A Lap or a Leap!

SERIES: Detours, Dead Ends and Dry Water Places


Exodus 13:17-18 MSG

17     It so happened that after Pharaoh released the people, God didn’t lead them by the road through the land of the Philistines, which was the shortest route, for God thought, “If the people encounter war, they’ll change their minds and go back to Egypt.”

18     So God led the people on the wilderness road, looping around to the Red Sea. The Israelites left Egypt in military formation.


The word circuitous means to CIRCLE AROUND.


In life there are no blessings without BATTLES.


Numbers 14:1-4 MSG1 The whole community was in an uproar, wailing all night long. 2 All the People of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The entire community was in on it: “Why didn’t we die in Egypt? Or in this wilderness? 3 Why has God brought us to this country to kill us? Our wives and children are about to become plunder. Why don’t we just head back to Egypt? And right now!” 4Soon they were all saying it to one another: “Let’s pick a new leader; let’s head back to Egypt.”


They were in the position to enter Canaan but they were not in the right DISPOSITION.


A victim is a person who is powerless because they are wrongly or adversely TREATED.


A victim mentality is a mindset in which a person who was once a victim continues in old patterns of feeling POWERLESS even when the victimization has ended.


Once your mind has been conditioned you will always live within the LIMITATIONS of the conditioning.


It’s not who you are that holding you back it is your IGNORANCE of who you really are that is holding you back.


Stages God had to take them in their journey to the promise land.






How to move from lap to leap:

    I.        New LEADERSHIP

Numbers 13:27-30 GNV27 They told Moses, “We explored the land and found it to be rich and fertile; and here is some of its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and their cities are very large and well fortified. Even worse, we saw the descendants of the giants there. 29 Amalekites live in the southern part of the land; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country; and Canaanites live by the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan River.” 30 Caleb silenced the people who were complaining against Moses, and said, “We should attack now and take the land; we are strong enough to conquer it.”

Numbers 14:4 MSG – Soon they were all saying it to one another: “Let’s pick a new leader; let’s head back to Egypt.”

Numbers 14:26-33 MSG26 God spoke to Moses and Aaron: 27 “How long is this going to go on, all this grumbling against me by this evil-infested community? I’ve had my fill of complaints from these grumbling Israelites.28 Tell them, As I live – God’s decree – here’s what I’m going to do: 29 Your corpses are going to litter the wilderness – every one of you twenty years and older who was counted in the census, this whole generation of grumblers and grousers. 30 Not one of you will enter the land and make your home there, the firmly and solemnly promised land, except for Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 “Your children, the very ones that you said would be taken for plunder, I’ll bring in to enjoy the land you rejected 32 while your corpses will be rotting in the wilderness. 33These children of yours will live as shepherds in the wilderness for forty years, living with the fallout of your whoring unfaithfulness until the last of your generation lies a corpse in the wilderness.


The role of a leader is not to put GREATNESS in people but to bring out of people GREATNESS that is already there but the people do not know it.



Numbers 14:4 MSG – Soon they were all saying it to one another: “Let’s pick a new leader; let’s head back to Egypt.”


III.        New LORDSHIP

Numbers 14:10-12 MSG10 But, up in arms now, the entire community was talking of hurling stones at them. 11 God said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me like dirt? How long refuse to trust me? And with all these signs I’ve done among them! 12 I’ve had enough – I’m going to hit them with a plague and kill them. But I’ll make you into a nation bigger and stronger than they ever were.”


IV.        New WORSHIP

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