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Come, and let us return to the Lord … After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Hos 6:1-2

Death is necessary before revival, and revival before there can be the rising up to a new day

God told the children of Israel to make provisions for themselves as in three days they will cross over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the Lord was giving them to possess. The three days was literal in Josh 1:11 and figurative in Hos 6:1-2. Three days is a numerical value for change, completion or transition in the Bible.  Hosea particularly analysed the figurative three days of change as day one being for death; Day two for revival; Day three for rising or resurrection. The application of this helps us to engage the process to implement change in our lives.

The process starts with dying to what is. As long as the present situation is kept alive change cannot be produced. You die to what is when there is change in the mind or heart as a result of the realisation of what could or what should be. The realisation of what should be is also the admission of what needs to go. This realisation considers the implication of the status quo and the need to die to it, whether it is to self, situation or experience.

This death does not happen unless you call things exactly by their name. For instance, sin can no longer be seen as a weakness or as a mistake if it shall be forsaken. Sickness has to be called its name if the need for healing shall be embraced. The problem with the familiar must be seen clearly before the change out of it can be embraced. This is where the breaking of the camp or of the trend happens. The breaking of the camp is not the actual transition; it is the process towards it.

The process continues with being revived. Revival is the reaching out or response to what should be. The process of waking up starts from the state of sleep or death. In the coming resurrection (Jn5:25), the dead shall hear the voice of the son of God for resurrection to happen. You cannot just realise what should be and die to what is for nothing; the experience of dying to what is must lead you to the practical embrace of what should be. This embrace is your revival or the engagement of the new phase.

The process of change culminates with being raised up, an action/experience which is a collaboration between God and man. This is where the change happens, whether it is a change of state, of place or of experience. If the process of change is on, the things you do must change. You cannot keep the process at the point of reaching out forever, unless you want the future to be hanging in a balance. It is only when you take the step ‘to go in’ that you see the involvement of the Lord with you in ‘giving you the land to possess.

What you will do on the third day is to take the step of faith to go in. This is what will birth a new nation. The nation which died in Egypt is about to have its new identity, no longer as nomads but, as a nation that shall be settled in its own God-given land.

Are you ready to cross over your Jordan? It is time for a mental overhaul; it is time to put of the old and to embrace the new; a time to apprehend the things which are ahead; a time to respond to the mark of your upward calling in Christ. Old things are passing away; new things are appearing.

Remember that change is only birthed when a problem is discovered or defined; it is birthed when a solution is discovered and responded to; and birthed when the right step is taken towards it. Death is necessary before there can be revival, and revival before we can rise up to a new day or experience a resurrection to a new span.