In today ‘s Word Alive Derek Stringer is traveling to be speaking about Geting A Grip On Life – that ‘s something we all want. He ‘ll be taking lessons from a great Old Testament character by the name of Caleb and how he managed through all kinds of ups and downs to Stay Strong.
Thankss for your aid today Brenda – and thank you for fall ining us for today ‘s Word Alive. I have the chance to go widely and run into Christians in all kinds of state of affairss – some really hard so. I think that Caleb ‘s narrative has something to state about Geting A Grip On Life instead than allowing it slip from your custodies so that you look back and believe: “ Where did my life travel? What have I done that was worthwhile? What will number for infinity?
Caleb ‘s narrative appears in a few bible transitions but Derek ‘s focal point will be The Book of Joshua chapter 14 and poetries 6 to 13. If you can follow along I think that will assist.
I ‘d wish to steal in a small notice here before we get traveling — Radio allows me to pass on with you but non face to face of class. It would be truly good to run into you. Word Alive is produced by Good News Broadcasting Association – and we have a particular Bible Teaching Conference over a week-end in the Autumn. It ‘s held in the English Midlands in a great locale. You can come for the whole week-end or as a Day Visitor. Please inquire us for inside informations – Brenda will go through on our contact information at the stopping point of the programme. And – merrily – she ‘ll besides be assisting me out with Bible readings and remarks as we go through our subject today.
In fact – Brenda – you start the ball peal.
Jackson Brown originally wrote Life ‘s Small Instruction book as a gift for his boy who was go forthing place to get down student life. Brown says, “ I read old ages ago that it was non the duty of parents to pave the route for their kids but to supply a route map, and I wanted to supply him with what I had learned about populating a happy and rewarding life. ” Life ‘s Small Instruction Book is a guidebook that gently points the manner to happiness and fulfilment. The observations are direct, simple, and every bit practical as an umbrella.
“ Most of us already cognize how to populate a successful and purposeful life, ” says Brown. “ We know we should be more understanding and thoughtful, more responsible, brave and appreciative. It ‘s merely that we sometimes need reminding. ”
Sample entries include,
Be brave. Even if you ‘re non, feign to be. No 1 can state the difference.
Never defy a generous urge.
Never go to bed with soiled dishes in the sink.
The book has spawned a batch of other books with lessons learned from kids to grownups, humourous and serious.
One 7-year-old wrote: “ I ‘ve learned that you ca n’t conceal a piece of Brassica oleracea italica in a glass of milk. ” The voice of experience speaks!
Then another wrote: “ I ‘ve learned that the tooth faery does n’t ever come. Sometimes he ‘s broke! ”
A middle-aged individual wrote: “ I ‘ve learned that even when I have strivings, I do n’t hold to be a hurting. ”
Some lessons were serious,
“ I ‘ve learned that you can make something in an blink of an eye that will give you a grief for life. ”
Well — I want you to run into an 85-year-old adult male named Caleb who had a good grip on life. We could title his life: “ How to Boom Aged 85! ” And it applies to anyone who has n’t reached that age, excessively!
Person said that “ Old age is when you ‘ve got it all together ; you merely ca n’t retrieve where you put it. ”
IN OUR SOCIETY WE WORSHIP YOUTH, NOT AGE.
But how about this for a bible poetry – Leviticus 19:32, “ Rise in the presence of the aged. Show regard for the aged and idolize your God. I am the Lord. ”
A adult male in his fiftiess was standing on an airdrome coach. It was really crowded and there was a immature adult female sitting near where he was standing. She was gorgeous and she made oculus contact with him. He ‘s thought, ‘I may be in my 1950ss but I ‘ve still got it! ‘ He ‘s happy at this minute. And so she spoke to him. She said, “ Sir, would you wish my place? ” – which sort of deflated him a spot.
We have articles in magazines about anti-aging resources – because you ‘re worth it! — but the Bible is truly sort of pro-aging. The word ‘elder ‘ is used 175 times in the Bible. And peculiarly in the Old Testament it speaks about how old ages can convey adulthood to be able to mentor and steer those who are younger. And hence, seniors are to be prized.
