Aim for a different spirit
But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. Numbers 14:24 (NKJV)
What kind of spirit do you have? Would God say that you have a different spirit to other people? Would your family and friends say that you have a good spirit?
God described Caleb as one who had a different spirit. His character was compared to the ten men who went with Joshua and Caleb to spy out the Promised Land. Other translations interpret the words “different spirit” as different attitudes (NLT, GW) or another spirit (KJV). Whichever way you look at it, Caleb and Joshua because of this spirit or attitude they had, were able to receive the promise of God.
In Numbers 13 and 14, we can learn from Joshua’s and Caleb’s actions what it means to have a different spirit. Some of the qualities they expressed were:
Faith in God – They had complete trust in God to help them succeed. They believed God would do as He had promised.
“If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’” Numbers 14:8
A Warrior Attitude – These two were courageous warriors. They were willing and ready to fight.
“Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:30
A Winning Attitude – Caleb and Joshua saw the possibilities that were ahead of them instead of focusing on the negative.
“But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.” —Numbers 14:6-7
Wholeheartedly followed the Lord – An attitude or a spirit such as theirs comes with this very important quality (Numbers 14:24). No measure of success can be gained without this characteristic. It is on account of their different spirit and their full service to God that both Joshua and Caleb not only survived 40 years of wandering in the wilderness but received their inheritance in the Promised Land (Joshua 14:6-15).
The spirit of Joshua and Caleb wasn’t negative in any way. They weren’t fearful of their enemies. They didn’t speak negatively and transferred the spirit of fear to the people of Israel. Instead they spoke with confidence and tried to encourage others not to fear but to believe they could make it with God’s help. What an attitude!
We must ask God to impart such a spirit in us. This type of spirit has staying power to make it through the tough times. When we carry what God called a different spirit in us, we are likely to overcome all and live victoriously.
Aim for a different spirit.
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