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‘My servant Caleb has a different spirit.’ Numbers 14:24 NIV

Caleb was truly remarkable. No retirement plan or rocking chair for this guy! At eighty-five he dreamed of owning his own mountain in the Promised Land. And even though there were giants living on it, they didn’t discourage him one bit. When the people around him saw the giants and wanted to back off, Caleb factored God into the equation and said, ‘We will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.’ (Numbers 14: 9 NIV) Note the words, ‘We will swallow them up.’ As you grow in faith you’ll start to ‘feed off’ stuff the enemy throws at you and as a result you’ll become stronger. Bottom line: you can choose to blend in or to stand out! God said, ‘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.’

Notice, Caleb had ‘a different spirit’, which brings us to another dream killer you must overcome: lack of confidence. Dreams are fragile. And they’re at the greatest risk when they’re new to you, when the people you love and respect don’t approve, and when you have no past record of success to fall back on and give you confidence. That’s the point at which you must know God for yourself and have a relationship with Him. ‘The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.’ (Daniel 11:32 NKJV) The word ‘exploits’ indicates that God can show you how to exploit, utilise, profit from, and find opportunity in even the worst of circumstances.

SoulFood: Isa 30–33, Luke 2:8–20, Ps 71:1–16, Pro 2:1–2

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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