Numbers 13. 30

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We should go up and take possession . . . for we can surely do it

Numbers 13. 30 NIV.

The twelve spies Joshua sent into the Promised Land all saw the same thing. But ten came back saying, ‘The people who live there are powerful, and the cities are . . . very large . . . we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes’, Num. 13. 28-33 NIV. They caused such panic that the people wanted to stone Moses, pick a new leader and go back into Egyptian slavery. Incredible!

But not Caleb! He had a ‘different spirit’, Num. 14. 24. Listen to what he had to say, ‘We should go up and take possession . . . for we can certainly do it’, Num. 13. 30. Years later, when Joshua was dividing the Promised Land amongst the tribes, Caleb steps forwards and says, ‘Here I am today, 85 years old. I am just as vigorous . . . as I was then, (when he was 40 years old!). Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me’. Then Joshua blessed Caleb . . . and gave him Hebron as his inheritance’, Josh. 14. 10-14.

Caleb lived the winning life because: a) he recalled the promises of God and acted on them, b) he dared to take an unpopular stand, c) he refused to quit when the pressure was on, d) he saw possibilities when others saw only problems, e) he kept his mind young, even when his body was old. Does that describe you?

Listen to this scripture, ‘The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him‘, 2 Chron. 16. 9 NKJ. As you face another year God wants to show you what He can do in you, for you, with you and through you!

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