us
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  • if it will cost significance.
  • 00:26:24.132 --> 00:26:25.967
  • God created us to countand not to be counted.
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  • This is your timeto move forward.
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  • This is my time to move forwardout of the safe zone
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  • into the faith zoneand going forward.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • female announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • with one more inspirational wordto close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: No matterwhat season of life in which
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  • you find yourself,your brightest day
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  • can be just around the corner.
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  • Take hold of it.
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  • Let go of the past.
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  • Get out of your rut.
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  • Choose to run forward towardeverything God has planned
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  • for the next phase of your life.
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  • But, remember, this forwardjourney is not one we do alone.
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  • We need Jesus Christto take even one step.
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  • So, I hope you knowJesus Christ well,
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  • but if you don't, I'd liketo introduce him to you today.
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  • The first is a booklet called"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We have to getto the place where we understand
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  • that God has given us a manual,and when we're trying to pursue
  • 00:29:24.646 --> 00:29:28.149
  • our dream and we don't knowwhat's next,
  • 00:29:28.183 --> 00:29:30.018
  • we have to realize the answerto what's next is in that book,
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  • and if we will absorb ourselvesin that book,
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  • if we will just allow ourselvesto let that book wash over
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  • our soul, God will show uswhat to do.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah
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  • provides direction abouthow to pursue the dreams
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  • God has put in your heart,
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • David Jeremiah: Today isabout the rest of your life.
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  • It's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The future God has plannedfor you shouldn't be
  • 00:30:07.989 --> 00:30:10.925
  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.
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  • It's time to deal with that.
  • 00:30:18.399 --> 00:30:20.301
  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not know what's next,but God does.
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  • He's there waiting for youin your tomorrow,
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  • so step into it and discoverGod's presence and purpose
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  • in your life.
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  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's timewe rise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past, aspireto accomplish greater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah encourages you
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  • to step out of your safe zoneand step into your faith zone.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Unbelief forfeitsyour opportunities
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  • and jeopardizes your objective.
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  • So let's keep seizingthe moments
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  • God provides for uswith childlike wonder.
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  • If God said it, I believe it,and that settles it,
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  • and I'm gonna do it.
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  • announcer: That's coming upon today's special
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  • "Forward" editionof "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: In just a moment,Dr. Jeremiah will remind you
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  • to never forgetall the blessings God
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  • has done for you in the past,which will allow you
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  • to maximize God's abilityto guide you in the future.
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  • Find this and nine other waysyou can know God's purpose,
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  • feel God's power, and accomplishGod's plan for your life
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  • in Dr. Jeremiah's new book,"Forward:
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  • Discovering God's Presenceand Purpose in Your Tomorrow."
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  • You'll learn the biblicalstrategy about how to claim
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  • the future God has prepareduniquely for you,
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  • no matter your ageor your circumstance.
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  • keep the lessons of "Forward"front and center each day.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor watching "Forward"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciationof your viewership,
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Risk: Get Outof Your Safe Zone."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Jean Hansonand her husband Steve
  • 00:33:11.005 --> 00:33:13.641
  • were celebratingtheir anniversary
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  • at a beautiful beach resortin Saint Lucia.
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  • One morning,they decided to walk
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  • the resort's wellness trail,
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  • a one-mile path with stationsfor exercises like pull-ups,
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  • a balance beam, and evenan elevated rope bridge.
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  • At each station,they did the activity.
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  • Then they cameto the rope bridge.
  • 00:33:37.065 --> 00:33:39.500
  • Steve crossed it easily,but Jean, she hesitated.
  • 00:33:39.534 --> 00:33:44.505
  • "All I could see," she said,"we're big gaping holes
  • 00:33:44.539 --> 00:33:47.075
  • on the sides, large enoughto fit my entire leg through
  • 00:33:47.108 --> 00:33:50.411
  • with one slip of the foot."
  • 00:33:50.445 --> 00:33:52.713
  • Fear overcame her,and she backed off
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  • and walked away frustratedand disappointed in herself.
  • 00:33:54.916 --> 00:33:59.320
  • The next day, she and Steve tooka trip on a 24-foot sailboat.
  • 00:33:59.353 --> 00:34:05.026
  • It was Jean'sfirst time sailing,
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  • and she was thrilledand exhilarated
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  • even when the boat wasin choppy waters.
  • 00:34:08.796 --> 00:34:12.300
  • Experienced sailors werein charge,
  • 00:34:12.333 --> 00:34:14.402
  • but Jean knew this adventure wasfar more dangerous
  • 00:34:14.435 --> 00:34:17.605
  • than the rope bridgeshe'd backed away from
  • 00:34:17.638 --> 00:34:19.607
  • the day before.
