And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people. Josh 3:5-6

To cross every significant hurdles into the promise like the crossing of Jordan will require the process of change: an admission of the current state; a foresight of what should be; and the embrace of the promise. Crossing the Jordan requires preparation and obedience to instruction

Crossing the hurdles requires personal consecration (separation from – habits, attitudes, cultures, and dedication to) for tomorrow, the wonders that God will do. A great social and spiritual misnomer today is the bid to transit into the future you are not holistically changed for. Change is spiritual, mental and material. Your life today will not adjust into the reality of the promise until you have the word of God for it. Remember always to identify where you are and juxtapose it with where you should be; Die to the reality of what is while longing for what should be; Awake within you to what should be and experience God raising you up to the new day of what should be, becoming what now is.

They crossed by following the lead of God’s word and presence and not miracles. The desire for miracles is good, but the understanding of God’s way is much better. God’s way is revealed by God’s word and when God speaks, it points you to the future. Faith however brings the promise into now. Until faith comes, it remains a hope which is always in the future. Their faith related with the significance of the ark of testimony and followed it.

Simple obedience births outstanding miracles. Jn 2:4. Note that there was no agitation in the new generation as it was with the old. They were only following instructions. They crossed Jordan in principle. They did not only have the direction; they were positioned to know what steps to take. Their act of faith required that there be space between you and the ark. It is mindful, not just of the destination, but of every steps.

Walking with God helps one to know His ways and this is superior to His works. God has given the word; we are to act on the word. The Joshua generation is an obedient generation who give attention to the word. Miracles will not accomplish what obedience should. God wants us to birth miracles by cooperation with Him. When we walk in His ways we shall see His works. In obedience, we shall see that the living God is among us. As we do what He has told us to do, we shall see a result that signifies the cutting off of the past and a leeway into the future. A proof that things greater than these shall be.


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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.


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 “… ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’” Josh 1:11

Change is a breaking off with the trend to produce the future.

The charge last week pointed to the need for change. Change is an act or process through which something becomes different; it is the substitution of one thing for another. The order in life is the process of making things different as nothing is meant to be static. If life itself is a process of change, how much more should the experience in life be. Change is the process of one thing giving way for another either through a process of alteration or modification of the existing or by the introduction of a completely new or refreshingly different experience. It is the transition of the living from one phase of its life to another 2 Cor. 3:18

Change is important if your Jordan will be crossed. Do not forget that Jordan signifies the obvious barrier between you and your promise. The instruction given to the Israelites to make provisions for themselves has to do with making preparations, adjustments, changes that will leave the past behind for them to cross over into the promise. Last week I shared with you that to cross the Jordan, you will need to move; make preparation for new things; pursue the real essence of your person or of your existence – which in actual sense is truly ahead; and adjust so as not to fall behind.

My emphasis this week is on the application of the process of change as seen in the biblical significance of three days. Whatever the current issue is with you, if you can bury this person that you are gratifying, you will see a brand new you coming out. There are different levels of experience with God that you may have not even imagine the one awaiting you yet. Israel was to get ready to cross over Jordan in three days. Three days will be enough to evolve a new and ready people if they will go through the process.

Change is a breaking off with the trend to produce the future. Trend has never produced the future, change does. For every system built by man, a pattern of action or existence is only established. Have you noted that such patterns are always broken either by update or by transition to another? Have you noticed that, even in the normal human society, change is birthed when trend is broken?

Everything in life would be monotonous and boring if change is not permitted. If the society would use change even when it has no goal just to kill boredom how much more when there is a future requiring a change. You need a change to get a different result. It is only the fools that continue with the same thing while expecting a different result.

Change happens when you have become tired of the trend or the status quo. No trend is broken until it has reached its climax. The climax of a trend does not come until the trend has saturated the ecosystem. Trend is only broken when you have had enough of it or when you begin to see a problem with it.

In spiritual matters, God steps in to instruct or direct with imperatives when you are not realising that the time for change has set in. He spoke to Joshua emphatically and by extension to Israel when the season for change rolled in. Israel by implication was told to get ready and make provision for what was ahead, for in three days something new should begin. Trend will be broken when the process of change is engaged.

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