First, Caleb had a Visionary spirit!
Second, Caleb had a Vigorous spirit!
And finally, Caleb had a Victorious spirit!
Here's what I'm talking about.
"Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the
land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is
with us. Do not be afraid of them." Numbers 14:9
That’s how winners talk!
I can imagine General George Patton saying something like that to rally his troops before a battle.
I can hear Coach Coleman motivating his FCS Eagle football team with words like these!
Winners win in their heads and in their hearts before the win on the field of battle!
Caleb was a winner! I would follow him into battle, wouldn’t you?
“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. So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance” Joshua 14:12-13
If you need more examples of how victors think and act, take notice of this verse! Look at what Caleb claims victory over!
“give me this mountain” – it’s one thing to fight FROM a mountain but it’s quite another thing to fight FOR the mountain! To fight FOR the mountain you must overcome the people who are already ON that mountain! But Caleb said, “Bring it on! I’ll take that mountain!”
That’s a victorious spirit!
“the Anakim were there” – if it isn’t hard enough fight FOR the mountain imagine the people ON the mountain were GIANTS! That is who the Anakim were! This is how winners think! Caleb says, “I’ll take the mountain and whip the giants that are up there!”
That’s a victorious Spirit!
“the cities were great and fortified” – what do winners do after they take the mountains and kill the giants? What they do is attack the fortified cities! Caleb says, “First I’ll take the mountain, then I’ll smack down the giants and when I’m done I will sack their cities!”
Is this guy serious? What’s wrong with him?
He’s a winner! That’s what winners do!
Are you ready to win?