(This week’s Devotionals run Monday through Saturday)
Then the sons of Judah drew near to Joshua in Gilgal, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know the word which the Lord spoke to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh-barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought word back to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the Lord my God fully. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God fully.’ Now behold, the Lord has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now behold, I am eighty-five years old today. I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will drive them out as the Lord has spoken.” So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. Joshua 14:6-13
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made. Philippians 3:12-16
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Caleb and Paul sound so much alike in tone, don’t they? They both have that approach to life that says, “The Lord is with me, (therefore) I will ….” It is so easy for us to let the past (our wounds), the present (our circumstances), or the future (our fears) dictate what we can and can’t do. For us to say, “The Lord is with me, (therefore) I can’t ….” is absurd. Of course saying, “The Lord is with me, (therefore) I won’t ….” makes sense only in regard to all that doesn’t belong in the life of one who is pressing on in a “promised land” kind of life.
A “promised land” kind of life is one that takes full possession of the life of Christ in you so that he fully possesses you. This is the path to living fully for God and having your life become all that he has in store for you. You really “can” press on in the pursuit of becoming all that Christ calls you to become and in doing all that he has called you to do. You really “can” live fully for God.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, today I press on to possess the “promised land” experience of living fully through Jesus Christ. I believe I can and I will become and do all that you have called me to become and do. I possess all of Jesus Christ who possesses me for all that he wonderfully has in store for me. Amen!
Posted on Tue, June 19, 2018
by Ken Hart