  • 00:34:19.640 --> 00:34:21.943
  • So, the following morning,Jean and Steve took
  • 00:34:21.976 --> 00:34:24.045
  • the wellness trail again,and this time she said,
  • 00:34:24.078 --> 00:34:26.614
  • "I didn't say anything.
  • 00:34:26.647 --> 00:34:27.949
  • I just walked up the ladder,and I went for it.
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  • I didn't stop to look at itand wonder
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  • how I was gonna accomplish it.
  • 00:34:31.552 --> 00:34:33.254
  • I just paused for a secondon the platform,
  • 00:34:33.287 --> 00:34:35.590
  • grabbed the ropeand started putting one foot
  • 00:34:35.623 --> 00:34:37.625
  • in front of another.
  • 00:34:37.658 --> 00:34:38.960
  • Before I knew it, I was across,feeling very victorious
  • 00:34:38.993 --> 00:34:42.830
  • about myself."
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  • Most of us, if we're honest,think of risk
  • 00:34:44.732 --> 00:34:47.335
  • as a negative situationwe should avoid,
  • 00:34:47.368 --> 00:34:51.005
  • but risk is a part of life,and it's a big part of faith.
  • 00:34:51.038 --> 00:34:55.776
  • Not every risk is worth taking,but if you're too overwhelmed
  • 00:34:55.810 --> 00:34:59.046
  • by fear to correctly assessa situation,
  • 00:34:59.080 --> 00:35:03.351
  • you'll miss many opportunitiesfor growth.
  • 00:35:03.384 --> 00:35:07.221
  • Have you been playing it safe?
  • 00:35:07.255 --> 00:35:09.357
  • Too safe?
  • 00:35:09.390 --> 00:35:10.992
  • If forward is the directionyou want to go,
  • 00:35:11.025 --> 00:35:14.061
  • be prepared to takesome faith-based risks.
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  • I'll be honest.
  • 00:35:18.299 --> 00:35:19.600
  • Left to myself, I probablywould've erred too often
  • 00:35:19.634 --> 00:35:22.136
  • on the side of safetyand security,
  • 00:35:22.170 --> 00:35:25.339
  • but there's a manin the Bible who inspires me
  • 00:35:25.373 --> 00:35:28.142
  • to keep stepping outand taking risks
  • 00:35:28.176 --> 00:35:30.912
  • with wholehearted confidencein the Lord.
  • 00:35:30.945 --> 00:35:34.515
  • I'm convinced you'll be ableto go forward,
  • 00:35:34.549 --> 00:35:36.784
  • unafraid to take risksif you can embody his spirit.
  • 00:35:36.817 --> 00:35:41.923
  • That man is Caleb.
  • 00:35:41.956 --> 00:35:43.724
  • Do you know him?
  • 00:35:43.758 --> 00:35:45.059
  • In this message, I'm gonna showyou how this Old Testament hero
  • 00:35:45.092 --> 00:35:48.062
  • left a legacy of couragefor you,
  • 00:35:48.095 --> 00:35:50.698
  • a powerful exampleof risk-taking,
  • 00:35:50.731 --> 00:35:53.134
  • future-grabbing grace.
  • 00:35:53.167 --> 00:35:55.803
  • In the book of Numbers,Moses sent 12 men--
  • 00:35:55.836 --> 00:35:59.173
  • Joshua, Caleb, and ten others--
  • 00:35:59.207 --> 00:36:01.509
  • as an advance party toreconnoiter the Promised Land.
  • 00:36:01.542 --> 00:36:05.546
  • These men left the safetyof their encampment
  • 00:36:05.580 --> 00:36:08.382
  • for the Jordan River,slipped into Canaan,
  • 00:36:08.416 --> 00:36:12.086
  • and their mission wasto make notes of the land,
  • 00:36:12.119 --> 00:36:14.422
  • observe the enemy,study the fortifications,
  • 00:36:14.455 --> 00:36:17.325
  • estimate the population,and bring back
  • 00:36:17.358 --> 00:36:19.927
  • enough intelligence to aid Mosesas he planned
  • 00:36:19.961 --> 00:36:23.197
  • the coming invasion of the landGod had promised
  • 00:36:23.231 --> 00:36:25.933
  • to the Israelites.
  • 00:36:25.967 --> 00:36:28.436
  • The Bible tells the storythis way:
  • 00:36:28.469 --> 00:36:31.973
  • "So they went up and spied outthe land
  • 00:36:32.006 --> 00:36:34.175
  • from the Wilderness of Zin.
  • 00:36:34.208 --> 00:36:36.077
  • And they went up throughthe South and came to Hebron.
  • 00:36:36.110 --> 00:36:38.412
  • And the descendants of Anakwere there."
