The 12 spies Joshua sent into the Promised Land all saw the same thing. But 10 came back saying Numbers 13:28 & 33 NIV "The people who live there are powerful, and the cities are…very large… We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes…."
They caused such panic that the people wanted to stone Moses, pick a new leader, and go back into Egyptian slavery. That's incredible thinking, but many Christians are similar in their attitudes today and want o remain where they are comfortable and never venture out into new territory.
But not Caleb! He had a different spirit as Numbers 14:24 tells us "But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it."
Caleb said in Numbers 13:30 "We should go up and take possession… for we can certainly do it."
Then years later, when Joshua was dividing the Promised Land amongst the tribes, in Joshua 14:10-13 Caleb stepped forward and said …"Here I am today, 85 years old…just as vigorous… as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me…"
Then Joshua blessed Caleb and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.
Caleb was a winner because:
- He remembered the promises of God and acted on them.
- He dared to take an unpopular stand when others wanted to go back.
- He refused to quit when the pressure was on - he just believed God.
- He saw possibilities where others saw only problems and he had vision.
- He kept his mind young even when his body was old, he refused to act and think like an old person!
Does that describe you? Elizabeth says often: "No old people noises now," as we get up or down from our seats.
2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJ The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.
Psalm 34:19 Living Bible The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.
John 16:33 Amplified Bible I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
As you face continued challenges, God wants to show you what He can do in you, for you, with you, and through you if you will let Him; because He has already declared you to be the winner in Christ!
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