Where are Joshua and Caleb?
- Date: January 29, 2014
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44-45)
- From Almost Content
David says, "Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come" (Psalm 71:18). Some of us older ones, what are we wanting to do in these last years? You know, one way or another, there's not a lot of time for us. "That I might show Your strength to this generation and Your power to those that are to come."
Is that the heritage that we want for our children, for those that we're trying to disciple? Is our admonition to them, "Just forget about all that other stuff, and strive to enter in, praise God"? Is that other stuff so bad? Yes! Seek first the kingdom of God. Your Father knows what you have need of, and if you will seek the kingdom of God, He will add to you what you need. Because in this hour, our generation has turned lusts and abundance into needs. We've somehow raised our worth to believe that we deserve a certain standard of living. And, this entitlement mentality is across the board-it's in the church, and it's in our government. I want to tell you, beloved, we all are so blessed above what we deserve because what we deserve is a devil's hell.
That's the thing to remember as we prepare for the return of the Lord. The bride is making herself ready and every man that has this hope purifies himself, purifies himself even as He is pure. "[B]e holy, for I am holy" (Leviticus11:45). Godliness, righteousness, sanctification, consecrated living with contentment is great gain. See, we're not talking about being content with our level of materialism. We're talking about being content in God, because if you're content in God, the level of material things is irrelevant-absolutely irrelevant. We all know the doctrine, and many of us have begun to experience it practically. None of that other stuff can make you happy.
I know exactly where we are as Adam's children. More aware in my life than I've ever been of my failures and my frailties, and fully aware that the majority won't listen, but there's a remnant, praise God! I am fully convinced that God has intervened in these last years to fulfill Psalm 71 in my life. My desire, my prayer, is to show His strength to this generation, His power to those that are to come. I've got a goal. I've got my eyes set; I'm looking. I'm looking for a Joshua and a Caleb-people who have another spirit in them. Someone that the Lord could speak and say, "That's the one," "Put your hands on them." And in such a way that is so different than it would have been years ago. Not that I have one thing to impart, but the transference of, that in my weakness, God has been able to show Himself strong over the years.
I'm concerned, because the men that we put our hands on, men who have chosen the kingdom first, are getting old. I don't know what's happening to them, but as I look at them as we gather in the back, they're all getting older. For some reason I'm the only person in the room not aging. But I'm looking beyond them and asking, "Where are some of our late twenties? Where are some of our teenagers? Where are the people of the next generation who don't care about this world, who have chosen the kingdom first?"