As you read this, consider the message for you today:
Joshua 3 NLT
The Israelites Cross the Jordan1 Early the next morning Joshua and all the Israelites left Acacia Grove and arrived at the banks of the Jordan River, where they camped before crossing. 2 Three days later the Israelite officers went through the camp, 3 giving these instructions to the people: “When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD your God, move out from your positions and follow them. 4 Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. Stay about a half mile behind them, keeping a clear distance between you and the Ark. Make sure you don’t come any closer.”
5 Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do great wonders among you.”
6 In the morning Joshua said to the priests, “Lift up the Ark of the Covenant and lead the people across the river.” And so they started out and went ahead of the people.
7 The LORD told Joshua, “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses. 8 Give this command to the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop there.’”
9 So Joshua told the Israelites, “Come and listen to what the LORD your God says. 10 Today you will know that the living God is among you. He will surely drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites ahead of you. 11 Look, the Ark of the Covenant, which belongs to the Lord of the whole earth, will lead you across the Jordan River! 12 Now choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 The priests will carry the Ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.”
14 So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. 15 It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, 16 the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho.
17 Meanwhile, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant stood on dry ground in the middle of the riverbed as the people passed by. They waited there until the whole nation of Israel had crossed the Jordan on dry ground.
- God has a land, a destiny, a purpose prepared for you.
- He wants you to come into it with his help, He doesn't want you to do this alone.
- He will provide a way but it will take obedience, faith and action to cause it to come to pass.
- When YOU take the step into rushing, even dangerous HIGH water, HE will act..but not until.
- Your deliverance and transition into your next season will happen because of something seemingly impossible, illogical and unreasonable. Water stacking upstream is not rational.
- Once YOU step into the water, others will follow, your whole family will see the way clear.
- It depends upon you hearing the word of the Lord for yourself and moving in it..in faith, boldly
Certainly there is a place for thinking things thru, yet I know of many, including myself, who reasoned themselves right out of a blessing from God. This is not his Plan.
The Lord would say:
The plan I have for you is a partnership, your trust and faith in me and obedience to my instruction by my Spirit. There is no other God than me...none. Not your reason, your counselors, your rationalizations or even your experience. I will do that which you never experienced before if you will step in and step out in faith believing. You cannot please me without it...you are my good pleasure...when you act in faith.Hear the word of the Lord and walk in it