I am taking the second step to our destiny as we prepare to cross over our Jordan. My brothers and sisters in the Lord this is our moment of preparation for the great mission. Yesterday we learnt how to sanctify ourselves and today we are preparing for the cross over. Are you ready to journey with me?
They took the first step of faith in fulfilling their destiny-they crossed over. (Joshua 3:14-17)
Joshua 3 and verse 14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea  ) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.
Like Christian in the book (Pilgrim Progress) written by John Bunyan, many times we too are called to make that step of faith. We don’t know the outcome of what we are doing, but we are called to take that step. Only when we take that step does God’s path often become clear. Just like Christian (Pilgrim Progress), if we fail to take that initial step we might deprive ourselves of a great blessing. You cannot stand back and expect everything to fall in your lap. Your answer is coming but you have to take that first step of faith.
Many people are afraid to step out in service to the Lord out of fear of what the outcome will be. Many people are afraid of what the public will say about them. That however is the mistake. The outcome isn’t ours to worry about, the outcome belongs to God. God only desires that we step out in obedience and in faith. With the joyful assurance of His presence, we can be certain that whatever the outcome, God will be glorified in our actions if we are following His lead. I am so glad I stepped out that day in 1984 and took water baptism. In 2007 I was ordained and granted permission to established a church. I dd it in faith and today many people are blessed by that one simple move of faith.
They chose to always remember their experience with God. (Joshua 4:6-7)
Joshua 4 and verse 5. and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, (verse 6). to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ (verse 7). tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord . When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Now this brings me to the question this morning, what will be your memorial for your children?
In Experiencing God, “you come to know God more intimately as He reveals Himself to you through your experiences with Him.” It is in reflecting on our experiences with God that we grow in our faith and love for Him. It is these victories, these encounters with God that give us strength in the race we run.
Sometimes we as Christians need to stop along life’s road and look back. Although it might have been winding and steep, we can see how God directed us by His faithfulness. I will try to show you a few things aas you look back on your journey. I can assure you that your hearts will be blessed of your own testimony.
Here’s what the Christian can see when he looks back:
The deliverance the Lord has wrought (Deuteronomy 5:15).
The way He has led (Deuteronomy 8:2)
The blessings He has bestowed (Deuteronomy 32:7-12).
The victories He has won (Deuteronomy ll:2-7).
The encouragements He has given (Josh. 23:14).
When we face difficulties, we sometimes forget God’s past faithfulness. We see only the detours and the dangerous path. But look back and you will also see the joy of victory, the challenge of the climb, and the presence of your traveling Companion who has promised never to leave you nor forsake you. God bless and keep you till we meet again.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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