  • 00:36:38.446 --> 00:36:42.350
  • The city of Hebron had beenthe ancestral home of Abraham,
  • 00:36:42.383 --> 00:36:46.120
  • Isaac, and Jacob, but now it wasinhabited by an evil tribe
  • 00:36:46.153 --> 00:36:50.658
  • of huge warriors knownas the descendants of Anak.
  • 00:36:50.691 --> 00:36:55.630
  • The site of these warriorsterrified these spies,
  • 00:36:55.663 --> 00:36:59.166
  • and they quickly harvestedsome pomegranates and figs
  • 00:36:59.200 --> 00:37:02.770
  • from the orchards of Canaan,and two of them lugged back
  • 00:37:02.803 --> 00:37:06.674
  • an enormous cluster of grapes,carrying it on a pole
  • 00:37:06.707 --> 00:37:10.645
  • between them.
  • 00:37:10.678 --> 00:37:11.979
  • Imagine the excitement when thespies returned to Kadesh Barnea.
  • 00:37:12.013 --> 00:37:15.316
  • Their mission had taken 40 days,and nobody knew
  • 00:37:15.349 --> 00:37:18.653
  • if they had survivedor perished and, day after day,
  • 00:37:18.686 --> 00:37:21.756
  • centuries atIsrael's parameters,
  • 00:37:21.789 --> 00:37:23.924
  • watched for them,and now they're back,
  • 00:37:23.958 --> 00:37:26.027
  • all of them safe and sound.
  • 00:37:26.060 --> 00:37:28.663
  • But as you know,they were not united.
  • 00:37:28.696 --> 00:37:31.766
  • Most of them wanted to livein the safe zone.
  • 00:37:31.799 --> 00:37:35.536
  • So, let's take them and someother stories along the way,
  • 00:37:35.569 --> 00:37:39.740
  • and let's talk about how to livein the safe zone.
  • 00:37:39.774 --> 00:37:43.878
  • Have you ever heardof these names?
  • 00:37:43.911 --> 00:37:46.881
  • Shammua, Shaphat, Igal,Palti, Gaddiel, Gaddi, Ammiel,
  • 00:37:46.914 --> 00:37:54.855
  • Sethur, Nahbi, and Geuel?
  • 00:37:54.889 --> 00:37:57.658
  • I haven't heard of them before.
  • 00:37:57.692 --> 00:37:59.794
  • Have you?
  • 00:37:59.827 --> 00:38:01.128
  • No, because these arethe names of the ten spies
  • 00:38:01.162 --> 00:38:02.797
  • who risked their livesin an espionage mission,
  • 00:38:02.830 --> 00:38:05.833
  • only to lose their heartand forget to trust in God,
  • 00:38:05.866 --> 00:38:09.470
  • and they came backwith a negative report.
  • 00:38:09.503 --> 00:38:13.007
  • They discouraged,they disheartened
  • 00:38:13.040 --> 00:38:15.476
  • the people of Israel.
  • 00:38:15.509 --> 00:38:17.812
  • Those men madethree terrible mistakes,
  • 00:38:17.845 --> 00:38:21.215
  • and we can make these mistakesourselves if we're not careful.
  • 00:38:21.248 --> 00:38:25.353
  • They fell into three traps,
  • 00:38:25.386 --> 00:38:27.355
  • and you and I have to avoidthese at all costs.
  • 00:38:27.388 --> 00:38:30.091
  • First of all, they maximizedthe opposition.
  • 00:38:30.124 --> 00:38:34.362
  • Oh, how we love to do this.
  • 00:38:34.395 --> 00:38:36.297
  • God wants you to go forward.
  • 00:38:36.330 --> 00:38:38.165
  • He has adventures,challenges and victories,
  • 00:38:38.199 --> 00:38:40.568
  • and meaningful tasks for you,and as you look at the bridge
  • 00:38:40.601 --> 00:38:43.904
  • to your future, are you lookingat the ropes,
  • 00:38:43.938 --> 00:38:46.674
  • or are you lookin' at the holes?
  • 00:38:46.707 --> 00:38:48.876
  • In Number 13,the ten spies magnified
  • 00:38:48.909 --> 00:38:52.380
  • every threat they looked at.
  • 00:38:52.413 --> 00:38:54.715
  • They looked at the bridgeGod had designed for the future,
  • 00:38:54.749 --> 00:38:57.518
  • and they saw only the holes.
  • 00:38:57.551 --> 00:38:59.720
  • The Bible says, "The menwho had gone up with him said,
  • 00:38:59.754 --> 00:39:03.023
  • 'We are not able to go upagainst these people,
  • 00:39:03.057 --> 00:39:06.160
  • for they are stronger than we.'
  • 00:39:06.193 --> 00:39:08.295
  • And they gavethe children of Israel
  • 00:39:08.329 --> 00:39:09.964
  • a bad report of the landwhich they had spied out,
  • 00:39:09.997 --> 00:39:12.633
  • saying, 'The land through whichwe have gone as spies is a land
  • 00:39:12.666 --> 00:39:16.937
  • that devours its inhabitants,and all the people
  • 00:39:16.971 --> 00:39:19.774
  • whom we saw in it were menof great stature.
