HOW TO CROSS SIGNIFICANT HURDLES INTO YOUR PROMISE 3

…, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. Joshua 3:3

The promise from God grants you a window into the plan of God or points you through the scriptures to a future waiting for you. The promise is a settled plan with God. Every time God says I will, it is because he has- josh 1:2-3. His works are already finished …. Heb. 4:3. All that is needed from man for the realisation of the promise is not the effort of man but the faith of man in the finished work. The supply comes from the love/grace of God. The receipt is accomplished through or via the faith channel.

The Israelites were not going to cross Jordan because they have come to Jordan; they will because it was in the plan. They did not choose the route, God did. He knew what will be on the way before he commanded their entrance into the promise. Look at Matt. 8:18; 23-27. With God, there is no hurdle on the way. He only sees the route to the destination. We, however, see hurdles naturally just as the disciples saw the storm in Matt 8:24 and in Matt 14:22-33. We see the problems instead of the prospects, like Zerubbabel (Zech 4:7) until he saw from God’s perspective.

God wants us to see the solution: In Matt. 8:25, they looked to the Lord; In Matt. 14:27-30, he looked to the Lord; In Zech. 4:6, he looked to the word of the Lord and the spirit of the Lord. God has already settled it that Jordan shall be crossed.

The key to crossing the hurdle as planned was seeing the Ark of the covenant of the Lord and the priests bearing it, Josh 3:3.

The Ark of the covenant of the Lord – Ex 25:10-22, was the most important furniture in the tabernacle of witness. The tabernacle was constructed all because of the Ark and it was the first sacred object Moses was instructed to construct. It was a rectangular wooden case that was overlaid with pure gold. It has golden crown around its top. The lid on its top, separate, yet one with the ark, was known as Mercy Seat with the cherubim which cover the mercy seat. Inside it was the stone tablets of the ten commandments, the golden pot containing a measure of manna; and later, Aaron’s rod that budded – Num. 17:7-8.

It was part of Christ concealed in the Old Testament as types and shadows. The acacia wood speaks of the indestructible complete humanity of Christ. The gold overlay speaks of the divinity and glory of Christ. The golden crown around the lid signified Him as the King of kings and Lord of lords. The unbroken tables of the law speak of the perfect obedience of Christ. Aaron’s rod that budded was a pointer to Jesus’ confirmation to be the son of God and our eternal High Priest, through his resurrection. Rom 1:3-4; Heb. 4:14; The golden poles, represented the ever present and Living Saviour. The ark led their procession just as Christ leads his sheep. Jn 10:1-5. If the hurdles before us will be crossed, our eyes must be on Jesus.

The second part of the instruction is not about the priests but still about the ark. While every believer is a priest in the New Testament, the reference here is to the priests who bear the bear the Ark just like those who preach the word. No one is called to ultimately follow the preacher. The significance of the preacher is in the word he preaches. Ask every time what the minister is bearing. His words must publish Christ who is our redemption, the wisdom and the power of God.

Whether it is to cross your hurdle or to make progress into the future, look for the direction of the word. Your salvation lies where the word points to. When we behold carefully where the word points, we shall be wise unto salvation. The ultimate key to crossing your hurdle is Christ, the living word, who is in the midst of his church. He is our salvation; the wisdom and the power of God.

OUT OF ZION 032| SPY OUT YOUR FUTURE AND THE PROMISE 2

“I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea … and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, …. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. Josh. 2:9-11

It is good to know of the ultimate future; it is important also to be able to trace your way there. Now that you know where you are going, know to also trace the way from where you are …. One of the way to do that is to embark on an espionage mission just the way Abraham journeyed as a sojourner across the land of Canaan. Doing this is both dangerous and advantageous. The advantages outweigh if you see in a positive perspective.

When you are set to explore the prospects ahead, make sure you:

Do it WITH A FIRM PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT GOD IS ABLE TO DO. Ps 149:4 says that the pleasure of God in His people will cause Him to beautify them, when humble or submissive, with salvation. This indicates that though there will be challenges, there will be a way out by God’s saving grace.