Here ‘s a Bible you may ne’er hold considered before. Leviticus 27, “ If anyone makes a particular vow to give a individual to the Lord by giving tantamount value let the sum be set of a male between the ages of 20 and 60 at 50 boodles of Ag. . . If it is a individual 60 old ages or more, set the value at 15 boodles. ”
Therefore the thought of a senior price reduction comes straight from the Bible. I ‘m certain that some of you did n’t cognize that!
OLD AGE IS VIEWED AS A PRIZE IN THE BIBLE.
Let ‘s read about Caleb-he had it all together and he knew where it was at! Here ‘s Brenda.
Joshua 14:6 to 13:
“ Now the work forces of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb boy of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, ‘You know what the Lord said to Moses the adult male of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. I was 40 old ages old when Moses the retainer of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to research the land. And I brought him back a study harmonizing to my strong beliefs, but my brothers who went up with me made the Black Marias of the people melt with fright. I, nevertheless, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. So on that twenty-four hours Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your pess have walked will be your heritage and that of your kids everlastingly, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. ‘ Now so, merely as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for 45 old ages since the clip he said this to Moses, while Israel moved approximately in the desert. So here I am today, 85 old ages old! I am still as strong today as the twenty-four hours Moses sent me out ; I ‘m merely every bit vigorous to travel out to conflict now as I was so. Now give me this hill state that the Lord promised me that twenty-four hours. You yourself heard so that the Anakites [ giants ] were at that place and their metropoliss were big and bastioned, but, the Lord assisting me, will drive them out merely as he said. ‘ Then Joshua blessed Caleb boy of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his heritage. ”
A Minister Tells of exposing a Christmas Crib for carol services. After the jubilation he noticed that the doll stand foring Jesus was losing. He looked around the streets and met a male child siting a new motorcycle with the Jesus doll propped on the mustachios. He said, “ Why did you steal the Jesus doll? ” The male child said, “ But I did n’t! I ‘d asked God for a ruddy motorcycle at Christmas and said that if I got it I ‘d give His Son a drive and that ‘s what I ‘m making! ”
Benefits come our manner and we can bury the God who enabled the approvals.
Caleb ne’er did.
He serves as a good illustration of some of import religious qualities.
HERE ‘S ONE TO START WITH: NEVER RELEASE GOD ‘S PROMISES.
Expression at Caleb ‘s illustration of continuity.
‘Life ‘ did n’t get down out excessively assuring for this adult male. I want you to detect that Caleb was n’t a Jew. In the listing of the 12 undercover agents he is referred to as boy of Jephunneh the Kenizzite – and Kennizzites were no portion of the Hebrew state. So Caleb was a alien. We do n’t cognize how he came to be enslaved in Egypt along with Judaic people but possibly we have a hint in his name. You see ‘Caleb ‘ means ‘DOG ‘ ! Now, would you name your boy or girl ‘dog ‘ ? No, of class non. And to name person a Canis familiaris back in those times was a great abuse. So this name hints at the fact that Caleb was of no value to his parents. He may hold been abandoned, an unwanted kid.
For old ages an castaway! That ‘s bad right? Incorrect! It can be the best thing to go on to you depending upon what you make of it.
I know a adult male who had a truly unsmooth upbringing and he envied a male child at school who seemed to hold it all made. Old ages subsequently he learned what had happened to the male child he dreamed of being like. He ‘d drifted through occupations, was divorced and really selfish. He prayed, “ Thank you Lord that I was an castaway because it made a difference subsequently in my life. I became sensitive to other people experiencing lonely and insecure. ”
When we are left entirely we learn to depend on the Father.
As a male child King David had experience parental indifference. Was that bad intelligence? Well it ‘s ne’er good intelligence is it? However, merely observe what David says in Psalms 27 –
He looks back and says, “ Though my male parent and female parent abandon me the Lord will have me. ”
He gained particular penetrations through those bad experiences. Caleb learned to utilize the contempt of others as a tool to turn a obstinate run. A ‘stick-ability ‘ to God.
