Free Christian Ebooks: The Caleb Difference




Free Christian Ebooks: The Caleb Difference


The Caleb Difference

Sometimes the main hindrance to solving a problem is not so much the external gigantic problem but our internal grasshopper mentality problem.

We can see this from the Israelites when God promised to give them a land flowing with milk and honey because they are the ones who initially stopped themselves from going to possess their Promised Land.

The Bible tells us that 10 of the Israelite spies who had been sent to the Promised Land brought back the following report:
"The Promised Land Truly flows with milk and honey ... Nevertheless the people are strong and the cities are fortified and ... we saw giants and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight and also in their own sight." (Numbers 13:27-33)

These 10 spies saw themselves as grasshoppers in their own mind. By so doing, they defeated themselves mentally and they were thus unable to muster enough courage to face and fight the giants dwelling in their Promised Land.

However, not all the Israelite spies were like these 10 with a grasshopper mentality. Caleb had a different spirit in him (Numbers 14:24) because he said, "We are well able to conquer the Promised Land." (Numbers 13:30)

Caleb had also gone to the Promised Land as one of the spies and he had also seen that the people were strong and that their cities were fortified and that there were also giants in there.

So what was the difference between Caleb and the other 10 men with whom he had gone to spy out the Promised Land?

The difference was that Caleb had a giant mentality and he followed God "wholeheartedly". (Numbers 14:24) 


Therefore if you want to face and conquer gigantic problems, you have to follow God 100% because following Him halfheartedly will not do it.

To follow God wholeheartedly, you have to try your very best to do as His Word says. You also have to believe His Word and the promises He gives us 100% even if they seem impossible because of your current situation and limitations.

Understand also that this assessment of Caleb following God "wholeheartedly" was not a human assessment. This was the word that God Himself used.

Therefore know that it is not so much what people see you doing on the outside like going to Church or praying on street corners. (Matthew 6:5) What really matters is what God sees in your heart.  


To develop the Caleb attitude that enabled him to think and say they could conquer the Promised Land even though 10 of the other spies they had gone together with thought it was impossible, you have to begin thinking like a winner because the Bible tells us that "As a person thinks in their heart, so are they". (Proverbs 23:7)

This means that if you think in your heart that you are a grasshopper, you become a grasshopper. You may still have the form of a man or woman on the outside, but on the inside you are a grasshopper who is unable to take on the challenge of fighting a giant.

This grasshopper mentality is very different from the Caleb mentality because if he could think and say that they could conquer the Promised Land, chances are that he did not see himself as a grasshopper.

Therefore know that you have to be very careful about what you think of yourself.
If you find yourself thinking demeaning thoughts about yourself you have to change them and think thoughts that are in alignment with what God says about you. These thoughts that you should think about yourself include: 
I am God's masterpiece created in Christ to do good works which God prepared for me. (Ephesians 2:10)

I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ who loves me. (Romans 8:37)

I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

I am a light for the world. (Matthew 5:14)

I am complete in God. (Colossians 2:10)

In addition to thinking these positive thoughts from the Bible, you also have to speak them out over yourself so that you can believe them since Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Therefore use Bible verses as your Christian meditations and Christian affirmations so that you can develop a giant mentality.


The Caleb difference that made him have a giant mentality rather than a grasshopper mentality is also seen in David when he faced the challenge of fighting a giant named Goliath.

We see this when King Saul told him, "You are not able to fight Goliath because you are just a youth and he has been a fighter from his youth." (1 Samuel 17:33)

However, since David had a giant mentality for he replied and told the King, "I have killed both lion and bear and this Philistine will be like one of them." (1 Samuel 17:36)

Therefore cultivate your giant mentality by speaking positive confession about yourself that are in alignment with what the Word of God says about you because Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)  

Another great thing we can learn from David is that his confidence in his ability to fight Goliath the giant was combined with having confidence in God's ability to help him for he said, "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:37) 

Therefore emulate David and strengthen your giant mentality by combining faith in your own capabilities to deal with the challenge you are facing with faith in God's ability to help you deal with it effectively and assistance in doing for you what you cannot do for yourself. 

