Summary: By faith, we can conquer obstacles and foes, live righteously, receive blessings and promises from God.
“Conquering Your Mountain”
Joshua 14:12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.
Mathew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard see, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
The Bible definition of faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
By faith, men of God conquered obstacles and foes, lived righteously, received blessings and promises form God, suffered cruel persecutions from the ungodly, and became heroic examples for us.
Without faith we can not please God.
But if we will put our faith in God we will obtain the promises of God.
And God will give us victory over every demonic, destructive force in the world. (1 John 5:4)
I’ve come to tell you that no matter what your mountain is you can conquer it.
For greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.
Caleb appears first in the Bible as a member of the twelve spies who were sent by Moses to explore the Promised Land.
The spies were to report on the people, the cities, and the land and to bring back some samples of the fruit of the land.
They were supposed to encourage Israel and show them by these samples of fruit that the land floweth with milk and honey.
The spies were not sent to test the strength of the enemy, but they were sent to test the hearts of the Israelites.
The twelve spies were chosen from the twelve tribes, one spy from each tribe.
Caleb represented the tribe of Judah.
These men were chosen in recognition of their leadership in their tribes, every one a ruler among them.
They were heads of the children of Israel.
Caleb was a nobleman, or prince, in Judah.
In their search of the land, the spies came to the city of Hebron, where they checked out the strong walls of the city and noticed a family of giants living there.
When they returned to the camp, ten of them gave a negative report.
They said, the land is fertile, it is flowing with milk and honey.
But the inhabitants are strong and many. They told them about the great walled cities and reported seeing giants in the land.
When they gave this negative report, fear gripped the hearts of the people.
So Caleb steps to the front to give his report from Joshua and himself.
It is interesting to note that Cabeb was the first to speak for the two faithful spies.
He did not disagree with the facts presented by the other ten spies.
But he did assure the people that there was nothing to fear.
He reminded them of how God brought them out of Egypt, parted the Red Sea, gave them victory over Amalek, supplied manna for them to eat, and the manifestation of God on Sinai.
He said, God is with us, therefore we will overcome the walled cities and any giant that gets in our way.
Lets go right now and possess it.
But the ten spies said, we can not do it.
These men excepted defeat without a battle.
They entertained the spirit of forfeit without even trying.
And I’m preaching to somebody right now that needs to know that you can not fail until you give up.
When you get knocked down, get up and try again.
When life knocks the wind out of you, catch your breath and try again.
You can’t loose the war until you quit fighting.
So whatever you do, don’t give up, don’t stop fighting, because you are not a failure until you quit.
All the ten spies saw was the problems and not the power of God.
We can not focus on our problems and be over comers.
We can not dwell on every difficult thing that is going on in our lives and expect to have victory.
We need to dwell on the power of God.
For He is able to do exceeding, abundantly, above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh within us.
God will give you the ability to conquer your mountain!
Did you know that the ten spies lied to the people in an attempt to persuade them not to go up into the land.
That’s why the Bible says they brought up an evil report.