  • 00:39:19.807 --> 00:39:22.276
  • There were giantsof the descendants of Anak,
  • 00:39:22.309 --> 00:39:26.247
  • who came from the giants,and we were like grasshoppers
  • 00:39:26.280 --> 00:39:29.049
  • in our own sight,and so we were in their sight.'"
  • 00:39:29.083 --> 00:39:33.487
  • If you propose to move forwardin life,
  • 00:39:33.521 --> 00:39:35.656
  • especially if you aspireto leadership,
  • 00:39:35.689 --> 00:39:37.892
  • you're gonna have to learnwhat it means
  • 00:39:37.925 --> 00:39:39.860
  • to take risks to live by faith.
  • 00:39:39.894 --> 00:39:42.196
  • One of the things we do,when we refuse to risk
  • 00:39:42.229 --> 00:39:44.965
  • when we try to keep from losinginstead of trying to win,
  • 00:39:44.999 --> 00:39:48.969
  • is we maximize the opposition.
  • 00:39:49.003 --> 00:39:52.139
  • Number two, we minimizethe opportunities.
  • 00:39:52.173 --> 00:39:55.843
  • While the ten spies maximizedthe opposition,
  • 00:39:55.876 --> 00:39:58.512
  • they also minimizedthe incredible opportunity
  • 00:39:58.546 --> 00:40:01.649
  • that God had given them.
  • 00:40:01.682 --> 00:40:03.551
  • They only had a dim perceptionof what God had
  • 00:40:03.584 --> 00:40:06.020
  • in store for them.
  • 00:40:06.053 --> 00:40:07.455
  • They believed in their heartsthat God was setting that up
  • 00:40:07.488 --> 00:40:09.790
  • for destruction,
  • 00:40:09.824 --> 00:40:11.892
  • and their unbeliefwas contagious.
  • 00:40:11.926 --> 00:40:14.695
  • You can read it for yourselfin Numbers chapter 14:
  • 00:40:14.728 --> 00:40:18.566
  • "So all the congregationlifted up their voices
  • 00:40:18.599 --> 00:40:21.068
  • and cried, and the peoplewept that night.
  • 00:40:21.101 --> 00:40:24.538
  • And all the children of Israelcomplained against Moses
  • 00:40:24.572 --> 00:40:27.475
  • and Aaron, and the wholecongregation said to them,
  • 00:40:27.508 --> 00:40:31.078
  • 'If only we had diedin the land of Egypt!
  • 00:40:31.111 --> 00:40:33.614
  • Or if only we had diedin this wilderness!
  • 00:40:33.647 --> 00:40:35.883
  • Why has the Lord brought us tothis land to fall by the sword,
  • 00:40:35.916 --> 00:40:39.954
  • that our wives and childrenshould become victims?
  • 00:40:39.987 --> 00:40:42.623
  • Would it not be better for usto return to Egypt?'"
  • 00:40:42.656 --> 00:40:46.160
  • You see, their perception of Godwould be laughable
  • 00:40:47.461 --> 00:40:50.231
  • if it weren't so tragic.
  • 00:40:50.264 --> 00:40:52.333
  • After all the Lord had donefor them--
  • 00:40:52.366 --> 00:40:54.401
  • he had delivered themfrom slavery,
  • 00:40:54.435 --> 00:40:56.136
  • he had parted the wide watersof the Red Sea,
  • 00:40:56.170 --> 00:40:58.739
  • he'd accompanied themwith cloud and fire,
  • 00:40:58.772 --> 00:41:01.175
  • he'd given them his law,he'd given food and drink
  • 00:41:01.208 --> 00:41:04.245
  • in the wilderness,he had promised to make them
  • 00:41:04.278 --> 00:41:06.247
  • a great nationin a land flowing
  • 00:41:06.280 --> 00:41:07.948
  • with milk and honey,
  • 00:41:07.982 --> 00:41:09.416
  • and all they could do wasquickly forget.
  • 00:41:09.450 --> 00:41:13.053
  • When we forget all the blessingsGod has provided for us
  • 00:41:13.087 --> 00:41:16.023
  • in the past,we're apt to minimize
  • 00:41:16.056 --> 00:41:18.359
  • his ability to guide usin the future.
  • 00:41:18.392 --> 00:41:21.629
  • We may even dread the futureand where we think
  • 00:41:21.662 --> 00:41:24.732
  • God is leading us,and so we're exactly
  • 00:41:24.765 --> 00:41:27.001
  • where the devil wants us.
