"Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." (Psalm 106:1) I received word yesterday that a man I had asked several of you to pray for trusted Christ as His Savior. I thank God for His mercy that endures for ever. Prayer, love, and faithfulness in witnessing to others the truth from God's Word is our responsibility. The Holy Spirit is responsible to convict and regenerate. Praise the LORD!
Continue to pray for those who are lost without Christ, pray for those who are in need of spiritual revival, pray for those who are bound by their sin to repent and find freedom, and please pray for those who are in need of physical and/or emotional healing. Please continue to pray for our R.U. Ministry, we are having a Chili Supper tonight trying to engage more people to participate.
Joshua 14:8, "Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God."
Today's verse is spoken by a man named Caleb. He was one of the twelve spies sent out by Moses to check out the people and layout of the Promised land. Read Numbers 13 for the back ground of this statement. Numbers 13 states that of the twelve spies, only two wanted to follow the Lord, the other ten were a discouragement to doing the will of God. Joshua and Caleb were the men who believed God, while the ten "...brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature." (Numbers 13:32)
The evil or negative report given by the 10 spies, "...made the heart of the people melt..." The Hebrew word translated "melt" means to dissolve or liquefy. They caused the courage of these people to go away. On the other hand, the testimony of Caleb is that he, "...wholly followed the LORD my God." The words translated "wholly followed" come from one Hebrew word which paints the picture of one who is following right behind God. Wherever God went Caleb followed.
We need to be like Caleb. Not only is there a personal blessing for the one who wholly follows the Lord, but there is a positive godly influence upon others, rather than the negative influence of those who discourage others.
May we be like Caleb who wholly followed the LORD, and like the Psalmist, who said in Psalm 119:10-11, "With my wholeheart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mineheart, that I might not sin against thee."
Have a great day serving the King of kings, and the Lord of lords!