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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.  

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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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