~~“Forty-five years after the twelve men returned from their exploration of the land of promise, when the new generation of Israel, under the leadership of Joshua, was completing its conquest of Canaan, Caleb spoke to Joshua: “Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me … to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart. “Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the Lord my God………And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.” “As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me [at least in the spirit of the gospel and its call and needs]: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, … both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.” (Josh. 14:7-12).
~~When I read Caleb’s speech and request to Moses, I was moved by such boldness from an 85 year old man. Caleb concluded his moving declaration with a request and a challenge. The Anakims, the giants, were still inhabiting the Promised Land, and they had to be overcome. Now, at 85 years, Caleb says, “Give me this mountain” (Josh. 14:12). At age 85, Caleb went to Joshua to ask for his own portion of the inheritance that Moses had given the Israelites. He reminded Joshua of the assignment he, Joshua and ten other leaders were given by Moses 45years prior to spy the land of Canaan. He said that only the two of them brought back a good report of the land and because of this, he was promised a portion of the land. He reminded him of the Moses' promise to him, "Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's forever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God." Even though 45years had gone by, he was still ready to claim his inheritance. He was not going to die without his promise. He had to think about not only himself, but generations after him. He had to possess this mountain and he wasn’t going to give up until got it!
~~He said he remembered there were giants in the land. He remembered the cities were great and fenced. In spite of all the obstacles in the land then and now, he was still willing to possess his possession. He was saying, "I am tired of the wandering in the wilderness. I am tired of the circling around mountains. It is time to possess." He was saying, "Even though I am 85years old and you may consider me old and useless, I am still as strong now as I was 45years ago. I still have some life left in me. I still have some vision left in me. I still have some grounds to cover and some mountains to conquer and goliaths to defeat and I will not stop or give up until I do all God wants me to do. God has not given up on me and I will not give up on myself. He still has more in store for me. He spoke a word 45years ago and He will not take me away until I see the manifestation of the word He has spoken. Whatever the reason you may have for not wanting me to have what is rightfully mine is null and void, I am ready to claim my mountain! I know if the Lord is with me, I can do it. I did the right thing and I am expecting my reward from the Lord. I set myself apart from the "nay sayers"; I refused to allow them to lure me into their negative thinking. I refused to think or act like them. It was a great price I had to pay for being different, but I stood my ground and I am here to take what rightfully belongs to me. I refused to join them in their evil ways. They made fun of me. They criticized me. They ostracized me. They would not have anything to do with me because I did not follow them. I have earned the right to this land and I am here to possess it. I am here to collect. More so, I am well able to drive out the Anakims and the illegal occupants in my land!"
Can you boldly speak like Caleb? Can you say that even though there are oppositions, you will go ahead to possess what rightfully belongs to you? Can you stand out and say, even though others are doing the wrong thing, I will wholly follow the Lord? Can you stand and continue to stand on the word that the Lord has spoken over your life even though the enemy is coming against from different directions? Can you focus on God instead on your limitations? Can you focus on the bigness of your God instead of the “bigness” of your adversary? Can you……..?
~~Caleb did not take the easy way out. He could have said, “Well I am old and there is nothing I can do with the land anyway.” He did not only think about himself, he thought about generations unborn. He was prepared to fight for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s inheritance. He knew their destinies depended on him and he had to do all in his power to possess their possessions for them too. Caleb did not ask for something easy, he asked for the mountain. A mountain represents a big challenge. He was going to take his mountain by force. Caleb possessed his land and in Verse 15, the scripture says,”… and the land had rest from war.” Isn’t that just amazing? He took the mountain God promised him by force and after that, he had rest from war.
Do you have a mountain before you that you must possess? Are you feeling inadequate and fearful you cannot do it? Are you so fearful you are looking for “Plan B” or other easy ways out? Learn from Caleb. Each time you look for an easy way out you become a target of failure. You must face battles and challenges when God allows them. They are for your own good. The Goliath you confront is the secret to your rest, divine recovery and inheritance. Caleb’s mountain looked huge, but the Lord gave it to him. I do not know what your mountain is today; the Lord will give it to you. Do not allow people to give you reasons: "You are too old, it is too hard, others have failed, it is impossible, you are not good enough, it is too late, no one in your family has done it, you do not deserve it….." You can amend your ways today, get back on track, go back to the Lord and ask Him to help you to do the right thing and follow Him wholly. You can ask for a fresh start and a new beginning. Your inheritance will not be given to another. You are the best there is. God created you in His image. Your God is not a loser so you are not a loser. You can possess your mountain. Nothing and no one can stop you The Lord will renew your strength.
Caleb is not only remembered as one of those that spied the land, he was remembered as the one who wholly followed the Lord, and the only single person that possessed the land. What an honor! What a blessing! You too can be remembered for following the Lord. You too can be remembered for being different. You can be remembered for not following the band wagon. You can be remembered for believing and obeying God. No matter what you re facing, it does not matter the temptations before you or the “Anakims” or enemies confronting you, your destiny your home, your children, your mind, marriage or body, God can give you your “mountain” and give you rest from your troubles. He will give you rest from the “Goliaths” that have troubled your life. You will possess your mountain in Jesus’ name. AMEN!
