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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Where Are the Winners Today?

Joshua 14:12 (NIV)
12 Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said."

Caleb is eighty-five years old. He was one of the spies that went into the Promised Land, noticed how many and how big the opposition would be and came out glorifying God for the victory they would have over these people. Of course, ten of the twelve spies said they were too many and too big to defeat. Caleb was forced to wander in the wilderness for forty years until those faithless people died. He has fought with Joshua to take this Promised Land. Now, he wants his inheritance for his faithfulness.

You would think that he would expect the land to be given to him but that isn't the case. He picks the mountain whose army is much larger in physical size than his. He chose the hardest place to defeat for his inheritance.

Caleb is a winner. If he was playing football he would be saying, "Give me the ball and let me run right at their defense. I want to take it to them!"

It seems that most of the newscasts tell of how bad people have it. They whine about the benefits they are losing. They whine about the difficulties they are facing. They whine about the way they are oppressed by the government or the economy or anyone and anything they choose to whine about. I want to know where the winners are.

Winners want to carry the ball. Winners face the toughest tasks. Winners believe when it makes no sense to believe. They believe in something bigger than they are. They believe in Someone bigger than they are. Winners don't wait for someone to rescue them. They get up and take it to those who oppress them. They win because they just keep getting up. They wear out their opponents.

Winners know that their is nothing beyond them and their God.

So, where are the winners today?

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