Sunday, January 11, 2015

**Our Jordan River**

Deuteronomy 31:8 "The Lord Himself goes before you and wiIl be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid do not be discouraged"

Isaiah 55:9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoights than your thoughts"

So I'm working through this Bible study called "Life is a Battle" and it's based on Joshua. Yesterday God revealed to me a few points just in a time when I needed to hear them the most...

1) Joshua 3:4 says "then you will know which way to go since you have never been this way before"

~The journey that we walk sometimes can be scary because we've never traveled it before; but in those times where we feel afraid God wants us to focus on him.
~ God is with us regardless of how we feel. When we can't hear him, there's a saying that says "The teacher is always silent during the test".  God is a living God he cares for us,  he wants us to keep going even though it's scary on the other side of the Jordan. We all come to our own Jordan and there is a blessing on the other side;  but in order to get to the other side, we have to trust and not retreat and keep going...
~ The more we get to know God by spending time in His Word and in prayer; the less we are going to worry about our raging rivers. We learn the most about God when our lives have the most turmoil, as we are forced to turn our eyes on Him.

Joshua 3:5 "Joshua told the people Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you"

~We need to be separated, which means holy devoted. God can't do great things in our lives if we refuse to give up the sin that is holding us bondage.

Joshua 3: 16 " the water from upstream stopped flowing"

~ God is always working upstream.  He will work on our behalf when we don't even realize he is doing it. God is a personal God and He cares for each detail of our lives. He often will wait until the last minute because He wants us to trust him, He knows we can't do it on our own...
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    I feel we have come to the raging waters of our Jordan. The question is: Are we going to trust enough to step into the water? Knowing all the while, that God goes before us, he works upstream on our behalf, and that he will never leave us or forsake us. That His ways are higher than our ways....
The answer is Yes! BY His strength, and by faith, Mike and I will be stepping into our Jordan River... we will hold on to the promise that there is Blessings on the other side! 

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