  • 00:41:27.034 --> 00:41:28.602
  • He puts us in a placeof avoiding risks
  • 00:41:28.636 --> 00:41:30.871
  • and playing it safe.
  • 00:41:30.905 --> 00:41:32.606
  • Oh, we of little faith.
  • 00:41:32.640 --> 00:41:35.743
  • What I'm telling you is this:
  • 00:41:35.776 --> 00:41:38.078
  • Go forward with confidenceand courage,
  • 00:41:38.112 --> 00:41:40.915
  • and do the taskGod has set for you.
  • 00:41:40.948 --> 00:41:43.951
  • Don't maximize the opposition.
  • 00:41:45.452 --> 00:41:48.489
  • Don't minimizethe opportunities because,
  • 00:41:48.522 --> 00:41:51.559
  • if you do, you will jeopardizethe objective.
  • 00:41:51.592 --> 00:41:55.129
  • In their unbelief,men and women,
  • 00:41:55.162 --> 00:41:57.431
  • the Israelites discardedthe precious,
  • 00:41:57.464 --> 00:41:59.433
  • powerful futurethat God had for them.
  • 00:41:59.466 --> 00:42:02.169
  • Their act of defiant unbeliefincurred a terrible penalty.
  • 00:42:02.202 --> 00:42:07.341
  • First of all, the punishmentfor bringing back an evil report
  • 00:42:07.374 --> 00:42:10.544
  • to the people of God was metedout in two severe sentences.
  • 00:42:10.578 --> 00:42:14.815
  • First, the ten menwho gave the evil report
  • 00:42:14.848 --> 00:42:17.885
  • were killed immediatelyby a plague.
  • 00:42:17.918 --> 00:42:21.288
  • Numbers 14, "Now the men whomMoses sent to spy out the land,
  • 00:42:21.322 --> 00:42:25.926
  • who returned and madeall the congregation complain
  • 00:42:25.960 --> 00:42:28.896
  • against him by bringinga bad report of the land,
  • 00:42:28.929 --> 00:42:31.532
  • those very men who broughtthe evil report about the land,
  • 00:42:31.565 --> 00:42:35.269
  • they died by the plaguebefore the Lord.
  • 00:42:35.302 --> 00:42:39.173
  • But Joshua the son of Nunand Caleb the son of Jephunneh
  • 00:42:39.206 --> 00:42:42.576
  • remained alive, of the menwho went to spy out the land."
  • 00:42:42.610 --> 00:42:47.047
  • Second, not only did the menwho brought the report die,
  • 00:42:47.081 --> 00:42:50.818
  • but all the people who listenedto the report,
  • 00:42:50.851 --> 00:42:53.220
  • they were sentenced as well.
  • 00:42:53.253 --> 00:42:54.922
  • Listen to Numbers 14:29 and 30:"The carcasses of you
  • 00:42:54.955 --> 00:42:59.126
  • who have complained against meshall fall in the wilderness,
  • 00:42:59.159 --> 00:43:04.064
  • all of you who were numbered,according to your entire number,
  • 00:43:04.098 --> 00:43:07.267
  • from 20 years old and above.
  • 00:43:07.301 --> 00:43:09.203
  • Except for Calebthe son of Jephunneh
  • 00:43:09.236 --> 00:43:10.871
  • and Joshua the son of Nun,you shall by no means
  • 00:43:10.904 --> 00:43:14.908
  • enter the land which I sworeI would make you dwell in."
  • 00:43:14.942 --> 00:43:18.846
  • Let me ask you a question today.
  • 00:43:18.879 --> 00:43:20.414
  • What is your Canaan?
  • 00:43:20.447 --> 00:43:22.216
  • What does God want youto tackle?
  • 00:43:22.249 --> 00:43:24.251
  • What does he want youto possess?
  • 00:43:24.284 --> 00:43:25.953
  • What does he want youto accomplish for him?
  • 00:43:25.986 --> 00:43:29.556
  • Unbelief forfeitsyour opportunities
  • 00:43:29.590 --> 00:43:32.159
  • and jeopardizes your objective.
  • 00:43:32.192 --> 00:43:35.095
  • So, let's keep seizingthe moments God provides for us
  • 00:43:35.129 --> 00:43:39.433
  • with childlike wonder.
  • 00:43:39.466 --> 00:43:42.236
  • If God said it, I believe it,and that settles it,
  • 00:43:42.269 --> 00:43:45.339
  • and I'm gonna do it.
  • 00:43:45.372 --> 00:43:47.541
  • How to live lifein the safe zone.
  • 00:43:47.574 --> 00:43:50.611
  • So, let's talk now about howto risk life in the faith zone.
  • 00:43:50.644 --> 00:43:55.516
  • That brings us back to Caleb.
  • 00:43:55.549 --> 00:43:57.918
  • He and Joshua representthe minority opinion
  • 00:43:57.951 --> 00:44:00.521
  • among the spies.
