Summary: Caleb had a different spirit one that enabled him to enter the land of Canaan and find "union" Hebron. Here are 7 characteristics of a different spirit.
A DIFFERENT SPIRIT
Numbers 13:1,2, The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Choose a leader from each tribe and send them into Canaan to explore the land I am giving you.”
Numbers 13:6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh;
Numbers 13:17-33, 14:6-9,20-24
Joshua 14:6-15, 15:13-19
Numbers 14:24 “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.
Caleb had a different spirit because of this God was going to bring him into the land so that he could possess his inheritance.
Obedience cost Israel their blessing and inheritance. Many Christians don’t enter in because of their spirit. We need Caleb’s spirit.
HEBRON = union – God’s inheritance is complete union with Him. In this we find rest.
JOSHUA = type of Christ
CALEB = type of the victorious church
SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS OF CALEB
1. MAN OF VISION
He saw the land as the possession of God’s people. He saw Hebron as his inheritance. The ten saw in the natural. Caleb saw in the Spirit. He had a vision of God.
2. MAN OF FAITH
Numbers 13:30 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.”
Numbers 14:9 “Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.”
Faith reasons from God to the difficulties – unbelief from the difficulties to God.
Faith sees the victory
Faith brings a good report
Faith sees with the eyes of God
Faith says I’d like to introduce you to God
Faith brings vision into being
3. MAN OF PERSEVERANCE
Faith needs to persevere – 40 yrs in the wilderness – in the midst of campfire negativity – 10 instances of murmuring – perseverance comes because we see what God sees
4. MAN OF ENCOURAGEMENT
He spread a good report – we can do it – God is with us. Are we ready to encourage others?
5. MAN OF LOYALTY
He supported Moses – he supported Joshua. Josh 14:6-13. He was loyal to those who God placed over him.
6. MAN OF WAR
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.”
85 yrs of age – not afraid of the enemy – Deut 9:2 “Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?”
Mountains will fall! Before the blessing is the war.
7. MAN OF BLESSING
He gave away the springs of water – springs more important than the land. Blessed to be a blessing. He came into his inheritance then gave it away.
Caleb was a man of altitudes. He was not content with the average or commonplace. He never thought in terms of fences and walled cities. It was the heights for Caleb and although the mountain he wanted was filled with hostile Anakites, he refused defeat and claimed his inheritance.
Wholehearted anointing – to be consecrated to God, to be full of God.