We’ve just been through PASSOVER, but now we are about to CROSS OVER.
Right before the Israelites crossed over the Jordan to take the city of Jericho and defeat their enemies, they had been instructed to stay in their camp for 3 days to prepare. It seems that God has a way of preparing His people for great exploits. Knowing they must set themselves apart to fulfill their purpose, God dictates times of rest, reflection, and repentance before a nation can secure its land.
“Then Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.’” (Joshua 3:5) God was telling His people that the only way they were going to be able to defeat their enemies was to prepare themselves. It was not a matter of strategizing their warfare but preparing their hearts. Little did they know the miracles they were about to walk into.
There was also another key element in the people being properly positioned for the battles ahead. Without the PRESENCE OF THE LORD going before them to mark their path, they would have no roadmap and no power.
“Then Joshua said to the priests, ‘Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on before the people.’ So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.” (Joshua 3:6)
The Ark of the Covenant represented God’s absolute promise to fulfill His plans through His people. It was covered with His tangible presence and surrounded by His glory. It was so heaven-born, it brought the fear of the Lord to anyone in proximity. It was the visible reminder that His presence was constant, and His promise secure. Just as He led them through the wilderness with supernatural provision and daily direction, so He would lead them into their inheritance.
Not only did His promise and presence need to go ahead of the people – it was His priests that were responsible for leading the way. These were the ones He had called and set apart who were ready to carry the call and take the first steps – literally.
“And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.” (Joshua 3:13)
When the priests followed His lead and obeyed His word, it opened the way for miracles. Today, every follower of Christ is part of this royal priesthood of believers (see 1 Peter 2:5). But, even though we all have access, it is only those who embrace this responsibility that can walk in the authority attached to the call. It is only those who are willing to carry His presence and steward His promise that can lead the way for others.
I believe the Lord is calling out to the SET APART ONES in this time of CROSSING OVER. He has been preparing the people of God to go into new territories and take out principalities and powers that have ruled the land for generations. He has been getting us ready to face our enemies with boldness and courage. But, He also needs His set apart ones to lead the way, reminding everyone of His PROMISE and His PRESENCE.
The battles that are yet ahead cannot be won through our intercessory intelligence alone. We cannot deal with our enemies based on our perceived spiritual superiority or prophetic potential. The ONLY way these battles will be won is if His presence goes before us and we’ve learned to follow His lead. It is up to the sanctified and prepared priesthood of believers to lead the way and stir up the needed vision and courage for the whole nation to go in.
I call forth the priesthood of believers who have been set apart to lead the way! Rise up and get ready to take those first steps. Gird up your loins to step into the deep and confront your fears. You have been equipped, prepared, and are not alone. This call is not dependent on one leader, but on a COMPANY of faith-filled, Spirit-empowered Kingdom carriers. Don’t worry about those behind you who are fearful or blind to the possibilities. Keep your eyes fixed on His promise and His presence and you will discover a depth of courage on the inside of you as you step out in faith. Embrace your assignment with conviction and passion, knowing the God of Wonders goes before you.
Great exploits are coming! The sorrows of the night are going to pass away as JOY comes in the morning and the dawn brings new hope. Even as the giants threaten and bear down, know that God has gone ahead of us with heaven’s host to perform miraculous deeds and supernatural wonders that will defy man’s unbelief.
The preparation time is ending and the mission is soon to begin. It’s time for the people of God to CROSS OVER into the land of giants with feats of courage that will rewrite history. Let’s take those first steps together and see the glory of heaven begin its work.
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I believe the next big thing prophetically is the Red sea deliverance. As it is mentioned over and over in scripture, I don’t see us crossing over into the promised land without our first experiencing this. Our pursuing enemies must be drowned in the Red sea.
What followed the Passover for the Hebrews? The Exodus, leaving Egypt, meaning Satan’s Kingdom to go into Canaan, the Promised Land, God’s Kingdom. People of the world must prepare themselves for the ‘Great Transformation’, leaving behind Satan’s Kingdom to enter into God’s Kingdom.
How were Adam and Eve to enter God’s Kingdom? By keeping the Commandment, God’s Word. How were the Israelites to enter Canaan? By protecting and venerating the Ark of the Covenant which contained God’s Word, ‘The Ten Commandments’. Therefore on entering Jericho, the priests carried the Ark at the front of the people leading the way. The Word, the truth leads us into God’s Kingdom. Similarly today, Christians must keep God’s Word to enter the Promised land. Are we?
