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Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. (Joshua 1:1-2).

A rocket launch is truly an amazing phenomenon to anyone that sees the launch. Tons of weight is stacked vertically to the sky with thousands of gallons of fuel exploding in a matter of moments. Soon the rocket drops its take-off boosters and uses additional boosters to move the rocket to the next stage of the mission. The first engines have a unique purpose…to get the rocket to the next stage.

Joshua was known for almost 40 years as “Joshua, servant of Moses.” God’s preparation for him required years of selfless service, training in the desert, and tests of faith. Those preparation years were only booster rockets designed to move Joshua into each new stage of his development and His ultimate calling.

Therefore, teaching is essential for the ministry and ministers if they want to survive. What is very important is the teachers will remain, teachers, if the students do not want to learn. I have seen many students tried this on their own and have failed in the process. The simple fact is not waiting for their calling. Here, we see Joshua being tried and tested in the heat of the desert for over 40 years in the wilderness. He remained the servant of Moses and he was very faithful in his calling. Therefore when the post of leadership became vacant, God had His man in waiting to take the position. Can you wait a little longer for that vacancy?

God allows each of us preparation times to lay a foundation that He plans to build upon. Some of those foundation times appear to be laborious and meaningless, yet these varied experiences are what God is using to frame your life for the message He plans to speak through you. Without these foundational experiences, the Jordan River can never be crossed and we cannot enter the Promised Land.

Embrace these times of seeming inactivity from God. They, too, are a rocket booster to the next stage of your walk with God. So what is your Jordan that you are going to cross over? What is it I am asking the question? Since you are living in the Caribbean or these United States of America, what is your Jordan you are preparing to cross over? Hallelujah. I do not know what your preparation is about or what mission God is preparing you for? Therefore, it is imperative that you wait for that particular calling because it takes THE GOD OF THE VALLEY to get you to the next phase of your spiritual journey. The place where God is preparing you to go. The prophet Isaiah tells us, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31        

This is your crowning glory as Paul puts it to the church at Philippi. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6).

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Author: Patriarch Gregg

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