06(Joshua 14,06-12)I Want that Mountain
Background: Numbers 13:25-33 (esp. 30).
§ 14:6 Caleb comes to Joshua: “You know the Word…” yes, Joshua was there too.
§ 14:7-9 “The Mountain God promised me 45 years ago, I want that mountain. I did what God sent me to do.”
§ God has no children without a mission. No child whose job is only to warm a pew.
I. Your Mountain Has Not Gone Away! (10)
A. Mt. Hebron was still there, 45 years later.
§ I don’t know what God stirred in your heart yrs ago in that revival – but it’s still there.
B. Caleb did not credit clean living – said God kept him for this.
§ Do you have the sense of Caleb that God isn’t finished with you yet?
§ That mountain is still there; God still has something for you to do.
C. Have you lost the passion that brought you to your knees?
§ Remember Romans 11:29 “the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable”.
II. Your Mountain Is Where The Giants Are! (11)
A. That parcel of ground was not conquered – Anakim still there.
§ Beautiful land – that’s why it was the land of the giants! And God said, “This will be yours!”
§ That is why the mountain is so special.
§ 1 Corinthians 1:27-31
B. The vision God gives always includes obstacles.
§ If we can achieve it on our own, no need for God to lead! Wastes His time!
§ The glory of God is to show you something that is beyond your strength to capture.
C. Are you settled for the valley because someone discouraged you.
§ May have been one whose heart was discouraged by so-called wise counsel. Listened to 10 spies.
§ God calls us to things impossible to do, in our own strength.
D. Remember, God doesn’t give everyone your vision.
§ Only 2 of 12 spies got the vision.
§ Nor does everyone have the faith to follow His promises.
§ But don’t see the giants through another’s eyes.
III. Your Mountain Has To Be Conquered! (12)
§ Ministry is hard work.
§ 2 Corinthians 4:1, 7-8, 16-18.
§ It is in the obstacle that you find your mission.
§ The negative report of the ten spies defined God’s calling for Caleb’s life. (12)
§ He might be a grasshopper, but he was God’s grasshopper.
§ Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
§ No matter how much water has gone under the bridge, God’s mission for you has not gone away.
§ Look at Moses, whose life mission was interrupted by his own sin, later by his lack of confidence.
§ Yet God’s desire for Moses never changed.
§ The giants may have scared you off. God knew they were there before you did.
§ Others may have “wisely” discouraged you – listen to God’s Word.
§ Hebrews 12:1-4.