HOW TO CROSS SIGNIFICANT HURDLES INTO YOUR PROMISE 4

Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm … in the midst of the Jordan; …, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan. Josh. 3:17

 

So Jesus stood still …. Luke 18:40

Our emphasis has been on how you can cross over the hurdles before you.  The spiritually sensitive will admit that there is an ongoing significant work that God wants to accomplish on everyone, with none left behind. There is a Jericho ahead of you. He wants to get everyone there for His next operation. The world knows about you, but you haven’t seen anything yet. Where God is taking you is a place where through you He will create more awareness of Himself. A place where He will publish the victory of Christ vividly by what He is set to do in your life. He would not want to see anyone left behind in this corporate plan.

It has been pointed out that the key to crossing over life’s hurdles is in seeing the move of Christ or the direction of God’s word and presence. So, drawing from the typology of the Ark of covenant which prefigured Christ, it is important to be mindful of what ministers carry. The priest bearing the Ark provided the direction for the people to follow. In the text, it is clear that the priests bearing the ark set out before Joshua and his people, while the they crossed over opposite Jericho. In the New Testament, the Ark of the Covenant himself moves and around because of the people; whenever they see him, they have their needs met to move on to their next phase in life.

Significant for this administration of the word is that the priests who bore the ark stood firm until all the people had crossed completely just as the Reality Himself stood still to ensure that the disadvantaged was not left behind. CHRIST IS SET OUT CLEARLY BEFORE THE PEOPLE. He is the word and the presence of God. Every time we preach Him, what we are doing is bring Him, the creative, living, and the manifest word into people’s lives.

It is dangerous and wasteful to practise form or religion. 2 Tim. 3:1-5 portrayed what will characterise the last days. It shall be perilous times when there will be people having a form of godliness while denying the power thereof. The ministry of the word is not a form or ritual; neither the hearing of the word. Every attentive and careful hearing of the word should lead to seeing the operations of God and moving in response to the revelation and the prophetic instruction of the word (Phil. 4:9) so as to cross over to the next camp; victory; and possessions ahead.

HE ENSURES THAT EVERYONE CROSSES OVER INTO THE NEXT PHASE. As it was with them at Jordan, so it must be with us today. To cross cannot be by might nor by power, it must be by the operation of the Lord. The next phase is not necessarily according to human preference. For the Israelites, it was to cross over Jordan; For the multitude around Jesus, it was for their needs to be met in diverse ways. They could see him; they all followed him. They did because they knew that in following him they will have their needs met. For Bartimeus, it was to receive his sight.

EVERYONE MAY NOT BE SET TO CROSS OVER. The challenge is not the lack of desire to cross over, it is the inability to see. 2 Cor. 4:4; Matt. 13:14-15; the operation of satan – 2 Cor. 4:4; also known as ignorance – Luk. 18:35ff. Bartimeus represented others who are not set to cross, but will be glad to cross. FOR SUCH PEOPLE, THE ARK STANDS STILL. The Ark stands firm for everybody to cross over opposite Jericho. For them in Joshua days, the Ark of the Covenant stood firm, Josh. 3:17; For them during the life of Jesus on earth, He stood still – Luk. 18:40; for no one should be left behind. Is there anyone who suspects that there is a move going on but could not plug into it? Is there anyone who is not sure of what the spirit of the Lord is doing? The Lord is set to push you to the place of fragrance. 2 Cor. 2:14-17. He stands still for your sake, for He seeks to lead you in the triumph of Christ and to diffuse through you the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

I CHALLENGE YOU TO ENSURE YOU DO NOT LET HIM PASS YOU BY: by clarifying what you are hearing; asking for the Lord’s help; resisting every force or element that seeks to quieten you; intensifying your desire to see as you cannot afford to be left behind as everyone crosses over to Jericho. God has sent this word to ensure that you will cross over to the other side.

OUT OF ZION 020 | HOW TO BRAKE THE TREND

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OUT OF ZION 020 | HOW TO BRAKE THE TREND

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.