“Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’” ~ Joshua 1:11 (NIV)
The Israelites had been close to the promised land before, invited by God to go in and take the land filled with a bounty of goodness. Yet, the Israelites only saw the obstacles and forgot God said He would go with them and help them. Their fear outweighed their faith. The last time they were to enter the promised land, they did not have enough faith and did not believe God. After forty years of wandering and waiting, they once again are told to take possession of the land. For three days they prepared and three days they reflected on God’s promises.
The flooding Jordan river blocked their way. However, the river wasn’t what would stop the Israelites. The only thing that would keep them from the promised land would be their unbelief.
“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, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away… So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.” ~ Joshua 3:15-17 (NIV)
God instructed the priests to stand in the Jordan river. Nothing changed and nothing happened until the priests believed in God’s promises and moved forward. Only when their feet touched the water did the way become passable.
Faith calls for action.
When Noah was told to build the ark, he did not waste his time convincing everyone else of the project he was called to complete. I wonder how he built for decades without giving up hope, without stopping, while probably being taunted and criticized. The Bible tells us, “Noah did all that the LORD commanded him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Genesis 7:5, Hebrews 11:7). Noah did not falter in his calling, he took action and he believed.
When Abraham was told to believe he would be the father of nations, he did not waver. Even though he was past the age to be a father and Sarah was barren, Abraham had faith in God and the abilities of God — Abraham believed.
Belief or unbelief is personal. Noah and Abraham did not deter from their belief in God and His ways; and we are not to pay attention to those standing on the sidelines keeping us in doubt, fears, and questions. We have a choice… we either believe what God has said or we do not.
If God tells us to do something, we should do it, because God is the One who qualifies and He is the One who equips. Yet, until we step into the Jordan, until our faith takes action, the waters will not move, the arks don’t get built, the promised child won’t come, the promised land won’t open, and we will not see the amazing things that only come from believing God.
Are you standing on the edge of your Jordan? Do you only see the water at flood stage or do you see your promised land? Are you chained to the shoreline by your unbelief? Can you see beyond the roaring waters and step in faith? Why do you wait? If God has told you to cross… believe Him and cross.
Your power is not needed to get beyond the obstacles, to claim the promises, to step out in faith — believing God results in the power of God. The power of God that created the heavens and earth, the power of God that creates, recreates, and makes all things new. Believe God, believe in His All-powerful, mighty power. God is telling you to go forward; step out in faith… all you must do is believe.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’” ~ Mark 10:27 (NIV)
“God can do anything that’s on His heart though the one who believes. The key is belief.” ~ Henry & Richard Blackaby, Claude King, Experiencing God, http://amzn.to/1TItw9x
“God does not ask you to give the perfect surrender in your strength, or by the power of your will; God is willing to work it in you. Do we not read: ‘It is God that worketh in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure’ (Phil. 2:13)? And that is what we should seek for―to go on our faces before God, until our hearts learn to believe that the everlasting God Himself will come in to turn out what is wrong, to conquer what is evil, and to work what is well-pleasing in His blessed sight. God Himself will work it in you.” ~ Andrew Murray, Absolute Surrender, http://amzn.to/2E7QtD5
God “is not wanting great men, but He is wanting men who will dare to prove the greatness of their God.” ~ A. B. Simpson
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