Do it WITH THE AGREEMENT OF LIKEMINDED PERSONS who are either with you on the mission or who partner with you by healthily supporting or listening to you. You don’t need the crowd around you; you don’t need the hang-arounds. You need partners. Partners are either in agreement with you or collaborating with you for success. Look carefully at the context of Joshua 2 and you will see the difference between the mission in Num. 13 and the one here. The significant difference is that of number; not that of location; and not that of distance. It is the difference of attitude. While they were 12 at Kadesh-Barnea, they were divided in their attitude and perspective. The team of two that Joshua sent was together. If the attitude in Num. 13 is involved in Josh 2, the spies might fail by getting caught.

Do it by ensuring that the testimonies from the past go ahead of you to weaken every contradictory evidences or possibilities (the negative possibilities) – Ps 149:5-9. Most of us want the testimonies to ring forth on their own, but practically you will have to noise out loud whatever God has done for you. When you know to sing forth God’s praise, you are arming yourself with a lethal weapon to take the promises ahead. Stop whining or crying; start to praise and testify. Let the heavens, earth, and hell hear from you. Count your blessings and name them one by one.

The inside information for you today and every time you spy out the future is that THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU THE LAND. Josh 2:9. Go and spend time thinking ahead in the light of the promise. Those around your allotment shall be terrified and fainthearted. Your own tool for fight shall be the promise and the testimonies of what God has done in your life in the past.

If the enemy is still rearing up its ugly head, engage testimonies of praise and fight with the word. Praise and the spoken word are tools for warfare. The honour of the saints is to know to use these to execute vengeance, punishments and judgement on the enemies of righteousness while insisting that the land is yours.

OUT OF ZION 026 | THE BENEFITS OF LIFE FROM HIS RESURRECTION

Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.


The joy of Easter is the remembrance of what Christ did for us. According to 1 Cor. 15:1ff, Jesus died and resurrected for us according to the scriptures; and is alive forever for us.

His death and resurrection hold much value for us: He died for our sins and suffered for the consequences of our sins. Death being a common phenomenon holds no significance in the works of Christ, if it stands alone, for we would have no gospel. It is in His resurrection that His death makes sense. He did not perish like others; He came out to bring everyone out of doom.

He is now exalted to the heavens; positioned at the right hand of the FATHER and living as High Priest and Advocate for all who come to the father by Him. His present life is beneficial to us as He saves “… to the uttermost, those who come to the father through Him, for He ever lives to make intercession for them.” He alone can make a full end of all our issues and challenges as we come to Him.

Two things are portrayed here: 1). He saves, making a full end; while 2). We come to Him.

His resurrection gives victory to His cross experience, otherwise it would have been the sign of victory for the devil. He arose in glory (better than when He was buried); to justify us; to be exalted; and to be the Lord and saviour. Our sins have not only been taken care of, we have also being justified. These are two different things. Forgiveness is pardon and removal of punishment; Justification is right standing; right of access and removal of guilt and condemnation.

The place of our coming to Him is important for the process of being continually saved. This coming is not meant to be just as the approach of the needy seeking for help or as the approach of a worshipper basically venerating a deity. He wants much more than this from us. He wants us to come CONSTANTLY to Him as those who come in for fellowship. This is the act of setting Him always before us, as David testified in Ps 16:8.

To set here means to level with Him; to equalise with Him; to agree with or be like Him – these only happen through union. You don’t level with someone greater unless you have come into fellowship or union with the person. This is why not just anyone can worship him – Jn 4:24ff. It takes being born of the spirit to worship the Lord as required in the New Testament; and that worship happens as a fruit of our being partakers of His divine nature – 2 Pet 1:3-4. Our worship would not be meaningful or will not put Him in His place of honour unless it practically meets up with His expectation of us. It is time we optimised our union with Christ, to share with Him what He shares with the Father.

It is when we practise this deepened relationship or fellowship with the Lord, keeping Him in His place of honour that we can practically experience the continual salvation which He offers.

