Who Craves Your Spirit? Part 4of5, Pastor Phil Sessa

Numbers 14:24, “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”

“I have come to make a difference. I’ve said it, I mean it and now I’m here to represent it.” This quote comes concerning his mission. This person is Evans Olang. When I first met Evans, it was his spirit that stood out to me. We would all gather for early morning prayer and everyone would be seeking God, and then I couldn’t help follow this voice of this prayer warrior which led me to see a skinny man storming heaven in prayer on his face between two pew chairs. It was this spirit that Evans had, that made me say, I need that kind of prayer intensity in my life. Although the room had many people praying in the same place, he had a different spirit about him and that stood out.

God singled out Caleb and said “…my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly…” There were many people in Moses camp, what was it that caused God to acclaim his servant Caleb as such?

Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (Numbers 13:30)

1. A man of leadership
How did Caleb silence the people before Moses? I can see him calling the people to order, but Caleb had a spirit that caused people to listen when he spoke. John Maxwell often says, leadership is influence, and Caleb certainly displayed that. When you speak do others listen?

2. A man of vision
When Moses sent out twelve spies to spy out the land and two different reports were brought back. Caleb and Joshua’s report was to go up and take the land, because they felt that it was an opportunity that could be accomplished. They saw that their Israelites could advance their territory. It’s interesting that many do not seem to remember the names of those that brought back the bad report. Do you have vision?

3. A man of favor
Caleb had God’s favor because he was obedient to God. It was God Himself that said “my servant Caleb…follows me wholeheartedly…” Caleb wanted to please God, and it was recognized for it. God didn’t say everyone followed Him wholeheartedly, only Caleb. God craved his spirit. How has your following been lately?

Until the nets are filled…
Pastor Phil

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