JANUARY 27 – GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN
Joshua 14:12 – Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.
At the age of 85 years old, Caleb makes a request of Joshua, “give me this mountain.”
There was no DOUBT and no back up in Caleb. He was confident in the Lord. He wasn’t expecting the Lord to do all the work by sending fire down from heaven or opening the earth and swallowing all the people that lived on that mountain. Caleb was a doer. We need to turn our doubt into doing. We need to yoke up with the Lord by prayer and ask the Lord to give us this mission field, this field where our Church is. We need to exercise our faith in the promises of the Lord that if we will go weeping, bearing precious seed, we “shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves” with us.
Caleb said to Joshua, I am as STRONG this day as the day I was sent. Then he said his strength is for war. It is truly a battle we are engaged in. Often the thought is present that if we will present ourselves in a way that is appealing to the world, the people will flock to our door. Caleb knew he could not offer cookies and milk to entice these people off the mountain. He knew there was not one appeal that would cause these people to depart. We are in the same situation. We have a battle before us, not to entice the lost to Christ, but to battle the evil forces of darkness by the strong application of the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to convict. Only the Holy Spirit can win the battle and the war. Our purpose is to speak the Word of God.
There was no FEAR in Caleb. He first saw the Anak as a spy for Israel. He saw they were giants. Yet there was no fear. He came to the mountain and with God on his side conquered the great walled city of Hebron. The scripture says that the cities were walled. No doubt the taking of the city of Jericho had proven that God was able to take down walls and give victory. We often fear the field that we are in. We make excuses about how hard and difficult the field is. I have no doubt about difficult fields. But is anything too hard for God?
Let us without DOUBTINGing STRENGTHEN ourselves in the Lord and as FEARless warriors take on the sin of the world.