We see God's help in action because when David Took a stone, slung it and struck Goliath on his forehead, the stone sank into Goliath's forehead and he fell on his face. (1 Samuel 17:49) The fact that David's stone sank into Goliath's head even though he was wearing a bronze helmet (1 Samuel 17:5) tells us that the Lord's Arm (Numbers 11:23) was involved in directing and powering the stone that David threw.

Another thing we can learn from David that can help us have a winning giant mentality is to recall our past victories like he did when he said, "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:37)

Therefore, when you are facing a gigantic problem, remind yourself of all the other gigantic problems you have faced in your past and say and believe that, "The Lord who delivered me from those problems last year, He will deliver me from these problems today".

If these are the first gigantic problems you are facing, say and believe that, "The Lord who delivered David from the lion and bear and Goliath, He will deliver me from these gigantic problems today" because He is still the same God that we are serving today.

Saying with your mouth as you believe in your heart that the God who helped you or David yesterday is still able to help you today will therefore enable you to face today and all your tomorrows with confidence because you know that the combination of God + You is able to take on any challenges that life may bring.

This saying and believing in God's ability + Your ability will also stop you from demeaning yourself when you are facing gigantic problems because if the Israelites had said and believed that "The Lord who delivered us from the hand of Pharaoh and his army, He will deliver us from the hand of these giants in our Promised Land" chances are they would not have seen themselves as grasshoppers facing giants and refused to fight for their Promised Land. (Numbers 14)

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Free Christian Ebooks: Refuse To Be A Victim



Refuse to Be a Victim

Have terrible things happened to you?

If they have, understand that you can be a victor instead of being a victim of your circumstances by learning from people in the Bible who experienced terrible things in their lives and triumphed over their situations.

Refuse To Be A Victim Like Tamar
Tamar is one of the people who experienced many bad things in her life (Genesis 38) but she refused to accept a victim mentality. This is because her first husband Er was wicked and God killed him. According to the custom of that time, if a man died without a child, his brother was to marry his wife and bear children to perpetuate his name.

Er's brother Onan therefore became Tamar’s second husband but instead of helping her get children, he emitted to the ground. God did not like this act and killed him.

Her father-in-law Judah then sent Tamar back to her father's house to remain a widow until his third son Shelah had matured enough to marry her though he had no intention of fulfilling his promise because he did not want him to die like his brothers.

Tamar inspite of being sent back to her father’s house as a childless widow of two husbands, refused to a victim mentality.

We know this from the fact that when she saw that Shelah had grown up and she had not been given to him as wife, she took matters in her own hands and ended up being the mother of twins called Perez and Zerah. (Genesis 38:29-30)

Tamar was therefore able to change herself from a victim of her circumstances (two time widow with no children sent back to her father's house) to a victor over her circumstances (mother of twins mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus. (Matthew 1) Therefore regardless of what has happened to you, refuse to accept a victim mentality and a victim's fate.


Refuse To Be A Victim Like Joseph
Joseph also experienced terrible things in his life because his brothers sold him into slavery and then his slave master's wife falsely accused him of attempted rape and he was thrown into prison.

However even when he was in prison, we know that he did not have a victim mentality because when he found Pharaoh's butler and baker sad, he asked them the cause of their distress and interpreted their dreams for them. (Genesis 40:6-8)

A person with a victim mentality would have had a defeated attitude and would not have bothered to help anyone. Therefore regardless of the bad things that people have done at you, refuse to accept a victim mentality, a victim’s behavior and a victim's fate.


Refuse To Be A Victim Like The Woman With The Issue Of Blood
The woman with the issue of blood also Suffered many things (Mark 5:26) in her life but she refused to accept a victim mentality. For starters she had a bleeding problem for 12 years. This disease made her Suffer many things from many doctors (Mark 5:26) presumably as they tried to treat her.

Then this disease made her broke as she spent all she had and yet it continued to worsen instead of getting better.

