Numbers 14: 24
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.
I want us to take a look at Numbers 14:24 for a moment, and pay attention to the words in bold concerning what the Lord said about Caleb, “has a different spirit” and adds, “Follows me wholeheartedly.”
I think those words right there should be something literally written on all of our hearts on complete direction on how to completely and truly do as God asks of us.
“A different spirit”
What does it mean to have a different spirit?
I know we can look at this and easily answer, Oh that means one that doesn’t follow the world.
Yes, that would be true, but it goes deeper than that.
We need to learn that it isn’t about just reading the word, but being instilled in our life.
Our past will always be there. But God wants us to remember we were raised out of ashes.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
We know that Caleb didn’t have Jesus at that time, they had better, they had God himself.
Caleb’s heart was pure because he saw the ways around him, he and Joshua stayed focused that it was never about them, what they wanted, their desires, it was always about what God wanted.
That was where the others messed up.
We have all come from some kind of unhealthy background.
I love how God is sometimes, I was driving 4-15 today, and I prayed about my grandmother’s trip back to NJ, and as I prayed it, I heard this loud from my heart,
“You need to not just pray to me on that, but in ALL things.”
In other words, I ask this of you, you need to listen to me.
So having a different spirit in context means:
Obedience, trust, faith, loyalty, sacrifice.
I think this one is a little more intense, because it goes back to the “All things” statement God spoke today.
Basically He is saying to us,
“If you are going to do this thing, you need to do it completely.”
God knows we all have bad days, but even in our bad days we have to keep our focus
Philippians 4:8 style.
Our past is just waiting to jump right back into our flesh from behind us.
Negativity is bad. No one wants to be around someone that has nothing but unhealthy things to say about people and situations.
We have to learn as Christian to model that we have bad days, but to always rise above it.
How many of us no matter how we were feeling would say when asked, “ Oh, I am fine.”
Why are we so closed off? Why do we treat other Christian brothers and sisters around us like strangers? We sometimes honestly feel better confiding in someone who doesn’t go to the church completely then someone who knows us? Why do we do this?
Following wholeheartedly is knowing we can’t do it alone; God places people in our lives to help us learn how to follow God. We shouldn’t ignore them when they want to help us. Don’t be so afraid to confide in someone, because you are worried about what they will think of you.
“ True Christians will not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.”
I am not saying we have to trust the world, because we don’t, but we do NEED a core group of people to keep us accountable.
I have friends that I know through my Disciple class, and I will tell you this; I feel so comfortable talking to them. I don’t hide my past. God told us to live our testimony, and that is what I am going to do with people.
One of the girls is a new Christian, but I am so thankful for her friendship, because I know it don’t matter what kind of position you are in your faith, God will use you.
She encourages me so much.
Bible study groups should be able to keep you motivated for Christ and reading the word, you should be encouraged that you are learning more, instead of feeling like you could be spending your time doing something else that night.
Learning more about the word, it will throw your own life on a platter without realizing it, as it has for all of us as we read the Old testament.
So following wholeheartedly…
“ Taking up the cross and following…”
It is exactly what they did, except their cross was the lives of those that had to die before stepping into the promise land.
Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected.
I have to share this with you.
I never would have ever believed that I would ever be able to write the devotionals the way that I do, and almost daily.
I was always the poetry writer.
I remember my Spiritual gift class, and how a couple people that knew us were given a paper to try to figure out what our gifts were before we took the class.
Debbie, chose Creative Communication, and Kim chose hospitality.
Well, my gifts turned out to be Creative Communication, Mercy, Prophecy, and Helps.
I won’t go into all of them, but it is just interesting looking back on Creative Communication, because I wasn’t too happy that was my gift; I wanted faith or discernment or something like that. Something more professional sounding…
But years down the road, simple poetry and drama…turns into a devotional ministry.
I wonder if that is how Caleb and Joshua felt in the beginning when they were younger.
I wonder if they ever asked, “When can I be like you?”
I think God showed them clearly entering the promise land that they had to sacrifice who they were before stepping foot in that land.
Remember how in Wizard of Oz, Dorothy was in Kansas, and it was all black and white, and then when she got to Oz, suddenly it was full of color?
We have to remember no matter where we came from, God does have something better, and going back to a comfort zone in our past no matter what it is, it keeps God from moving, and I don’t know about you, but keeping God from moving, and wasting His time, is not something I really want to do.
God is going to uproot us; I am the poster child for this!
I have seen everything in my life that I thought would never change, completely take a whole new form!
I had to tell myself after talking to someone today, “ I’m different since knowing them.”
God doesn’t want us to be yoked with the world, and if we have too much around us that is worldly, even in a small sense; He will take those things away.
I love this quote that Beth Moore said the other day,
“ If you circumstance won’t change, you need to change your attitude towards the circumstance.”
In other words, move on.
I don’t even talk to the people I did a year or so ago; God has completely removed them from my life.
They weren’t bad people, they just didn’t have the same focus that I do right now, that I need to have right now.
I am taking full-time courses, working, and taking Disciple. Not to forget to mention this online devotional and the online study.
I know that it is vitally important to keep myself focused on the things God has given me to handle for the “right now” in my life.
Yes, I was listening to the chorus of “Right Now” by Van Halen today lol.
Totally speaks true though.
We need to be where we are right now, because it takes being where we are to get where we need to be later.
It’s a hard lesson to learn, and we sometimes so try to change it. God’s plan is always perfect though.
I don’t know where you are right now in your life, or what the gifts God has given you are, or the calling you feel He has called you to, but what I do know is God is God,
And heaven is where we finally will rest, until then.
We just have to hang in there, and let Him lead on.
Hebrew 11:22-25(The Message)
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.