“Go after it”
Joshua chapter 3 verses 1-5 hold the clues to entrance into the land of promise; a road map of faith and surrender that if followed 40 years earlier would have granted entrance to a generation that perished in the wilderness. In Deut. 6:23 Moses told the nation that “He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers.” Salvation my friends is not the “end all” it is beginning “you-all”; and for those of us not getting “any younger” we are told in Joshua chapter 13:1 that Joshua was old and advanced in years but, “there remains very much land yet to be possessed.” God told Joshua, “Don’t stop going after it”, don’t you love that? Forty years earlier as the nation was on the brink of entering into the land of promise they said, “Lets go back where it’s safe” when they should have responded as Joshua says here, “Let’s go after it where the Lord is working”, verse 3. What Joshua wasn’t talking about them doing so in their own strength he was talking about trusting God to do so.
According to verse 1, early in the morning three million Israelites set out from the place of victory as well as the place where they remembered not to trust in their flesh. Even upon noting the flooding of the Jordan River, Joshua stepped out in faith; NOT based upon the situation and circumstances being favorable, but rather upon the word of God. They traveled ten miles to the banks of the Jordan River which was overflowing. On the other side of the river lay the promises of God, a land flowing with milk and honey. It has been well said that, “Faith is not believing in spite of the evidence it is, obeying in spite of the consequences”, Joshua’s faith was going to require an aggressive action.
Verse 2 tells us that they took three days of preparation but there was STILL a baptism to go through before they could enjoy the blessings of the promises. At the Red Sea they went through a baptism that spoke of a death that lead to deliverance from bondage. But the Jordan’s baptism was different it was a death in order that they may live in a land of the fullness of God’s presence. If we want those promised blessings we will have to go through yet another baptism at the entrance of those promises. There is no other way into the land of promise then the Jordan, and no other way to inherit His blessings apart from the baptism of the Holy Spirit. And no other way to receive the Holy Spirit then dying to our self centered life. There are far too many dear saints who have lived outside of what God wants to bless them with, simply because they are unwilling to die to self. Friends, if what you want in Christ lies outside your grasp then you must be willing to die to in order to live. Don’t expect it to look easy when you are ready to go after the Lord and (pardon the pun) take the plunge into the land of promise. It will often seem like an impossibility, the wrong season to attempt a crossing! But hear me out friend, “go after Him” don’t let a little water scare you away from His presence. It is at moments like this that our intellectual assumptions will get put to the test to see if they will…uh float! Just remember friends “Faith doesn’t float, it walks on dry ground”!!!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!