Her financial situation could by itself have depressed her and made her accept a victim mentality since it potentially meant she could not consult any more doctors for her worsening condition but she did not let it bring her down.

In addition to the financial issues arising from her bleeding issue, this woman also had social issues arising from the same bleeding issue because it made her a social outcast. 

Once, again she did not let these problems make her accept a sick role or victim mentality.

We know this because in spite of all her issues, when she heard about Jesus, she decided to come to Him and she was able to change herself from a victim of her circumstances (broke woman with an incurable disease) to a victor over her circumstances (woman miraculously healed by Jesus from a 12 year condition ). 

Therefore regardless of all the physical, mental, spiritual, social or financial conditions you are suffering from, refuse to accept a victim mentality and a victim's fate.


Instead of accepting to be a victim, emulate these three victors and do the following things so that you can also become a victor of your circumstances:

Have Faith in Jesus
The woman with the issue of blood was able to change from a victim to a victor because she had faith that Jesus could help her. We know this because Jesus told her Your faith has made you well. (Mark 5:34)

Therefore have faith in Jesus the Son of God especially if you are dealing with issues that do not have an earthly solution by simply believing that He can change your situation for the better because With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)


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Speak Your Faith
This woman with the issue of blood spoke what she believed because she said to herself, "If only I touch His garments, I shall be made well." (Mark 5:28)

Therefore speak the positive things you are believing will happen to your situation since The tongue has the power of death and life (Proverbs 18:21).

For the best results, confess Bible verses since The sword of the spirit … is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)

For example, if terrible things have happened to your health you can confess He sent His word and healed me. (Adapted Psalm 107:20)

If terrible things have happened to your marriage you can confess A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. (Ephesians 5:31)

If terrible things have happened to your children you can confess The Lord will pour His Spirit on my descendants and His blessings on my offspring. (Adapted Isaiah 44:3)

If terrible things have happened to your finances you can confess I shall lend to many nations but I shall not borrow. (Adapted Deuteronomy 28:12)

If terrible things have happened to your ministry you can confess Thanks be to God who always leads me to triumph in Christ and through me diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. (Adapted 2 Corinthians 2:14)

If terrible things have happened to your business you can confess In all labor there is profit. (Proverbs 14:23)

If terrible things have happened to your job you can confess Promotion comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. Because God is the Judge: He puts down one and exalts another. (Psalm 75:6-7)


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Renew your Mind
The Bible tells us, Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2) Therefore, transform or change yourself from a victim to a victor by renewing your mind with the Word of God.

To do this, go through your Bible and find Victor Scriptures that you can meditate on and confess. Perfect examples of these Victor Scriptures include:
God is perfecting that which concerns me. (Psalm 138:8)

I am confident that He who has begun a good work in me will complete it. (Philippians 1:6)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

In all these things I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ who loves me. (Romans 8:37) 

With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
Therefore every time a "Victim Thought" like “I will never succeed” enters your mind, cancel it by reminding yourself of a "Victor Scripture" like In all these things I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ who loves me. (Romans 8:37) 


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Discern God’s Will
The Bible tells us, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you can discern what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2)

Therefore, instead of conforming and accepting to be a victim because of your current situation, change yourself to be a victor by meditating on God’s Word so that you can know what He would like you to do for your situation.

So after meditating on your "Victor Scriptures" pray and ask God to reveal to you what you should do to change your situation for the better.


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Do Something Physical
The woman with issues did something physical by going to Jesus and touching the hem of His garment.

Joseph did something physical by working well in the prison and using his gift of dream interpretation to help others.

Therefore instead of wallowing in self-defeating pity parties, do something physical that shows you believe that your situation will change for the better since Faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)

For example, if you are unemployed, you can send out other job applications even if you have applied to hundreds of jobs before. And, as you wait for the replies, begin using your gifts and talents to make some money and help other members of your society. 


