When Giants Stand on YOUR Promise...
 Backstory: I have felt for years that God has called me to reach out to people that many people simply don’t reach out to! I am currently in a work environment where I have people walking around in my world who are addicts, physical abusers, sex abuser, mentally ill just to name a few. People who society has written off and that most people simply do not want to deal with…even people in the “church.” I also am called to attempt to make a difference in people to experience things that they would never dream of experiencing.  I have a passion to use God’s creation to meet with Him on the most basic level.  I long to create a place where people can meet Him outside “their” world but in His in His in it's most infant state. I long for property in which I can use as ministry as well as a place of refuge for myself and my family.

Recently we took steps to put this in motion but were turned down in an attempt to refinance our home and use the equity to purchase a 60 acre farm (Mountain and Valley...it was fantastic!) to walk in this. We were told that there has been changes in the way financial institution qualify people based on particular ways people prepare their taxes. On paper we are allowed and we have used the deductions of the use of our home for our tax benefit from Gina’s in-home child care business. This shows a “loss’ in her income and therefore we do not qualify!  It is not her fault as she makes good money as God has blessed her efforts in a powerful way! We would have to completely redo our tax prep as well as we would pay much higher taxes to show she “makes” more money…here again the impression that people who do things the “right way” get penalized for obeying the law and being people of integrity. Frustrating to say the least…for me! I am confident that the “Hebron” that He has promised us is in the process of being prepared. I now must rest and trust in His timing and learn when I am to go and do, as well as sit, watch and rest in His promise until it is ready. (I JUST DON”T WANT TO AND DON'T DO THIS VERY WELL!!!)

God led me to this devotion today! It was very powerful for me! I am thankful for the patience of God and for the Promise He has given to me/us and know that HE will bless us in and through His provision and Promise.  I have “tweaked” this somewhat…I wanted to share this with you in an effort to share our journey as well present it to you in hopes that God can use it in your life as well! 

When Giants Stand On Your Promise And What It Takes to Get That Promise Back

Twelve spies, sent out by Moses, now stand on the soil of an eight hundred year covenant promise made by God to their father Abraham; covenant promise declaring a nation and land from Abraham's own offspring (Genesis 13:14-18). These spies are in Hebron, the very place where God encountered Abraham with His promise.

As these spies look at Hebron they literally are on the verge of making history. The long-awaited fulfillment of the covenant made so long ago is now at hand.

But there is a problem in Hebron; the city where the covenant promise is made and the place where the Patriarchs (Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Jacob, Rebekah and Leah) are buried is now populated with warring giants from the descendants of Anak.

Num. 13:21-22  "So they went up and explored the land from the Desert of Zin as far as Rehob, toward Lebo Hamath. They went up through the Negev and came to Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, lived"

Giants stand on promises.

Turning Away From the Promise

This is the great covenant city, Hebron; a legendary city with a hallowed past.

All the spies have to do is believe that God can bring them into this land. All they have to do is believe that God can take care of this fortified city and the warring giants who stand on it.

These spies have seen the raw power of God, the Red Sea parting and provision from the earth and sky. With these God-wonders behind them and Hebron before them, surely they would have the faith to believe God could fulfill His promise.

But, shockingly, ten of the twelve spies choose to forfeit the eight hundred year promise. The people appear too strong and the giants too big. Not realizing that covenant costs and giants stand in places where promises are made, these spies give a faithless report.

Num. 13:28, 31 "But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. "We can't attack those people; they are stronger than we are."

The ten spies never enter the land that their feet are now under.

What God Promises, He Will Do

Caleb speaks up. He and Joshua were in the exact location, at the exact time, yet they saw things differently. They recognize the giants but believe God's promise. The promise is bigger than the giants.

Somehow they understand a simple truth. What God promises, He fulfills. Nothing stands in His way (BC).

A Generation Who Missed Their Divine Moment

Though Caleb admonished them to reconsider, to trust God, it was too late. The damage is done.

The hearts of the nation melts (Numbers 14:1). Their vision of a land flowing with milk and honey is now a sword leading to death.

Swiftly, the spies are killed, the people wander in the desert 40 years and the promise goes dormant.

This generation misses their moment in history; they forfeit their destiny and leave no legacy.

A Man Who Never Forgot His Mission

Now let's fast-forward 45 years. Israel finally enters the promise land and Caleb approaches Joshua, Israel's new leader. Caleb is older now (85), roughed up a bit, but burning with a memory.

He approaches Joshua with a request. First, Caleb reminds Joshua of the promise Moses made to him saying,

Joshua 14:9,"The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly."

And now it's time for Caleb to cash in on that promise. It is time to gain honor for the Lord, the patriarchs of old and the covenant promise made some eight hundred years prior.

Specific Promises and Actions (BC):

  1. Caleb never forgets Hebron.  Caleb does not forget God's promise. He keeps it in front of Him.
  2. Caleb wants Hebron.  Neither age, nor prior mistakes keep Caleb from his pursuit. He did not wallow in missed opportunities; he uses them as a launching pad.
  3. Caleb asks for Hebron.  Caleb comes under spiritual covering. Someone champions his effort.
  4. Caleb seizes Hebron. Caleb makes the effort to engage.
  5. Caleb defeats giants.  Caleb knows that if God is with him, who can stop him, no matter how big the giants are.
  6. Caleb secures Hebron.  Caleb occupies what he captures.

Joshua 14:11-14 “As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. 12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said." 13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. 14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.”

Joshua 15:14 "From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites - Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai - descendants of Anak."

Caleb is proof that Hebron (any Hebron) can be taken.

It All Comes Down To Choice (BC)

We all have a choice. We either believe what God says or cower to the giants that stand in the way.

Your Hebron will most likely have giants standing on it. These giants can be any number of things: fear, insecurity and failure just to name a few.

But keep in mind, your Hebron is God's promise to you. It's the place where He encountered you, where He gave you purpose and birthed a vision. He will fulfill what He's promised.

Refuse to cower to these giants. Refuse to be intimidated.

Be strong and be courageous.

Choose God. Choose faith. Believe.

Your Hebron stands waiting.