  • 00:44:00.554 --> 00:44:02.756
  • Caleb had pleadedwith the people.
  • 00:44:02.790 --> 00:44:05.526
  • He said, "Let us go up.
  • 00:44:05.559 --> 00:44:07.261
  • Let us take possession.
  • 00:44:07.294 --> 00:44:08.595
  • We are well ableto overcome it."
  • 00:44:08.629 --> 00:44:11.465
  • Imagine Caleb's frustrationwhen the whole nation
  • 00:44:11.498 --> 00:44:14.101
  • shouted down his words.
  • 00:44:14.134 --> 00:44:17.538
  • But God heard,and as the decades passed,
  • 00:44:17.571 --> 00:44:20.207
  • one by one, the older Israelitespassed away,
  • 00:44:20.240 --> 00:44:23.477
  • and their bodies dottedthe desert.
  • 00:44:23.510 --> 00:44:26.380
  • Even the aged Moses ascendedMount Pisgah and died.
  • 00:44:26.413 --> 00:44:30.451
  • Joshua and Caleb were the solesurvivors of their generation.
  • 00:44:30.484 --> 00:44:35.189
  • When the day came to leadIsrael into the Promised Land,
  • 00:44:35.222 --> 00:44:38.392
  • they were as young in spiritas 40 years before.
  • 00:44:38.425 --> 00:44:41.595
  • Joshua succeeded Moses.
  • 00:44:42.262 --> 00:44:43.931
  • He led the Israelitesacross the Jordan River
  • 00:44:43.964 --> 00:44:46.366
  • into the land of Canaan.
  • 00:44:46.400 --> 00:44:47.701
  • And as we readthrough the book of Joshua,
  • 00:44:47.735 --> 00:44:50.370
  • we find conquest after conquestand allotment after allotment.
  • 00:44:50.404 --> 00:44:55.242
  • And then we open our Biblesto Joshua chapter 14,
  • 00:44:55.275 --> 00:44:58.078
  • and who should we meet againbut my favorite man, Caleb?
  • 00:44:58.112 --> 00:45:02.282
  • He made a trip to seehis old friend and fellow spy,
  • 00:45:03.283 --> 00:45:06.386
  • Joshua, and this iswhat he said to him.
  • 00:45:06.420 --> 00:45:09.423
  • He said, "You know the wordwhich the Lord said to Moses
  • 00:45:09.790 --> 00:45:12.693
  • the man of God concerning youand me in Kadesh Barnea.
  • 00:45:12.726 --> 00:45:16.563
  • I was 40 years old when Mosesthe servant of the Lord sent me
  • 00:45:16.597 --> 00:45:19.533
  • from Kadesh Barneato spy out the land,
  • 00:45:19.566 --> 00:45:21.835
  • and I brought back word to himas it was in my heart.
  • 00:45:21.869 --> 00:45:25.606
  • Nevertheless my brethrenwho went up with me,
  • 00:45:25.639 --> 00:45:28.776
  • the heart of the people,they made them to melt,
  • 00:45:28.809 --> 00:45:31.378
  • but I followed the Lord my God.
  • 00:45:31.411 --> 00:45:33.614
  • So Moses sworeon that day, saying,
  • 00:45:33.647 --> 00:45:35.649
  • 'Surely the land whereyour foot has trodden shall be
  • 00:45:35.682 --> 00:45:38.852
  • your inheritanceand your children's forever,
  • 00:45:38.886 --> 00:45:41.188
  • because you have whollyfollowed the Lord my God.'"
  • 00:45:41.221 --> 00:45:45.058
  • Now, friends,with the passing of years,
  • 00:45:45.092 --> 00:45:47.528
  • Caleb's faith had grown.
  • 00:45:47.561 --> 00:45:49.930
  • Mind was sharp.
  • 00:45:49.963 --> 00:45:51.532
  • His spirit was strong.
  • 00:45:51.565 --> 00:45:53.033
  • His enthusiasmwas like a child's.
  • 00:45:53.066 --> 00:45:55.669
  • The promise of God was stillthe obsession of his heart.
  • 00:45:55.702 --> 00:45:59.006
  • I believe there arefour reasons for this,
  • 00:45:59.039 --> 00:46:01.341
  • and they help us understandwhat is involved
  • 00:46:01.375 --> 00:46:03.944
  • in living a life of risk.
  • 00:46:03.977 --> 00:46:07.681
  • If you don't get anything elseout of what I'm saying today,
  • 00:46:07.714 --> 00:46:10.317
  • get these four thingsbecause these are the key
  • 00:46:10.350 --> 00:46:13.420
  • to your living a lifeout of the safe zone.
  • 00:46:13.453 --> 00:46:19.159
  • First of all, risk-takers stayexuberant about their lives.