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~~Think about the goodness of the Lord in your life and family. Think about His mercy and His love for you. Who can understand His mercy? Know that you do not deserve it, but the Lord does it anyway. Daily He forgives us. Daily He has mercy on us. When we forget Him, He never forgets us. When we walk away, He comes looking for us. Psalm 8:4 says, "What is man, that Thou art mindful of him and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?" When we fail, He remains faithful. Thank Him for the blood He shed on the cross of Calvary. Who but God can save? His word says, come unto me all ye labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Thank Him for rest in the midst of storm. He loves us even when we are unlovable. When we forget Him, He whispered His love into our ears. He whispered, "Daughter, I am still here." I want you to continue to think about who the Lord is and how good He is and how you cannot do or be anything outside of Him....................
•Thank God for the new month and another opportunity in His presence.
•Thank God for protecting, sustaining and preserving you in the past four months of the year and causing you to see this new month.
•Thank Him for keeping you and your family and in spite of all the enemy has thrown at you, you are still standing!
•Bless Him for His faithfulness, grace and mercy at all times.
•Bless and worship God for all that He has done, all He is doing and all He will do. Think about God's mercy and grace in your life and family and thank Him for it.
•Plead the blood of Jesus over yourself as you go before Him today. Release every sin and put them under the blood. Ask the Lord to purge, sanctify and cleanse you.
•Call Him by His name: He is Elohim. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
•The Great and Mighty God. Elshaddai. The Great and Faithful One. the Sovereign God. The Holy One of Israel. The One who has lost no battle. The Great I am. The Chief Corner Stone. The Anchor that holds in the Storm. The Rose of Sharon. Lilly of the Valley. Lord of Hosts. Ancient of days. Captain of the Host of heaven.............
•Bless His holy name and begin to pray in the Holy Ghost for as long as you can.
•Pray that God's mercy will open the heavens upon your life.~~•Pray that the Lord will release the rain that will water every seed that you have sown and cause a mighty harvest for you.
•Pray that God's mercy will take you out and bring you in.
•Pray that you will not be redundant in God's kingdom.
•Pray God will baptize you with His fire on a daily basis.
•Declare that the Lord will release your blessings and usher you into a realm of divine harvest.
•Ask that the Lord will grant you strength to do all that He has called you to do.
•Declare that you will live long to enjoy the reward of all your labor.
•Ask the Lord to touch your heart. Pray that your desires will align with the will of the Master.
•Ask for boldness to overcome fear.
•Ask for boldness to stand for truth in the face of opposition.
•Ask the Holy Spirit to water your life, so that you can bring forth the fruits/harvest that the Lord wants the world to see.
•Ask the Lord to have His way in your life, home and ministry.
•Declare that the pursuit of greatness and riches will not deter or stop your pursuit for heaven, your eternal home.
•Declare that the Holy Spirit will anoint you to be the example that will change your world.
•Declare that He will turn you into a channel of wisdom, glory and honor.
•Begin to uproot every negative harvest in your life and family. Uproot every negative seed that is yet to germinate. Replace them with the seeds that will bring forth 30, 60 and 100 folds.
•Declare that your seeds that have been buried and lying idle or dormant will begin to yield fruits.
•Declare your life will be good ground for the Lord to do all He wants to use you to do.
•Declare you are a continuous carrier of God's Ark and wherever you go, God's presence will make a difference.
•Pray that the older you get the more relevant you will be in the Kingdom, in your family and in your generation.
•Declare that your mere presence in this world will be a blessings for generations after you.
•Ask the Lord to open a book of remembrance for you and bless you like He blessed Mordecai and Hezekiah.
•Just as Caleb brought good tidings to the Israelites, ask the Lord to anoint you to bring good tidings to those in need.
•Ask the Lord to anoint you to bring joy to those who lack it.
•Pray you will be a prophetic voice and not an echo to your generation.
•Declare you are a trailblazer; not a follower.
•Pray that as the year is running to an end, the Lord will keep you and your family safe.
•Thank God for the Church and begin to declare that the Church will take her rightful place in the community.
•Declare a wave of God's glory to sweep through the Church and cause a mighty revival.
•Frustrate the plan of the enemy to cause confusion and distraction in the Church.
•Pray for your church and ask the Lord to make your church relevant in God's end time plan.
•Release your pastor and your leaders into the hands of the Lord and ask God for wisdom for them.
•Ask that the pursuit of personal gain will not overtake their pursuit of lost souls.
•Pray the Lord will give us all a heart of obedience to His Word.
•Pray for your pastor and ask the Lord to chose him and anoint Him afresh for the end time harvest and move of the Holy Spirit.
•Pray that the Lord will cause the seeds he sows to be good seeds so he can reap a mighty harvest.
