If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of
Numbers chapter fourteen. Numbers chapter fourteen. And
when you reach the book of Numbers chapter fourteen, please
signify by saying amen. In the book of Numbers chapter
fourteen and verse thirty-three, it says,
33. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty
years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be
wasted in the wilderness.
Let’s bow our heads today.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
who You are and for what You do. Father, hide Your son
behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me.
And Father, as I decrease I ask that You would increase. Dear
Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my
strength...(tongues)...and my redeemer. In Jesus’ Name,
You may be seated.
He said that their children were going to wander. What does
it mean to wander? It means to roam and ramble, and to get
off of the right path. It means to move about from place to
place without a reason or a plan. It means that one does not
follow a fixed course while moving about.
When we look at the children of Israel, God had set a course
for them to follow. But because of a lack of understanding
about God and trusting God, they got off course. They didn’t
stick to God’s plan. What’s God’s plan? It’s a plan of faith.
And it’s a plan of trusting God.
God will map out our course for us. But it’s up to us to focus
and to stay on course. But how do we stay on course? We
stay on course by faith.
You see, many times we are under the impression that I need
to know every step that I am going to take. But that’s not the
way the map is written out. The map is written out by faith.
The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord. Glory
When we look in chapter thirteen of the book of Numbers,
and we look at verse twenty-six through verses thirty-three, it
26. And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to
all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the
wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto
them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the
fruit of the land.
27. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land
whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and
honey; and this is the fruit of it.
28. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land,
and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we
saw the children of Anak there.
29. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the
Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the
mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the
coast of Jordan.
30. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let
us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to
God told them that they would enter that place. But they were
more focused on the obstacles than they were focused on
You see, you have an obstacle in your way. You see, an
obstacle is something that blocks your path. You see, they
had obstacles in the way. You see, it has been designed and it
has been set up that it will not be a straight shot through.
Hallelujah. But see, we think that because we come to God,
that everything is supposed to be easy. Let me tell you the
truth. When you come to God, it ain’t easy.
What is an obstacle? It’s something that blocks my path. It’s
something that gets in the way. You see, it is supposed to get
in your way. Because that’s going to help you prove who you
You see, can’t everybody get through an obstacle. Only those
that persevere can get through the barriers.
You see, but we’ve become a people that like to give up.
Hello, somebody. If it’s not easy, we don’t want it no more.
If it’s not on a silver platter, we refuse to taste it. Oh, you
don’t hear me today. If it don’t come with bread and butter
on the side, then I’m not going to eat it. If they can’t call my
name, then I won’t be there.
The obstacles prove who we really are.
They said... Hallelujah, Jesus. “Yeah, the land is what he
said it is.”
You see, this is all what God says it is. Let me clear that up.
This is all that God says it is. But there’s something blocking
Let me tell you what we do when something starts to block
our way. We start to complain. We start to murmur. We
become dissatisfied. We begin to blame everybody around
us. We look for somebody to blame.
The obstacles were in their way. Just like the obstacles are in
your way. But what are you going to do with the question?
What are you going to do? Are you going to go look for
another church because you got an obstacle in your way?
Hello, somebody. Are you going to stop going to church,
period, because you got an obstacle in your way?
Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost moving on me today. I can’t holler
like I want to holler, but I’m going to bring it in anyway.
They said, “Wait a minute. It is what he said was going to be.
But he left part of it out.”
See, you had a prophecy that says that you are going to be all
of that, and a bag of chips and dip. But he didn’t prophesy to
you that stuff that you were going to have to overcome in the
midst of you being all of that. See, you got to pay a price to
be all of that.
Their way was blocked. There was stumbling blocks there.
And a lot of times when there’s stumbling blocks in peoples’
way, they begin to get upset. And that’s what happened to
them. Listen to this message today. They got upset.
And when people get upset, they become disobedient.
Because in the midst of them being upset they’re looking for
another way. And when I begin to look for another way,
that’s when I begin to get God upset. When I begin to get of
course, that’s when God steps in and say, “Wait a minute. I
need to grab your attention again.”
And He’ll cause something to come into your life to shake
you up, even the more to get you back down on your knees.
See, we think that God is like our natural parents. You see, if
you kick and holler long enough, a lot of times, with your
natural parents, they’ll give in, won’t they? But see, when
you kick and holler and scream with God, He’s going to make
it that much harder for you. The Bible says He’s not like
He was like Moses, “I’m getting ready to judge these people.”
And Moses said, “No, Lord. Don’t do that. Because the
heathen are going to say that You’re not who you say You
See, you got a stumbling block in your way. There’s an
obstacle there. Now what you going to do?
The Bible says when someone faints their strength is weak. I
refuse to be a weak Christian. I can be weak in the world.
Oh, do you hear what I’m saying today? I refuse to be
tormented in Christ. I can be tormented outside of Christ.
The obstacle is in your way. Now what you going to do? It
was there because of what they saw. And their obstacle
happened to be man.
