Numbers 14:24 (NKJV) 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.
Moses sent twelve spies into Canaan to explore the Promised Land of God. When the men returned, only Caleb gave a good report. The others were full of images that only struck fear in the hearts of the Israelites. Listing all the obstacles, the “bad” report would keep them in the wilderness for 40 more years. Can you imagine the courage it must have taken Caleb in the midst of his peers to offer a differing opinion? To stand before the nation and encourage them when the others dissuaded them? I imagine many would leave thinking he was a madman while muttering under their breath, “Crazy Caleb!”
But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully…
Often when the defining moment of God’s Divine Purpose for our life arrives, it seldom looks, feels or seems like a good idea. Marked by the impossible and requiring total trust it is many times waved off like a pitcher signals the catcher when he wants to change up his pitch. God fills us with the Holy Spirit. The quiet voice inside of us that does not yell to out shout the crowd. It is the confidence of hope built up by faith that leads us to the promise. The Word of God tells us plainly that Caleb had a different spirit in him. He followed the Lord fully even when it meant leaving his personal comfort, convenience and control. He did it anyway. I wonder if his journey into Canaan, a land of giants, was any more fearful than standing courageously among the people to give a new perspective. History makers do not conform to tradition. Planet shakers always make waves. Who has God called you to be? If it is Crazy Caleb, congratulations. There is a promise waiting for you that is worth having. You will make it if you do not give up or give in to the pressures of life but hold tight to the hope given by God.
I will bring (him) into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.
Couple of things to mention before moving on. God is faithful. In Joshua 14, Caleb receives the promised land given to him at the time of his good report. However, something to note, it took 45 years for it to arrive. God’s Plan and Purpose for our life will always be in His Timing. You cannot rush it without deviating from it or aborting it completely. His Ways are not our ways. His Thoughts so much higher. Caleb had God’s Perspective and he persevered until all God promised came to pass. Once again Caleb stands before the Israelites, this time before Joshua, to remind him of God’s Prophetic Words spoken over them by Moses. It is important to note that to pursue God wholeheartedly means waiting passionately and pursuing persistently until it is time to step in. Every promise of God will come with the opportunity to give Him Glory and point directly to His Faithfulness. It will take boldness. It will take courage. It is the substance of our hope that gives us the faith to claim such promises and see them come to pass in our daily life.
Isaiah 61:1-3 (NKJV) “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
As believers, the Spirit of the Lord God is upon us. Christ lives in us. You and I are anointed as ambassadors of Christ to the world. It is through us that the Gospel is demonstrated and not by words. The Glory of God will shine through our confessions that become manifestations in our life. During our son’s cancer battle, the third diagnosis was the worst. The cancer had spread throughout his body. After the third round of chemotherapy, the doctor was ready to do more scans. She came to warn us that a positive result would be no change but not to expect to see any improvement. The only thing that they were confirming is that it was no longer spreading. Now that does not sound like an optimistic approach, and mama was not happy with it. Something within me defiantly rose up against this prediction of yet another setback. I asked her, “But what if it is gone…” She looked at me incredulously like I was crazy. Did I not understand her careful explanation? She said, “It’s impossible.” I countered, “But what if it is?” Moving in closer, the doctor lowered her voice to a whisper and reached for my hand, “We are in the realm of hope now.” In other words, cancer is winning and we are losing. I promise I cannot attribute my words to anyone other than the Lord as I responded, “Good, we have been waiting to get here.” When the call came a few days later, I was met with a doctor laughing audibly on the phone. The cancer was gone. It would not be the final round of the fight but let me tell you friend – it was enough to keep us going. We still had a long way in this journey to go. There would be more fights along the way. God won them all. We just had to keep our heart and mind set on Him and the good report that made us all seem crazy. They are believer now don’t you know. To God be the Glory.
Caleb trusted the Word of the Lord more than the opinions of man. He saw beyond the natural into the supernatural that is the realm of hope. It is the place where impossibilities become our realities. It is where the pursuit of God’s People result in the Promise of His Word. It is possible to be like Caleb and all the other believers who received their promise. It will make you look a little crazy. The world will think you are just a bit touched as some say in the South. However, once you experience the Goodness of God and His Loving Kindness in the form of the divine, unexplainable but completely tangible manifestations of God in your life, you won’t care just how crazy it sounds if God is in it.
Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV) I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
I love this verse. The promise that God will give me a new heart. He doesn’t stop there but gives us a new spirit, too. God did not give you the spirit of fear – it is time to stop owning it. He made you to be courageous not reliant on self but the Power invested in you by His Son, Christ. The Lord has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. The world may think you are crazy but if the foundation of your life is Christ and His Word – you are not the crazy one. You are a Child of God on his or her way to the purpose, promise and prosperity that the Lord ordained for you long before you drew your first breath. We must become confident in the Lord. To reach out and take hold of hope with every ounce of faith in us. If you want to experience such a life, it begins by asking the Lord to give you a new heart and new spirit. One that is ready to follow Him fully and seek Him wholeheartedly. This is where God’s People find the exceedingly abundantly more than we can think, ask or imagine lifestyle just because we believed!