Wed Pm Worship
Text: Num 13:25 - 30 (King James Version)
"Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."
Numbers 13:25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
Numbers 13:26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
Numbers 13:27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
Numbers 13:28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
Numbers 13:29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
Numbers 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
Numbers 13:31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
Numbers 13:32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
Numbers 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Numbers 14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
In our text we are looking at the children of Israel who
fail to take possession of their inheritance, not because it was not available
but rather because they were not willing
to confront their adversaries to get it.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Brothers and Sisters tonight I am Tired! I am Tired of the Devil! I am Tired of a roaring lion, I am tired of a Thief, I am Tired of a slanderer, I am tired of an accuser, I am tired of a destroyer, I am tired of a serpent, I am Tired of the Emps of Hell keeping God's people in a constant state of slumber by fear! Playing possum or better yet crawled up into a fetal position thinking if I just lay real still he might not notice me or If I just keep pretending like I was not really here maybe the enemy will go away, He will not.
no action from you to provoke his actions, the fact is while we are pretending
he is not there, he is stealing our children, wrecking our homes, and destroying
Tonight I am Drawing the Line and serving notice on the
enemy of our faith to Let God's people GO! Once and for all!
God was angry at the rebellious self preserving Israelites, but he took a great deal of pleasure in one named Caleb. You see Caleb was the real Giant!
A giant is a very large person; impressive in size or
qualities, Someone who is abnormally large Any creature of exceptional size. (
Someone bigger than what is considered normal)
Surely You've heard the phrase (A Giant among men)
Or he is larger than life.
Caleb was this Man
A giant doesn't have:
Extra hands, or extra feet, or extra eyes, or extra legs, or mouths, or stomachs, or heads,
A giant does have:
Bigger hands, legs, feet, mouths, heads, eyes, and stomachs.
In the natural a person most likely doesn't have any choice concerning whether they are bigger than what is considered normal or not, but in the spiritual we must choose to be bigger, You must decide and determine that you are not going to be satisfied to be satisfied, You must refuse to blend in to fit in.
You must choose the large life (Jesus called it the abundant life) Large life is for large people.
Small people can't handle large life:
Small people refuse to be stretched, they fight and they resist any knowledge that facilitates change.
Small people have small heads: Their thinking is limited, and confined, it stays on a purely natural plain, there is no room for the miraculous, or the supernatural power of God in the heads of small people. They are the ones with the grasshopper mentality!
Small People have Small hands: They can't handle very much, they can't handle much of the word, they can't handle much responsibility, they never reach for anything big because they know they couldn't hold on to it if they got it.
Small People have Small eyes: Can't see themselves ever accomplishing anything great, and can't see anyone else do it either, people with small eyes criticize people with big eyes, if someone else breaks out and does something great then people with small eyes criticize them and say they must be compromising, and lowering their standards.
Small People have Small mouths: Just like the children of Israel couldn't get their mouths around the grapes, small mouthed people can't get their mouths around the promises of God, they are too big, too grand, too glorious.
Small mouthed people just can't seem to get their mouths to speak the word, they always fall back to what they see, or feel, or hear in the natural. So they wind up excepting the evil reports every time!
Judges 12: 5 -6 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;
6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.
Forty two thousand of the children of God died because they couldn't get their mouths to speak the word of life: ( The word that their lives depended on)
They heard it spoken, but they just couldn't get their
mouths to frame it.
(Why) They had a mouth just like the gileadites, and a tongue and teeth ( What was the difference?)
Training - The gileadites had trained their mouths to speak the word, they had forced their tongues into submission, “Oh I feel a message in this" until it was natural to them.
Small mouthed people are those who always speak what comes easiest, they won't put any pressure on their tongues, they won't discipline their tongues.
Small mouthed people Belittle everything,
Nice car: What this old wreck, well at least it gets me where I'm going.
Nice blouse: This old thing, I picked it up at the bargain basement,
Your looking well: Yeah but looks are decieving
You have a beautiful home: Well it's not bad for an old shack, at least it keeps us dry when it's raining.
It looks like God is really blessing you: Yeah but I'm just keeping my fingers crossed, you know how that old devil is, one day your up and the other Kaboom, your flat on the ground.
Digestion problems, They won't eat the meat of the word, because it requires too much effort, because it, requires chewing, meditation, study, then obedience.
Never step out for God, always stay where it's safe and familiar, (small steps = fearful, doubtful, timid).
Small Legs: Unstable, undependable, Poor spiritual structure, no strength of character, can't carry any weight,
The children of Israel defined these small living people as grasshoppers
Num 13:32 -33 and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
33And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
(The children of Israel)were ordained of God to be men of Great stature, Giants among men, There were men of great stature in the land,= giants in the earth, (They could have been those giants (spiritually) but they chose to be grasshoppers instead). Not Caleb" He chose to be a giant among men
24 (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.
What is a
I realize We are living in Perilous times, Tempestuous times, times of uncertainty times of struggle. (We might as well just say it: (We are at war) It shouldn't surprise us).
We're at war in Afghanistan, we're at war in Iraq, we're at war in different places of the world, and we are at war right here in our own country, fighting terrorist cells that have infiltrated themselves into our society.
The bible tells us of these times:
2 Tim 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, It time to quit looking around for an exit sign and start looking up… I know… Oh I know that I know If God be for us we can have it!
It's not just war in the physical sense but it is war in the spiritual realm as well.
