I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of Joshua 14:10,
“Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”
From the above context we understand that Caleb believed in the promise of God that was spoken by the words of Moses. Caleb says these words “ The Lord hath kept me alive these forty and five years”’ The longer we live the more sensible we should be of God’s goodness to us in keeping us alive! After they reach Canaan, Caleb was much old in age and he says, “ I am as strong this day,” Though eighty-five years of age, he was as lively and strong as when he was forty. He says, “ As my strength was then so it is now “— This was the fruit of the promise, and was beyond what God had expressed; for God not only gives what he promises, but more. If he promises life, he will add health and strength, and all that which will make the life promised a blessing and comfort. This Caleb mentions here to the glory of God, and as a reason for his asking a portion which he must rescue out of the hands of the giants.
It was not an easy task for him to receive the mountainous region as the portion of his inheritance. And Moses had promised him that particular portion, once they entered the land of Canaan. He had to wage war with the giants as many huge giants lived in that mountainous region. He could possess the land from their hand only if he won them in the war. So he needed strength, and extraordinary strength to win the battle. He needed strength not only for counsel, but for action; for marching and fighting. “To go out, and to come in” To perform all the duties belonging to him, in that new place. This he got by following the Lord fully.
Just as God extended strength to His servant Caleb who was a man with a different spirit, God extended such strength to a sister, a professor in a reputed college in Tirunelveli. She was suffering from an unknown disease. There was no medicine to cure her. Her husband was so distressed and worried over the health of his wife who was becoming worse and worse day after day. All her blood would get frozen and get clotted and this, when it reaches her heart she might collapse. She was asked to be taken to the Government hospital in Tirunelveli, as she was at the verge of death. Fear gripped them, especially her husband who couldn’t see his wife suffer with this disease.
It so happened in the midst of this entire horrible situation, that sister was watching my programme one day, through the TV Channel. She heard me saying “ , Sister you are a wealthy person but your wealth cannot save your life. Your blood has frozen and you are at the point of death. There is a hole in your heart. And pumping of blood has become very low. There is no medicine for curing you, But God has come down in a marvellous way to give you new organ. God is changing all your organs that need to be renewed; Only God can save you and extend your life. And since you believe My words the frozen blood has melted and now you shall return to your normal stage of life.” After watching the programme on the TV , she became energetic.
That Sister had faith in My Words so she called her husband and asked him to remove all the couplings from her body. But her husband hesitated. He told her the message could have been for someone else. But that sister was sure that the message was for her . So she was firm in her faith. Yes, My dear friends if you believe you shall see the glory of God. She told her husband that God’s word entered her body and cleared all the frozen blood, and she feels better in health. But her husband did not believe. That night an angel of God, appeared to her in a dream and assured her that He had sent His word through His servant and healed her of her unknown disease.
Thus God extended the life of that sister who was actually struggling for her life. He gave her an extraordinary strength to recover from her fallen state of life. The Bible says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble” and this goes to prove in the case of that sister, who was suffering from sickness. But God sent His word and healed her. God will heal you too of your sickness if you abide by His word. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank You for blessing Caleb with an extraordinary strength and helping him to obtain the mountainous region as his inheritance. Likewise we pray that you would strengthen us to overcome all our sicknesses and problems which we face in our lives. Teach us to abide in Your words.