1. Hello, listening friends, and welcome to this broadcast.
2. We are nearing the end of this series of messages from the book of Joshua.
3. I hope that you have learned much about following the Lord Jesus in this series.
4. Let’s review the answers to the question, “You want me to do what?”
5. Answer number one is, step up to God’s calling in your life.
6. Answer number two is, go into the enemy’s territories to share Christ.
7. Answer number three is, cross the river of impossibility in your life with God’s supernatural help.
8. Answer number four is, yield to God’s plan.
9. Answer number five is, stay with God’s program by completely trusting Him.
10. Answer number six is, learn from your mistakes.
11. Answer number seven is, know how to pray.
12. Answer number eight is, claim the complete victory God has already won for you.
13. And today, we will discover answer number nine,
14. which is, trust in the cosmic real estate developer.
15. And if you have a Bible with you, please turn to Joshua, chapters 13 all the way to 17.
16. I hope after the broadcast, you will have an opportunity to read these chapters.
17. After God’s people had crossed the river of impossibility and destroyed the walls of the fortified city,
18. they claimed a complete victory.
19. And now we see, in chapter 13, that their next step was to divide the land of promise.
20. God told them not only to conquer the land, but also to distribute the land among God’s people.
21. And if you want to know how the land was divided, please read chapters 13-17 in the book of Joshua.
22. Because of our limitations of time, I will not explain this in details.
23. But the lesson here is of vital importance.
24. God gives each one of us our territories based on our measure of faith.
25. The Bible said that every good and perfect gift we have comes from the hand of God.
26. The Bible said that when Jesus Christ ascended on high, He gave gifts to each one of His children.
27. The Bible said that God wants His children to use their gifts.
28. God wants His children to invest their gifts and put these gifts to work for God.
29. But some of you, my listening friends, may be asking, “How does God divide territories?”
30. “How do I know what my territory is?”
31. The first thing you need to know is that God did not arbitrarily distribute these territories in the book of Joshua.
32. God distributed the land based on each tribe’s faithfulness to God.
33. In fact, the distribution of these territories did not follow their normal customs.
34. Let me illustrate this.
35. In the Old Testament days, the first-born child receives a double portion of inheritance.
36. But here, the tribe of Reuben, who was the first born of Jacob, did not receive a double portion of the land.
37. But why not?
38. Because Reuben sinned against his father.
39. The Levites, who were the priests, received no land whatsoever.
40. Why not?
41. Because their territories are spiritual in nature and across all of the land.
42. In the book of Joshua, chapter 14 verses 1-15, God gives Caleb a very special gift.
43. But some of you maybe mistakenly think that God is being unfair and unjust.
44. God was not trying to cause tension, jealousy, and envy among His people,
45. but God sees the whole picture of our lives from beginning to end.
46. God knows the secrets and the motives of everyone’s heart.
47. What may seem unfair to us is very fair to God.
48. Because God knows the details of people’s lives that we do not know.
49. Ah, that is why God gives us our territories based on His foreknowledge.
50. God gives us our opportunities based on His omniscience.
51. God sets our boundaries based on His perfect knowledge, not our imperfect, selfish desires.
52. But some of you may be also asking, “How can I receive more territories from God?”
53. Jesus answered that question very clearly.
54. Listen to what He said,
55. “He who is faithful with little will be faithful with much.”
56. This is how it works.
57. When God gives you a small blessing,
58. when God gives you a small territory to work in,
59. when God gives you a small opportunity to minister,
60. God is watching you.
61. God is watching to see how you will handle the small blessing.
62. Why is that?
63. Because your future blessings and your future territories and your future opportunities will depend on how you handle the small bit that He has already given you.
