Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunday Recap - Caleb the Beast!

"The mountains shake before Him, the demons run and flee.
At the mention of the name 'King of Majesty'
There is no power in hell or any who can stand
Before the power and the presence of the great I AM!"

Hallelujah, Holy Holy
God Almighty, the great I AM
Who is worthy, none beside Thee
God Almighty, the great I AM.

My heart is still singing this today (and I occasionally let my voice participate)!  Worship is such a joy for me because when I have the opportunity to celebrate who God is and what God has done, my faith is strengthened and I am reminded of the totality of God.  It gives me courage, strength and peace.

As we read through Joshua last week, it seems that Joshua gets all the publicity as the leader of Israel and for having faith enough to call out for the sun to stand still.  But if you want another role model in faith, Caleb is a spiritual BEAST!  Caleb was with Joshua as a spy 40 years before when they had their first opportunity to take the promised land.  Even though he recognized that in that land there were giants who made them look like grasshoppers and strong fortified cities, he told the people not to be afraid.  They should go take the land because the Lord was with them.  They didn't listen to Caleb (and Joshua and Moses) and suffered for the next 40 years.

Now 45 years later (Caleb was 85 years old!), after the land was generally conquered Caleb was given his portion of the land.  It was the area of land in which the descendants of those very giants he saw all those years before still lived.  This octogenarian looked up in that hill country where the giants were and with great excitement went after those giants with everything he had.  Age didn't stop his zeal for the Lord, or his trust in the Lord.  That is the kind of faith I want, but oftentimes decide not to live.

Yes, that kind of faith is a decision.   It shows itself in action.  Not a foolish rush into the enemy's line, but the passionate actions of doing what God wants us to do.  With no excuses.  Just believing that what God would have us do is possible not because of us, but because of God.

 If God has planned it, God will empower it!

An Apprentice of Jesus,


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