Man’s fallen nature and propensity to move away from God’s Word is the ‘old nature’ to revert back to our old ways due to many factors. It’s a given we are not one with the Word of God, the question is how far are we removed from it? The purpose of any commandment is to obey it, and therefore become one with it. That is is how we are to perfect ourselves, by becoming one with the Word, hence ’emulating’ Jesus, not just believing in him. A teacher’s purpose is to teach you how to do something, not for you to just ‘believe’ in him, as is true for parents raising their children.
God our Heavenly Parent has also been raising us up through the Word.
Adam and Eve believed in God, but they didn’t obey or listen to God. This is the key issue, as it was for the Israelites, continually disobeying God and acting faithlessly. They believed in God. So what? So do the demons and they tremble.
Man’s responsibility is to become one with the Word, that is perfection, Mt 5:48. Jesus didn’t want a bunch of lame followers who just believed in him, yet didn’t take personal responsibility to practise and embody the Word.
That is why Peter could so easily revert back to his ‘old nature’ when challenged about being a follower of Jesus after Jesus’ arrest. He believed in Jesus, but was yet not embodying Jesus’ teachings.
That is the same issue all Christians face, wanting to put Jesus in a ‘superman’ position to save us, but that isn’t how it works. He left an example and a way for us to follow, and as he said:
Mt 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few”.
Well many have found Jesus and believe in Jesus, but few are following his example. He said ‘to pick up your cross and follow me’, he didn’t say he would pick it up and carry it for us.
That is a life centred on practising God’s Word and resisting Satan, his temptations and ‘his nature’.
John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to ‘his own nature’, for he is a liar and the father of lies”.
‘His own nature’, that old nature that still persists inside of us.
1 John 1:5 “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; 7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us”.
Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is in the midst of you”, so the transformation must take place in our hearts and minds and in our relationships, with God and each other. During any calamity, disaster or plague, there is an opportunity for self-reflection, and removing the old nature which locks us into old habits, concepts and ways of doing things.
The Israelites were ‘locked down’ for forty years in the wilderness to prepare themselves to enter Canaan. They too left their jobs behind, their watermelon patches and creature comforts in order to become a chastened people, who feared God, so that they could enter the Promised Land and then prepare for the Messiah, God’s son, to bring them complete liberation of heart, mind and body, and be liberated from their ‘old nature’.
How? By receiving him as the embodiment of the Word, all their Laws which Jesus then defined as hanging on ‘Two Great Commandments’, “Love God and love your neighbour”. Love God means to also love His Word, and then demonstrate that by loving one another. You can not enter Heaven without loving your fellow man as Jesus demonstrated at the cost of his life. That is also why you have to be able to love your enemy. Who is your enemy? Everyone, including yourself.
God loved us, His enemy, so we too must practise that way of life so we can become one with God’s Heart. Do you see how that works? In other words if we can’t love our enemy as God does, how can we be one with Him, how can we know Him. We can’t. So just believing in someone in of itself is meaningless if you don’t practise what they practise.
How can you be with God if you are doing things that are anathema to Him or you have no comprehension of His heart. If something is dear to your heart but other people have no appreciation of that and do things that hurt or upset you, do you want to be with those people.
Christians must now prepare themselves to be new wineskins so that God can resurrect us through His Word, a new Word. What did Jesus say?
John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come”.
John 16:25 “I have said this to you in figures; the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures but tell you plainly of the Father”.
God’s Kingdom is not going to come as you expect, as Jesus said already the Kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed, so that rules out Jesus coming on the clouds. Lk 17:20
In fact Jesus said:
Mt 12:38 “Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nin′eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here”.
This is now the same edict for America and Christians throughout the world. “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign”. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry he said, “Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. Did the Jewish people repent. Obviously not, because they didn’t recognise the author of their salvation, and their King, which they had only spent the last 2000 years preparing for. Something is wrong with this picture.
Christians need to learn their lesson from this ‘sign’, the sign of Jonah – Repent, as the people of Nineveh did, or you too will miss the ‘time of your visitation’, especially when Christ does not return on any clouds.
If Jesus’ first disciple could deny Jesus, how do you think you will cope or are coping at this time of ‘shaking’ and tribulation.
This time is an opportunity to repent, and to understand how God is working in His Providence, raising up a Cyrus leader for you, to help you re-build the House of God, America in this case, but also for all nations and all people. “For God so ‘loves’ the world”.
More than any signs and wonders, God wants to see us repent, and maybe then, God Will be able to do ‘wondrous things’ on the foundation of our ‘seeking, asking and knocking on the heart of God, by showing our love and sincerity towards Him, and each other – ‘The Two Great Commandments’. Then God’s blessing, not cursing will come. Deuteronomy 28, Leviticus 26.