You see, the fear of man is what’s going to get many of us in
trouble. You see, we don’t understand how to live in
harmony with each other, without one trying to be either
better or intimidate the other. Why can’t I just be submissive
to you, and you be submissive to me? Do you hear what I’m
saying? Why can’t we just all work together? We’re trying
to achieve the same cause.
They were afraid of man. You see, when you are afraid of
man, it will keep you out of the promise. It will cause you to
compromise your blessing.
Let me tell you something today. Ain’t nothing worse... And
I did say ain’t. Ain’t nothing worse than a compromised
blessing. Because when you receive a compromised blessing
there is still no satisfaction on the inside of you. And though
you got something as a pacifier for a little while, that desire is
still going to be there. And instead of a Scripture occupying
your mind, that thing that you still wish you had will be all
over your mind.
They came back with the report. Said, “We can’t go over
there. There are obstacles in our way.”
Many of us that’s sitting here today, and we’re saying, “I
can’t do it. I can’t get over this,” it’s time to get over it. I
find the best way to get over something is to go through
something. I’ve got to learn how to get in position to let that
thing finish it’s course. But if that thing linger longer than it
needs to linger, then I start to binding that thing.
You see, I am supposed to have a time of grieving. Do you
hear what I’m saying? But after a while that grief got to go.
Oh, somebody hear what I’m saying today. It doesn’t have a
right to stay there. It’s got to leave.
There was stumbling blocks in the promised land. I didn’t say
outside the outskirts. I said in the promised land. See, once
you get into the promised land, the stumbling blocks and the
obstacles are right there waiting for you. But see, we haven’t
even overcome the ones yet before entering into the promised
See, we think once we get into the promised land it’s all good.
Let me say that again. See, we think once, “If I could just get
into that promise, everything’s going to be alright.” That’s
when all hell going to break loose.
There were obstacles. It was the fear of man. They were
willing to compromise their blessing. Fear will get you off
Psalms fifty-six and verse three says,
3. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
The Bible also says that... How does fear come? Fear comes
suddenly. But when fear comes suddenly, immediately I’m
going to trust in Him. Did you hear what I’m saying?
Immediately I’m going to trust Him, that He is going to take
care of me, and that He’s going to see me through.
All that I’ve said before the message, and all that I’m saying
in the message is tying in together. Because we’re going to
become so close knit that it doesn’t matter what tries to get
into the camp. It can’t get in. If it’s not right, it can’t stay.
It’s got to go.
They were afraid to take a risk. Psalm twenty-three and verse
4. ...I will fear no evil: for thou art with me...
We fear evil. Though we have the power, we’re afraid of
evil. Evil is going to come your way. But what are you going
to do when evil comes?
There’s a mechanism in us. And it’s called fight or flight.
Either I will stand and fight, or either I’m going to start
running. What are you going to do? Are you going to fight?
Or are you going to run?
They wanted to run. They said, “We can’t handle this. It’s
bigger than us.” Yes, your promised land is bigger than you.
You need God to help you get into it. And you need God to
help you stay in it.
Look at verse seven. Look at... Excuse me. Go to Hebrews
with me. Chapter thirteen. Hebrews chapter thirteen. Thank
You, Father. When you reach Hebrews thirteen, say amen.
Look at verse five. It said,
5. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will
never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I
will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have
spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow,
considering the end of their conversation.
Covetousness will cause us to be in a state of discontentment.
But if I will understand that the Lord is my helper, then I
don’t have to worry about what man can do to me. Because
God is going to take care of me.
The fear of man will cause us to disobey God. But verse
seven really blessed me because it said,
7. Remember them which have the rule over you...
Let me tell you what happens. Moses had the rule over them.
He was the one that got them on task. And he was the one
that was trying to keep them on task. But what happened in
the midst of it? Moses was the very one that became their
You see, the one that has the rule over us a lot of times...
Listen very closely to this. They are the ones that become our
obstacle. Because they’re trying to tell us one way, but we
have another way in mind. Moses was the one that was trying
to keep them on course.
But in Exodus fourteen and eleven, they grumbled at the sight
of Pharaoh’s army. In Exodus fifteen and twenty-four, they
grumbled about the bitter water. In Exodus sixteen and verse
two, they grumbled about the lack of food. In Exodus
seventeen and verse two, they grumbled about the lack of
In Numbers fourteen and verse one, they grumbled about
God’s provision of food. In Numbers fourteen and verse two,
they grumbled about Moses’ leadership. In Numbers sixteen
and verse two, they grumbled again about Moses’ leadership.
In Numbers sixteen and verse forty-one, they grumbled again
about Moses. In Numbers twenty and verse two, they
grumbled and Moses and the lack of water again. And in
Numbers twenty-one and verse four, they grumbled about
Moses and their menu for the manna that fell from heaven.
Let me tell you something today. Those that have the rule
over you are the ones that are keeping you on course.
Hallelujah to Jesus.
