Numbers 13-14 gives the account of Joshua & Caleb’s words of faith about the Israelites entering the Promised Land.
What was it that gave Joshua and Caleb the strength and fortitude to stand against the 10 other leaders who had explored alongside them and to tell the Israelites that the Promised Land was within their reach?
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. – Numbers 14:24
Joshua and Caleb were the only adults of their generation of the Israelites to enter the Promised Land 40 years later.
The song, “The Battle of Jericho” has been sung by countless choirs and heard by countless congregations.
But how many of Father’s dearly Beloved sons and daughters are actually passionate, willing, and committed to living with the kind of faith that enabled Joshua to be a part of the faith conquests that he was a part of?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
What is the Jericho-like battle you’re facing today in your:
Do not be terrified.
Do not be discouraged.
But this is what the LORD says:
“Yes, captives will be taken from warriors,
and plunder retrieved from the fierce;
I will contend with those who contend with you,
and your children I will save.” – Isaiah 49:25
“Faith never denies reality but leaves room for God to grant a new reality!” – Pastor Jim Cymbala
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