OK, let’s start with some bible on this Monday Morning.
“Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will accept. … let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” (Romans 12:1-2, NLT)
The acts of renewing our commitment, of making a new consecration, prepares us to follow Him through the transitions into new places.
Consecrating is a way of making a new declaration of dependence on our Lord and the power of His Holy Spirit. Transitions demand a moment of decision when all the preparation leads to putting it on the line and MOVING OUT!
There is always this principle to be aware of:
The greater the potential for reward –the more difficult the choice, the greater the risk.
But are we really risking if we’re following God’s Presence and living a life of consecration?
Sure we are! Israel was entering the Promised Land under God’s guidance. They had all the promises written down and stored in memory – BUT they still had to possess the land.
There would be battles, there would be difficulties. Just a few miles ahead is a fortified little city called- Jericho! There comes a moment to commit to the process, to step out, to risk it all. In those moments we discover who God is and the depth of His love for us.
Sometimes even more exciting is the opportunity to find out who we really are! It may take some moments approaching desperation, moments when it is time to get our feet wet, but if we are living in the promises we can step ahead, knowing that the Lord will make the way.
- I urge you to make the kind of commitment to the things of God from which there is no retreat.
- As we move out to live in the new place of God’s provision, let’s be done with human efforts and solutions of men.
- Let’s proclaim our total dependence on the Heavenly Father and our readiness to do what he directs.
Let’s take sight of the promises and complete the crossing. The source of our true confidence is summarized in this wonderful passage –
“He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians1:6, (NKJV)
The prophet Isaiah gives us God’s word:
“When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead-end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you.” Isaiah 43:2-3 (MSG)
For a final word, let’s look at one more text today – read Joshua 4: 4-9
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 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, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, What do these stones mean? 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.” So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they
are there to this day. Joshua 4:4-9 (NIV)
MEMORIALIZE GOD’S WORK.
We need to establish memorials of the special times of God’s provision, not so that we can live in the past, but so that the miracles of yesterday can strengthen the foundation for the faith we need to face the challenges of the present day. Memories can help us to have confidence in what God can do.
The memories of God are continuing provision in our lives strengthens other Christians as well. Take time to make memorials. Share your testimony. At meals take time to remember the high points and give thanks once again to God.
Transitions will come!
Life is not static.
God points toward tomorrow, and sometimes all we see is an impossible situation. In that impossibility lies an opportunity for God to show us His power!
As we prepare for our crossings, our transitions, let’s take a lesson from Joshua….
- FOLLOW! Focus on where God, by the Spirit, is leading you.
- CONSECRATE your life, renewing your commitment to Him, listening carefully
- MOVE OUT! Don’t go just half-way toward the challenge and give in to the
temptation to quit.
Look to the promise. Take courage from the Word. Join with others in pilgrimage!
- MEMORIALIZE! Remember the former victories and build your faith in the God
who is at work in you today.
Let’s cross the rivers and possess the Promised Land!