The natural is a mirror of the spiritual, Just as 9-11 signaled a change in the intensity and focus of our natural adversaries it is also true in the spirit (all truth is parallel).
We are at war and now is the time for Men and women of God to step to the forefront and be the Men and Women of Valor and might that God has called us to be.
Now is the time for that spirit of Caleb that God called (another spirit)
to rise up.
Joel 3:9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
This scripture tells us that there are those who are of such quality of character and spiritual fiber that God refers to them as mighty
But they are asleep
Sleep is a condition of body and mind in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.
My Friend I don't care how strong you are, how big and bad to the bone you are, (if you are asleep it counts for nothing).
You may be a potential superman, you may be able to pray heaven down, and blast hells gates off their hinges, You may have the bible memorized by chapters, and demons tremble when they hear your voice (But if you are asleep, You are no threat to the devil).
The tragedy of the hour that we live in, is not that there are no mighty men or women of God, but that they are asleep ( They have drifted into a kind of a stupor, they are in a kind of a daze) It's like they are looking at the world through rose colored glasses furnished to them by the devil.
It's like they can hear and see what's going on around them, but it doesn't register that it's that bad.
What is it going to take for us to realize that it is that bad.
That we are in a state of war (That Satan is after our children, that everything that is good and decent is being perverted and twisted).
I'm not trying to promote fear and anxiety,
but I am trying to provoke people to reality, We are at war and it's not with terrorists from another country, it's with terrorists from another kingdom.
awesome, when he was awake and the
Spirit of the Lord was upon him, but while he slept the enemy shaved his head,
and stripped him of his power, and punched out his eyes and bound him. Church we
are getting the daylights beat out of us… WAKE UP
I sense a cry of the Spirit to wake up the mighty men:
As in the verse I just read, I believe that many Mighty men and women of valor have quit fighting and went to farming, farming is good and there is a time for farming, but there is also a time for fighting.
And this is the time to beat our plowshares into swords, and our pruning hooks into spears, and to stand strong in the strength of the Lord.
I hear the spirit saying : Wake up the spirit of Caleb, and Wake up the Spirit of Joshua, and Wake up the spirit of Gideon, and Wake up the spirit of Daniel,
As in Calebs time there are Giants in the land
As in Gideons time there are invaders in the land
As in Daniels time there is pressure to conform and fit in, with a form of godliness that denies the power.
Quit believing the lie that if we just lay real still and pretend like we are not here that the enemy will go away, He will not., satan needs no action from you to provoke his actions, the fact is while we are pretending he is not there, he is stealing our children, wrecking our homes, and destroying countless lives.
I say to you tonight: Wake up the spirit of Caleb
Lets look at some Characteristics in Caleb's life that we desperately need in our lives today.
Nu 13: 30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
#1 He was a fighter: He would stand up and wage war against the prevailing spirit of unbelief and fear.
Caleb = (Forcible, attack,)
*The spirit of Caleb is the spirit of advancement; this spirit was so strong in Caleb that it showed up in his daughter
(Josh 15:18-19) Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou? 19 Who answered, Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs.
Caleb was awake, alert, prepared
Caleb was the son of Jephunneh (=) He will be prepared = (ever ready)
* Caleb was an encourager, (1) himself (2) others
* Caleb was faith motivated not fear motivated
* Caleb was Bold not cold
(Prov 28:1) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
*Caleb had the spirit of Perseverance, for 40 years he held on to his promise.
*Caleb was not moved by peer pressure
Caleb was of the tribe of Judah (Judah = Praise, Celebrate)
Caleb = Forceful, Judah = Praise Jephunneh = He will be prepared (ever ready).
Jesus was of the tribe of Judah.
The point is: The spirit of Caleb is that of an ever ready prepared, forceful praise, and it is in the middle of this praise that that Jesus manifests himself.
(Psa 22:3 KJV) But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Nu 14:24 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.
(Num 14:30 ) Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
(Josh 14:10-14) And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.
Joshua 14:11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
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.
(wake up the Spirit of Caleb).
Caleb was awake
emerge or cause to emerge from a state of sleep; stop sleeping. become alert to or aware of. cause to stir or come to life. Shake yorself
Completely conscious, mentally perceptive. Watchful, alert, conscious, aware.
Life has a way of putting us to sleep, we lose our passion, We lose our vision
Sometimes we get the breath knocked out of us, Things happen and we get discouraged
Sometimes Things don't happen and we get discouraged, When this happens our faith becomes weak and there is a tendency to slip into a kind of spiritual slumber or sleep.
I am convinced that we are at a critical point in time in the spiritual realm
I believe there has been a strong spirit of slumber that has fallen upon the church world,
And many believers have been in a sense just sleep walking through life.
We need the spirit of Caleb to rise up in the church today, The spirit of Boldness, and faith, patience and perseverance, commitment and obedience, and forceful prepared praise that goes before us into every struggle and conflict.
(Psa 150:6 KJV) Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Ro 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
I know that there are still some mighty men and women of God in the church, but many of them are asleep they've been lulled into a false sense of security, they've drifted off to sleep like Jonah in the bottom of the boat (There is a storm raging that is threatening to destroy the boat, but the prophet is asleep).
Let the Prophet's wake up.
Let the Men and Women of God wake up.
Let the Church wake up
This is our hour, let us not sleep through it.
If giants can become grasshoppers then grasshoppers can
#1 Change your diet
#2 Change your how you see yourself
#3 Change how you say yourself.
There are giants in the earth today the only question is: will you be one of the giants or will you be a grasshopper?