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if we insist on not moving forward with

God’s perspective we will go in circles

and never cross over to victory in our

lives victory over our addictions

victory in our relationships because we

still are giving excuses for staying





God wants us to have a set of glasses on

as we look at

life that are colored with Kingdom

lenses lenses that are seeing things as

he colors them as he God perceives them


God directs them as God wants them

understood far too many of of God’s

people are wearing cultural

glasses or racial glasses or class

glasses or personality glasses and they

see things through the

lens of those particular

perspectives God has a set of

glasses that he wants us to


as we look at

life Kingdom lenses designed to give you

Kingdom Vision that is vision from God’s

rule the kingdom is the rule of

God the Kingdom Agenda is the visible

manifestation of that rule over every

area of life he wants you to look at

every area of life through his



had sent Israel through a

process these are his people in the Old

Testament and he sends them through a

journey for which he sends all of us

through the Journey began with

deliverance from Egypt so it began with

Deliverance it continued through through

development in the

wilderness so he set them free from

Egypt in order to develop them in the

wilderness development then led to

Destiny his ultimate purpose for them in

history God does the same three

movements with your life and my

Life Deliverance the point of your

salvation when you trusted

Christ then he wants to develop you

through Spiritual Development in

discipleship so that he can lead you to

Destiny the place he’s taking you in

order to use you in

history now by Destiny I’m not referring

to Heaven that’s our ultimate Destiny

I’m referring to usefulness in history

because when God took Israel to their

Destiny in the promised land there were

still Hittites Canaanites

amorites there were still problems to be

dealt with not true for us in heaven but

those are challenges that we still face

in history but we’re prepared to face

them because of development having

already been

delivered we find

in chapter

13 of the Book of

Numbers Israel is on the

precipice of the promised land the place


Destiny the place where God wanted them

to wind up in

history the place where they were

anticipating God’s Divine favor being


realized but that is where we run into a

problem a problem that they ran into a

problem that we run into and that is the

problem of grasshopper

thinking a grasshopper

complex as they come into the precipice

of where God wants them to be they are

right on the

verge of

Experiencing God historical purpose for

them and we read in verse 33 these

words there

also we saw the

Nephilim the sons of

anch a part of the

Nephilim and we became like

grasshoppers in our own

sight and so we were in their

Sint please notice what they say after

they start feeling as Grasshoppers and

so we were in their

sight so when we felt like grasshoppers

they treated us like

grasshoppers in other words your

self-perception will affect how other

folk view you

amen said we saw ourselves as grass

hoers and they saw us as

grasshoppers see a lot of

folk are seeing themselves in a way God

never defined

them and then wind up being mad cuz folk

are treating you like you see

you why shouldn’t I agree with how you


yourself a grasshopper mentality a

grasshopper complex

is when you limit your

perspective to the size of the physical

problem that you face rather than the

spiritual assessment that God

makes he said we saw the

Nephilim when we saw them they got

bigger and we got

smaller they limited their perspective

to the physical

alone because the Nephilim were

giants the Nephilim were this huge

community of strong

men and when we saw them We

Shrunk many of God’s people and many of

us as

individuals don’t see ourselves like God


us and so we cumb to cultural analysis

racial analysis social analysis

political analysis because we have

limited ourselves to the Nephilim of

society and how they want us to be

viewed and how we view

ourselves and

so let’s look at this situation A Little

Closer because I want you to

change if you need to change how you

look at yourself

and I want you to

change how you look at God’s church and

how the church views itself because this

was the collective people of

God in a culture that’s now being

controlled by the

Nephilim see I I want to submit to you

that the Nephilim look like they’re in

charge see the Nephilim were anti- God

the neph Le were were big they were the

powerful ones they were they were the

ones who controlled the agenda they were

the ones who occupied the territory they

were the secularists of the day and they

were calling the

shots and they were defining

reality we’re told that in the beginning

of the chapter verse one then the Lord

spoke to Moses saying send out for

yourself men so that they may spy out

the land of Canaan so let me give you

the rest of the

story it’s described for us in

Deuteronomy chapter

1 after numbers comes

Deuteronomy Moses is rehearsing what

happened so this is after the

fact verse 19 says then we set out from

Horeb and we went through all the great

and terrible Wilderness which you saw on

the way to the Hill Country of the

amorites just as the Lord Our God had

commanded us and we came to Kadesh

Bara and I said to you you have come to

the Hill Country of the amorites which

the Lord our God is about to give us so

they got in the promise of God God’s

