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Devotional - week of July 27, 2008


MEN WITH A DIFFERENT SPIRIT IN THEM

 

But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.  Numbers 14:24

 

This verse recounts what God said to the nation of Israel when at Kadesh Barnea they refused to go into and possess the promised land because they had no faith that they could take the land. Ten of the 12 spies who had gone into the land convinced the others that they could not take the land. Caleb, one of the spies, had a different spirit in him. He believed God would enable them to possess the land.

 

The passage is both sad and refreshing. It is sad because of the unbelief of the people and refreshing because of the great faith of Joshua, who also believed they could take the land, and Caleb. The unbelief was because the people who dwelt in the land were strong and the cities were very large and fortified and the people were descendants of Anak a giant (Numbers 13:28).

 

When the ten spies reported that the Israelites could not take the land, Caleb, the man with a different spirit, responded with:

 

“Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”  Numbers 13:30

 

Because of the faith and different spirit of Caleb, God bestowed blessings on him. He was one of two men over 20 years of age who entered the land. He inherited Hebron , the possession he chose for himself when the 12 spies went into Canaan . Caleb’s descendants then inherited Hebron (Joshua 14:7-13).

 

Men with a different spirit will go where others will never go (spiritually). They will possess what others will never possess (always spiritually and at times materially). They will leave blessings (always spiritual and at times material) to their descendants for years to come.

 

Men of faith will always be men of a different spirit because most men live out their lives trusting in themselves and not in God.

 

A man’s greatest opportunity of having a different spirit in him is in experiencing the crucifixion of his faith in himself. We cannot have faith in ourselves and faith in God at the same time.