March 30, 2014

Crossing Over the Jordan to Follow the Lord

Passage: Joshua 3
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Bible Text: Joshua 3 | Preacher: Pastor Ken | Series: Abiding in the Lord
Preparation for Our Mission
40 Days: Abiding in The Lord, Following Jesus
180 Days reading through the New Testament
30 Days of Prayer and Fasting
Mission take the offensive and push back the darkness, taking the Peninsula from the place of least faith in Washington to the place with the greatest faith.
Consider Your Choices
Joshua 3:1-4 Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over. So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp; and they commanded the people, saying, “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.
Consider Who You Will Follow
Joshua 3:1-4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.
Sanctify Yourself
Joshua 3:5 And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
Faithful Obedience
Joshua 3:6-8 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.
I Am God of The Living
Joshua 3:6-8 And the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.'”
Promise Given
Joshua 3:9-13 So Joshua said to the children of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the Lord your God.” And Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites … and the Amorites and the Jebusites: Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.
Faithful Obedience Needed
Joshua 3:9-13 Now therefore, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from every tribe. And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap.
Faith – Obedience – Action
Joshua 3:14-17 So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan.
God’s Mission Accomplished
Joshua 3:14-17 So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.
The Choice is Ours
They had to chose to cross the Jordan to follow the Lord. They had to act on that choice. That choice and action released and strengthened their faith.
What about you?
What about us?
Are we going to take back the peninsula in faith, trusting God, our leadership and acting on that faith?

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