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How To Use Your Tongue To Improve Your Life
Your tongue is a very important part of your body because it can help you achieve great things in life for the Bible says, Look at ships for even though they are very big and pushed by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder. Even so with the tongue for though it is a small organ, it can boast of great things. (James 3:4-5)

Therefore use your small tongue to steer your big body in the right direction so that you can achieve great things in your personal life, marriage, family, ministry, business and career. To achieve this feat, use your tongue to do the following:

Add Life to Your Life
Your tongue is very important because The tongue has the power of death and life. (Proverbs 18:21)

This means that you can use your tongue to speak good words that bring more life to your life and you can also use it to speak bad words that bring death to your health, finances, marriage, family, ministry, business, career and others aspect of your life.

Therefore instead of using your tongue to speak negative words, speak positive words since The mouth of the righteous is a well of life (Proverbs 10:11) as this will enable you to enjoy the abundant life that Jesus came for you to have. (John 10:10)

For optimum results, speak affirming Bible verses over yourself since The sword of the spirit is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17). Scriptures that you can use as your Christian affirmations to bring more life to your life include:
God is blessing me and enlarging my territory. (Adapted 1 Chronicles 4:10)

God gives me the power to get wealth. (Adapted Deuteronomy 8:18)

God’s grace is sufficient for me because God’s strength is made perfect by my weakness. (Adapted 2 Corinthians 12:7-9)


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Frame Your World
Your tongue is very important because you can use it to frame your world since The worlds were framed by the word of God. (Hebrews 11:3)

Therefore, use your tongue to speak words that build the framework of the life you want to live.

For optimum results, frame your world with Bible verses like the following since The sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17):
I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ who loves me. (Adapted Romans 8:37)

I am God's masterpiece created in Christ to do good works which God prepared for me. (Ephesians 2:10)

I am free and free indeed because he/she who the Son of God sets free is free indeed. (Adapted John 8:36)


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Write Your Life
Your tongue is very important because you can use it to write your life since the Psalmist declares "My tongue is the pen of a ready writer" (Psalm 45:1)

Therefore, use your tongue to write in the non-physical world, the good things you want to experience in your physical world.

For optimum results, write your life with Bible verses like the following since The sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17):
I trust in the living God who gives me richly all things to enjoy. (Adapted 1 Timothy 6:17)

I can do all things including overcoming this addiction through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. (Adapted Philippians 4:13)

I present my body as a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable to God because that is my reasonable service to Him. (Romans 12:1)


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Bless Yourself
Your tongue is very important because you can use it to bless yourself since Out of the same mouth proceeds blessings and curses for my brethren these things ought not to be so.(James 3:10)

This means that you can use your tongue to speak words to bless yourself and also use it to utter words that curse yourself. So, use it to bless yourself so that you can enjoy the abundant life that Jesus came for us to have. (John 10:10)

For optimum results, bless yourself with Bible verses like the following since The sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17):
I am blessed in the city and I am blessed in the country. (Adapted Deuteronomy 28:3)

I am the head and not the tail. I am above and not beneath. (Adapted Deuteronomy 28)

My children are blessed. (Adapted Deuteronomy 28)


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Prophesy to Yourself
Your tongue is very important because you can use it to prophesy over your life since Thou shall also decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee. (Job 22:28)

Therefore, use your tongue to declare good things over your life so that can materialize.
For optimum results, prophesy over your life with Bible verses like the following since The sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17):
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)

My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

REHEBOTH The Lord has made room for me and I shall be fruitful in the land. (Adapted Genesis 26:22)


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Justify Yourself
Your tongue is very important because you can use it to justify yourself since By your own words you will be justified. (Matthew 12:37

Therefore, use your tongue to speak words that prove yourself to be right.
For optimum results, justify yourself with Bible verses like the following since The sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17):
There is therefore now no condemnation for me because I am in Christ Jesus. (Adapted Romans 8:1)

I am a new creation because I am in Christ Jesus. (Adapted 2 Corinthians 5:17)

As far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed my sins from me. (Psalm 103:12)

