Jos 3:11-17 “Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man. And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap. And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.”
If you want to be in ministry, sometimes you have to get your feet wet. Those priests had to get their feet wet and go first and just obey God. The people just had to follow and walk on dry land. They walked by faith and obedience. While everyone else walked on dry land, there were at least four guys whose feet were wet; they had muddy toes; their sandals squished.
As a generation, as a church, we are a royal priesthood, a chosen generation. In the beginning nobody had to take the title preacher. They were all preachers. In the book of Acts, in order to be a waiter, a simple servant, one had to be an example, filled with the Holy Ghost and wisdom, and filled with faith. Stephen was one of these waiters. He was also the guy who stood in front of a crowd of people who were angry at him and preached Jesus. He wasn’t afraid to die for his God.
God is not going to come back for a church that is less than the one He left with. We have to be willing to risk our lives and step into the waters and ‘the just shall live by faith’. We still need a leader, but we all can have the faith that it takes to step into the Jordan river.
So, the people followed the Lord’s commands. While, they are walking through the river Jordan, they grabbed twelve stones and built a memorial to remind yourself. Build your own memorials and have some physical reminders of all that God has done for us. Take a walk down that bank by the river Jordan to remind yourself.
Everyone needs to get to a place in prayer where he or she touches the throne room and are never the same. Get a daily prayer life. You need this. You cannot make it to heaven unless you learn to pray. Once you have gotten to that place in God you crave it and want to return.
Never get too far from the shadow of the cross. The secret to living for God: brokenness. This comes through a realization of how insignificant you are, yet you still receive all the blessings of God.
“…a broken and contrite heart, God will not despise…” (Psalm 51:17). If you’ve been there at that place of brokenness, you need to get back there.
In the Lord’s kingdom, the way of victory is through brokenness. Through a vibrant relationship with the Lord, we can live a life of victory, choosing to daily walk with the Lord. He will lead us in the way everlasting.
Take the time to remember past victories, past times with the Lord and make a memorial to them. While we cannot dwell in the past, it is good to remember the past and lessons learned from it.
The Israelite people walked 40 years in the desert because they chose to forget the victories and miracles God performed on their behalf. Choosing to remember those victories, purposefully remembering them builds our faith and draws us closer to the Lord.
Taken from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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