64. Jesus told the parable which we call, the parable of the talent.
65. He said, “A master gave one of his servants ten talents, another five talents, and a third servant one talent.”
66. Was the master unfair?
68. The master knew their hearts and how each would respond.
69. The servant with ten talents invested wisely and returned with ten additional talents.
70. The servant who received five talents also doubled his investment and returned with five more talents.
71. And the master commended both servants equally.
72. He never expected the man with five talents to return as much as the man with the ten talents.
73. But the man who had one talent did not invest his talent. Instead, he felt sorry for himself.
74. Can you imagine that servant saying, “Poor me. I didn’t get as much as they did. I feel insulted and distrusted and slighted.
75. Why didn’t I receive five or ten or even more?
76. I have been treated unfairly and unjustly.”
77. So the servant bundled his one talent and buried it and did nothing with it.
78. What do you think, my listening friend, would this man have reacted differently if he had been given ten or even twenty talents?
80. That is why Jesus said the one who’s going to be faithful with the small blessings,
81. the one who’s faithful with the small territories and the small opportunities,
82. is going to be faithful with the big things and therefore will be entrusted with bigger things.
83. So the question here in the book of Joshua chapter 14 is this—
84. why was Caleb singled out and honored by God?
85. Ah, let me tell you about Caleb.
86. When Moses and God’s people were in the wilderness,
87. one person from each of the twelve tribes were sent to survey the Promised Land.
88. Ten of the twelve men reported that the land was unsafe.
89. They said, “The land is full of giants and we cannot fight them.”
90. But the other two men were Joshua and Caleb.
91. They told Moses, “Yes, there were giants in the land, but what are they before our big God?
92. And furthermore, we have God’s own promise to go with us.”
93. My listening friend, you need to know that God loves people who trust in His promises.
94. God loves risk-taking faith.
95. God is honored by a childlike trust in Him.
96. Ten spies saw giants, but Caleb saw dwarfs.
97. Ten spies saw obstacles, but Caleb saw the God of promise.
98. Ten spies saw fear and terror, but Caleb saw the God of faith and power.
99. Ten spies saw only defeat, but Caleb said, “I trust in the God of victory.”
100. Ten spies saw a bleak future, but Caleb saw the God who controls the future.
101. Ten spies saw hopelessness, but Caleb saw the God of all hope.
102. And even forty five years later, Caleb still had faith in God’s promises.
103. Listen to what Caleb said in the book of Joshua, chapter 14 verse 12.
104. “Give me that mountain filled with giants so I can fight them.
105. I may be nearly ninety years old, but I feel stronger today than when I was in my forties.”
106. My listening friend, I don’t want you to miss this point.
107. Caleb’s unshakable faith was willing to wait for forty-five years.
108. Caleb never gave up on the promises of God.
109. Caleb never wavered in his faith in God.
110. Caleb never stopped working and waiting for God.
111. Caleb was almost ninety years old, but was ready for one more fight.
112. Caleb was ready to fight the giants and claim that hill for God.
113. So let me repeat the question that you may be still asking in your mind.
114. “How do I increase my territory for God?”
115. Jesus said to be faithful with little things and you will be entrusted with the big things.
116. And Caleb is a great example.
117. Caleb could have said, “Give me that valley so that I may take it easy.”
118. Caleb could have said, “Give me that lush land so that I may finish my years in comfort.”
119. He could have said, “I worked hard all my life and now I need to get a well-deserved rest.”
120. No way. Caleb said, “Give me that rugged mountain.”
121. Caleb said, “Give me that tough assignment that no one else wants to do.”
122. Somebody said that you can tell a man’s size by the size of the challenge that he undertakes.
123. And Caleb chose the ominous challenge.
124. Not because Caleb was arrogant or trusted in his own abilities,
125. but because Caleb trusted in the power of his God.
126. Caleb had confidence in the promises of his God.
127. My listening friends, please listen carefully as we conclude.
128. There are plenty of unoccupied territories in the kingdom of God.
129. And the question is this—
130. will you say with Caleb, “Lord, give me that mountain?”
131. Or will you say, “Give me that valley.”
132. I pray that you will joyfully seek the work of the Lord.
133. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.