By Minister Aderemi Adelugba –
Text: Numbers 13: 1-33
Joshua 1:1-6 – There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
The Bible lists several men who were the kind of men God would want us to follow as examples for our life. Men like Moses, Joshua, David, Elijah, Elisha, Job, Daniel and Paul demonstrated great faith and courage. They had the boldness of the Lord. Although, they experienced problems, they conquered in various ways in life. I pray we would be like them in Jesus name. If you must conquer nations like these men, you have a part to play in the game.
Courage is required if you must enter into a sea when you have never swum before. Courage and understanding would encourage you of how to come out if you get into a difficulty. The word of the Lord to the people in Joshua 1:1-6 was clear. Whether you are a man or a woman, for you to conquer nations, courage is required. You have been faithful and the Lord has shown you kindness. Now you need to play your part, start adding courage to your faith and you will conquer nations in Jesus name.
Moses as a leader went from being timid to becoming a bold man of God. He was known as a great leader. He was greatly used by God to deliver His people from bondage. He led his people to begin a journey into Canaan. God gave him the Ten Commandments on the Mount Sinai etc. These attributes depicts a man who was so timid and had no courage previously. But when the power of the Lord came upon him, he began to deliver nations from bondage and slavery. God wants to use you to do something greater, but you must be courageous and be strong. The scripture says in Daniel 11:32 – They that know their God will be strong and they will do exploits.
Courageous men will stand and confront situations that do not honour God: Joshua was such a perfect example of a strong man; he stood before men and women even at the age of 110. He summoned the leaders of Israel to Shechem for a farewell address. He charged them to obey the Lord who had fought for them and given them the inheritance. He warned them of the danger of apostasy, saying, “Choose you this day whom you will serve….”
Grasshopper courage will be defeated: In Numbers 13: 1-33, we saw how men with grasshopper mentality lost the battle to conquer nations. For you to be able to conquer nations you must be a man who will stand for God, you must be prepared to answer questions and, respond to issues with faith. When Moses sent the twelve spies to see the land of Canaan, the assignment from Moses appear daunting and complex, but one of the questions they were tasked to answer was in Numbers 13: 18: And see the land, what are it; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many? Ten of the spies felt defeated by what they saw. Caleb and Joshua declared victory by the grace of God. They were not moved by what they saw; they believed the report of the Lord. The others exhibited fear and felt like grasshoppers before giants. God will remove every grasshopper mentality in your life in Jesus name.
A man who must overcome must be prepared to explore: Moses charged the twelve spies to go all out; he encouraged them to be courageous. It is impossible to become an achiever, if you do not have courage and you are lazy. Proverbs 12:24-25 – The hand of the diligent will rule, but
the lazy man will be put to forced labour. The ten men truly explored, but they lost courage along the line. You will not lose courage in Jesus name.
A strong man knows how to recognise opportunities: David recognised an opportunity to destroy Goliath by faith. He visualised victory, while others were thinking he was a giant. The spies ascended by the south, and on their way up, there saw opportunities and excellent views everywhere, even when they cut down the grapes, they were unaware of the beauty of the land God was giving to them. They just could not see with the eyes of faith. They could not see how productive the grape fruits they caught were.
Jephathah was another man, at the time of his expulsion from his father’s house; he did not know how he would end up. But he went out of the city with courage. He was determined he would not return to his people as a failure. He took up boldness to re-package himself, and did not see his rejection as an excuse. When the time was right, the scripture says in Judges 11:6-8- And they said to Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon. And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, Did not you hate me, and expel me out of my father’s house? and why are you come to me now when you are in distress? And the people and princes of Gilead said one to another, What man is he that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. That was the time for Jephthah to shine. He took the opportunity and courage to negotiate his return to the top. You will recover from every losses, and you will come back to conquer nations in Jesus name.
O Lord, remove every grasshopper mentality from my life in Jesus name.
O lord, grant me heavenly courage to confront any problems that I may be faced with in Jesus name.
Excerpts of a sermon by Minister Aderemi Adelugba, at the RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York on Father’s Day, June 16th 2013.
By Minister Aderemi Adelugba –