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Numbers 13:26-31
"26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. 27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. 28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. 30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. 31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we."

Numbers 14:24,30
"23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: 24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. 30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun."

Joshua 14:6-14
"6 Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea. 7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart. 8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God. 9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God. 10 And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. 12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said. 13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance. 14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel."

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Do you remember back in Numbers when Moses sent out the ten spies to spy out the land of Canaan? Eight of them came back and said there were great walled cities and giants in the land and they were not able to go up against the people but Joshua and Caleb said, "let's go up at once and possess it for we are able to overcome it." Well Numbers 14:24 says Caleb had another Spirit with him. It was because of this Spirit that he was able to enter into the land of Canaan forty years later after everyone else in the Nation of Israel except Joshua was dead!

There is a lot written about Joshua in the bible and even one whole book that bears his name, yet if you look up Caleb's name you will only find it thirty-six times. Joshua and Caleb both gave a good report and both were allowed to live to see the Promised Land but nothing more is heard from Caleb until after Canaan is settled. Israel had been in the new land for seven years and Caleb came to Joshua and asked him for the mountain Hebron. The city of Hebron had already been taken but the mountain was inhabited by giants and the cities were great and fenced. But Caleb assured Joshua that he was as strong at eighty-five as he had been at forty. While his peers had grown old and died in the wilderness he had not diminished at all in any way. He was ready and able to fight for his mountain. And, most importantly, I believe he still had that "other spirit" with him that he had when he went to spy out the land some forty-five years before!

Caleb could have been jealous of his friend, Joshua. After all, they both came back with a good report but Joshua was chosen to be Moses' successor. Why wasn't Caleb chosen to lead the nation of Israel? He was more outspoken than Joshua when urging Moses to go up and take Canaan. More is actually said about him 'wholly following the Lord' than about Joshua. He could have been bitter about his friend being the one chosen to be the nation's leader but instead he spent forty years living in the hot desert when he wasn't even to blame. It was the fault of the other eight spies who gave the bad report and the people who did not believe God was able to deliver the land as He had promised. Yes, he had a right to be bitter and jealous but he wasn't. Even though he was living in a hot, dry wasteland for forty years, God's Spirit was with him; God kept him strong and cheerful. He still believed God's promises and he still believed God would give him the land he promised him even though there were giants and walled cities in it - FORTY-FIVE YEARS LATER! THAT'S REAL FAITH! But he didn't sit down and wait for God to give him the land He had promised him. Even after all that time, he still had to fight for it!

God expects us to work for what we have. He is willing to give us our desires but He expects us to work for our needs and fight for what is rightfully ours. Just as Caleb had to fight for his mountain, our nation has had to fight for it's rights many times and I'm sure will fight many more. God is willing for us to have nice homes, cars and clothes but He won't just give them to us. He wants us to work for what we have. He also hates a proud heart and jealousy. He doesn't want us to be jealous of friends and neighbors who have more than we have or a higher position or better paying job. It doesn't really matter if someone else has more than you have down here. We are just traveling here for a season. If you can ever see the big picture and realize that this is not your final resting place you will see that what you have here is of little consequence. It's what you are laying up for your final resting place that is important! You can be just as happy down here in a hot, dry desert, fighting giants on a mountain or in a lush green valley - as long as you have the Spirit of the Lord with you!

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Remember to keep the Spirit of The Lord with you and He'll keep you strong and bring you through the desert and into the promised land. He'll help you fight all your battles, even when there are walled cities, mountains to climb, and giants to fight!

LOVE, MEME

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ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS

Sabine Baring-Gould wrote about this hymn: "Whit-Monday is a great day for school festivals in Yorkshire. One Whit-Monday, thirty years ago, it was ar­ranged that our school should join forces with that of a neigh­bor­ing vil­lage. I want­ed the child­ren to sing when march­ing from one vil­lage to another, but couldn’t think of any­thing quite suit­a­ble; so I sat up at night, re­solved that I would write some­thing myself. “Onward, Christ­ian Sol­diers” was the re­sult. It was writ­ten in great haste, and I am afraid some of the rhymes are faulty. Cer­tain­ly no­thing has sur­prised me more than its pop­u­lar­i­ty. I don’t re­mem­ber how it got print­ed first, but I know that very soon it found its way into sev­er­al col­lect­ions. I have writ­ten a few other hymns since then, but only two or three have be­come at all well-known." (For clarification: Whit-Sunday and Whit-Monday were Jewish feast days celebrated fifty days after Pentecost or Easter.) This hymn was sung at the funeral of American president Dwight Eisenhower at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC, March 1969.

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Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!

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Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.

At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

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Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

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What the saints established that I hold for true.
What the saints believed, that I believe too.
Long as earth endureth, men the faith will hold,
Kingdoms, nations, empires, in destruction rolled.

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Crowns and thrones may perish,
kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.

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Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud and honor unto Christ the King,
This through countless ages men and angels sing.

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Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.

Words and music by Charles Bosarge

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