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John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Spring 2000
The Spirit of Caleb
Nancy Corlett

"Because all those men which have seen My glory, and My
miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness,
and have tempted Me now these ten times, and have not
hearkened to My voice; Surely they shall not see the
land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall
any of them that provoked Me see it"

"But My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit
with him, and hath followed Me fully, him will I bring
into the land whereunto he went; and his seed shall
possess it" Num 14:22-24.

The Lord barred an entire generation from entering the Promised Land because of their faint-heartedness and unbelief, in spite of all that He had done for them. But there was a spiritual quality that set Caleb apart, and he was allowed to enter.

We first meet Caleb in Num 13:2-6 when he is appointed one of the spies sent to "search out the land." Caleb represented Judah, the tribe of Praise and Worship, leading Israel with songs of victory in the "high praises of God in their mouth and a two edged sword in their hand" (Psa. 149:6). Caleb was raised in this tradition.

When the spies testified that the land was all that was promised, but that the people were too strong, Caleb said, "Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it." But the people chose to listen to the others, and rebelled.

Only Caleb and Joshua saw beyond that which their natural eyes told them, to see with the eye of faith (Numbers 14:6-9). Therefore, they received a promise that they would possess the land (vs.24,30,37-38). In Deut. 1:36 the Lord added the specific land that Caleb was to receive, "the land that he hath trodden upon."

All this did not happen immediately. Before Caleb could enter the land, he had to wander in the desert for 40 years with his brethren. There are some things of God that we can enter into individually, even though others do not, but there awaits an inheritance for God's people that can only be entered into corporately.

While waiting patiently for the Lord's plan to be worked out, Caleb helped others fight their battles, even though it was known they would not see the promised land. So also, we are to pray for and minister to even those that we know do not want the fullness of God.

Caleb did not complain, "It is not fair, I believed, therefore, I should receive my portion now.” Instead, he put his brother's needs ahead of even his own inheritance. He was of a different spirit.

When the time came to divide the land, the tribes received theirs by lot, content to take whatever God providentially gave. But not Caleb, he went to Joshua and reminded him of what God had promised.

But, again, this did not happen automatically. There was more warfare to be done. Caleb said, "Give me this mountain." Mountains represent obstacles and hindrances, and his description of this mountain speaks of giants and fortified cities. But those who "have the strength to war" and to drive out the enemy with God's help, will find this is also the place of the mountain-top experience.

And so Caleb received Hebron. Abram had settled there after he separated from Lot. Later, David was anointed King and reigned from Hebron for seven years. The significance for us is that what had been a stronghold held by the enemy, became a place of separation and friendship with God for those who have a heart for Him.

The Canaanite name was Kirjath-Arba, the city of four giants. Arba was of the Anakims, which means "choke". This speaks of bondages which suffocate our very life. But we can drive them out, if we have the spirit of Caleb. The very place of oppression can become the place of the sweetest fellowship to the overcomer.

After defeating the sons of Anak, Caleb asked for help in taking the city of Kirjath-sepher. Although he still had the strength to war, he was not too proud to ask for help. Finally, after all this, he gave the city to the Levites, retaining only the fields and villages.

This shows a generosity toward the support of the Lord's ministry. We should ask ourselves, “Are we also willing to give to others that for which we have waited so long for, and struggled so hard for?” Caleb is definitely of another spirit!

Joshua and Caleb represent opposite ends of the natural spectrum. Joshua was the right-hand man of Moses, and Caleb was essentially a "nobody." This points to the fact that the Lord's promises are for everyone who believes.

These do not depend on who we are, what position we hold, or even our calling in God, but solely on our trusting and obeying, in the right spirit, a God who can and will deliver what He promises.


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