“So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan,while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.”/Joshua 3:14-17
I’ve never been so jacked up to share this God Gold with you today!!! As I’ve shared my experiences through these God Golds, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there has been a correlation in the last few months of speaking about some pretty tough times. The more I have wandered through this wilderness, the more I have fought to get out, to find some peace, and the more I have failed. It’s been such a blessing to go into places darker than I’ve ever been and see my struggles for what they really are, UNBELIEF. The more I focused on my impossible circumstances, the more impossible they became. These times of being in the self-imposed pit of unbelief, the darkness, the Lord has allowed me to see just how easy it is to get there and how hard it is to get out. The scary part is, I went days without even realizing the magnitude of my wandering, the people that it affected. As I’ve experienced this in my own life, it makes the mission of spreading the truth of the gospel bigger than ever before because we are all capable of falling into the pit and not even realizing we’ve fallen. This world and the devil’s schemes are so easy to fall into and distract us from the truth, the truth of the freedom and new life we have in Jesus Christ. From a fellow wanderer to another, today I tell you a much different story than stories told in days past. A message of hope, deliverance, freedom, and victory through a God who loves you so abundantly and constantly, no matter how deep you get, no matter how long you’ve wandered in the wilderness bound up by the chains of impossible. I write this with you on my heart whoever you are. We don’t have to live defeated in our unbelief any longer, because God has set us free, the battle has been won and our Savior has sacrificed to give us LIFE!!
Can you see how this story with the Israelites has progressed. Wandering in the wilderness for many years, the first generation that were slaves in Egypt and watched God bring miracle of deliverance time after time to set them free, even parting the red sea, allowing them to walk through to escape the pursuing Egyptians. Despite all their reason to see God in His magnificent love and power, their belief soon dwindled and all they could see was what was around them. All they could see was their wilderness of impossible and their unbelief led them to walking blindly, following whatever god came their way, and looking to anything but the God that was leading them to the fulfillment of His promise, LIFE, life abundantly in the promised land. Does this story sound familiar? It does for me. The more my eyes went horizontal, the more I saw the uncertainty and the mess of my own life and the more my unbelief ran my life leading to falling deeper and deeper into the pit of darkness. I looked in my answers horizontally in the world and myself. Playing into the lies that its up to us to live a better life, it’s all in how hard we work and grind our way to success. I focused more and more on my horizontal problems and it only led to wandering into them even deeper.
The instructions given to the Israelites and the instructions given to us from God’s Word. Put the Lord at the lead of your life, the #1 priority and authority in your life, the One you value above all else. Put Him front and center. As I even tried to make that something I need to do or work at getting better, putting my eyes off my circumstances and on Him showed me it’s not about us or how much we do, it’s just getting as as far out of the way as you can and trusting Him. After all the time spent in unbelief and wandering even trusting God felt foreign to me but with God at the lead, He begins to reignite your faith. He begins to not only be a shadow over your life but a form of substance, something and someOne you can hold tightly to. Seeking Him in His Word, seeing one amazing and powerful work after another. Not seeing Moses, David, or Paul’s amazing work but seeing God’s love reaching down into broken and sinful men’s lives not because of anything they did but because of His love for them. His love and powerful works were magnified through the worst of the worst. Could it be? I always sat and asked for faith like these men and wondering where did their faith come from? It’s God, who He is, the abundant and steadfast love He has for us, these men were so faithful because God gave them no reason not to be. The creator of the whole earth, the stars, moon and sun, He loves you, He fights for you, He is faithful in His promises to give you deliverance over any circumstance no matter how impossible. The more you learn of the love, power, and beauty of God, wandering in unbelief sounds foreign. God wants nothing more than for us to see Him and His truth, for us to walk in the freedom He has so graciously given to us. The only thing stopping us from believing and embracing this life with God, is us.
‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”/John 8:32
The Israelites are on the move. They are moving from their unbelief in the impossible and looking upward to the God who conquers the impossible. They have looked horizontally for so long but just one look on the Lord’s presence and love for them lifted their eyes, lifted their belief and no longer we they scared of the impossible odds that stood in their path. All they could see and believe was what was in front. The promises of God and they moved in faith towards His fulfillment and deliverance. Once getting to the river, you see it says the river was in flood season. But God said He would give them dry ground to cross over into the promised land? Situation becomes even more impossible and when those situations come up in our life, our circumstances quickly become tougher and tougher to handle. In our unbelieving, control loving and wandering ways looking horizontal and seeing the impossible, first instinct is to head to the house right? That’s the unbelief that starts that spiraling deeper and deeper into the pit of worry, fear, doubt, and defeat. Remember the truth of keeping God first. We aren’t in that low living defeated belief system anymore. Trusting in the truth that has set you free, trusting in the promises of the almighty God, your beliefs aren’t in your impossible circumstances. Even though you can’t physically see it you can hold tight to God’s truth written directly to you showing you exactly who He is and how mighty and capable He is.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”/Romans 8:31
“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”/Psalm 86:15
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.“/2 Timothy 1:7
“THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!!!!!” Do you see that? More importantly do you believe that? We say we have every reason to doubt and fear but that’s on us. When the focus is taken of us and our weakness, the flood of waters that are surrounding us to the point that we feel like drowning is our only way. GOD HAS GIVEN US ANOTHER WAY, that way is Himself. When all of the impossible is placed on God, where He is faithful to carry us through it and giving us everything we need to walk through with our freedom and victory intact, God makes the impossible possible! The priests take His presence to the middle of the river of flooding waters and dry ground…WHAT?!?! When it didn’t seem like there was a way, God stopped the waters and made a way. The Israelites were delivered that day and we can stand firm in the awesome truth of His love for us, His power and provision, His promises, and His deliverance. The truth in Him and His Word is our dry ground and the only thing stopping us from standing firm in His truth is us. Put aside your wants, your pride, and all the horizontal crap that the world feeds into you. God has made a way so we don’t have to live in the slavery of our self imposed wilderness. Deliverance may not look possible at all but if God is for us then nothing or no one can stand against us, continue to walk with your eyes on Him and He will lead you into the LIFE He has in store. For me the past couple of days His deliverance has been showing me how to do less and trust more, peace, joy, confidence, victory and FREEDOM! I’m excited to see you hold tight to these truths and daily walk into the rivers of life. Living in the victory He’s given us in a risen Savior and looking beyond the impossible into what He has in store. The deliverance of walking from wandering in the wilderness to the fullness of LIFE God has in store for you.