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The LORD selected Joshua to replace Moses after his death. Joshua and Caleb were the ONLY two men from the entire generation of Israelites, delivered from slavery out of Egypt, who were allowed to enter the land God promised to give them! The only others who were allowed to go were the children under the age of 20 - the new generation. Moses wasn't even allowed to go because even He lost his temper and disobeyed God. (Numbers 20)
Please see the importance of the faith and obedience of Joshua and Caleb. Not only were their lives at stake, but so were the lives of many others. They were the minority when it came to trusting God and receiving the promise of an abundant life. Instead of seeing their enemies as giants, they knew that since God had promised them this land that He would give them the wisdom, the knowledge and the strength to win the victory. The other men just looked at the negative side of things and let fear guide them. I also think they were disappointed that the land wasn't just going to be handed over to them. They had to fight for it.
How often do we do the same thing? If we happen upon difficulty - or even what seems to be an impossibility - we don't even try. We are defeated before the fight begins. Battles make us strong. Our faith in God is stretched and know this - God honors faith! Scripture teaches us that "It is impossible to please God without faith". Keep in mind - if we can see the outcome - we are not walking in faith.
*The first men sent to spy out the land God had promised them went down in history as cowards and losers. They never even got to see what God had for them because of their doubt and unbelief. And - Because of their fear.
*They limited themselves – God didn’t! He gave them every opportunity to be winners and to achieve great and wonderful things.
*It was their own decisions – their own choices that brought them a sad end to God's promise of a "land flowing with milk and honey". Instead, they finished out their lives wandering the hot, dry desert.
*In other words, we can’t just SAY we believe, we have to ACT like we believe. We have to continue to walk in faith, believing God, taking Him at His Word and ACTING on it!
We all face giants along our journey. Some of them look impossible to overcome. I wonder how many wonderful gifts from God we have lost because we gave up too soon?
Please be encouraged to go full steam ahead with God. Do not limit Him. Do not doubt Him. It’s okay to ask questions and to check things out. Scripture tells us to do that. But when He gives His approval or says “No” to something. The best thing for us to do is to believe God – not to limit Him or to challenge Him. Only HE knows what our future holds and what great things we can accomplish as we pray and obey!
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