JOSHUA14:6 "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."

Evidently when Caleb toured and inspected the land at the age of forty, he fell in love with Hebron. The city of Hebron was on top of a rugged mountain terrain and was the most powerful stronghold of the enemy as it was guarded by giants. This was the place where God had spoken to Abraham face to face and promised him his descendants would posses this land. The word Hebron means fellowship, love, and communion. Even though it was heavily guarded by giants, this was the place Caleb fell in love with and longed to have as his own.

There is a place, lofty and high, guarded by powerful forces; a rugged stronghold that Satan trys to keep from God's people at all costs. He is willing for us to have a piece of land at the foot of the mountain of God just as long as we don't try to climb higher. When Satan does see a child of God trying to climb higher, he brings out his giants to fight!

Just as we switch our clothes from one closet to the other every change of season, we are constantly changing our daily gear to battle the devil. What kind of clothes are hanging in your gospel closet?
1. You might need some scuba gear for when it seems like you are drowning in a sea of bills or your work piles up.
2. Or you may need some safari gear for when the lions roar and the vipers are striking at your heels.
3. You might be needing a parka when you hit a cold spell and it seems like God doesn't hear you or no one cares.
4. Then you could be needing desert gear when the hot wind blows dry sand in your eyes and you can't see 2 feet ahead of you.
5. Or you may need your rain gear when you are hit with a deluge of rain drops such as the car breaking down and the fridge that stops cold or the oven that goes on the fritz two hours before dinner guests are due to arrive (like what happened to me Thanksgiving morning. Had to push dinner back because the turkey didn't get done!)

But we should always keep our climbing gear on. Even when we are treading water, trekking through the jungle, walking through the desert, shaking with cold or trying to stay dry, we should be gaining a little ground up the mountain of God.

11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"

Paul tells us of some other gear we need to have in our gospel closets in Ephesians 6. We need:
1. The truth
2. Righteousness (virtue or right living)
3. Peace
4. Faith
5. Salvation
6. The Holy Spirit
7. Prayer
8. And Awarness (watching thereunto)



"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand!"
Next week we will be talking about some things we should be standing for (and against)! Hope you join us.


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