Caleb had been promised a piece of belongings 45 old ages before. Since that promise, he spent 40 old ages rolling in the wilderness with a clump of disgruntled, unfaithful, whining people.
Then under Joshua ‘s leading, Caleb spent the past 5 old ages contending as a soldier against the Canaanite lands. Even after 45 old ages, he still held onto God ‘s promise. He said, “ I remember God ‘s promise to me, now give me this hill state! ” He ne’er let travel of that promise-that ‘s what the Bible calls continuity.
WHEN GOD GIVES US A PROMISE-WE SHOULD NEVER RELEASE IT!
Has God given you a promise? No, He has given you 7,457! They are all yours to claim. But until you take clasp of them, they do n’t make you any good.
An unclaimed promise of God is like non claiming a great award. I tell you what ‘s a batch sadder than non claiming a great prize-having the cherished promises of God and non taking clasp of them.
In order to claim God ‘s promises, you have to read them, and so take clasp of them-claim them. And so, one time you find a promise, ne’er let go of it-even if you have to wait 45 old ages for it to be fulfilled!
By the manner, if you have a negative attitude when you are 40, there ‘s a good opportunity you will non hold a negative attitude when you are 85, because there ‘s a good opportunity you wo n’t of all time be 85!
There are a batch of surveies on this. Optimistic people have better wellness wonts, lower blood force per unit area, better immune systems and likely to populate 10 old ages longer than people with negative attitudes. How many of you are happy to hear that? And if you ‘re non, you are in serious problem.
Caleb teaches us to ne’er give up on God or His promises.
A scraggy adolescent attended a little school. He read a book on wrestle and asked one of the athleticss instructors if he would come in him in some of the wrestle lucifers in that part. The manager agreed to assist. This young person was neither strong, nor adept, but he had one digesting quality-he refused to give up. He won every individual wrestle lucifer, because he doggedly held on to his oppositions and have on them down. By the terminal of the season, he was undefeated and made it to the finals for his weight categorization. His opposition was a two-time title-holder. As the scrawny young person faced him, the title-holder made a twosome of speedy moves, and shortly had the male child pinned. The manager knew his jock was about to lose, and he could n’t bear to watch it, so he turned his caput off. Suddenly, the manager heard the boom of the crowd and when he turned around, his male child was on top of the title-holder, traping him. He had won the lucifer! The male child bounced across the mat and hugged the manager and said, “ Coach, I won! I won! ” The manager said, “ Certain, boy. But I missed it. I turned off merely before you were approximately to lose, what happened? ”
The young person said, “ Coach, that cat was good. He had me twisted like a pretzel on that mat. But you know me, manager. I NEVER quit. I refuse to give up! So I opened my eyes, and at that place in forepart of my face was a large toe. I do n’t even cognize if it ‘s against the regulations or non, but I bit into that large toe with all my strength. . . and manager, it ‘s astonishing what you can make when you bite your Own toe! ”
If you ‘re of all time tempted to give up on God and his promises, merely retrieve that adolescent. Take a clasp on the promises of God and ne’er let go of them-God honours continuity.
In Joshua 13:1 we read: “ When Joshua was old and good advanced in old ages, the Lord said to him. You are really old, and there are still really big countries of land to be taken over. ”
God needed a twosome of octogenarians to seal the trade. You ‘d anticipate Him to state, ‘You ‘ve done a good occupation ; take a remainder for a piece, I ‘ll utilize some of these younger work forces now.
God non merely preserved the promise for the adult male, God preserved the adult male for the promise. Caleb was 85 old ages old before he of all time moved into his ain place. That ‘s an age when most people are experiencing like it ‘s clip to decelerate down and step aside.
THIS BRING US TO ANOTHER GREAT QUALITY IN LIFE: NEVER RETIRE FROM GOD ‘S SERVICE.
Many of you are involved in occupations and callings that allow you to retire after a certain figure of old ages. And some of you have already retired. Retirement from a calling is a good idea-you ‘ve earned it, now go out and pass your kids ‘s heritage!
