This is an awesome word from Cameron King that will encourage many of you as he shares:
I don't need to add any more to that...your second chance is here! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
I was sitting at my kitchen table and the Lord spoke to me and said, "My Calebs are about to be given their second opportunity."
My mind naturally gravitated toward Numbers 13 where the Lord told Moses to send spies into the Promised Land, and each tribe was to send one of their leaders to serve as a spy. Caleb was a leader within the tribe of Judah. It was only Caleb and Joshua who brought back a good report among the twelve spies. Caleb vocalized that now was the time to conquer and win.
"Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, 'We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.'" (Numbers 13:30)
We know the people were not allowed to enter the Promised Land because of their unbelief. The only exception was Caleb and Joshua (Numbers 14:30).
"The part you play is but a few pages in the larger story God is writing, and you get to play a part within His larger story. Know that your victory will influence the future."
"Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw My glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed Me and tested Me ten times—not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated Me with contempt will ever see it. But because My servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows Me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it." (Numbers 14:21-24)
Nevertheless, both Joshua and Caleb experienced profound delays in their destinies and callings. They wandered in the desert for 40 years, and it was not their fault! They suffered from the consequences of other people's sin. They were denied opportunity and potential because of other people's unbelief.
So when the Lord spoke to me and said, "My Calebs are about to be given their second opportunity," I knew exactly what He was saying. There are people who have a history with God. They have lived a life of faith and have a different spirit about them. Unfortunately, they were denied opportunity because of other people's actions and unbelief. The good news for these people is that their second opportunity is coming soon!
Then the Lord said to me, "The ones who have remained in faith, who have stayed positive, continued in prayer, remained in love and have kept a kind disposition toward those who have failed, will be given a second opportunity. These are the ones who have kept their faith in Me and in My redemptive power."
So if you have been a Caleb, there is something still burning inside of you. If you're waiting for a second chance, the Lord wants you to know a few things to prepare you for the coming opportunity.
1. You Must Keep Asking!
Caleb kept asking for what the Lord had promised him. Look at what Caleb says in Joshua 14:10-12:
"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." (Photo via Unsplash)
Caleb kept asking for what the Lord had promised him, and you need to keep asking for what the Lord has promised you. Don't grow weary in prayer! Keep contending.
2. Your Moment of Opportunity is Coming
Our moment of opportunity is on the way! However, we can't just make things happen before the window of opportunity opens. We are to participate, watch, wait and act, and participate in what God is doing in the now. We can cross the Jordan, shout at Jericho, fight in the southern and northern campaigns, then receive our allotted portion.
In other words, we must be willing to participate in what God is generally doing until our specific window opens. Let's be a team player and understand that the Father's activity is larger than our specific allotment. When we invest in what the Father is doing, then the Father will invest in our destiny. When we sow into the Father's larger purposes, then we reap fruit in our personal dominion.
Watch and wait for your window to open. Caleb knew when both of Joshua's two main military campaigns came to a conclusion, that it was time to ask and time to act for the opportunity. Often this means waiting for what feels like an eternity, then act quickly, decisively and without delay when opportunity opens to us.
3. You're Going with the Blessing of Your Leaders
"Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh..." (Joshua 14:13)
Some of you have felt invisible to spiritual leaders around you. Others have had no leaders at all, while others have maintained healthy, friendly and close relationships with leaders. No matter your situation, your alignment with them is key, and being sent with their blessing will make the difference. There is a difference between going on your own and being sent with power and blessing.
4. Your Victory Will Link the Past and the Future
"...gave him Hebron as his inheritance." (Joshua 14:13)
Joshua gave Caleb Hebron. Hebron is significant because it was the place where Abraham built an altar and purchased the first burial ground for his family (Genesis 13:18, 23:19). Hebron was the first ground owned by the Hebrews in the Promised Land. Joshua gave Caleb the most historically significant territory within the Bible up until that point in Biblical history.
"Your moment of opportunity is on the way. However, you can't make it happen before the window of opportunity opens. You must participate, watch, wait and act."
Caleb didn't know that Hebron was going to be a place of future significance. He didn't know that it would be the place where David would be anointed King by all the tribes of Israel (2 Samuel 5:1-3), or that it would be the place where Israel was unified; where the Davidic Kingdom began, where the future throne of the Messiah was established and where the first shadow of the Kingdom of God on Earth was seen. This land was critical for Israel's future.
Your second chance and victory will be rooted in what God has been doing since before you were even born! The influence of your life isn't isolated, there's a continuation between what God is doing now and what He will do in the future. The part you play is but a few pages in the larger story God is writing, and you get to play a part within His larger story. Know that your victory will influence the future. The future history of your nation may pivot on the small track of land that you take for the Kingdom of God now.
5. There Will Be Significant Giants Settled on the Land You've Been Promised
"From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites — Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai, the sons of Anak."
Anakites were the giants in the land. It was the Anakites that invoked fear and unbelief within the other ten spies (Deuteronomy 1:28). It was these giants that Joshua and Caleb said could be conquered when they gave their report. It was these giants that settled in the land of Hebron. The land allotted to Caleb was settled by giants.
The reality is that demons long to establish strongholds where there was once victory and where there are glimmers of potential. The Kingdom of darkness longs to guard the potential of the future. They attempt to thwart the Father's larger story.
Just because it's your second chance, doesn't mean the battle is going to be easier than before. The enemy may have hunkered down on your promises, but don't fear the demonic! March out and meet them in battle. Destroy their strongholds! We must declare and demonstrate through our faith that God is able!
6. The Breakthrough Has the Potential to Change the Culture of Your Family
"And Caleb said, 'I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.' Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage. One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, 'What can I do for you?' She replied, 'Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.' So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs." (Joshua 15:16-19) (Photo via Pixabay)
Giant killers raise up other giant killers. This was true for Caleb, and at a latter time it was true for David (2 Samuel 21:15-22 and 1 Chronicles 11:22-25). What Caleb did was attract son-in-laws for his daughters who had the courage to be giant killers and somehow equipped them for the daunting task at hand. This created a family culture of victory. They were a family of bold, courageous giant-killers. This gave them personal streams and access to the Holy Spirit from which other families didn't have the opportunity to drink. This flow of the Holy Spirit gave rise to the first judge of Israel. Othniel, Caleb's son-in-law, was Israel's first judge (Judges 3:9).
The Father's desire is to raise up families that have a history of victory, faith, success and anointing. Your second chance will give opportunities to your relatives that previously were not present, and your victory can create a culture-shift in your family that can last for generations and can potentially bless the nations.
Your second chance is coming. Watch for it. Act decisively when the window of opportunity opens, tear down the strongholds that have been holding your promises captive, and release a new world of opportunity for your family! Prepare yourself. Your second chance is coming. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Cameron King served as the lead pastor for 13 and a half years at First Assembly of God in Cairo, Georgia and today he is currently the pastor of NewSong Church in Monroe, Georgia where he has served as the lead pastor since 2013. He is the author of "Crazy Kingdom: Exploring the Mysteries of Kingdom Life." He has a knack for taking troubled Churches and transforming them into healthy communities of faith. Cameron and his wife, Rachel, also developed the Makiah Well Project where they build wells for children who need clean drinking water all around the world. He, along with his wife and four daughters, live in Monroe, Georgia.
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