Giants between you and God’s promise? With God, take it!

Israel

Then the sons of Judah drew near to Joshua in Gilgal, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know the word which the LORD spoke 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 word back to him as it was in my heart. “Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the LORD my God fully. “So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘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.’ “Now 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. I 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. “Now 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.” So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. Joshua 14:7-13

Caleb waited on the promise of God for 45 years. He counted on that promise and walked fully with God for those 45 years knowing that one day he would possess God’s promise.

Forty-five years of manna. Just as God said, his generation died because they did not believe that God would deliver the promised land into their hands; only Joshua and Caleb remained of that generation.

As strong as when he was 40, Caleb asks for the hill country, Hebron, where the giants live. To possess Hebron, Caleb will fight fierce battles.

“Perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken.”

So Joshua blessed Caleb and sent him into the battle to possess the promise from the Lord and to regain a sacred land. Hebron, meaning “fellowship,” is where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Rebekah, and Leah are buried.

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. Numbers 14:24

Caleb prepared to possess the promise.

  1. Caleb followed God fully.
  2. Caleb believed he would possess God’s promise.
  3. Caleb kept his body strong.
  4. Caleb set his eyes on the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
  5. Caleb asked for the land of the giants, the land of the fierce battles.
My prayer:

Father, thank You for Caleb. Give us the spirit of Caleb, an unshakeable faith in Your Word, Your promises and what Your best is for us. Empower us to see what You have in store for us, and show us how to prepare to possess what You have established for us from the foundation of the world.

What are the promises you’re preparing to possess?

What’s it take to possess your promise?

Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous;  Joshua 1:6-7a

Joshua had been to the Promised Land almost 40 years earlier to spy out the land. Joshua and Caleb had reported to Moses and the Israelites that it was a land flowing with milk and honey. But the other 10 who inspected the land with Joshua and Caleb reported that the men were giants and were fearful that the Israelites would be defeated. Consequently, the Israelites trusted the 10 rather than the 2 and refused to enter the Promised Land. Instead, they wandered in the wilderness a total of 40 years.

Now, Joshua, Caleb, and the next generation of Israelites were ready to enter the Promised Land. They were ready to take possession of the promise.

I wonder how Joshua felt when God told him to “be strong and courageous.” Didn’t God tell him that Joshua would give the Israelites possession? Again, God, repeated the admonition and added a “very” to the command: “only be strong and very courageous.”

When I began to take hold of God’s promise to heal me, it took courage to step out and act as if I were healed.

I was asked by a co-worker, “Aren’t you afraid to tell people that you are healed? What if you’re not healed?”

“That is exactly why I must tell people that I am healed. I must not let Satan deceive me that I am not healed. God told me that I was healed. My doctor says that I could be healed, and we’ll know after we have acted as if I am healed.”

I had to be strong and very courageous. I stepped out and started reducing my medications, with the assistance of my doctor.

When Satan put doubts in my mind, I thanked the Lord for my healing.

Today, I am not taking fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue medications. I work out, and I lead a very active life with no fibromyalgia pain.

Our Father has given us many promises, but we must possess the promises. We must be strong and very courageous as we walk in His power.

Jesus promised that He would never forsake or leave us.

What’s the promise you must possess? Be strong and very courageous!