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The spirit of Caleb



'My servant Caleb has a different spirit.' Numbers 14:24 NIV

Ever read the Bible story of Caleb? Here it is in his own words: 'I was 40 years old when Moses...sent me...to explore the land...I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed...God wholeheartedly...that day Moses swore to me, "The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance"...So here I am today, 85 years old...as strong...as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me...Then Joshua blessed Caleb... and gave him Hebron as his inheritance...because he followed the Lord...wholeheartedly' (Joshua 14:7-14 NIV).

We can learn many valuable lessons from Caleb. He had 'a different spirit' to those around him. He was a positive and optimistic person. He believed that with God's help every giant that stood in the way could be conquered, even when others said they couldn't be. He had a vision that he stuck to, even when he grew older and had to face tough circumstances. He was willing to wait and work for it even though it took 45 years to fulfil. He remained totally committed to God.

So, let's use Caleb as an example of how to live life well.

So what now? This week, get to know Caleb a bit better (see Numbers 13-14 and Joshua 14). Then ask God to give you a spirit like his.

Soulfood: Isa 63-66, Matt 13:36-46, Ps 138, Pro 4:14-17

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