  • 00:46:19.193 --> 00:46:24.097
  • The first reason has to dowith Caleb's exuberance.
  • 00:46:24.131 --> 00:46:26.767
  • He told Joshua, "The Lordhas kept me alive these 45 years
  • 00:46:26.800 --> 00:46:30.704
  • and ever since the Lordspoke this word to Moses
  • 00:46:30.737 --> 00:46:34.041
  • while Israel wanderedin the wilderness.
  • 00:46:34.074 --> 00:46:36.310
  • And now--" listen to this--"here I am this day,
  • 00:46:36.343 --> 00:46:38.579
  • 85 years old, and I am as strongthis day as I was on the day
  • 00:46:38.612 --> 00:46:43.717
  • that Moses sent me."
  • 00:46:43.750 --> 00:46:45.052
  • In other words, Caleb said,"I'm 85, but I should be 40,
  • 00:46:45.085 --> 00:46:49.690
  • 'cause I have the same energy,the same enthusiasm,
  • 00:46:49.723 --> 00:46:52.226
  • the same exuberance about lifethat I had 45 years ago."
  • 00:46:52.259 --> 00:46:58.232
  • That same joyful eagerness isavailable to you and to me.
  • 00:46:58.265 --> 00:47:03.370
  • "For me?"you say.
  • 00:47:03.403 --> 00:47:05.772
  • Yes, it is.
  • 00:47:05.806 --> 00:47:07.708
  • You can't lose the wonderof the worshipful,
  • 00:47:07.741 --> 00:47:10.477
  • promise-filled lifeChrist died to give you.
  • 00:47:10.510 --> 00:47:14.081
  • You can ask God for joy.
  • 00:47:14.114 --> 00:47:15.849
  • You can choose to beexuberant in life,
  • 00:47:15.883 --> 00:47:18.118
  • based on his promises.
  • 00:47:18.151 --> 00:47:19.586
  • It's not a matterof conjuring up emotions.
  • 00:47:19.620 --> 00:47:22.422
  • It's a matter of saying,"Lord, with your help,
  • 00:47:22.456 --> 00:47:25.325
  • I'm gonna be like Joshua.
  • 00:47:25.359 --> 00:47:27.094
  • I'm gonna be like Caleb,not like the other ten
  • 00:47:27.127 --> 00:47:29.930
  • who came back from Canaan."
  • 00:47:29.963 --> 00:47:32.132
  • So, risk-takers stay exuberantabout their lives.
  • 00:47:32.799 --> 00:47:37.204
  • Number two, they stay excitedabout their futures.
  • 00:47:37.237 --> 00:47:41.642
  • Caleb told Joshua,"Now therefore,
  • 00:47:41.675 --> 00:47:44.111
  • give me this mountain of whichthe Lord spoke in that day,
  • 00:47:44.144 --> 00:47:47.748
  • for you heard in that dayhow the Anakim were there,
  • 00:47:47.781 --> 00:47:51.351
  • and that the citieswere great and fortified.
  • 00:47:51.385 --> 00:47:53.453
  • It may be that the Lordwill be with me,
  • 00:47:53.487 --> 00:47:55.889
  • and I will be able to drivethem out as the Lord said."
  • 00:47:55.923 --> 00:47:59.626
  • Now, I don't know if you getwhat's going on here,
  • 00:47:59.660 --> 00:48:01.728
  • but Caleb has just walked upto his leader and asked
  • 00:48:01.762 --> 00:48:04.898
  • for the toughest assignmentin the settling of the land.
  • 00:48:04.932 --> 00:48:09.569
  • When I read that,I felt like shouting, "Yes."
  • 00:48:09.603 --> 00:48:13.407
  • At age 85, Caleb was readyto claim the hill country,
  • 00:48:13.440 --> 00:48:17.244
  • to tame the land,provide a lasting inheritance
  • 00:48:17.277 --> 00:48:19.846
  • for his children.
  • 00:48:19.880 --> 00:48:21.648
  • There's something hereI don't want you to miss.
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  • Early in this message,I told you about Hebron
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  • and that it wasthe ancestral home of Abraham,
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  • Isaac, and Jacob.
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  • But now it was inhabitedby an evil tribe
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  • of huge warriors knownas the descendants of Anak.
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  • The sight of these warriorshad terrified
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  • the ten unfaithful spies.
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  • They were made to feel likegrasshoppers compared
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  • to the enemy.
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  • This portion of territorywas still not taken by Israel.
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  • It was unpossessed, unclaimed,and the giants
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  • had scared everybody away--everybody except Caleb,
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  • who said, in effect,
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  • "I want that countryas my inheritance,
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  • and I'm ready to take care ofthose daunting super-villains.
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  • Let me at 'em."