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Produce Good Fruit
Your tongue is a very important because you can use it to produce good fruit in your world since A person shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth. (Proverbs 13:2) And, A person’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of their mouth and from the produce of their lips they shall be filled. (Proverbs 18:20)

Therefore, use your tongue to speak words that will fill your life with good things. For optimum results, produce good fruit with Bible verses like the following since The sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17):
I am prospering in all things and I am in good health just as my soul prospers. (Adapted 3 John 2:2)

I am beginning to prosper and I will continue prospering until I become very prosperous. (Adapted Genesis 26:13)

I am becoming rich because I am diligent. (Adapted Proverbs 13:4)


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Reduce Anger
Your tongue is very important part of your body because you can use it to pacify angry people since A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)

This means that you can use your tongue to speak words that make an angry person calm down and save your life, marriage, finances, ministry, career or any other facet of your life.

We can see a great example of this when David set out with 400 armed men to kill all the men in Nabal's household because his anger had been stirred by Nabal's words.

However, Nabal's wife Abigail spoke wisely to David and turned away his wrath from her family. David even complimented her and said, "Blessed is the God of Israel who has sent you to meet me!  Blessed is your advice and blessed are you! You have prevented me from avenging myself because if you had not hurried to meet me, there would not have been any men left in Nabal's house by morning." (1 Samuel 25:2-38)

Therefore, use your tongue to speak words that calm angry people for you will be turning away the damage they would have caused you. To do this apologize gracefully like Abigail and offer a solution to the problem that made them angry.


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Heal Yourself
Your tongue is a very important part of your body because you can use it to heal the rest of your body since Pleasant words are like a honeycomb for they bring sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24) And, The tongue of the wise brings healing. (Proverbs 12:18)

Therefore, use your tongue to speak healing words to yourself. For optimum results, cure yourself by confessing Bible verses like the following since The sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17):
By His stripes I am healed. (Adapted Isaiah 53:5)
God sent His word and healed me. (Psalm 107:20)

I have been made well. (Adapted Matthew 9:21)


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Remove Mountains from Your Life
Your tongue is very important because you can use it to remove large obstacles from your life since If you have faith and you do not doubt ... you will say to this mountain, 'Get up from here and be cast into the sea' and it will be done. (Matthew 21:21)

Therefore, combine the power of your tongue with the power of your faith so that you can remove obstacles from your life.

For optimum results, add the power of the Word of God by using Bible verses like the following as your Christian affirmations to remove mountainous problems from your life with since The sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17):
God is fighting those who are fighting me. (Adapted Psalm 35:1)

They shall fight against me but they shall not prevail against me because God is with me to save me and deliver me. (Adapted Jeremiah 15:20)

No weapon formed against me shall prosper.  (Isaiah 54:17)


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Resurrect Dead Things In Your Life
Your tongue is very important because you can use it to resurrect the things that have died in your life. We can see a good example when God took Ezekiel to a valley which was full of very many dead and dry bones and asked him, "Can these bones live?" (Ezekiel 37:3) 

Ezekiel wisely answered by saying, "O God, You know." (Ezekiel 37:3)

God then told him, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of God! Thus says the Lord God: I will cause breath to enter into you and you shall live.'" (Ezekiel 37:4-5) Ezekiel spoke as instructed and the dead bones begun to live and became a mighty army. 

Therefore, use your powerful tongue to speak the powerful Word of God to the dead situations in your life so that they can resurrect since The sword of the spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). 

Bible verses that you can confess over them include:
O marriage, hear the word of God and live for the word of God says in Matthew 19:6 that 'What God has joined together let no one separate.'

O children, hear the word of God and live for the word of God says in Proverbs 11:21 that The children of the righteous will be delivered.

O ministry, hear the word of God and live for the word of God says in Isaiah 55:10 that God's Word shall accomplish the purpose for which He sent it.

O business, hear the word of God and live for the word of God says in Proverbs 14:23 that In all labor there is profit.

O career, hear the word of God and live for the word of God says in Psalm 138:8 that God is perfecting that which concerns me.

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