This post is continuation of last week's post, so reading that one will only add value to this one.
Read or Listen: Am I Choosing Wilderness over Willingness?
Get this! Joshua & Caleb were the only two men from their generation to live & move into the wonderful, new land God promised.
See, Joshua and Caleb were the only two of the twelve spies that Moses sent over that came back ready to go as God had instructed. They begged the others to not be afraid because the Lord was on their side and He would be faithful to bring victory.
“Only do not rebel against the Lord…..the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”- Number 14:9
The others wanted to stone them because they were going against the grain and challenging the others to listen to the Lord and go, even when it looked impossible. They didn't like Joshua & Caleb stepping on their toes when they called it ‘of the Lord’. They didn't see how getting killed by the giants could be 'of the Lord'.
BUT, they were leaving out the most important part....the LORD can do the impossible! Sometimes the things of God are the things that seem too big and too crazy to be possible! We need to be careful that we do not reject something just because we don’t think it is a good idea….prayer needs to be involved to make sure.
Thankfully, they didn’t go through with stoning Joshua and Caleb. Remember the ten spies who came back giving negative reports that encouraged them to go against what God had instructed?? Well they were struck with a plague and DIED! They were struck down y'all!
After that, the people decided that they may need to do what God had instructed ...but too little, too late. This was only the tenth time or so that they told God no. He knew their ‘repentance’ was not true.
Caleb & Joshua were spared because God was going to use Joshua to lead the people after Moses. God also said of Caleb "had a different spirit and served the Lord wholeheartedly" Numbers 14:24 What a compliment!
God told Moses that He wouldn’t strike all of them dead immediately, but they would all wander around & live on the edge of greatness until the men over 20 years old (the adult men) died off. Sadly, Moses would not be allowed to enter either because he did not move on in obedience either. An entire generation had to die off before God would be able to fulfill His promise to the people!
But God led these two faithful believer, Joshua, Caleb and the new generation into this abundant promised land regardless of what their fathers ahead of them had done.
I pray we are not a generation that is having to wait around and die off before God can show Himself to America today! I want to be among the generation that moves into this new place with Him! I want America to experience what other nations in our world are experiencing these days. Revival explosions in the most persecuted areas, where people are willing to die if they speak the name of Jesus! Where they are willing to die just to know Jesus personally.
I am seeing God moving in ways and doing things I never have before. Right here in our small Grady County! I see young people rising up to do what the generation before them hasn’t. I am seeing young people standing bold for Jesus after everything else has failed them. They have tested what the world had to offer & it left them unsatisfied and unfulfilled. They are experiencing Relationship with God instead of just going thru the motions and working hard to try to attain righteousness.
Maybe the younger Israelite generation learned what not to do? Did they have more openness to God even without seeing the miraculous? I can only imagine what the children grew up thinking. I wonder if their daddies told them about the big 'what if I had listened to Joshua, Caleb & Moses' moment? I wonder.
I am pretty sure the righteous life of Joshua & Caleb's was a big example to help them see God was faithful to the ones who were wholehearted. Remember, they "had a different spirit & served the Lord wholeheartedly".
I want to be like Joshua & Caleb! I want a different spirit than everyone else. I want to be known as that gal who serves the Lord wholeheartedly....even a little crazy at times! I'm not content any longer to sit on the edge of the big, amazing & abundant life He created for me to live. I'm not. It's boring there. Comfortable, yes, but also boring. I want to move into God's land here! In Grady Co, GA. God has a special place here for us to be with Him.
Are you ready to join me as we begin the move into our new place with God? Can Cairo be known as that dot on the map in our nation known as " the different spirit? the sold-out, all-in, wholehearted servants of the Lord?"
Oh, I hope so! I'm ready to go with God's Presence right into this new land!
Are you ready for new places and new things with Him? Are we ready to be known as "a different spirit & serve the Lord wholeheartedly"? Let’s determine today to leave the wilderness land, sitting right on the edge of what He has for us!
It begins with us. It begins with our repentance. It begins with our surrender.
It begins with HIM being Lord. JESUS First & Foremost!
Father, help our generations recognize your awesome, all-knowing and generous power! Show us our wrong ways before we wonder around dying without experiencing your fruitful land. Mold us into modern day Joshuas & Calebs!
Please open our eyes to see our circumstances and world with Your eyes instead of our own! Help us to know where you lead is the abundant and best of everything. Keep us ever mindful of who you are…the GREAT I AM who Was, Is and Is to Come! Amen
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