going to give you

this see the Lord your God has placed

the land before you go up take

possession as the Lord the god of your

fathers has spoken to you do not fear

and be dismayed so Moses is rehearsing

this verse 22 then all of you approached

me and said let us send men before us

that we may search out the land for us

and bring back to us word of the way by

which we should go up and cities which

we shall enter this thing pleased me and

I took 12 of your your men one man for

each tribe oh what we just got some new

information from Deuteronomy that we

didn’t get from

numbers in numbers chap 13 verse1 it

says God said send the 12 Spies that’s

what numbers 131 says but in Deuteronomy

1 it wasn’t God’s idea to send the 12 it

says the people came up with the idea to

send the 12 and the reason the people

came out the idea to send the 12 was to

spy out what strategy are we going to

use to take

it Dr Evans will be right back after

this important





God makes legal promises I’ll do this

I’ll do that but God wants us to

implement the strategy for claiming what

he’s declared will

happen if you don’t know the

promise then the strategy is connected

to nothingness or your own human

opinion but if you do know the promise

but don’t develop a

strategy then the promise lays dormant

it’s still there but you don’t get

it they had a strategy to claim the

promise even though the promise involved

the problem I don’t want to go too fast

here the promise was the promised land

but in the promise was a

problem the amorites the Canaanites the

Hittites the

jebusites the IES were in the

land so God’s promises don’t mean there


problems but God’s

promises that also have problems are to


addressed by the strategy used to grab a

hold of what he has

said he says it up there we implement it

down here so they send 12 Spies into the

land to spy out the strategy for taking

it now numbers 13: 20 5 when they

returned from spying out the land at the

end of 40

days becomes very important that way

remember say 40 days all right they

proceeded they came to the congregation

verse 26

says and they brought the word

back verse 27 we went into the land

where you sent us and it flow with milk

and honey that means it’s highly

productive just like God said this is



nevertheless the people who live in the

land are

strong the cities are

fortified and moreover we saw the

descendants of anoch there that’s the

Nephilim he says these folks the am

amalec Hittites Je ites amorites these

problems are all over the

place 10 of the spies spoke

up and said while God’s promises are

true the problems are too

big when I when I look at the culture

today I I see I I see Nephilim

everywhere I see Democratic Nephilim and

Republican Nephilim black Nephilim and

white Nephilim I see Nephilim

everywhere strong problems in every

direction and they said this it’s too

big even though we agree that yeah God


it but here it is then Caleb quieted the

people before Moses he had to quiet the

people down why because they said oh no

oh no this is this we can’t fix this

this is too big

we should Caleb said verse 30 by all

means go up and take possession of it

for we will surely overcome

it but the men who had gone up with him

we are not able to go up against the

people for they are too strong for

us so they gave out to the sons of

Israel verse 32 a bad

report of the the land which they had

spied out the land through which we have

gone is spying it out is a land that

devours we got cannibals in there

devours its inhabitants and all the

people whom we saw in it are men of

great size we have a big

problem because we got a divided

leadership the 10 saw the physical and

two saw the


this is the problem with majority

rule cuz the vote is 10 to

two 10 Spies versus Joshua and

Caleb so let me give you a secret if you

want to begin to experience God’s

Kingdom power working in your life your

home our church and hopefully to

influence our

culture you don’t vote on the will of


amen let me say that again they going to

vote it’s 10 to

two and you’re gonna get ready to see

the folks say majority

rule and since 10 leaders said this and

two leaders said that we’re gonna go

with the 10 you never vote on the will

of God when God said something it

doesn’t matter how many folks say



doesn’t matter how many

folk doesn’t matter how many people

voted for it or voted for this or voted

for that when God speaks you are to

implement his principle if you want to

see his power even though it means you

have to overcome some

problems if you listen to the voices of

the majority who are not pursuing the

the will of God it doesn’t mean they’re

wrong except that they’re not pursuing

the will of God whenever that happens

you have the wrong set of glasses

on you want leadership in your life in

your family in the church and even in

the culture that has the guts to see the

spiritual and who will start

there doesn’t deny the problem Caleb

does not deny the problem he just

doesn’t stop with the

problem he starts with the reality that

God had already made a promise so let me

let me show you what happened Chapter 14

verse 3 and 4 why is the Lord bringing

us into this

land to Fall by the

sword our wives and our little ones will


plunder would it not be better for us to

return to Egypt

so that they said to one another let us

appoint a leader and return to

Egypt uh here’s another problem we had

we had a problem of bad

leadership but we had a problem of also

people who were still tied to their

past see Egypt is their past Egypt is

where they came from in fact when they

were in Egypt they were fussing and

cussing to get out

yes but they said and and and when they

heard the word of God about this

promised land they thought that was

great but now that they have a problem

they want to go

backwards they want to

regress and not keep going in the will

of God even though their problems to

overcome they were Tethered to the

Past see so many of us were raised by


world raised by

ungodly way of thinking that our minds

got to think that’s the only way we can

be happy that’s the only way we can be

fulfilled that’s the only way we can be

victorious that’s the only way we can

overcome and so we go back to that

Egypt because we still see a challenge

to move

forward because we’re not like Caleb who

is looking at things through spiritual

eyes he says in Hebrews chapter 4 verse

one these verses therefore let us

fear while a promise

remains of entering his rest his Destiny

any one of you may seem to have come

short of it not make it over for indeed

we have had good news preached to us

what was the good news back then go to

the promised land God has given it to

you the good news is whenever you hear

the promises of God given to you in

church just as they also

but the word they heard did not profit

them did you know you could hear the

word and not benefit from it the word

they heard did not benefit them profit

them because it was not United by faith

in those who heard verse three for we

who have believed enter that rest just

as he said as I swore to my fathers they

shall not enter my rest he says you can

hear the word and not profit from it

because you don’t mix it with

faith when they heard the

report the majority report versus The

Minority Report 10 veres 2 chapter 14

verse1 then all the congregation lifted

up their voices and cried and the people

wept that night and the sons of Israel

grumbled against Moses and Aaron and the

whole congregation said to them would

that we have died in the land of Egypt

or would that we have died in this

wilderness they are

crying sad and emotional about their

Rebellion not because they trying to fix

it cuz the next verse says and they

grumbled they

grumbled at a time they should be giving

thanks for his

promises they were grumbling because of

bad leadership and

faithlessness verse 29 of chapter 14

your corpses will fall in this

Wilderness even all your numbered

men according to the complete number

from 20 years old and upward who have

grumbled against me verse 35 I the Lord

have spoken surely I will do all this

evil congregation who have gathered

together against me in this Wilderness

they shall be destroyed and and they

will die look at verse 34 according to

the number of days which you spot out

the land 40 Days for every day you shall

bear your guilt a year even 40 years and

you will know my

opposition they said oh that we might

die in this Wilderness and God said

okay if we insist

on not moving forward with God’s

perspective Kingdom eyeglasses we will

go in

circles and never cross over to victory

in our lives victory over our addictions

victory in our relationships because we

still are giving excuses for staying

stuck I’m trying to get us to move

forward with the

challenges in spite of the challenges in

our lives and in our

spheres so search out God’s promises for

your situation for our situation and

then let’s move let’s get let’s get

going I want you to ask God to give you

new eyes to give you a different pair of

Shades to help you see his promises and

then to act on


them the size height scope of these

Hills and rocks and trees makes me look

very very

small when you compare the size of your

problem your circumstances your

struggles against the size of your God

they will begin to shrink too life does


realities that cause us pain and that


consternation but they must be all put

alongside of who God Is What God Says

and what God has done in the past to

help us cope and not only cope but

overcome the things that we’re facing

now throughout the Bible God’s people

have faced things that look like it was

going to both defeat and Destroy them

but when they were able to bring God’s

perspective into it even though it

looked like defeat was inevitable God

was able to bring Victory out of Ashes

whatever you’re going through right now

put it along side of God and watch it

shrink as the side of God grows when you

look throughout the Bible praise is

appropriate to problem because the more

you praise the more you’re recognizing

God and the more you recognizing God the

smaller the issues of life will become

keep your your praise up so your

struggles go





so what Jesus is offering us all of us

as Believers is the opportunity to see

differently to see with new eyes how do

you do that simply you invite God’s

perspective into decision making this

world is real but it is temporary you

and I are supposed to be in this world

drawing life from that world and he says

when you do that you will not lose

heart sometimes it says suddenly that

means out of nowhere are you telling me

you can be messed up for 18 years

doctors can’t help you friends can’t

help you you can be tow up from the flow

up for 18 years and just a touch

I just a

touch from Jesus can turn that thing

around overnight there is neither Jew

nor Greek there is neither slave nor

free man there is neither male nor

female for you are all one in Christ

Jesus and if you belong to Christ then

you are Abraham’s

descendant hes according to the promise

somebody ought to get excited up in here

you can tell them now I’m a child at a