Interestingly, the word ‘retire ‘ is n’t a scriptural word. Luke 12:19 has the thought. A rich adult male says to himself that he ‘s constructing up his concern involvements and shortly he ‘ll be able to “ Take life easily ; eat, drink and be merry. ” God sees him as a sap. He ‘s be aftering for clip but about to come in infinity and he ‘s non ready.
6 times in the Old Testament we read these words depicting Caleb, “ He wholeheartedly followed the Lord. ”
And if you are n’t following God with your whole bosom, you ‘re merely a halfhearted Christian-and halfhearted Christians are fainthearted Christians.
God has called every Christian to function Him. And if you are following God with all your bosom, you ‘ll ne’er retire from religious service. Serving the Lord is non a occupation ; it ‘s a life-calling.
The word “ career ” comes from the Latin word which means “ to name. ” God has called all of His kids to function Him-it ‘s your existent vocation-and you ca n’t take a holiday from your career.
You may believe God ca n’t utilize you because you ‘re excessively old, or you do n’t hold any particular preparation or abilities.
One of the greatest retainers of God in the nineteenth Century was a shoe-salesman from Chicago named D.L. Moody. He was ne’er ordained and he ne’er attended college or seminary. But one clip, D.L. Moody heard a sermonizer, Henry Varley, talk these words: “ The universe has yet to see what God can make IN and WITH and THROUGH and FOR a adult male entirely committed to Him. ” And at that minute, D.L. Moody said, “ By the grace of God I will be that adult male. ” D.L. Moody shook two continents for Christ-including England. He was so uneducated that he literally murdered the King ‘s English. On one juncture, Moody was prophesying to a crowd of really educated and sophisticated Englishmen. This following sentence reveals how ill he spoke. He said, “ Do n’t ne’er believe that God do n’t love you, for He make. ” Equally bad as his grammar was, God used him to convey 1000s of people to Christ. He had the one ability God ever honours-availability.
God is n’t through with you-whatever your age. There are likely plentifulness of occupations in your church for you to undertake.
Remember, the Christian life is a endurance contest, non a dash, so maintain on helping, maintain on praying, maintain on being available to God!
I realise I will ne’er retire from functioning God. One twenty-four hours there may be some immature individual who has hair like I used to hold, and he will function as I do in Good News Broadcasting – but I will perfectly ne’er halt prophesying the Gospel every bit long as I have a breath in my organic structure. Equally long as I have teeth I ‘m traveling to masticate on the old Satan, and even when I lose my dentition, I ‘m traveling to gum Him to distraction! May God give me and you the sort of endurance that Caleb had at age 85!
Out of the 2,930 persons mentioned in the Bible, we merely know the inside informations of the lives of about 100. Of the 100 one tierce finished good. Of the two tierces that did n’t complete good, most failed in the 2nd half of their lives. Caleb is one of the minority who finished good. Although mentioned merely 33 times in the Bible, Caleb was described 6 times as following God wholeheartedly. No other Biblical character was described with these words. Caleb was still a closer at 85.
FAITH IS SUCH AN AMAZING, LIFE-GIVER.
There are all sorts of narratives about this. I ‘ll state you one. Paul Brand was a great physician. He wrote some books with Phillip Yancey. Phillip Yancey said he admires Paul Brand more than any other adult male he ‘s known. I want to state you about Paul Brand ‘s mother-Evelyn Brand. When she was a immature adult female she felt called by God to travel to India. She was a individual adult female. You can conceive of how much religion that took back in that day-1909. She met a adult male named Jessie. They got married and began a ministry to people in rural India-education, medical supplies, constructing roads, etc. Early on in their ministry they went seven old ages without a individual convert. Seven old ages without anyone coming to Jesus!
Then there was a priest of another faith who grew deathly sick and had a febrility. Cipher else would travel near him because it was so unsafe. Evelyn and Jessie nursed him as he was deceasing. He said: This God, Jesus, must be the true God because merely Jessie and Evelyn will care for me in my death. He gave his kids to them to care for and that was a religious discovery, because so people began to turn to Christ.
They had 13 old ages of great ministry and so Jessie died. Evelyn is 50 old ages old. Everybody expects her to return back to her place in England, but she will non make it.
