Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 14:6-11

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 14:6-11 homework

FACTS: What does it say?

6: Caleb said, “You know what the LORD said to Moses”
7:  I was 40, when Moses sent me from Kades Barnea to explore the land. I brought back a report according to my convictions.
8: but my brothers who went with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear.  I followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.
9: So Moses swore to me: “the land which your feet have walked will be your inheritance because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.
10:  NOW Just as the LORD promised He has kept me alive so here I am today 85!
11:  I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous now as I was then.

LESSONS: What does it mean?

6.    Do not forget the words of the LORD.
7.    STAND for the convictions of my heart and my God. It is so easy to stay quiet, afraid to “offend” others by the convictions of God’s Word.  Hey, its GOD’s Word, not mine.  They are God’s promises, not mine.  The question is do I believe GOD is who He says He is, or that He is a liar in my case.  God said the land was to be theirs.  Caleb believed it.  Simple, yet hard and complex in the face of reality!
8.   Consensus, even among godly leaders may not necessarily be what God has called them to.  When I know God has called me to something, what do I do?  There is ALWAYS a GAP when GOD calls…. there is that which I can do and that which GOD MUST DO… that GAP is called faith and obedience, and if were easy or if it always made sense and if the pieces always fell together from the onset, then where would God be needed in all that?  Am I quick to fall in with the crowd, the consensus? What has God called me to that He must accomplish in totality?
9.   Know that My God is faithful to complete and do that which He has promised to me.
10.  God’s promises are true.  When I act on God’s promises, and trust Him, walk the walk instead of focusing so much on talking the talk, I will find that I have a testimony, a personal testimony of God’s faithfulness to me!!!!  Often times we want this great amazing faith of Joshua, Caleb and Paul, yet we don’t want to have to obey and trust and struggle to get it…..  It is always worth it!!! If we could ask Joshua, Caleb and Paul, they would say, press in and press on!
11.  God gives me continued strength even when I should be weak.  When the world says you should be done…. maybe God is saying, “Hey, you are nowhere close!” 

APPLICATIONS, What does it mean to me? 

6.  Do I know what God’s Word says to me?  What has God said to me?  Have I forgotten the words God has spoken into my life over me?
7. Have I been quiet when God has asked me just to stand for what I believe in?  How have I been asked to stand for Him?  Did I stand tall or shrink back?  Am I so afraid of the reactions of others, even the reactions of other Christians, that I keep quiet on what God’s Word has charged me to do? Do I have any idea of what God’s Word has promised me?
8. Am I quick to fall in with the crowd, the consensus? What has God called me to that He must accomplish in totality?  Have I ever seen God miraculously fill in that GAP in my life and truly “Make all things work together for good?” What testimony of the GREATNESS of God am I missing out on in my life because I am afraid of that obedience?  AM I in God’s Word enough so that I know without a doubt what God has called me to?  AM I quick to walk away if people, even godly people do not support me?  Will I be like Caleb and “trust MY GOD wholeheartedly?”
9. DO I know what God has promised me?  Do I believe the promises of God?  DO I really believe that God will continue to be faithful to His Word, even when it involves me?  What do I really believe about who God is?
10. What is my testimony of God’s faithfulness?  When have I gone out on that limb and trusted that God would have to come through?  Am I pressing in and pressing on, hanging on by the skin of my teeth to who God says He is, or am I running the other way in fear?  Will I stick this out, to have the testimony in the end? Or am I done here and now?
11. What is it that You want to do through me, LORD?  Help my unbelief!

LIVE IT OUT:

Get into God’s Word daily, know what God is saying, know what GOD is promising, know who God is, and then live my life like He is telling the Truth!!!! LIVE OUT God’s Word on a daily basis in my life, in my family, in my community, at my school, and yes, even in my church!!!  LORD, Help my unbelief!!!

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One Response to Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 14:6-11

  1. Stefanie says:

    V 6 FACTS the sons of Judah drew near to Joshua, and Caleb said to him, “You know the word which the Lord spoke to Moses the man of God concerning you and me.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN Reflection of the things God has said is important. We need to remember the lessons, the promises, the words He has spoken. Caleb reflected on his opinion of what he had seen God do and now he has a request.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME When do I take the time to reflect on these things versus the things that I deem as failures and hopes not delivered upon? Do I share the Word with my family when they draw near to me? Is there a Caleb in my path that has watched me abide in the truth and now wants to have a portion of that promise for himself? Is my life showing evidence that I am following Christ?

    V 7 FACTS I was forty years old when Moses sent me to spy out the land, and I brought word back to him as it was in my heart.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN Caleb was in his middle years when he was called to do active duty for our Lord. Too many of us get complacent when this period of life arrives.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME Our lives are a vapor but that doesn’t mean they have to be useless. In my middle ages, what am I doing to further the kingdom of God? Am I aware of what is going on in the world and then pondering it in my heart and seeking God’s will in it all?

    V 8 FACTS my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the Lord my God fully.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN doom and gloom sometimes seems to be what others see rather than seeing the good that is going on in our world. That is not an excuse for me to fall into their negativity! Caleb’s brothers in Christ were living in defeat but he chose to live in expectation.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME How easily am I influenced by the attitude of others around me—especially those who are saved? What do I do that changes this into a positive rather than a negative point of view? What more can I do to focus on what is good, what is true, right, what is honest, pure, and of good report?

    V 9 FACTS Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God fully.’

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN There is a reward for following Christ! Moses promised Caleb land for him and his children. Future generations can know of God’s promises when we as “leaders” reward folks for good behavior.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME Am I rewarding the ones around me for doing the right things or do I take it for granted and thereby squelch their diligence and desire to continue to do good? We all need a goal to work for, to work towards. Am I setting up a reward system that encourages my loved ones to keep on persevering even when things look dark?

    V 10 FACTS the Lord has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now behold, I am eighty-five years old today.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN God’s Word does not change! What He said then is just as true today.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME Do I tend to think some of the Bible isn’t meant for me because of the truths seeming to not apply to me and/or my situations? What truths from my childhood that I learned, that I knew, that I completely accepted as truth do I need to get a hold of again today?

    V 11 FACTS I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN Ah, to be so diligent and to have this testimony! This reminder of how God takes care of His own is a great one.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME Am I as faithful in the Word today as I was in my youth?

    APPLICATION
    The privilege of having grandsons makes me more accountable to this telling of scripture than I may have been had I not known the innocence, the pureness of the Word through a child’s eyes again. Because I get to teach these boys about You, I get to see the Word brought to life again in Its simplicity. It doesn’t have to be hard to understand. It doesn’t have to be torn apart bit by bit and explained in long drawn out sermons. It just has to be presented simply and surely. State the facts. Explain the consequences for following or failing to do what God asks of us. Then live it. Oh God, help me to live Your Word, Your promises, Your truths so that my upcoming generation will see as Caleb’s did the joy and rewards of being Your child!

    Another thing is the knowledge that I will leave a legacy behind. My mother thinks hers in that she “walked the walk and talked the talk.” When I ponder what folks will say about me when I am gone, it scares me. Did they see Christ in me? Did I live the life that He would be proud of so that when I enter His kingdom He will indeed say to me, “Well done”? Did I leave behind stepping stones of faith that they can claim as their own? Did they see Christ alive and at work in me?

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