Stay Strong – Pastor David Ham – Times Square Church – 06.23.2019

JoshuaCaleb

Caleb brought a good report when he originally spied out the land of Canaan. When Joshua was ready to divide the land several decades later he was approach by Caleb who reminded Joshua of the inheritance that God had given Caleb for his faithfulness. Caleb had to fight one more battle to claim what was his, but even at an advanced age he stayed strong. Lord help us in this generation to receive and to retain the strength that only you can provide us. We must all make a decision to persevere, to endure, and to overcome in this generation. The lost are looking for the strength of God to be demonstrated in our lives, and we have a responsibility to those around us to remain strong – not in our own strength but through the Holy Spirit – to demonstrate the love and the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 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.”

And Joshua blessed him, and gave Heron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. And the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim).

Then the land had rest from war.

Joshua 14:6-15

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