Are you acquiring older? Yes, of class! We all are. In fact, we ‘re all a few proceedingss older than when I began speaking! But ne’er retire! I do n’t intend bent on to a occupation when it ‘s clip to do manner for person else. But keep maintaining on functioning your Lord.
ANOTHER KEY QUALITY WE CAN LEARN FROM CALEB IS THIS: NEVER RETREAT FROM YOUR ENEMIES.
Caleb had been a brave soldier at age 40, and we see he was merely every bit brave when he was 85. He was still ready to travel out to conflict. Courage is non the absence of fright. Courage is the ability to confront your frights and to maintain on traveling frontward.
Every soldier who stormed onto the beaches of Normandy on D-Day was terrified. They were n’t fearless-but they were brave. When you are afraid, courage supports you traveling frontward.
I found a good definition of bravery:
“ Courage is being the lone 1 who knows how afraid you are! ”
Well — Caleb was still ready to travel bear downing into conflict when he was 85 old ages old. When you follow the Lord with your whole bosom, you will ne’er endorse up, close up, or give up until you are caught up to heaven!
The Israelites had to suppress their grasshopper composite. 45 old ages before, Moses led them to Kadesh Barnea and they sent 12 undercover agents into the Promised Land to look into it. When these 12 undercover agents returned, 10 of them reported there were giants in Canaan.
The Bible says in Numbers 13:33 “ We saw the Nephilim there ( the posterities of Anak come from the Nephilim ) . We seemed similar grasshoppers in our ain eyes, and we looked the same to them. ”
10 of the undercover agents suffered from a grasshopper composite. They were already defeated in their heads, because they thought that they looked like grasshoppers to the mighty warriors of Canaan. They were merely half right. They did look like grasshoppers in their ain eyes. But to the Canaanites, they did n’t look like grasshoppers-they looked like a mighty ground forces. Harmonizing to Rahab, the Prostitute who became a Princess, the people in Canaan had been trembling in fright of the mighty Israelite ground forces for 40 old ages!
You may be enduring from a grasshopper composite, believing you are excessively small or excessively undistinguished to count. If you hear “ you ca n’t make it ” plenty, you may get down to believe it.
An autistic pupil named Jason McElwain worked as the director of school hoops squad. Jason had ne’er played with the squad but for the last game of the season, toward the terminal of the game, the manager let him play. His first shooting missed the end by 6 pess. But reasonably shortly, he got hot. In the last 4 proceedingss of the game, Jason scored 20 points. After the game, the pupils and squad lifted Jason onto their shoulders. I like his attitude. When you ‘re different, it takes bravery to acquire out on the field of competition and effort to play.
Remember, triumph comes in “ tins ” – licking comes in “ can’ts. ” So, before you claim God ‘s promises and live in the land of triumph, you ‘ve got to get the better of the grasshopper composite. You ‘ve got to hold the attitude of Caleb.
Caleb did n’t deny there were giants at that place, alternatively, he said that these giants would be “ staff of life for us. ” He was stating that in God ‘s power, they would hold them for tiffin!
The wimpish undercover agents were whining, “ Look how large those giants are compared to us! ” Caleb said, “ Look how little those giants are compared to God! ” The concern warts whined, “ They ‘re excessively large for us to contend. ” Caleb said, “ They ‘re excessively large for us to lose! ”
God removed 603,548 work forces of Israel during their wilderness rovings in the desert. Why did these hold to decease? Because they refused to blend God ‘s promises with religion.
CALEB AND JOSHUA WERE DIFFERENT.
And now Caleb says: “ Here I am today, 85 old ages old! I am still as strong today as the twenty-four hours Moses sent me out. I ‘m merely every bit vigorous to travel to conflict now as I was so. Now, give me this hill state that the Lord promised me that twenty-four hours. ”
Question: What ‘s the toughest conflict to win against an enemy – on level land or against an enemy in bastioned metropoliss up in the hill state? Hill state is the toughest to take. Caleb asked for the hardest challenge.
This is so interesting.
Researcher ‘s on aging have found this – Intentionally induced jobs and challenges are required to maintain your encephalon healthy and developing. God has wired us up so that our organic structures, encephalons and heads require non soothe but challenges.
