“Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward,”JOB 5:7.
“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution,” 2TI 3:12.
Every goal worth reaching will of necessity involve a struggle.
The greater the prize, the greater the “giants” standing in the way.
“Hebron” means “united/fellowship.” “Zoan” is the traditional site of the wonders of Moses. Thus God provides for fellowship before He does His work of deliverance. “We who have believed do enter that rest … although the works were finished from the foundation of the world,”HEB 4:3.
This is the most often repeated command in Scripture, often coupled with the command to fear the Lord, which is the solution to fear.
Now in addition to real enemies, they must fight the goblins of their minds.
Cowards would rather die than fight, which explains modern pacifism.
Cowards want leaders who are just as frightened as they are.
G. Only faith has the power to drive out fear, NUM 14:6-9
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you” PSA 56:3.
“Fear knocked, faith answered, no one was there.”
—found written on the door of a pub in Britain after the evacuation of Dunkirk.
Nothing is more vexing to men of courage than defeat without a fight.
In their minds, victory is dependent on pleasing God. HEB 11:6
They understand, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”ROM 8:31
H. Giving in to fear is the beginning of defeat, NUM 14:10-12
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him …” HEB 11:6.
“How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation …?” HEB 2:3.
The wrath of God is inevitable against sons of disobedience (EPH 2:2-3).
Moses’ intercession did not stop the discipline—it prolonged for 40 years.
II. The Nature of the Conflict
“There were young knights among them who had never been present at a stricken field. Some could not look upon it and some could not speak, and they held themselves apart from the others who were cutting down the prisoners at My Lord’s orders, for the prisoners were a body too numerous to be guarded by those of us who were left.
“Then Jean de Rye, an aged knight of Burgundy who had been sore wounded in the battle, rode up to the group of young knights and said: ‘Are ye maidens with your downcast eyes? Look well upon it. See all of it. Close your eyes to nothing. For a battle is fought to be won, and it is this that happens if you lose.’”
—from a Medieval Chronicle by Froissart, 14th Century
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass …”