The Spirit of Caleb

When we read the book of Joshua and Numbers, we often focus on Joshua and Moses. There is also Caleb! He is one of the slaves that left Egypt, witnessed the miracles God did to rescue them from the bondage of slavery. He was one of the 12 spies sent by Moses to check out the promise land. Caleb and Joshua were the only two who believed that God who delivered them from slavery can also bring them into the promise land. Caleb and Joshua were excited and all ready to see God perform another miracle.

He said.“Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it. ” ~Numbers 13:30

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Majority is not always right

However, the other ten spies came back with a very different report. In their own eyes, they were like grasshoppers compare to the giants that are in the land. They did not consider God and His promises. They also forgot all the great miracles God did to deliver them from slavery. Because of their evil report, many became fearful and lose faith. They started to weep, murmur and doubt God. They even wanted to return to Egypt to be slaves! Joshua and Caleb pleaded the people to trust God and possess the land but their suggestions were well received.

Our words are powerful. Our words can build up or tear down. It can spread fear or faith. So let’s use our words wisely. Joshua and Caleb on the other hand were excited and full of zeal. They want to go up immediately! That’s the spirit of faith!

“We be not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof, and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. And there we saw giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants, and we were in our sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” ~Numbers 13:31-33

For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. ~Hebrew 3:16-19

Because of the evil report, many others started to doubt. Because of their unbelief, they failed to enter the land, wandered in the wilderness for 40 years and died in the wilderness. Well, because of other them, Joshua and Caleb also wandered in the wilderness with them for 40 years. They were delayed for 40 years!

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. ~Numbers 14:24  

What can we learn from this story? What about this man that God says that he has a different spirit? What’s so special about him?

Faithfulness

Caleb was definitely a faithful man. Faithful to God and trust in His promises even when other did not. He stood out from the rest and is not afraid to be so. Many of us know God’s promises for our lives. We quote and post encouraging messages on social media but when challenges come, our true faith is exposed. Do we get depressed, longed for good old days and get angry at people who positive and enthusiastic about the situation?

Caleb did not see his limitation as a man. He was not threatened by the giants and challenges ahead. To him, God is greater than his challenges. God has delivered him from slavery, parted the Red Sea, God can bring the promises to pass. It was not man who brought the ten plagues to Egypt. It was not man who parted the Red Sea. It was God.

Unbelief is the enemy of faith. They cannot co-exist. We have to eliminate unbelief in our lives, mindset and thoughts. Unbelief is a spirit. Bind it and cast it out.

Caleb was excited and looking forward to another victory. Do we have that attitude today? What kind of attitude do we have in the marketplace? What kind of mindset do we have for 2020?

Courageous

When we have faith, we become strong and courageous. We become fearless. Caleb faced strong enemies and walled cities but he was not afraid. We must remember in Revelation 21:8, that among those that shall be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone are “…the fearful”. There are so many people today who lack the courage to stand up for what’s right and wrong. They don’t even have the courage to be who God called them to be. They are afraid that others may “stone” or disapprove of them.

“If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us, a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us; their defense is departed from them, and the Lord is with us, fear them not.” ~Numbers 14:8,9

Christian life is not a walk in the park. We will be challenged and uncomfortable at times. Sometimes we may even have to fight alone. My friend, stand up for what you believe. Trust God and stop doubting. The righteous are bold like lion. Ask God to give you the spirit of boldness and courage.

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Submissive

Have you ever wondered how Caleb have felt when he had to stay in the wilderness and be delayed for 40 years? He knew that it was not his fault. Many would have been bitter or angry at God. It is not fair right? Well, not for Caleb. He submitted to God’s will and plan. Bible did not mention Caleb murmured or try to punish the others. He kept quiet in that 40 years. It was a test of his character. Indeed, he was truly a man who followed God wholeheartedly.

Give me this mountain!!

With patience and endurance, the day finally came for him to enter and inherit the promise. He reminded Joshua of the promise concerning him. The Lord has kept him alive and now at 85, his strength was as strong as a 40 year old man. I wasn’t there to check out his biceps and workout routine but Caleb definitely was not a depressed old man who blame God and others for delays. He was not someone who “accept his fate” or “too old” or has a low self esteem. He was filled with faith and hope! I can see that he was so looking forward to this moment!

Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ 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 [b]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. ~Joshua 14:6-12

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My friend, I pray that we will carry the spirit of Caleb, spirit of faith into our family, ministry and marketplace. Anything not of faith is sin and without faith it is impossible to please God. Let us seek His will for ur lives, hold on to his promises and refuse to fear in the midst of trials and challenges.

We don’t have to “help” God to make the promises happen. God is perfectly capable of doing that.

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