“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple…” (Ps. 65:4).
“Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me…In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me…When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me…” (Ps. 56:1,4,9-11).
“And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan…” (Josh. 3:8).
As the Children of Israel approached the brink of entering the Promised Land, there was one more obstacle facing them: the Jordan River. Not only were they facing another barrier, but they were facing a barrier that was much greater during this time of the year than it normally would have been. The Jordan River was overflowing to the point that the only way was to either swim or sail to get across. This was not a possibility for millions of people unless there was some form of Divine intervention, which called for the people to exercise their faith in God once again.
Joshua was instructed by the Lord to command the priests to go before the people with the Ark of the Covenant and stand still in the overflowing water. You can imagine the thoughts running through their minds as they looked at the overflowing waters in front of them and pondered the command given by Joshua. Nonetheless, the priests obeyed Joshua and the Word of the Lord. As they stepped into the water, the waters began to roll back and the priests looked down and realized that they were standing on dry ground! The exercising of their faith allowed the people of God to pass through the floods on dry ground (vv. 14-17)!
Likewise, in our time, as we approach the borders of the land of promise in our lives, we may face barriers and obstacles which may appear to be insurmountable. God is giving the command to “step into the water” for it is the only way to enter into the land of promise. Do we take this step of faith or do we stand on the river banks second guessing the instruction of the Lord? We must remember that God has also promised that, “When thou passes through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee…” (Is. 43:2).
Entering the land of promise has always been contingent upon our faith in God’s ability to bring His promise to pass. However, it is also contingent upon our willingness to be obedient and “step into the water” when given the command to do so. God will never lead us where He has not already made provision for our well-being. This is the kind of God and Father He has always been and will always be to us. We only need to take that first step in faith and watch how He rolls back the “floods of life” on our behalf.
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The conquest of the land promised by God is not going to be an easy acquisition. We will face much opposition on the trek to assuming possession by those who once bore great influence in our lives. Sometimes this opposition will come from those who are self-professed opponents. At other times it will come from those who once provided leadership and guidance to us. One thing is for certain…it will come.
One thing my pastor said during this sermon on Sunday was, “When you begin to start getting serious with God, your Pharoah will begin to add more to your daily burden.” This thought resonated with me more than anything else that was spoken largely because of where I am currently in my own personal life. But I also begin to think, “How many other people out there are experiencing the same level of opposition, if not more?”
Once God sends forth the word of deliverance to speak to our situation, the enemy will increase his attacks to keep us from realizing what we already have been told….WE WIN! He will begin to attack in those areas of our vulnerability and will not relent until he has broken us and carried us back into bondage. But our God and Father will not have us to return this way again, but will make a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13).
Remember, “…we are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…” (2 Cor. 4:8,9). So hang in there, we are almost there…the promises of God are within our reach…
“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses…” (Josh. 1:3).
We have to be more observant of the promises that God has given to us. This is where we will draw our strength during the difficult times on our journey to the fulfillment of the promise. When God speaks to us, He tells us that “we will do, we will be, or we will become” whatever it is He has designed for us “to do, be or become.” However, He follows this with the fact of what “He has done.” In other words, He speaks of His actions in the past tense as having already been accomplished prior to our actions which are to come in the future.
So whatever God promises for us in the future, He has already given it to us in the past. It is guaranteed to come to pass. His Word will not return to Him void because He has already cause to happen, He has already called those things which be not as though they already were in existence (Is. 55:11; Rom. 4:17, 21). All we need to do is merely believe and walk it out in our everyday life in faith as though we already have it (Rom. 4:20). We have to see it as God sees it, which is that we already have the promises within our possession (2 Cor. 1:20).
Encourage yourselves with these words…
“Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God giveth you to possess it…” (Josh. 1:10, 11).
After many years of wandering in the wilderness of life, God is calling for us to turn towards the Promised Land. He is beginning to give the command to prepare to move forward with the intention of spiritually, mentally and physically taking possession of and occupying the land. What we did not know was that there was one more supernatural act that God was planning to perform in order to complete the transition: We have one more river to cross.
From the human perspective, it does not seem possible. Any human effort would be an effort in futility. It would take a supernatural act of God to accomplish this great feat, and God is preparing the hearts and minds of the people to acknowledge this fact. He is preparing to acknowledge that the conquest of the promise will not be obtained based on human activity alone, but in conjunction with the power of God Himself. If the truth be told, God is actually going before us to prepare the way, while we prepare for the journey.
Nothing in life is merely given to us without some form of action on our part. We must demonstrate to the person with whom we have partnered that we are fully committed to the process before we receive the initial investment of resources. Likewise , we must demonstrate to god that we are fully committed to the process He has laid out before us before He entrusts us with His guaranteed presence. He has promised to go before us, but we must both be presently and continuously committed to adhering to His Word, will and plan for our lives once we have entered into the Promised Land.
So as we prepare to obtain and occupy the Promised Land, we must begin to prepare ourselves for the journey ahead. We must fully trust in God to take us on to the other side by His Divine Power and ability. With God…in God…through God, we are well able to possess the land (Num. 13:30).