Crossing the Jordan
The place of transition- Joshua 3
Joshua rose early in the morning and they removed from Shittim and came to the Jordan, he and all the Israelites, and lodged there before passing over. 2 After three days the officers went through the camp, 3 commanding the people: When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being borne by the Levitical priests, set out from where you are and follow it.
4 Yet a space must be kept between you and it, about 2,000 cubits by measure; come not near it, that you may [be able to see the ark and] know the way you must go, for you have not passed this way before.5 And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves [that is, separate yourselves for a special holy purpose], for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. 6 Joshua said to the priests, Take up the Ark of the Covenant and pass over before the people. And they took it up and went on before the people.
Prophetic Word from Joshua 3
I am getting ready to change the lives of my people forever. And this change will usher them into their final resting place in me. I am looking for those who are willing to follow me and be obedient to my commands. I am building an army of faith walkers. Those who will not be stirred by what they see with their natural eyes, but those who will only move by what they see with their spiritual eyes.
Far too many believers have made the decision to bind themselves with the world. They have said in their hearts that they will follow the ways of man in order to gain man’s approval and attention. Little do they know that I am getting ready to change the plans of man. And man will have to make a choice as to whether or not they will obey and follow. This is a choice that each man will have to make. They must remember that I am the same God who allowed the children of Israel to wander around in the wilderness until all those who did not obey, who complained and was unwilling to follow me were dead. They did not enter into the promise land because of it. I am now giving my people a chance to change. To exchange their garments that man has laid upon them and take upon their holy garments, their priestly garments. There is a choice that must be made. (End of prohetic word.)
Each one of us has a Jordan that we must cross. And in order to cross that Jordan there are 3 things we are going to have to do. The place of transition and Dealing with self and flesh.We must choose to do the following:
3. Walk by faith
The things we do in consecration are not works of righteousness that merit God’s favor or overcome the enemies. Rather,
The acts of consecration:
A. Remove the barriers to God’s power,
B. Remove the barriers to fellowship,
C. Prepares our hearts to receive God’s grace:
D. Builds our faith so we will put our feet in the water, cross over, and go up against the enemy.
Why Consecration is so important to the believer:
(1) It reminds us of God’s holiness. God is absolute holiness, completely set apart from sin. He is a holy God who cannot have fellowship with sinful man or allow sin in His presence without a solution to the sin problem.
(2) It shows the necessity of sacrifice for sin or the cross of Christ. Without faith in the cross and its cleansing, no man can be set apart for God’s use or blessing.
(3) God does not use unclean vessels. For believers, those saved and cleansed by the work of Christ, this command for consecration demonstrates the necessity for cleansing through confession or getting right with God and with men in order to be used of God and to experience His deliverance. To experience God’s power, protection, and deliverance, we need to prepare our hearts and deal with the known sin in our lives through confession (cf. Josh. 7:13; with Ex. 19:10, 22).
Let's do whatever it takes to postion ourselves to be ready to cross the Jordan and claim into the promises of God.
God is bringing the body of Christ into a brand new place and we must prepare to cross the Jordan and follow him. It is of great importance that we keep ou eyes fixed and focusesd on HIM ONLY becasue we do not know the way we should go. If we allow the presence of God to lead our daily lives, we will enter into the end time realm, power and provision that is promised for believers of Jesus Christ.
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