Crossing Over Jordan

December 9, 2016

Joshua 4:4-24

So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”

8So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. 9Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.

10Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the Lord had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over, 11and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the Lord and the priests came to the other side while the people watched. 12The men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over, armed, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them. 13About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the Lord to the plains of Jericho for war.

14That day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life, just as they had revered Moses.

15Then the Lord said to Joshua, 16“Command the priests carrying the ark of the Testimony to come up out of the Jordan.”

17So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”

18And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.

19On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”

Crossing Over Jordan

“Drink from the well of salvation the water of life that will make you wise in the ways of life.  Be baptized into Me, exchanging your life for mine.  Eat of My flesh and drink of My blood so that I may be bone of your bone and flesh of your flesh, for we are one.  

You have come out of the world  and sin.  You have been baptized in the repentance from dead works, but as I bring you out of that place of striving and rebellion I will bring you through the baptism of the Jordan into the land of promise where you will enter into My rest.  This is your baptism into Christ where you cross into your inheritance.  There, all the enemies of darkness must be deposed, for what they formerly possessed I have promised unto you.  Just as the priest carrying the Ark of the Covenant preceded My people  into the Jordan and the flood waters were parted so that the people could go across into their inheritance, so the high priest of your salvation, who is that Ark, has gone before you and made the way for you to pass over in this natural life from the kingdom of this world into the kingdom of His righteousness and inheritance.  The twelve stones that were planted their representing the twelve tribes are a memorial and legacy of what the Father has done through Jesus His Son.  These stones mark the boundaries of life and death.  These stones represent Romans 8:1-4, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.”  Through the Jordan, through that baptism into Christ you have passed from death to life.”

  

You now operate under the government of the kingdom of God.  It is not a kingdom that is possessed through natural means, but a realm of Spirit living whereby we walk and overcome all adversity by faith, even as the Jordan was crossed in faith.  God’s Word is the reality and substance of this kingdom.  In the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus you live by the Spirit, in faith, as He leads and directs you.  When we war or seek to possess in our own strength and wisdom, we will fail, but as we follow the Ark of the Covenant, as we follow Christ; He leads us in the paths of righteousness for His namesake and gives us victory in every battle.  The twelve stones placed by the river Jordan are like the cross.   It is a memorial of what God has brought us into through Christ, our high priest and savior.  The cross is our legacy of what Christ has brought us through and into.  Now we begin walking out the sonship of our inheritance.  Where we have followed men and failed, we now follow Christ into the victory that He has destined us for.  In Christ we pull down all of the strongholds and cities built by the enemy and we possess them, for they are our inheritance.  We do violently take it by force, because we know who we are in Christ and that it is He that leads and empowers us by His Spirit.  Though we possess, and though we win, we do not become complacent or unguarded as to give the enemy opportunity again to deceive, mislead or divide us.  We are God’s commissioned agents and sons to bring His kingdom into the earth, but we can only operate in that government as we walk by the Spirit.  

Even now the saints of God are rattling heaven’s gates as we cry out “Father, bring us into our full inheritance in Christ Jesus that we may operate in the Spirit without measure and fully set creation free.  Bring us now into the fullness of our destiny, for we continue to groan and travail for that day.  Nevertheless we continue to press in and press forward in Christ as we believe into the fullness of our inheritance and salvation.  

Blessings,

#kent

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