They allowed the one that God had set in place to become the
obstacle. He wasn’t the obstacle. The enemy was the
Too many times in leadership the pastor becomes the
obstacle. Hello. Because we want to do something else. And
when the pastor say, “No,” the pastor ain’t right. He my
obstacle now. And instead of getting line, I become hostile.
And I start doing what God is not calling me to do right now,
because I want to do it my way.
Listen. We are not your obstacle. We’re your guide.
See, the devil will try to make people think that the people
that are over you are trying to keep you out of your promise.
Oh, that’s what he does. Only you can keep you out of your
When I get off course, I start to mess up.
I’m the type of pastor, I will hardly ever tell you no. I will
hardly... People come to me. I say, “Okay.” I say it because
people have got to make their own decisions. I’m a prophet
of God. But I can’t live your life for you. I need to say that
again. I’m a prophet of God. But I can’t live your life for
you. But I can give you guidance.
Moses couldn’t live their life for them, but he gave them
guidance. But it was up to them to follow the guidance.
But they got off course. They got off course. They got off
course. And instead of trying to get back on course, they kept
See, pride will step in the way, won’t it? And the Bibles says
pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a
fall. And instead of repenting to the Lord, they fell dead in
the wilderness. They died in that place.
They were never supposed to stay there for forty years. God
took them that way because their enemy was set up in a
certain place. Isn’t that right? And He knew that if they had
to fight that they’d be scattered all over the place. So He took
them that route. But they weren’t supposed to stay there.
And they definitely were not supposed to die there.
But they got off course. And all that Moses said and all that
Moses did, they refused to get back on. Because they didn’t
understand God. Oh, I feel Jesus moving on me. They didn’t
understand how God was doing it. Oh, I feel You, Jesus.
They didn’t understand that they had to walk by faith and not
See, being... Seeing things all the time can mess you up. But
if you get into a place of faith, and you start walking there,
then the blessing of the Lord is going to begin to come down
on you. Because you’re not trusting in yourself any more.
You’re trusting in God. Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost all over
They didn’t understand the plan. The plan was faith, Sister
Lisa. It was faith. That was the plan of trusting. If you can’t
be in that plan, then you’re going to live a miserable Christian
life. Because that’s what it’s all about–faith and trusting.
Because you’re still going to have the same obstacles that are
going to come up in your way. I don’t care how secure you
think you. They’re going to come anyway. You can have all
your ducks in a row. But they’re going to come anyway.
Because your faith is going to be tested. And how much you
trust Him is going to be tested also.
They got off course. They wanted to find another way. Oh,
You want to find another way? Are you looking for another
way? The Bible says that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the
light. And that doesn’t just mean salvation. That means in
every aspect of my life Jesus is the way.
And because they got out of the plan, judgment came. There
was a prophet, Moses, that kept on praying and kept on
praying, “Lord, please.” (Tongues.) “Lord, please don’t do
But they wouldn’t listen. I feel Jesus all over me. (Tongues.)
They wouldn’t listen. Will you listen today? Can I be your
pastor today? Hallelujah. Can I be Moses in your life today?
Can I help you get into the promised land? And though there
be obstacles, though there be giants there, will you still come
on and fight the good fight of faith today?
You’ve come too far to turn back now. “Well, Sister so and
so don’t like me.” Don’t worry about that. “Brother so and
so don’t care for me.” Don’t worry about that either. Put that
on an altar and going on. Put it on the altar and go on.
But don’t loose your way because of man. Understand that
man is man. And fear God more than you fear man. “But
he’s going to hurt me.” Let him hurt you. This ain’t nothing
but flesh anyway. It’s going to return to the dust of the
ground. The rest of me on the inside is going to go be with
Don’t be afraid of being hurt. Cry if you got to cry. Cry.
Don’t be afraid of it. Let it come. But you go on with God,
and do what God is calling you to do.
God gave me this message today because it’s time to really
get together. It’s time to get together.
I’m going to meet with everybody, every member of this
church. Because there are talents out there and gifts that can
be a blessing to the body of Christ. Your gift is not your own.
It’s for somebody else to benefit from it.
But we’re going to get together. Ladies going to work with
ladies. Men going to work with men. Men going to work
with ladies. Ladies going to work with men. But we going to
get this thing together in the Name of Jesus. We going to get
this thing rolling.
And we’re going to try to meet the needs of each other,
spiritually and emotionally, however the Lord brings it.
That’s what we’re going to do.
Now let me tell you something. You’re still going to have
your individuals. Can I quote? Folks are still going to be
individuals. But if they want to be an individual, let them be
an individual. They have a right to be an individual. Until
they’re formed into the image of Christ. Then they’ll begin to
see the error of their ways.
So today I say to you, no matter what’s going on in your life,
stay on course. Stay on course. It’s so very important. I
plead with you to stay on course. Don’t get off course. Don’t
get out of the plan. Stay focused. And you will get into the
promised land. And not only will you get there, but you’ll
Come on, give God a handclap of praise today.