Rose was 87 old ages old when she went to the university. The first tutorial was a “ get-to-know-you ” clip, and a immature pupil sitting following to her beamed and said, “ Why have you come to the ‘uni ‘ at your age? ” Quick as anything, she said, “ To happen a rich hubby, acquire married, have a twosome of childs, retire, and travel. ” He said, “ Seriously. ” She said, “ Well, earnestly, I merely do n’t desire to vegetate. ” She became the most popular pupil in the university. She became the feast talker for their football squad. When she went up to the dais she dropped her notes. She could n’t acquire down at that place to pick them up once more, so she held onto the dais and she beamed at everybody and said, “ You know, life has taught me four secrets. One: happen humour everyday in something.
Two: You ‘ve got to hold a dream ; you die if you do n’t hold a dream.
Three: There ‘s a difference between turning old and turning up.
And four: Have no declinations. ” She said, “ The aged people I know, we do n’t repent what we did. We regret what we did non make. ”
Two hebdomads after graduation she died, and 2,000 pupils came to her funeral. Your end is non to populate long, but to populate now.
There ‘s a verse form I like. It reminds me of the attitude Caleb had, and the sort of attitude all of us should encompass.
Person said it could n’t be done,
But he with a chortle replied
That “ possibly it could n’t, ” but he would be one
Who would n’t state so till he ‘d tried.
So he buckled right in with a hint of smile
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That could n’t be done, and he did it.
Person scoffed: “ Oh, you ‘ll ne’er make that ;
At least no 1 has of all time done it ; ”
But he took off his coat and he took off his chapeau,
And the first thing we knew he ‘d begun it.
With a lift of his mentum and a spot of a smile,
Without any uncertainty or pull the leg ofing it,
He started to sing and he tackled the thing
That could n’t be done, and he did it.
There are 1000s to state you it can non be done,
There are 1000s to vaticinate failure ;
There are 1000s to indicate out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assault you ;
But merely clasp in with a spot of smile,
Merely take off your coat and travel to it ;
Merely get down to sing as you tackle the thing
‘That can non be done ‘ and you ‘ll make it!
Most of the giants we face are 1s we create in our ain life, anyhow. When it comes to religious triumph, the old amusing strip character Pogo, was right. He said, “ We have met the enemy, and he is us! ” I agree.
Make you cognize the one individual in the church that I have more problem with than anybody else? It ‘s my married woman ‘s first husband-that cat truly tease me. ( Just to do this clear – my married woman has merely been married once – I am her first hubby ) .
In Joshua 15:14, we read about 3 of the giants that Caleb fought. Now, retrieve, names were more than merely placing labels, they carried intending. Let ‘s run into these three giants:
“ From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites-Sheshai [ that name means “ who I am ” ] , Ahiman [ that name means “ what I am ‘ ] and Talmai [ which means, “ what I can make ” ] .
So, before you can of all time claim triumph, you have to face and fight the same three giants:
“ Who I am ” that ‘s your self-importance ;
“ What I am ” that ‘s the enemy of pride ; and
“ What I can make, ” which is the enemy of autonomy.
Surely, there are other giants on the outside. But you ‘ll ne’er be successful against the external giants until you learn to get the better of those 3 internal giants.
DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO FIGHT AGAINST THE GIANTS YOU FACE?
When you follow the Lord with your whole bosom like Caleb did, you will be willing to confront any elephantine.
Confronting problems in Borneo back in 1964. The Nepali soldiers, called Gurkhas, were known for their heroism. The British bid asked a squad of Gurkhas if they would be willing to leap out of an aeroplane into combat against the enemy. After discoursing it for a minute, the Gurkha sergeant replied, “ Yes, we will leap out, if the aeroplane will wing every bit slow as possible merely 100 ft. above a swamp. ” The British Commander said, “ But that ‘s excessively low. Your parachutes would n’t hold clip to open. ” The Gurkha sergeant said, “ Oh, you did n’t advert parachutes. ” Now, that ‘s bravery! They were willing to leap out of an aeroplane without parachutes.
