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.

WELCOME TO AUGUST 2016

There are things meant to be under your rule

Which you presently do not see there

As you journey into the month of AUGUST 

There shall be a distinct turnaround

That you will see Christ

In the place of those pending victories

And that He, as the Captain of your salvation

Will bruise under your feet shortly

The head of satan and his contending forces

HAPPY NEW MONTH TO YOU

Isaac Boluwatise

HOW TO CROSS SIGNIFICANT HURDLES INTO YOUR PROMISE

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

We all have promises that we go after, and we do if we press on to know the Lord. Hos 6:2; 1 Cor. 8.2. the more we press, the more we discover the promises/plans He has for us. Pursuit of God can be seen as the pursuit of His promises for His word is the same as He. The more the pursuit, the more the materialisation of the blessings in spiritual places in your material realm. God wants this to be. The more you have his seed for the earth, the more you will enjoy the rain of His grace.

The way this ongoing experience happens is in your response to the promises discovered. The response is usually a change of mind-set and an improvement in your walk. Rom 12:2.

The climate changes in from time to time and so we must recognise the demand on us per time. We are not the coming out generation, but the going in generation. The generation that takes over the land, promises that have been pending for long. To enter into these promises, there is the necessity of crossing the hurdles that those before were unable to cross. The typology of the experience of Israel according to 1 Cor. 10:1ff and Rom 15:4 is a great lesson for us.

Jordan was a significant hurdle in the way of these people. You will agree that this is not in any way an enemy coming against them. This was just naturally there from the past (in the order of natural order from your history into the future or matters general to everyone) and they must be crossed if they will ever get deeply into the promise. Everyone would in one way or the other have such hurdles. The good news is that the grace of God however is so abundant that there will be a way through them. Robert Frost made an interesting statement. He said, the best way out is always through. God amazingly took them through this predicament as He would do with everyone, no matter the predicament. 1 Cor. 10:13 affirms that with (in association with) the situation, God makes a way of escape.

Before considering the practicality of the crossing of the hurdle, it is good to remember that there was a crossing of another before now – the red sea. Looking at the differences and the distinctive of the two crossings respectively will also help us.

When they were to cross the red sea, they were full of murmurings and complaints. They were in a situation that overwhelmed or had power over them. It was necessary for Moses to calm them down and give them special encouragement (Ex 14:13-14) not to fear; but to stand still; so as to see what the Lord will do. The interest of God for them was that they will see the Egyptians no more forever. Their agitation was rooted in not being assured of that. Obviously, there was no response from them to the plan of God to take them all the way. Moses only calmed them down as faith is not built in a crisis situation.

The crossing of the red sea was all between Moses and God. God had settled the matter and Moses could believe that. God told him to instruct them to go forward while he (Moses) would carry out the work of faith by stretching the rod over the sea. This looks stupid just like “fill the water pots with water”; “go your way, your son is healed”; “go to the pool of Siloam and wash” etc. Miracles happens consequent to the obedience/agreement of faith.

They crossed the sea because the miracle had taken place, and that because Moses responded in faith to God. To cross the Jordan will be totally different from this. The Joshua generation were a people of the word. They relate with promises and instructions to see the will of God done in their lives.

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 025 | THE BENEFITS OF LIFE FROM HIS RESURRECTION

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

The blessing of Easter is the reminder 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.