SUNDAY SERMON:’When Majority Decision is Wrong’

Text: Numbers 13: 25 – 33 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days ———  And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. It is not a mark of humility to speak contrary to God’s will for any reason whatsoever; rather it is a mark of disrespect, disregard and disobedience. 12 spies were sent by Moses, as instructed by God, to spy the land of Canaan. A spy was chosen from each tribe of Israel. As previously informed by God, the land was fertile; indeed ‘flowing with milk and honey’. That was exactly what the spies found out; just as they were told. They brought back the physical proof of fruits from the land. However, 10 out of the twelve allowed their outward vision to dim or becloud their inward vision. The challenge faced violated their potential and turned them into ‘jellyfishes’. Not only did they underrate themselves; they did so to God too! They meant by their statement that they and their God were grasshoppers, in comparison to the sons of Anak found in the land. How small is your God? How big is your God? Joshua and Caleb were the exceptional two who gave a minority report.  These faithful and bold two were almost stoned by the angry multitude. The minority report which was strongly and overwhelmingly rejected, turned our to be the prevailing, winning report! The two spies reached the promised land, while the ten, who initially thought they were wiser than God, died in the wilderness, never reaching the promised land!  In the past few decades, there have been political elections in Europe, Africa, Asia, America and around the world, where the declared results have not always been the best! Opinion polls, sometimes, are false parameters to assess candidates. So much for political digression. You are as great or small as you rate yourself, in line with or against the counsel of the Most High God! The 10 who were initial heroes turned out to be villains in the end, while the converse is true of the 2. How small is your God and how small are you? Life is full of many challenges and obstacles. How we face those challenges or obstacles and overcome them or not; make or spoil our stability and progress. I am always challenged and encouraged by the persistent efforts of Abraham Lincoln. He did not allow his poor background to hinder him. He was self developed, becoming a lawyer. He failed in two attempts to become a senator, but this great man went on to become the 16th President of the United States of America, without building a rest house at the post of failure! The same can be said of two of the great African leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Obafemi Awolowo. Abraham had faith in God. He also had faith in himself! How small is your God? How small are you? What are your own peculiar challenges or obstacles? Joblessness, Spouselessness, Indecent relationships, Homelessness, Frustration and hopelessness; Rejection and discrimination; Bullying, violence, gangsterism and terrorism; Disappointment and loneliness, Slavery to drugs, Fearfulness, torment and anguish; Diagnosis with terminal disease and bereavement?  You name it, and I inform you of the available light at the end of the tunnel!  JESUS CHRIST SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS! Put away any or all of these: self-pity or pride, arrogance, laziness, fear and procrastination. Please,come out of the self-imposed shell or bondage! Call on Jesus Christ today. Invite him into your life, asking him to help you. If you already have done this recently or in the past, surrender that particular problem or obstacle to him and ask him to help you. God has given all power to help, heal, set free, and save human beings to his son,  the Lord, Jesus Christ. Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. God says we should call upon him and that he would answer us and show us great and mighty things which we do not know(Jeremiah 33:3).  God bless you.

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