Summary: I believe inside of Every Christian is the spirit of Caleb, This sermon is my attempt to call that spirit and anointing to attention.
In our test we are looking at the children of Israel who fail to take possession of thier inheritance, not because it was not available but because they were not willing to confront thier adversaries to get it.
God was angry at the rebellious self preserving Israelites, but he took a great deal of pleasure in one named Caleb.
21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
24 (But my servant Caleb), because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
We are living in Perilous times, Tempestuous times, times of uncertainty times of struggle. (We might as well just say it: (We are at war) It shouldn’t surprise us).
We’re at war in Afganastan, we’re at war in Iraq, we’re at war in different places of the world, and we are at war right here in our own country, fighting terrorist cells that have infiltrated themselves into our society.
The bible tells us of these times:
2 Tim 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass,
It’s not just war in the physical sense but it is war in the spiritual realm as well.
The natural is a mirror of the spiritual, Just as 9-11 signaled a change in the intensity and focus of our natural adversaries it is also true in the spirit (all truth is parrallel).
We are at war and now is the time for Men and women of God to step to the forefront and be the Men and Women of Valor and might that God has called us to be.
Now is the time for that spirit of Caleb that God called (another spirit)
to rise up.
Joel 3:9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
This scripture tells us that there are those who are of such quality of character and spiritual fiber that God refers to them as mighty
But they are asleep
Asleep a state of sleep. ¢ not attentive or alert. 2 (of a limb) numb.
Sleep a condition of body and mind in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.
My Friend I don’t care how strong you are, how big and bad to the bone you are, (if you are asleep it counts for nothing).
You may be a potential superman, you may be able to pray heaven down, and blast hells gates off their hinges, You may have the bible memorized by chapters, and demons tremble when they hear your voice (But if you are asleep, You are no threat to the devil).
The tragedy of the hour that we live in, is not that there are no mighty men or women of God, but that they are asleep ( They have drifted into a kind of a stupor, they are in a kind of a daze) It’s like they are looking at the world through rose colored glasses furnished to them by the devil.
It’s like they can hear and see what’s going on around them, but it doesn’t register that it’s that bad.
What is it going to take for us to realize that it is that bad.
That we are in a state of war (That Satan is after our children, that everything that is good and decent is being perverted and twisted).
I’m not trying to promote fear and anxiety,
but I am trying to provoke people to reality, We are at war and it’s not with terrorists from another country, it’s with terrorists from another kingdom.