Thursday, October 10, 2013

Caleb's Conquest

Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to give your fathers, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and to his sons I will give the land on which he has set foot, because he has followed the LORD fully.  Deuteronomy 1:35-36

This week we have been focusing on Caleb and Joshua and claiming God’s promises.  Today the focus is on overcoming obstacles in the path between you and God’s promise for you.  Caleb had some huge obstacles to overcome but overcome them he did. 

He Had To Overcome Giants 
All of us have giants in our lives. Giants of discouragement, finances, sickness, family, distress, doubt and the truth is - we can't defeat them ourselves. We have two options:
·      We can say look how small we are compared to those giants. This is the outlook of fear! (
·      Or look how small those giants are compared to God!  This is the uplook of faith

He Had To Overcome Gray Hairs
As age comes on, in many ways we feel weaker; but not in spiritual areas.  The Gray hair of spiritual maturity is the strength of churches and the kingdom. Never count God, or yourself out. True faith looks beyond the present circumstance and sees the provision of the Almighty!

The battle is of faith and the spirit.  Physical strength is secondary.  What does this tell us? When God makes a promise, he will give us the strength to see its fulfillment!  When you boil all the fat away, courage can be defined in three letters: YES! All real Christian courage really is, is the willingness to say "Yes!" to God's call in your life.

Caleb's Conquest
Caleb experienced what God had promised!  He climbed the mountains and he defeated the giants - he claimed his possession.  The name of the place Caleb inherited was named Hebron. This means "Fellowship". Caleb refused to quit until he had obtained everything the Lord had for him! He refused to stop until he had obtained that place of fellowship with God.

That ought to be our battle cry!  We ought to refuse to give up, back up, shut up or be held up, until we have stood up, lined up, read up, prayed up, confessed up, stored up, spoke up, looked up, and filled up on everything the Lord wants to give His children!  We ought to settle for nothing less than that place of perfect fellowship with the Lord our God!

Will there be trials? Well, God had: a flood for Noah, a fire for the 3 Hebrews, a lion's den for Daniel, a cake for the widow and a cross for Jesus, but there was victory in the midst of each trial for these and there will be victory for you as well!

God has a place of victory, peace and power for us, but we must be willing to claim our possession. It isn't for the fainthearted, but it is for the faith hearted.  Have you entered into your Canaan, or are you wandering around in the wilderness still struggling day to day?  Come claim your Canaan right now! You see, there is a vast difference between a promise and a possession! God promised Israel the land, but they had to possess it before it became theirs.

Caleb and Joshua remained faithful and steadfast to God in the midst of the struggle.  They overcame and they claimed the promise in victory.

God has victory for His children; that is His promise!  However, that promise must be actively pursued and possessed before it will ever become a reality.  What about you, have you entered your Canaan and claimed your possession? It isn't God's will for you to wander around in the wilderness of defeat forever. It is His will that you walk in victory and in His power. 

Scripture to Claim:
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."  James 1:12, NIV

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