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  • No matter your ageor your circumstance,
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  • no matter what hillyou need to climb,
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  • that kind of enthusiasm iswhat carries you forward.
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  • Caleb didn't use his gray hairto beg off the heavy lifting.
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  • He asked for a worthy challengebecause he had the wisdom
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  • to know that with a powerfulquest comes a powerful reward.
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  • In other words,knock down a giant,
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  • and you become a giant yourself.
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  • He still had a visionfor the future,
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  • and because of that,he accomplished
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  • the greatest victory of his lifewhen he was 85 years old.
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  • Risk-takers stay exuberantabout their lives.
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  • They stay excitedabout their futures,
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  • and they stay enthusiasticabout their assignment.
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  • As you can see,Caleb was enthusiastic
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  • about his assignment.
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  • Joshua and the Israeliteshad not yet succeeded
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  • in driving the evil occupantsout of the large sections
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  • of the Promised Land.
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  • The business was unfinished,but Joshua 15, verse 14, says,
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  • "Caleb drove out the three sonsof Anak--
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  • Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai,the children of Anak."
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  • Caleb did exactlywhat he was told,
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  • and he did it immediately.
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  • He is oneof those success stories
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  • who's secret isn't so secret.
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  • He just did it in the strengthof the Lord.
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  • That's enthusiasm.
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  • You know the word "enthusiasm,"made up of the Greek words
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  • for "en" and "God."
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  • "En," "theos," "ism,"it was coined to describe
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  • the zealof the early Christians.
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  • When we have the Godof all energy within us,
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  • there's a surge of powerthat's like an atomic reaction
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  • in our hearts.
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  • Risk-takers stay exuberantabout their lives.
  • 00:50:56.369 --> 00:50:59.906
  • They stay excitedabout their futures.
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  • They stay enthusiasticabout their assignment,
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  • and they stay energizedabout their God.
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  • And that brings us back tothe consummation of our story.
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  • Only the energy of Godwithin us can keep us barreling
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  • forward into the remainderof God's will for our lives.
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  • The story of Caleb's life istold in just 30 verses
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  • in the Bible, but six timesin those 30 verses,
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  • we are given the secretto his risk-filled,
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  • risk-taking life.
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  • I wanna put these before you.
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  • I want you to see these.
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  • It is really stark.
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  • It is really overwhelminglyclear and very powerful--
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  • just 30 verses,and in those verses,
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  • six times we're toldCaleb's secret.
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  • And let me tell you something,
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  • when you find Caleb's secret,you will find the secret
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  • for your life.
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  • Here are these verses:"But my servant Caleb has
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  • a different spirit in him,and he has followed me fully.
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  • They have notwholly followed me,
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  • except Calebthe son of Jephunneh,
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  • the Kenizzite,and Joshua the son of Nun,
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  • for they have wholly followedthe Lord."
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  • Deuteronomy 1,"Caleb the son of Jephunneh,
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  • he shall see it,and to him and his children
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  • I am giving the landon which he walked,
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  • because he wholly followedthe Lord."
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  • Joshua 14, "I wholly followedthe Lord my God.
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  • So Moses swore on that day,saying,
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  • 'Surely the land whereyour foot has trodden shall be
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  • your inheritance andyour children's forever,
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  • because you have wholly followedthe Lord my God.'"
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  • And Joshua 14:14,
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  • "Hebron thereforebecame the inheritance
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  • of Caleb the son of Jephunneh,the Kenizzite to this day,
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  • because he wholly followedthe Lord God of Israel."
  • 00:52:59.492 --> 00:53:04.364
  • Now, if you didn't pick upfrom my voice the key phrases
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  • in these verses,you're not listening.
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  • "Caleb wholly followed."
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  • "He wholly followed."
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  • "He wholly followed his Lord."
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  • By the time he was 85,most of his generation
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  • had given up hope and died,but Caleb still had
  • 00:53:19.346 --> 00:53:22.115
  • a bright fire burningin his heart.
  • 00:53:22.148 --> 00:53:24.084
  • He still wanted to risk his lifeon the greatest possible task
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  • that God could give him.
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  • What risk is God asking youto take as you go forward?
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  • I wanna tell you flat out,
  • 00:53:35.128 --> 00:53:36.997
  • you can't go forwardwithout risk.
  • 00:53:37.030 --> 00:53:39.432
  • His will for you is not earthlycomfort but divine courage,
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  • courage in the faceof opposition,
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  • courage in the faceof cultural change,
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  • courage when confrontedwith the unknown.
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  • God will never choose safetyfor us
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  • if it will cost significance.
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  • God created us to countand not to be counted.
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  • This is your timeto move forward.
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  • This is my time to move forwardout of the safe zone
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  • into the faith zoneand going forward.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: No matterwhat season of life in which
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We have to getto the place where we understand
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  • that God has given us a manual,and when we're trying to pursue
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