THE SPIRIT OF CALEB – Bishop Pride Sibiya | Equipping The Saints Conference (ESC 2019)

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It is okay to be different in life. It is right to be different sometimes. It is attractive and appealing to be different from others. It is powerful to be different in nature and outlook. 


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The core of this article was adopted from the message taught by Bishop Pride Sibiya (www.pridesibiya.com); the Founder, President and Presiding Bishop of Glory Ministries. The message was taught at Equipping The Saints Conference 2019 on 30 October 2019. 

A classical illustration of being different we see it in the life of one biblical character named Samson (Judges 13-16). His notable difference attracted huge interests from the Philistines. In order to subdue him, they had to plant a beautiful lady called Delilah into his life so that they could understand his difference, and use the same against him. 

Our power and influence rests in us being different. You carry a different spirit; I carry a different spirit. 

Understanding The Name Caleb: 
The name Caleb comes from the Hebrew word “Kelev”, which means faithful, devoted, whole hearted, bold or brave. Caleb descended from the tribe of Judah. In Genesis 49:8-10, we see Israel (Jacob) pronouncing six blessings/prophetic declarations over his son Judah, the forefather of Caleb. 

The Six Blessings/Prophetic Declarations Over Judah: 
  1. He shall be his brothers’ praise. 
  2. His hand will always be on the neck of his enemies. 
  3. His brothers would bow down to him. 
  4. Judah was a lion’s young one. 
  5. The sceptre would not depart from him nor the lawgiver from his feet. 
  6. To him would be the obedience of God’s people. 
So Caleb is one person who stands on the prophetic declarations that were pronounced upon his forefather, Judah. Later on in the biblical trajectory, we see God Himself testifying about Caleb’s goodness in service and obedience. It is one thing for people to testify about you, but it is another milestone altogether to have God Almighty testifying about your goodness. That provides us with a cue over the extra-ordinariness of Caleb and his service to God. 

“But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed me fully. I will bring him into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it”Numbers 14:24. 

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Four Characteristics Of Caleb: 
Despite Caleb’s generational blessings, he went an extra mile in his interlink with God. Throughout his earthly assignments, there are four notable characteristics that cements his extraordinary legacy and status of service and obedience. 

1. Spot On Obedience: 
In Numbers 13:17-20, the servant of God; Moses; gave the twelve spies a specific assignment. The instruction was simple: “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains, and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many”. As the spies returned back to Moses, ten of them gave reports based on their personal opinions. They began to describe how susceptible Israel was if they decide to attack residents inhabiting the Promised Land. 

However, Joshua and Caleb maintained their reports based on the assignment they had been given by the servant of God, Moses. These two give us a powerful lesson of life: to always stick to the mandate you have been assigned. God already knew about the giants inhabiting the Promised Land. He simply wanted to encourage Israel. 

2. Prophetic Optimism:
“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. The prophetic declaration of Israel taking over Canaan had been given earlier on. The word was still hanging waiting to be fulfilled in due time. 

However, some people were now becoming pessimistic, led by the ten spies who had not represented Israel well on their espionage assignment. Within such a thick cloud of pessimism, Caleb reassures Israel even in front of his leader Moses that the possession of the Promised Land was a doable assignment. It takes so much courage and conviction in the prophetic word to stand on one side against the masses, and still speak positive. This was an extraordinary feet for Caleb. 

Caleb had a “CAN” mentality. He saw an opportunity where others saw problems. 

Quotable Quote: “Winners are normal people who find an opportunity in every problem. Losers are normal people who find a problem in every opportunity”

3. Cognisant of the God-factor: 
“The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 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. Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread. Their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them”Numbers 14:7-9

Joshua and Caleb decided to lean on the God-factor. Their optimism was so rich in confidence in the God they served. While they accepted the fact that the inhabitants that were occupying the Promised Land were giants; but crucially they decided to lean on the promises and prowess of the Almighty God than their own abilities. The understanding of Joshua and Caleb was simple: our God is a giant, hence our problems are like midgets in front of Him. 

This provides us with crucial lessons to always stick to the promises of God even if the environment does not make sense. 

4. Apostolic/Prophetic Destiny and Finality: 
Caleb is one of two original Israelites who managed to enter the Promised Land. He lived for God, under the auspices of his successive leaders, and got the divine grace to enter Canaan. 

He reminds Joshua of the apostolic/prophetic destiny that was promised to him by Moses the servant of God. 

“You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses sent me to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. My brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children's forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God’. And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness. And now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me…. Now therefore, GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN of which the Lord spoke in that day… And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance”Joshua 14:6-14. 

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Caleb defied the natural laws of aging. Being active at 85 years of age the same way he was at 40 years speaks volumes about the calibre of this man. Add to that the patience of waiting for the apostolic/prophetic declarations done decades earlier by Moses, you have one extraordinary person. 

Even in your life, never give up on the promises of God. It may take much time before it comes to pass, but God remains faithful to fulfill his promises. Remain on track and it shall be well for you. 

May the Spirit of Caleb be upon us all. 

The core of this article was adopted from the message taught by Bishop Pride Sibiya (www.pridesibiya.com); the Founder, President and Presiding Bishop of Glory Ministries. The message was taught at Equipping The Saints Conference 2019 on 30 October 2019. 

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