Summary: God is calling us to live with a different spirit
A Different Spirit
April 28, 2002
What does it mean to be different?
To be different means literally that something does not conform to the standard or the norm. Different can be a positive thing. In fact, we have been called to be different than the world around us. This morning I want examine the life of a man who was indeed different from those around him and God brought blessing into his life.
The Caleb Principle: If we give ourselves wholeheartedly to God, He can do the impossible within us
I. A Different Passion
A. Caleb followed God with all his heart
1. Caleb followed God completely
a.) Caleb followed God with his whole heart. In other words, he followed God with every ounce of his being.
b.) No reserve, no retreat, no regrets – Bill Bordon. This is the kind of life that Caleb lived. He held nothing back and gave his all to God.
2. Caleb found a new strength
a.) Caleb’s strength was in God, not himself
b.) Caleb’s confidence was in God, not himself
c.) Caleb’s future was in God’s hands, not his hands
B. Caleb followed God through challenges
1. The challenge of the enemy
a.) Massive armies with good equipment and great walled cities
b.) God was greater than the enemy
2. The challenge of the opposition
a.) The people heard the size of the enemy and they melted in fear. They focused on their fear and forgot their faith
b.) God was greater than the opposition
3. The challenge of the giants
a.) Caleb chose the land of giants as his reward and would fight them in God’s strength
b.) God was greater than the challenges
II. A Different Perspective
"Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. 12 Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said."
A. Caleb followed God with Faith
1. Caleb lived through the wilderness
a.) God kept Caleb alive to fulfill His divine plan
b.) Caleb acknowledged that it was God alone that kept himn alive through the Wilderness
2. Caleb faced the challenge
But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.
1.) The enemy was powerful
2.) The enemy was fortified
3.) Some of the enemy were giants – The sons of Anak: Goliath was one of them
b.) Caleb’s chosen ground
1.) The enemy was powerful, with well fortified cities and were the Anakites. Caleb was going to fight in the area that caused the negative report