Summary: Here’s our word of hope- we aren’t exempt from the problems, but we have resources to carry us through! The Word tells us God can do anything, you know--far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pus
"Taking Your Promised Land" - Joshua series, message # 2
Crossing the Jordan at Flood-stage- Impossibility or Opportunity
Text: Joshua 3 - 4
Life can be tough!
Reported attempted suicides are over the 100,000 mark annually.
Drug use in America is epidemic, much of it an attempt to manage the pressure of life.
Our land has more than 3 million declared alcoholics and many more that cannot face the day or night without a few stiff drinks or a six-pack. Prescriptions for mood-altering drugs are a booming business as many people take uppers to get going and downers to go to sleep! |
Each of us, from time to time, runs up against a problem that resists every effort we make to create a solution, don’t we? Nobody knows that better than this Pastor. My heart aches as I share in the challenges my flock faces.
Some are in marriages that seem hopelessly broken by conflict or infidelity.
Some are fighting habits that hang on to them like a pitbull.
Others bring the story of a mountain of debt that has accumulated.
I’ve listened to older people telling of lonely days and the fear of being incapable of caring for themselves. There are myriad stories from those who are trying to cope with chronic illness, bad job situations, grief , or stresses that are pushing them to the limits of their endurance!
Christian, we live in a world were the Devil does his best to kill and destroy. Our status as God’s children does not exempt us from the curse of sin. Christians wrestle with the same temptations, get the same cancers, face the same tough bosses, and live in the same economic conditions as everyone else.
Here’s our word of hope- we aren’t exempt from the problems, but we have resources to carry us through! The Word tells us God can do anything, you know--far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us." (Ephesians 3:20, The Message)
Today, we are again in the book of Joshua reading the story of God’s people who were taking possession of the Promised Land. We find lessons and principles for moving into our "Promised Land" of Spirit-filled living.
In the 3rd and 4th chapters, we come to the place where Joshua is to lead the people into Canaan. Talk about pressure, Joshua had it! God pointed him in the direction of Canaan and said, "Go!" That was great, except for one thing. Right in front of Joshua and Israel there was a river, and it was flowing full to its bank - at floodstage!
What would he do?
How could he obey?
Could he go forward?
This Bible story has rich lessons of encouragement for us. Here’s the basic principle that I want you to take home today -
Our impossibilities become God’s opportunities!
READ Joshua 3:1- 17, 4: 4-8
I. The MEANING of the crossing (3: 1-4)
The Lord declared, "Now is the time for occupation of Caanan!" But, first there was a TRANSITION to be made! They were confronted with a definite moment of choice that would change Israel from a wandering nation to a settled nation, from a people living in hope of a promise to a people living in possession of the promise!