Confidence in the Lord Alone

June 22, 2016

Joshua 3:10-16

Joshua said, Hereby you shall know that the living God is among you and that He will surely drive out from before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites. 

11Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan! 

12So now take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 

13When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord of all the earth shall rest in the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan coming down from above shall be cut off and they shall stand in one heap. 

14So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 

15And when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were in the brink of the water–for the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest– 

16Then the waters which came down from above stood and rose up in a heap far off, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt [Dead] Sea, were wholly cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho.

Confidence in the Lord Alone

A miracle of God often starts with an act of faith.  We have to act upon what God commands us to do and most likely that isn’t going to make much, if any sense, to the natural mind.  When we are willing to believe in the seemingly impossible and we are willing to act in obedience to the authority of God’s Word, then we are going to see His power operate in miraculous ways.  

Those who bear Christ in their lives, the priests of God in the Spirit, are the ones that go before.  They tread where no one has ever tread before.  Had anyone else tread through the midst of the Jordan at this point.  No, and especially not at a time when the banks of the river were overflowing.  The natural mind is saying, “Are you crazy, you can’t do that.”  Whatever God says we can do, we can do if we act in faith in His time and place.  

Something we are all learning is to move with God when God moves and where God moves.  We often miss it, either because we try to move ahead of God or God moves and we stay behind.  Either way we miss the will of God. We want to develop our spiritual senses to act in God’s time and according to His divine purpose and plan.  God is raising up a leadership that can show His people the way into His kingdom purpose.  

I believe in these last days that we will see many signs and wonders, but they will not all be of God.  Many will be deceived because they are led by the natural eye and senses.  They will get their eyes and hearts upon a man and they will put their faith in him rather than in the living God.  Those who are spiritually discerning know that you never put your eyes and your confidence in man, no matter how gifted, charismatic and miraculous they may be. Unto God alone belongs the glory and while He may operate His glory through men, they are never to become the object of worship or our confidence.  We would set our eyes upon Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith.  

This day at the Jordan God validated Joshua’s ministry, calling and leadership.  When God validates us by His miraculous workings through us or the words that He gives us, we must walk all the more humbly before Him.  When God honors us by using us as His vessels, then we must be all the more diligent to honor Him with all the praise and the glory.  We never want our faith to be put in another man and we never want other people to put their faith in us.  We are simply the channels of God’s blessing and power.  Nothing can clog those channels faster than pride.  

Keep your eyes upon Jesus.  Honor the gifting and the workings of God through yourself and others, but let your confidence be always in the Lord and not in man, for He alone can take you where you have never been before.

Blessings,

#kent

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