This salvation is experienced as:

SECURITY – We can be secured as David pointed out – ‘I shall not be moved (slip, shake, fall)’;

JOY – We can cheer up and be excited for the joy of the Lord is our strength and the key to drawing His provided resources – Neh 8:10; Isa 12:3;

REST IN HOPE – It is the person who has entered in practice into oneness with the Lord that can settle down securely and continue in hope. He is so securely bound to what lies ahead that no temporarily disturbing stuff can ruffle his spirit;

DELIVERANCE FROM SHEOL: Sheol is both literal and figurative as a place of no return; of captivity, of bondage, of loss; of extreme degradation in sin. The righteous will not actually be abandoned to it. He can come out inasmuch as God did not allow Christ to see corruption. God’s people can go through circumstances; His interest and ability however is that they will not see it just as Christ went through the grave without seeing corruption. This is the key for coming out of trouble: He empowers us to see beyond the plight, so that it will leave no effect on us.

It is your time to stay alive, fresh, strong, renewed, revived, and sustained; a time to be in His presence and to experience the pleasures of His right hand.

Jesus is alive! Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.

OUT OF ZION 024 | HE HAS COME TO SAVE YOU

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.
(NKJV) Zech 9:9

… let your shout of Hosanna be for joy. He has come to save you.

In the Hebrew use of words, the word ‘daughter’ is not just used for a female child, it is also used collectively for the inhabitant or citizens of a place, particularly in the text citizens of Zion or Jerusalem. The call was to the embattled citizens of Zion. It was for them to rejoice and shout and to behold because help has come.

To behold is an expression of surprise and a call to look so as to see what is currently not within the horizon but coming into view. It is a special appearance, that those concerned need to lift their heads up to see. Coming into view is the King of the citizens of Zion, the righteous one of Israel, who comes to His people with salvation, to provide freedom and succour, to avenge and defend, to rescue and preserve.

He that is coming is incidentally lowly in appearance and riding on donkey. A meek and lowly appearance that veil the help He brings. He that is coming is able. He comes to put an end to war and to cut off the tools of war both gathered against you and emanating from you. He is coming to speak peace not just to you and your situation but also to the nations, wherever they yield and submit to Him. He shall reign from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth.

Christ is interested in delivering His people from sin and granting them victory over troubles. He wants to heal, bless, and help them beyond what legalism could conceive. He has come to save from all embattlements; limitations; inabilities; and hopelessness. His approach however is subtle that the help he brings may be written off. The choice of how He appears in your situation is not within your control. It is without pomp and pageantry, noise and shakings, as you would have ordinarily expected.

He has provided salvation by the blood of his covenant. The blood which binds him to as many as would receive His offer and help. There is power in His blood. It is a wonder working power; it is a burden removing power; it is a victory providing power; it possesses such power that could only be from the precious blood of the lamb of God.

With the provision of His blood, every prisoner in Zion are set free from whatever waterless pit they have been thrown into. Little wonder He called on the great day of the feast that if anyone is thirsty, let him come (Jn 5:37-39). Do you still have thirst for life, for the water of life? He is not asking for those who have drunk before, he says ‘who is thirsty here?’ Thirst is an indicator that you want more. There is always room for more in the scheme of God. It is only enough when you say enough. Matt 5:6. Until you are satisfied, the provision flow continues; Ps 103:5

Let your heart be encouraged and cognisant that you can still believe in hope against all hope. You can rebuild your hope on Jesus blood and righteousness. You call look away from all lying frames or lying vanities. You can lean entirely on Jesus name. I came to charge you to desist from pursuing wells without water and clouds without rain (2 Pet. 2:17) and to call you to return to the stronghold. The name of the Lord is a strong tower – (Pro 18:10).

I am calling you to become a prisoner of hope – one who cannot be bound to the situation he is in but to the future he hopes for. Turn to the stronghold, the place of strength, for today I will restore to you double. I will deploy you even when you feel useless; I will use you in a significant way; I will honour you so much that you will find your honour in my honour, says the Lord.

Prisoners of hope do not mourn, weep, nor sorrow. They only rejoice. The key to their joy is in beholding their king’s coming with full persuasion of what he can do. Do not be disillusioned because he is riding on the foal of a donkey. Some may trust in chariots … We will remember the name of our Lord (Ps 20:7).

Remember the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and His victory over death, hell and grave and let your shout of Hosanna be for joy. He has come to save you.