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Conquering Giants

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Caleb at eighty-five was still ready to fight giants. We learn today where he found his strength.

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Conquering Giants

A. The Setting of This Sermon Is on the Verge of a Promise
1. Moses had led Israel to the edge of the Promised Land
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Locations 306-309). Kindle Edition.
a. They had been delivered from slavery in Egypt
b. Manna from heaven had been provided for their food
c. Water had flowed from a rock to quench their thirst
2. Scouts were sent to explore the land and evaluate the strength of the inhabitants
a. Joshua and Caleb were among the twelve scouts
b. Caleb is our concern in today's sermon
numb 13.27-33
Numbers 13:27–33 NKJV
27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” 30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
B. The Results of the Scouting Mission Were Mixed
1. The land was found to be good, truly a land of milk and honey
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Locations 309-311). Kindle Edition.
2. Ten spies feared the Canaanites because of their number and size
3. Caleb and Joshua advised their people to proceed and conquer Canaan
4. Faint hearts prevailed, and Israel wandered in the desert for forty years
C. Fast-Forward Forty Years: Preparing to EnterCanaan
1. Each tribe must conquer the portion assigned to it
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Locations 311-312). Kindle Edition.
2. Joshua asks Caleb which part of Canaan he desires for his own

The Super Senior Citizen Goes Against Giants ()

Joshua 14:6–12 NKJV
6 Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. 8 Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. 9 So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ 10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. 12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.”
joshj 14.6-12
1. Caleb, at eighty-five, wants to fight giants
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Location 312). Kindle Edition.
2. "Give me this mountain," he demands (giant country)
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Locations 312-313). Kindle Edition.
3. We all have giants to conquer
a. The giant called "fear" is the opposite of faith ()
heb 11.23-27
Hebrews 11:23–27 NKJV
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. 24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
b. The giant called "worry" is a worthless word ()
Philippians 4:6–8 NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Location 315). Kindle Edition.
c. The giant called "anger" is a destroyer of futures ()
Ephesians 4:30–31 NKJV
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Location 315). Kindle Edition.
d. The giant called "temptation" is an enemy of success ()
1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Locations 315-316). Kindle Edition.
4. Caleb refused to tremble before these formidable enemies
a. He expected to conquer all these giants b. He knew he had the power to win
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Locations 316-317). Kindle Edition.

Where Would this Super Senior Get His Strength?

1. Faith would give him strength to conquer ()
Numbers 13:30 NKJV
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Location 317). Kindle Edition.
2. The Lord's strength would take the place of his weakness
3. The Lord, he knew, was bigger than any giant
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Locations 317-318). Kindle Edition.
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Location 318). Kindle Edition.
4. God's faithfulness reminded Caleb he would not fail

Where Can We Get Strength Enough to Conquer Our Giants?

1. Jesus conquered our enemy at the cross
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Locations 318-319). Kindle Edition.
2. God is bigger than all our fears and temptations
Roger Campbell. Preach for a Year: 104 Sermon Outlines (Preach for a Year Series): 7 (Kindle Locations 319-320). Kindle Edition.
3. Victory awaits all who surrender completely to Him
Conclusion
A. Our Conquering King Leads His Own to Victory
B. Who Will Submit to the Conquering One Today?
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