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The Obstacle Course of Faith

January 28, 2024
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Analytics: Beyond the Numbers
The trials we face are not just obstacles but opportunities for growth and deeper reliance on God. Listen in as David explains how God shapes us through trials, redefines our essentials, and leads us to maturity and unity in Him.

Review

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Outline

I. God shapes His people toward maturity. He leads them through difficult environments. (11:1-3)

  • He helps them redefine essentials. (11:4-9)
  • He hears them pray with emotion. (11:10-15)
  • He acts in power to establish His excellency. (11:16-35)

II. God calls His people to unity. He hears criticism of His chosen leaders. (12:1-9)

  • He judges those who wrongly critique. (12:10-16)

III. God leads His people to expectancy. He urges His people to consider His promises. (13:1-25)

  • He gives courage to obey. (13:26-33)
  • Obstacles will test your relationships and readiness.
  • God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him.
  • Will you trust Him to be your King?

Next Week: Numbers 14-15

Further Study

David talked about criticism, wrong critique, and godly accountability. As he showed us with Miriam and Aaron’s critique of Moses, discord can arise even among the faithful. Take a minute to read about another sharp disagreement, this time between Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15:36-41.

  • Why did they part ways (cf Acts 13:13)?
  • Who was John Mark and why was Paul angry with his leaving them (Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37–39; Col 4:10)?
  • Read 2 Timothy 4:11. Did God restore unity here as He did with Miriam and Aaron? 2 Timothy was the last Paul wrote before his execution, so his final requests here are important. What a poignant testimony to our faithful Redeemer.

Spend a minute in Galatians 2:11-21. Why did Paul oppose Peter, an apostle and fellow believer (verse 14)? Was this a matter of preference/hurt feelings or of theology?

At the end of his message, David said this, “Ultimately, what was happening on this journey is that God had called these people out of slavery and said, ‘Am I enough? Do you trust Me?’ And now in Christ He has taken us from death to life, and He says, ‘As you face these difficult circumstances, is My sacrifice on the cross, is My resurrection, are My prayers that I continue to offer for you in heaven—are they enough?”

  • How would you answer these questions? Do you cling to the cross of Christ for forgiveness and grace? Perhaps you are a believer who is weary and full of doubt. No matter your struggle, we would love to talk with you. Reach out at 337-480-1555 or electronically here.

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Ultimately what was happening on this journey is that God had called these people out of slavery and He said, "Am I enough? Do you trust Me?" And now in Christ He has taken us from death to life and He says, "As you face these difficult circumstances, is My sacrifice on the cross, is My resurrection, are My prayers that I continue to offer up for you in heaven, are they enough?" Brothers and sisters, I promise you, the answer is always yes. God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him.

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