•Thank God for our young men and women. Pray that the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon them and cause them to begin to influence their generation.
•Frustrate every plan of the enemy to steal your children's destiny.
•Call your children by their names and ask that the Spirit of the Lord will touch their hearts and draw their hearts to Him.
•Declare that your sons and daughters will be part of God's end time program and harvest.
•Pray for believers all over the world that God's glory will purge and purify us all.
•Pray for the Christians who are being persecuted for the sake of the kingdom. Plead the blood of Jesus upon them. Pray that the Lord will preserve them and keep them from the attacks of the enemy. Pray for strength and grace not to give up. Pray that the Lord to continue to anoint them with fresh fire. Pray that the word they preach will cause a revival in those regions of the world.
•Pray for your nation that the Lord will flood it with the knowledge of His Word in truth and sincerity.
•Thank God for His word and the performance of it in your life, in the Church and in the world.
•Give Him all the praise, honor, worship and adoration in Jesus' name.
•Pray in the Holy Ghost for as long as you can everyday of this month.
•Thank God for counting you worthy to be one of the vessels He wants to use at this end time.
•Thank God for making you an agent of change in your family, work place, church and community.
•Bless Him for answered prayers.
PROPHETIC BLESSINGS FOR THE MONTH
Psalm 19:1-2 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge." (Psalm 19:1-2). You can command the day to speak unspeakable blessings into your life. Everyday of this month must speak a blessing into your life. Also Proverb 12:14 says, "A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man's hands will be rendered to him. You will be satisfied this month with the fruit of your mouth as you declare the prophetic blessing upon your life. Now, put your hand on your head and begin to declare:
Everyday of this month....
•The Spirit of the Lord will go ahead of you.
•The hand of the Most High will rest upon you.
•The Holy Ghost will empower you.
•You will possess your possession.
•Your year of wandering are over.
•the enemy will not be able to intimidate you.
•You will live righteously and in the fear of God.
•You will be marked different.
•heaven will reward you for your labor of righteousness.
•You will never be alone.
•You will support and sustain you.
•You will leave an inheritance for your children and their children. The will celebrate your existence.
•God will fight your battles.
•He will give you victory over every "Anakim" "Goliath", Pharaoh:, and "Herod" against your destiny.
•Every day you wake up, the devil is in trouble.
•God will assign angels to protect you and your family.
•It does not matter how old you are, you will possess all God has for you on this side of eternity.
•You will possess all He has for you on the other side of eternity.
•You will not disappoint God. You will not disappoint your children. You will not disappoint your generation. You will not disappoint yourself.
•Your name will be great. Generations after will ride upon the wings of your greatness.
•You will not miss your blessing.
•Heaven will reward you.
•He will be with you and lead you every day of this month and every day of this year.
•Heaven will respond to you when you call.
•Every prophetic word that has been spoken over your life will find a place of manifestation.
•You will enjoy supernatural favor.
•You are blessed going out and coming in.
•You will possess every mountain before you.
•You will go from strength to strength.
•You will go from glory to glory.
•He will uphold you with His right hand of righteousness.
•He will instruct you.
•You will hear His voice.
•Heaven will support you.
•Your seeds will germinate.
•You will bring forth your fruit this season.
•The power of the Lord will destroy every negative seed in your life.
•Your labor of many years will cease.
•The Holy Spirit will cleanse you and purge your heart.
•Your life will become a good ground for the Word to manifest.
•He will open your ears to hear what He is saying. You will not hear and respond to the voice of the enemy.
•He will open your eyes to see where He is leading you.
•Whatever you lay your hands on will prosper.
•Your labor of past years will yield fruit.
•The Lord will rebuke the devourer in your life.
•Your harvest will overflow and will become a source of blessings to other people.
•You will not suffer in vain.
•God will reward your labor of love.
•The Lord will restore every year the locust, cankerworm and caterpillar have eaten.
•Doors of opportunity will open unto you.
•Opportunities will open for you to shine.
•You will be relevant in your family, in your home, in your work place and in ministry.
•Heaven will recognize and celebrate you.
•Your light will shine. The glory of the Lord will rise upon you.
•May your life radiate God's glory.
•Everyday will be better for you than the day before it.
•It is well with you.
•Your past labor will be rewarded in Jesus' name. IT IS WELL WITH YOU IN JESUS' NAME. AMEN!!!
SCRIPTURES FOR THE MONTH
~~If you are willing and obedient you qill eat the good of the land." (Isaiah 1:19)
•And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matthew 11:12)
•To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
•"But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)
• "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." (I Corinthian 2:9).
•And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear" (Isaiah 65:21-24).
•"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" (Galatians 6:8-10).
•"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease" (Genesis 8:22).
•"When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion,We were like those who dream.Then our mouth was filled with laughter,And our tongue with singing.Then they said among the nations,The Lord has done great things for them." The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad. Bring back our captivity, O Lord, As the streams in the South. Those who sow in tearsShall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him." (Psalm 126)
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