In part 1, I give you the the synopsis of the story of Joshua and Caleb.
1. I believe the Promised Land for today’s Christian refers to God’s call on that person’s life.
For the Christian that will fully surrender their entire life over to God the Father – I believe that God will place a specific call or calls on that person’s life.
However, it may take many years before God releases this person into what their true calling is going to be for Him. Sometimes it may take years of preparation to get ready for this call.
But once this call comes in and you are getting ready to cross over into your Promised Land, many Christians get cold feet at the last minute and walk out on their call.
They start to get too focused on all the negative possibilities they will encounter if they take the call just like the 10 spies did with God the Father. Fear starts to set in and they then bail out of the boat.
This is why the above story is so powerful.
The Israelites lost their one and only chance to go into this Promised Land due to one main reason – fear, and lack of full faith and belief in the power of God to see them through.
They were too scared of the giants and kingdoms they saw in the Promised Land they were supposed to possess – and they did not have enough faith and belief in God that He could conquer and defeat these giants for them.
As a result, they lost out on the biggest blessing of their entire life.
After Joshua fully succeeded in all of his missions for the Lord, he makes the comment shortly before he dies that God had not failed to give him every ounce of land that his foot had stepped on.
God told Joshua that his enemies would be taken out and that he would be given total victory as long as he stayed with God’s instructions on how to do all of this. Joshua saw his call completely through, and when he died, he died a man with his call and mission from God completely fulfilled.
The two keys to Joshua’s success was his strong faith and belief in God, and the fact that he had always “wholeheartedly followed God.”
I always tell everyone to stay with their leadings from the Holy Spirit.
The Bible says that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth and teach us all things.
He is our personal Guide and Teacher in this life. If God puts a call on your life, but you do not follow His specific instructions and leadings on how to get there, then you will never succeed.
Joshua’s story is one of the most dramatic stories in all of the Bible about someone who did it right in God. His story is a perfect example for all Christians on how to properly follow God and the call that He can place on your life.
2. This story really applies to where you are at right now with God. You may be getting ready to have your door opened to enter into your Promised Land – into God’s true calling on your life.
However, you are well aware of the giants and strongholds that you will be coming against if this door opens up for you.
Remember the above story on Joshua.
- He saw the same giants and strongholds that you are now seeing.
- He saw all this before going in.
- God allowed him to see exactly what he was going into before he actually went into it – and God is showing you the exact same thing.
You now have one of two choices to make.
- You can either let fear and panic set in just like the Israelites did, and lose your one and only chance to enter into your Promised Land.
- Or you can have the same strong faith and belief in God that Joshua had – and go in there with a kick-butt attitude that you will be completely victorious and that you will accomplish everything that God will want you to accomplish for Him.
I will leave you with one last thought. Joshua and Caleb took their strong faith and belief in God, entered the Promised Land, and achieved total victory in God.
The Bible says that God is no respecter of persons. What He will do for one, He will do for another.
If God is calling you to go through this door, then rest assured that you will have the full power of God operating through you to achieve total victory just like Joshua did!
As a final testament to the this man’s story, God saw fit to name one of the Books of the Bible after him – “The Book of Joshua.”
I think this was a very fitting ending to what this man accomplished in God while down here on this earth. The Bible said Joshua lived to be 110 years old.
Let God do the same for you as He did for Joshua and Caleb!