Overflow With Excellence (A Different Attitude)
(Numbers 14:24 NIV) But because my servant Caleb has a different attitude and has wholeheartedly followed me, I’ll bring him to the land he already explored. His descendants will possess it.
The Israel Story:
Part 1: What the 10 defeated leaders said
(Numbers 13:27-29 NIV) They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. (28) But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. (29) The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”
Part 2: What Caleb said:
(Numbers 13:30 NIV) Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
Part 3: What the 10 defeated leaders said next.
(Numbers 13:31-33 NIV) But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” (32) And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. (33) We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Part 4. What God said
(Numbers 14:23-24 NIV) not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. (24) But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.
1.didn’t go with the majority - he went with the promises of God
2.didn’t listen to the enemies’ voice ’grasshopper’. He listened to God’s voice ‘I have so much for you my son, my daughter’.
Jesus’ disciples received this excellent attitude from the Holy Spirit
(Acts 4:13 NIV) When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
All of us have this attitude from The Holy Spirit
(2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV) His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (4) Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
(2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV) But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.