Possession of God’s promises is possible for anyone that enters into His covenant and keeps it. God’s promises will work for you and I irrespective of our looks, age, gender, race or culture as long as we are in the covenant. As followers of Christ, you and I might not have been born into the covenant but the promises of God in our life are not dependent on the pre-existing circumstances.
When Caleb was sent to explore the Promised Land he brought back a report according to his convictions, an honest report as it was in his heart. God’s promises for you are real but your possession of them lies in the convictions of your heart.
Caleb was forty years old (hardly very young) when he undertook the task of spying the land. Sometimes, when people advance in age, the things of God don’t excite them as much. Every now and then I compare a newly saved person testifying of God’s goodness and one that has-been-there-seen-all-that; many times their countenances aren’t the same. The new believer is usually radiant. He could be talking about the sun rising – it doesn’t matter. Maintaining excitement in the things of God takes constant and growing spiritual renewal otherwise you stop being amazed by God. When you stop being amazed by God, the downward spiral begins. We must maintain our spiritual growth even as we continue to see the deliverance, blessing and promises of God in our life. Even as we continue to see the deliverance from Pharaoh, the parting of the Red sea, the defeat of the Egyptian army, the miraculous provision of bread and water…we must maintain our spiritual growth.
Interestingly, Caleb was not born a Jew, he was born an Edomite, a Kenizzite; meaning that he was a descendant of Esau rather than Jacob – an outsider. That is to say, he had some pre-existing issues from birth. Despite his unfavorable family background, Caleb rose to a place of distinction among the tribes of Israel. He didn’t dwell on his background. He rose to possess the promise. What am I saying? I’m saying that it is possible for an ‘outsider’ who will not focus on his disadvantages to come in and possess the promises of God.
What makes an ‘outsider’ possess the promises?
- Facts without faith will always lead to discouragement therefore regardless of the circumstances, you possess the promises by following God wholeheartedly – Deuteronomy 1:34-36
- When you have a different spirit, a spirit of faith; you speak differently. A faith speaking spirit is non-conforming to the laxity, fear or ignorance of the majority. As you believe about the promises, so you speak and so you possess. – 2 Corinthians 4:13
- Faith without patience is fake. Genuine faith calls for patience and with patience, you possess the promises. – Hebrews 6:12
Joshua 14:6-7; Genesis 15:19, 36:11; Joshua 14:8-12; 2 Corinthians 1:20