Do you have the Stones?

I couldn’t help myself with the title.  I’m wrong like that.

But it’s so true!  Being freed from sin and the desert to walk into your Promised Land is not this happy-go-lucky skip through a field of daisies.

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It’s more like a mud run.You are fighting to get away from the old life, the bondage of the lies you’ve been told by the world. The voices, a lot of times our own, that say ‘that isn’t important.’ or ‘Who told you, you were made to be more?’

We’ve already decided to get out of the desert.  We’re not going to hang on to the problems that we allow to be problems anymore. When you reach that point, you’re ready for whatever comes next.

Israel reached their point of absolute faith.  I don’t want to wander 40 years to do it, but then again, some people wander a life time. When God said it was time to cross the Jordan, those people, all 12 tribes, were ready without question. They followed every command down to the very last detail and they crossed the Jordan.  God said he would part the waters and He did.  The priests were to carry the ark of the covenant into the water first, and they did. The 12 men representing the 12 tribes were to go back and pull stones from the riverbed and they did.  The people were delivered, because they were freed completely of doing it their own way.  All they had left was trust, so they were prepared for God’s plan.

It takes so long for us to get to that point, unfortunately, so once we’re there and we feel God moving and speaking, how do we hold onto it?  It’s amazing how quickly we move on as humans.  We forget the trauma and the hours of prayer in the tough times, and all of a sudden, we are back to attempting to call the shots on our own, thinking we know better than our Creator.

21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.” Joshua 4:21-23

We’ve got to have the stones to move forward. How do we remind ourselves of the hardship we were delivered through, if we don’t keep ourselves in check and revisit the times in our lives when God came in bigger than ever before and handed you a miracle on a silver platter or spoke so loudly you could practically hear His voice.

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The 12 men selected the stones and carried them all the way to camp just so they could look on them and remember, and tell their children of how God moved and how they obeyed.  How much further can God take us if we actually learned from each path He takes us down?

Once you’ve got the stones in place, you’ve learned to trust, and if you remember and retain what you’ve learned, you are opened up to allow God to take you so much further than ever before.  Get some stones and move on!

 

Preparing to Cross

16 Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you.Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!” Joshua 1:16-19

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We know we need to be strong and courageous. If you’re like me though, when you’re excited and feeling like you can take on the world, it’s easy to forget who got you there.  It’s human nature.  Our egos slowly get the best of us when we aren’t careful, and we fins ourselves right back in the mud before we know it.

Joshua went to the tribes to tell them it was time to take their land.  They were to be excited because the day had finally come!! The tribes didn’t move without thinking, though. They reminded him to stay on God’s plan, and they committed to God’s will, as well.

What promised land could you take if you submitted to God’s will for your life?  I feel like for me, it’s the promised lands I didn’t even know existed that He takes me to when I submit to His plan for my life.

Let’s all go out today and ‘Be Strong and Courageous’ in Him.

Get out of the Freaking Desert

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I have spent the past few years wandering in the desert.  I thought I was running toward my promised land.  I thought I had it all together. I thought a lot of things. Except for what my God truly had in store for me.

How many of us are running around living a story that isn’t God’s full will for us?  What if His plan for us to prosper is so much bigger and better than we believe to be true.

In Joshua, they are about to finally be delivered into their Promised Land.  40 years of wandering is wrapping up and it’s time to go take what is theirs. In that moment, God gives them a big reminder. It is the Promised Land, but it won’t always be easy. When you are going after God’s promise for your life, you have to ignore Satan and what the world tells you, because it will sometimes sound crazy and impossible.  If we don’t walk boldly down that path, we won’t get back up when we trip and fall.

Today walk boldly, find God’s true path- that piece of you that maybe you lost years ago, that piece that He made you specifically to do, and bring it back.  He will bless you for it.  It may get super frightening at first, but you will walk with courage and Him on your side, and you will move mountains!