But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.
Along with Joshua, Caleb stood out in Israel because unlike their contemporaries they chose to believe the promises of God. Because of this we read he possessed a “different spirit”. It was a spirit that enabled him to overcome opposition to possess the promised land.
What does this “different spirit” look like?
1. He Followed God Fully
Caleb had learnt radical obedience to the call of God. He followed God fully because he trusted the Word of God over the voice of the crowd, the intimidation of the enemy and the opposition of circumstances.
2. God Brought Him In
Once Caleb had demonstrated his faith in God, God was the one who opened the doors. Being of different spirit means trusting God for the promotion and increase, not wrangling your way there in your own strength and wisdom.
3. Generational Impact
Being of a different spirit is to be eternally minded, rather than primarily concerned with the here and now. Because of his eternal mindset, Caleb’s life had a lasting impact on his descendants through his sowing faithfully into the kingdom of God.
4. Trusts, Doesn’t Grumble
Verse 27 tells us about the grumblings of the people of Israel. But Caleb was not a grumbler, because he was of a different spirit. Instead Caleb used his mouth to praise and heart to believe God. There is no place for unbelief when you are of a “different spirit”.
Do you desire to be of a different spirit? Ask the Lord for that, and take on these attributes as seen in the life of Caleb
PRAYER: Lord, I ask you to make me like Caleb, being one who is of a “different Spirit”. Fill me with that anointing of your Spirit today. I ask for it and receive it by faith in Jesus name, Amen.
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