Summary: The continuing story of Caleb seeing, speaking, inheriting and driving out giants!
Numbers 14:24 (ESV)
24 But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.
Recap Key Points:
When you serve God â€œwhole-heartedlyâ€
1. You See Things Differently
God had already promised the land of Canaan to Israel. Instead of believing and trusting God, they decided to form a committee!
Of the 12 spies that went in, 10 of them saw giants and compared them to themselves instead of God!
Caleb saw things differently. That is what happens when you serve God fully.
2. You Declare things with Faith
Joshua 14:8 (NASB95)
8 â€œNevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the Lord my God fully.
Because the spies not only saw things differently, but they spoke things that were negative/critical it caused the hearts of people to meltâ€¦Godâ€™s judgment fell upon people because of that reportâ€¦
Would you make a decision this year that what comes out of your mouth will build and not tear down? Will be a good report instead of one that melts the hearts of people around you, in your family, in your community, in your church?
Itâ€™s possible, but only if you serve God wholeheartedlyâ€¦He will put a new song in your mouth! Something that emanates and sounds like praise! Uplifting! Blessing! Iâ€™ve never seen anyone blessed who continues to tear down, slander, complain, mutter, murmur etcâ€¦
Iâ€™ve never been blessed by complaining or being criticalâ€¦.It is only when I have repented, asked for forgiveness that I find the blessing of the Lord to be released upon my lifeâ€¦
3. You GET an inheritance that others do not! (and so do your children!)
Joshua 14:9 (NASB95)
9 â€œSo Moses swore on that day, saying, â€˜Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God fully.â€™
4. You LIVE differently!
Joshua 14:10-11 (NASB95)
10 â€œNow behold, the Lord has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now behold, I am eighty-five years old today.
11 â€œI am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in.
The bible never speaks of retirement as being a worthy goal or even reward in life!
Galileo made some of his greatest scientific discoveries at the age of 73.
â€¢ John Glenn returned to space at the age of 75.
â€¢ Benjamin Franklin was a framer of the U.S. constitution at the age of 81.
â€¢ Michelangelo was still producing masterpieces at the age of 89.
â€¢ Dr. Jonathan Goforth, the great missionary to China, wrote to his children on his 75th birthday: â€œYou must not wonder at me even at 75, eager to remain here in the high places of the Field, for the opportunities of service were never greater and the outlook for a great harvest never brighter than now.â€
â€¢ Polycarp, at age 86, refused to deny his faith, early church father still!
Psalm 92:12-14 (NASB95)
12 The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Planted in the house of the Lord, They will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green,
If you choose to live for God whole-heartedly, you may be just beginning!
Thoughts on Caleb:
Caleb was born in Egyptâ€¦Into slaveryâ€¦.Into captivityâ€¦Under a death threat!
His name meant â€œdogâ€â€¦
After the bad report of the spies, even though his was not, Caleb lived with the people in the wildernessâ€¦ speaks of his attitudeâ€¦
Overview of Numbers 33:
They camped, departed, departed, campedâ€¦..for 40 yearsâ€¦
Nothing going onâ€¦.Good at camping, good at departingâ€¦.that is about it.
Yet the bible never speaks of Caleb being negative, judgmental or bitter. Holding a grudgeâ€¦.Leaving etcâ€¦How did Caleb endure?
Calebâ€™s body was in the wilderness, putting up with stuff?
But his spirit was in the promised land!
Hebrews 11:10 (NASB95)
10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
Caleb did not fear death, knew he had an inheritance and that God would not fail him!
When you serve God whole-heartedly:
5. You Can Drive Giants Out
Joshua 14:12-14 (NASB95)
12 â€œNow then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will drive them out as the Lord has spoken.â€