When you fight in the strength of the Lord, you ‘ll be willing to assail snake pit with H2O handguns! That ‘s the secret-utilising the strength of the Lord. Brenda!
Paul wrote: “ Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your base against the Satan ‘s strategies. ”
In your ain strength, you are every bit incapacitated as a newborn kitty. But when you depend on God ‘s strength, you have all the power of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!
You may confront an unsure hereafter and it may look triumph is impossible to achieve, but merely retrieve, the word “ impossible ” is non portion of God ‘s vocabulary. It IS impossible in your strength, but you must claim this promise: “ I can make everything through him who gives me strength. ”
Here ‘s a verse form.
It ‘s about Caleb ‘s bravery that captures the heroism of this adult male of God:
He stood before Joshua with flashing eyes ;
“ Give me this mountain before I die! ”
“ But Caleb, you ‘re old and the mountain is high ;
Choose a peaceable topographic point on this field to decease ;
The people who live on the mountain are strong ;
The conflict you fight will be bloody and long. ”
His eyes ne’er wavered as he spoke without fright ;
“ I ‘ve been promised this mountain for 45 old ages!
And as for the people being mighty and tall ;
The bigger they are, the harder they fall!
For it ‘s non my strength on which I ‘m countin ‘ ;
For the Lord is traveling to give me that mountain ;
So allow ‘s discontinue speaking while it is still light ;
For the Lord and I have a conflict to contend! ”
So, allow ‘s take to bosom those lessons from Caleb-
Never RELEASE God ‘s promises.
Never RETIRE from God ‘s service.
And ne’er RETREAT from your enemies!
If you will follow God with your whole bosom and depend on his strength entirely, you will still boom elderly 85! If God can make that for an old adult male, merely believe what He can make with person like you!
I told you a small spot about Evelyn Brand – I ‘ll complete this narrative now. They called her “ Granny Brand, small old lady. ” She spent her life over in India, 20 old ages of widowhood over at that place. She is 70 old ages old and she gets word from the Home Mission Office in England. They are non traveling to give her another 5-year term. She is acquiring excessively old. She is sort of stubborn and feisty. She ever wanted to travel to the mountains and they did n’t hold the resources for that in India so the Mission Board said you are done now.
She had a party to observe her clip in India and everybody at that place cheered her on and so they said: Have a good trip back place. She said: I ‘ll state you a small secret. I ‘m non traveling back place. I ‘m remaining in India.
She had had a small hovel built with some resources that she had smuggled in and so she got a pony. She still had to sit from small town to village on horseback, 70-year-old adult female, to state people about Jesus. She did that for five old ages on her ain. One twenty-four hours she fell away and broke her hip. She is 75 old ages old. Her boy, Paul Brand, this eminent physician, comes and says: Mum, you had a great tally. God ‘s used you. It ‘s clip to turn it over now. You go on back place. She said: I ‘m non traveling back place. God, give me the mountain, mountains of decease.
She was 75 at that point. She spent another 18 old ages going from one small town to another on horseback-falls, concussions. Finally she hits 93 old ages old. She can non sit horse-back any more and for another two old ages the work forces in those small towns, because they loved Granny Brand so much, they put her on a stretcher and they carried her from one small town to another. She was 93 old ages old.
God, give me the hill state. You see, that ‘s completing good!
It is non about retiring comfortably.
It is non about holding a great pension strategy.
It is non even about holding a healthy organic structure.
It is non about security.
It ‘s about stating, “ God, give me another mountain. ” It might look like Granny Brand, it might be a narrative that gets told-it may non. Cipher may cognize about it but you or God. It does n’t count.
To complete good, to be a people that say: “ God, we do n’t care about comfort, we do n’t care about security, we merely want to hold another mountain and so we know there is this other coevals coming along and, God, we are traveling to be a topographic point where we will give our ain comfort, our ain gustatory sensation, our ain convenience, our ain resources to go through that stage on to another coevals. ”
THAT ‘S JUST THE BEST.
THAT ‘S WHO GOD MADE US TO BE.
In the land of triumph you will be excessively blessed to be stressed and you ‘ll happen there is more to shout approximately than to sulk about!
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