by Rick White

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Clarifying Our Purpose for Giving (2 of 5)
Series: Giving My Best. . .Lord
Rick White
Numbers 13 and 14

Message Truth: The scriptures teach that we are to give according to how we have purposed in our heart. (2 Cor 9:7 NASB) Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver. Today we are going to clarify our purpose for giving based on the example of those who have gone before us.

(Num 13:1-3 NIV) The LORD said to Moses, {2} "Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders." {3} So at the Lord's command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. All of them were leaders of the Israelites.

(Num 13:25-33 NIV) At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land. {26} They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. {27} They gave Moses this account: "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. {28} But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. {29} The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan." {30} Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it." {31} But the men who had gone up with him said, "We can't attack those people; they are stronger than we are." {32} And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. {33} We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Ne ...

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