“As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.” Joshua 14:11-12 (NKJV)
I welcome you to November, the second to the last of the “-ember” months of 2023; It shall be the month when God will give you “…this mountain of which the LORD spoke…” at the beginning of the year, in Jesus’ Name. It was in the eleventh month that God confirmed his prophecy to Zechariah. Zechariah 1:17 (NLV) says, “My cities will again be filled with riches. The LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.” This means all that God has spoken from January until now shall find fulfillment in your life, family, city, and country this month, in Jesus’ Name. It was also in the 11th month that the LORD confirmed to Jeremiah that He had made him a priest. The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah that he was made a champion from the womb. Jeremiah 1:5 (TLB) says, “I knew you before you were formed within your mother’s womb; before you were born, I sanctified you and appointed you as My spokesman to the world.”
Caleb was a hero. As a younger man, he along with Joshua stood against the fearful report of ten others who compared themselves to grasshoppers. Numbers 13:30-31 says, “Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it…they are bread to us.” 45 years later, as “an old man of 85,” he is not looking to retire, rather he is anticipating his next conquest.
There are people ready to hang up their boots and retire for the year in the eleventh month. Also, there are a lot of people always ready to tell you how things should be done or that they cannot be done. However, we should draw our greatest inspiration from those who have accomplished something before and are ready to do so again. These are men who have fire in their bones; they are not satisfied with mediocre results. They believe that as long as they are breathing, they can conquer more, achieve more, and take more territories for the LORD.
WHAT ARE MOUNTAINS?
The mountains we are talking about this month are big, heavy, longstanding problems that have the capability to crush those on whom they fall. All problems that are mountainous in nature shall move this month, in Jesus’ Name.
Let us look at the acronym, MOUNTAINS:
M = Mental problems; epileptic, lunatic problems.
O = Obstructive problems, standing in your way to the next level.
U = Unbearable problems.
N = Nutty problems, hard to get rid of.
T = Terrifying problems, so high, so deep and so wide that they terrify.
A = Age-old, ancestral problems passed from parent to child for generations.
I = Insurmountable problem that stops you at every turn.
N = Nameless problems that cannot be diagnosed by doctors nor detected by any medical test or screening.
S = Spiritual problems that defy any expert human knowledge, capability, or skill set.
All these problems in your life, home, business, and family shall move this month, in Jesus’ Name. They are not a problem for the LORD. Every Word of God is backed up by the account of heaven, by God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Not a word of His has failed yet and it will not fail you, in Jesus’ Name.
FIVE LESSONS TO LEARN FROM THE EXAMINATION OF CALEB’S LIFE
- CALEB HAD A PASSIONATE HEART FOR GOD: Caleb was wholeheartedly devoted to God, he trusted the LORD completely, and without reservation.
“But My servant Caleb—this is a different story. He has a different spirit; he follows Me passionately. I’ll bring him into the land that he scouted, and his children will inherit it.” Numbers 14:24 (MSG). Let us strive to have the same passionate heart for God that Caleb did.
- HE MAINTAINED A POSITIVE ATTITUDE: The name Caleb does not reveal the character of this man but may be an insight into some of the obstacles he faced. Caleb literally means “dog.” I think we would say Caleb was a “pit bull.” Caleb was probably not the best educated, nor was he the most cultured man, nor did he come from royal folks but, he did have a heart for God. He was not going to let his education, his culture, or his family history stop him from being all he could be for God. He became a “pit bull” for God. No giant, no negative Hebrew could stop his zeal for serving the LORD.
- CALEB CLAIMED HIS INHERITANCE: Caleb did not wait for somebody else to remember that Moses had promised him an inheritance of land. Please note also, that although Caleb was claiming his inheritance, he knew that to fully possess what had been promised to him he would have to work hard to clear the land and to occupy it.
As heirs of the Father, we have a great inheritance in Christ Jesus, however, there is much work to be done along the way. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He Who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23. There is an adversary who will do everything that he can to keep you from your inheritance. Do not let him get away with it, claim your inheritance.
- CALEB THOUGHT OFFENSE NOT DEFENSE: Caleb was at the age when others probably thought that he should just be content with a small plot of land and settle into retirement at 85. The mountain for RCCG The Americas-1 now is the planting of churches and the winning of souls to Christ. When God shows you your inheritance or your mountain, do not look at the size of the mountain (Goliath) or the obstacles or giants in the way, but instead look at the power and might of your God.
- CALEB WAS ACCOUNTABLE: Joshua and Caleb were accountable to each other (Exodus 17:8-16). Accountability is an unwritten rule in leadership, just like trust. Moses was accountable to Aaron, Hur, Joshua, and Caleb who were fighting the Amalekites. Caleb demonstrated no seed of rebellion whatsoever that Joshua was chosen to lead Israel instead of him. 1 Corinthians 4:2 says, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” The Bible tells us that since Christ died for us, “those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again” (2 Corinthians 5:15).
- We are accountable to God for the deeds we do (1 Peter 4:1-5; Philippians 4:17), for the lost (Acts 20:26-27; Ezekiel 3:16-21), and the integrity of our Christian life (1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 5:6-13, 4:1-2). The fear of God is that which encourages accountability. We are all accountable to God.
- We are accountable to our family.
- We are accountable to those in leadership over us (RCCG).
- We are accountable to each other; relationships must be organic, not mandated.
- Even lost people will be judged according to their works (Revelation 20:12-13).
- The most serious of our accountabilities as stewards lost or saved, is our accountability to the Holy Spirit. The lost are accountable to the Holy Spirit’s conviction to be converted. The saved are accountable to the Holy Spirit’s conviction to be corrected. Romans 14:12 tells us, “So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.” Are you ready?
CONCLUSION: Aim High.
I hope every one of us will have this as our motto – aim high. I believe with all my heart that we get what we aim for. Each of us needs to be stretched in our life, and the only way to be stretched is to get out of our comfort zone. Do something you have not done before. When we aim high, we will get better and people around us will too.
These are the lessons from the life of Caleb that must be learned and engrained in us to exceed limits and move our mountains. He had a passionate heart for God; he maintained a positive attitude; he claimed his inheritance; he thought offense and not defense. He was aggressive and bold because God was with him and, lastly, he was accountable. Think about the mountain God has placed in front of you to conquer for His kingdom.
- Father, thank You for the blessing of the 11th month in which You confirmed Your prophecy like You did for Zechariah and Jeremiah.
- LORD God Almighty, give me the spirit of Caleb; there is still so much to be done and more mountains to conquer!
- Father, by Holy Ghost fire, level every mountain standing between me and my new wealthy place (Psalms 66:10-12) by fire, in Jesus’ Name.
- Help me, LORD Jesus, to live by Caleb’s example in my pursuit of You and Your Kingdom, in Jesus’ Name.
- With the help of the Holy Spirit, I desire to aim higher in my walk with You and my knowledge of You more than I have ever done before, in Jesus’ Name.
- Thank You, Almighty Father, because You are a God that answers prayer, in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.