Saturday, February 4, 2012

Joshua 15

She said, “Give me another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

If I never had a need, I wouldn’t know that you would meet it. I praise You God that You allow me to know needs, that You may meet them. Please help me to ask all that You would be pleased to do. May I not grow passive, lazy, complacent or indifferent to what You have allowed me to know or seek.
(Gen. 15: 18-21: On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— the land of the Kenites, KENIZZITES (as in Caleb’s heritage!) , Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”)

The LORD commanded Joshua to assign some of Judah’s territory to Caleb son of Jephunneh (the Kenizzite, a descendant of Esau!).

LORD God, this is so precious to me, a child adopted by Your grace. I praise You that You raised up one from not of the ranks of Your specific, chosen line to be mighty for You, to bring You much glory through His faith and choosing You and to partner with Your chosen ones in Your divine plans of Promised Land Possession. He was a witness to Your people from within the group of the doubters and nay-sayers. God, he was from the enemy’s camp and entitled to be driven out. But You exalted Caleb as he yielded to You. He got property in the Promised Land. His kids were established in the Promised Land. Lord, You are not prejudiced, You examine the heart. May my heart beat as fiercely for You and this tireless warrior-believer, may my obedience be as abrupt and complete as Caleb’s, may I believe You as fully as he did that I may take possession of the Promised Land (whatever that is) in my lifetime and that my children will be established and fully occupying it as well. To the praise of Your great Name.
(Deut. 20:17: Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the LORD your God has commanded you.)

But the tribe of Judah could not drive out the Jebusites, who lived in the city of Jerusalem, so the Jebusites live there among the people of Judah to this day.

Lord, where the enemy occupies territory in my life, give me spiritual vision to see, strategies to employ and come to my aid that he would be completely driven out. Please don’t let me co-exist, be tolerant, be passive, even sympathetic to anything the enemy is doing, has done or plans to do in my life or my family’s. Let that holy and righteous anger well up into spiritually-sanctioned battle mode that he may be destroyed. Completely. To the praise of Your exceedingly great and glorious Name. Be famous in my life and my legacy.

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