Joshua 14:6-13 “Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea. 7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart. 8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the Lord my God. 9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God. 10 And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. 12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said. 13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.”
What is your big dream that God gave to you? Are you willing to fight for it?
There were ten spies that gave a poor report. Caleb and Joshua were the two who gave a faith report. God had promised them a land and a territory, flowing with milk and honey. There were full-grown cattle, a ready-made economy. There were little critters doing the work so you could get the sweetness (bees making honey). You didn’t have to work for it. Your enemy made it happen for you.
The ten said the land was ‘all that and a bag of chips, but there are giants. We are grasshoppers compared to the inhabitants there.’
Caleb and Joshua came back and said, ‘We are well-able. We can do it because God gave it to us.’ They had faith, hearts of champions.
The ten died because of their lack of faith. The people without faith died in the wilderness. The children will rule in the land. Caleb had the heart of a giant. Caleb wanted a mountain. Even though it was inhabited by giants, he knew God caused them to be well-able.
As children of God, we will always face obstacles, but we can learn from Caleb. ‘Give me this mountain.’
What obstacles stand in the way of your dream?
Caleb’s confidence in God’s abilities never ceased. God kept him alive for 40 years. He was in his 80’s. Look what God has done! Caleb didn’t look at his own lack or age, he looked at God. He had a heart of a champion. He never stopped having strength because his roots were in the strength of God. His confidence was in the limitlessness of God. He came through the desert and saw God work miracles.
When you go through difficult times, you can either allow fears and doubt to cripple you or you can trust God to bring you out and leave those difficult times behind you. It’s His strength in you that gives you the heart of a champion.
Caleb had to fight for his mountain and he remembered losing friends and family, but his heart was still the heart of a champion. He got his victory.
What is your inheritance, your promise from God?
See the end at the beginning. There must be a vision. You have to see it to believe it. When you start to expand your vision, you will expand the amount of miraculous activity in your life. You are not to have a struggling marriage or financial troubles. God has a blessing and a victory for your life and your family.
Why preach faith?
Because if you believe, you have the power to be sons of God. The promise of the Father is power because of faith and because of the cross. You won’t make it unless you believe.
Faith is the foundation of the victory. You’ve got to see it.
One of the most amazing athletes has climbed frozen waterfalls and all seven of the highest mountains. He has led people climbing. His name is Eric Weihenmayer. He’s blind. He lost his sight in high school. He decided this hindrance wouldn’t stop him from doing extraordinary things. He has led expeditions of blind people up mountains. He has the heart of a champion which drives him to keep going in spite of impossibilities.
Drive doesn’t require sight, it requires vision. Vision is FAITH. We don’t walk by sight, we walk by faith.
Rev 7:9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;”
Heart of a champion—Vision—Faith
‘You can have results or excuses, but not both.’ —Arnold Schwarzenegger
Noah was given instructions to build a boat. It was all about vision, faith. He had never seen rain before. He had to see what God saw.
Nehemiah had a vision and needed God to help him fund it. All he had to begin with was bad news. However, that didn’t stop him from fulfilling God’s will.
If you haven’t fulfilled your goal, are you serious about fighting the battle to achieve it? What do you need to change in your life to achieve that goal?
The secret to achieving your goal is discipline to pursue no matter what.
Jer 32:17 “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”
Mat 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Three things needed to possess the mountain, heart of a champion (faith in God), eye of a tiger (vision), and the favor of God.
‘Eye of a Tiger’ is an old song that talks about what the tiger’s prey sees before it dies. The eyes of a tiger are the spots on the back of the ears which turn right before it kills its prey. The phrase ‘the eye of the tiger’ is the battle you must fight in order to have victory.
Caleb told Joshua the Lord had been faithful for 40 years. If you want to experience mountaintop living, you will have to fight for it. David fought a lion and a bear before he fought Goliath. The weapons of our warfare are mighty, but there is a war.
The church is worth fighting for, your marriage is worth fighting for. If you fall down, so what? Get back up and start again. If you fail over and over again, join the rest of us, get up anyway! Your family is worth fighting for! The champion gets up and fights on. The victory is within reach.
You will need the favor of God in your life.
How can you gain His favor? It’s easier to say how you can lose it. God favors the prepared, those who prepare have faith.
It takes gear to climb a mountain. If you don’t have what you need, it’s amazing what can bring you down.
David was ready for Goliath. He knew what he could do with a stone and a sling. Preparation will save the marriage and the family and your dream. People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.
Attitude determines your altitude. You will travel the distance your attitude will allow. Defeated, slave mentalities will never rule. Assuming the worst will bring about the worst.
What are you expecting? Defeat or victory?
A spirit of offense will destroy your attitude. Don’t be soft, grow up and trust God.
Racism is perpetuated and exaggerated by a defeated mentality. The heart of a champion will cause you to never be offended and never be defeated!
You’ve got to see the whole picture. Don’t have a lack of focus. Do miracles on Jesus’ word.
It’s not about being able to do stuff or being qualified, it’s about trusting God and being obedient. It’s about going where God wants to go and being where He wants you to be. Nothing will stop you from making it if God is calling you. Peter was not comfortable in the ‘safety’ of the boat, but he knew that he would be safe on the water with Jesus (even though walking on water is impossible). No matter how tall your mountain is, if God wants you to have it, nothing will stop you.
If you take your eyes off of Jesus and look at the problems, you will sink. It’s all because of lack of focus. Don’t allow negativity to cause you to lose focus.
Is there anything in your life that causes you to lose God’s favor? How are your thoughts and attitudes? Do they please the Lord? Do they agree with His Word? Are you willing to do today what it takes to take your mountain?
Psalm 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”
Keep your focus on Him, on Who He is and all He has done and is doing and will do! Praise Jesus!
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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