service was so powerful!
God parted the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites. 40 years later, God did a similar miracle. The time has come for the Israelites to enter their promise land. And God parted the Jordan river for them… ONE MORE TIME.
Joshua 3:1,5 (NIV)
“Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over.
And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.””
Joshua 3:1, 5 NKJV
“consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the lord will do amazing things among you”
When we read the verse, we always jump to the last part where God will do amazing things.. but before that we have to PREPARE!
Preparation (heb) =personal actions, personal responsibility, personal participation
Preparations requires our participation. We need to prepare ourselves! It’s not our pastors’ our leaders’ responsibities. We need to prepare ourselves! Dominique Dawes , McKayla Maroney – they have always relied on their faith.
The Lord may delay his promises but He will NEVER deny them.
For most of the times of the year, the Jordan river is not that hard to cross. But there is a time of the year where the river will swell up by the spring rain – and God chose to bring the Israelites across this river at this very time, when it is the hardest to cross by feet
The greater the obstacle, the greater the miracle.
Don’t look at the swollen river but look at the promises of God.
Joshua 3:9,13 (NIV)
In the days of his youth, Joshua has personally encountered the first miracle, the fulfilment of the first promise.
NTS: God has brought a revival in my first 4 years in church. But I will see God do it again..!
Some of us may be going through a delay; You have been praying for a university revival, family revival… but it is going through a slight delay – Believe that God will bring a revival ONE MORE TIME, through you, though your generation!
Joshua 3:14-17 (NIV): As the children of God prepared and held on to the promises of God, the power of God displayed itself!
Both times as God’s power was displayed, when both miracles happened… they were entering a new chapter, a new season of their lives.
1st – they were being freed from the bondage of slavery
2nd – they were entering their promise land
Joshua 3:11 (NIV)
Joshua 3:17 (NIV)
God’s power is always accompanied by His presence.
God’s presence will go before you – as you take the step of faith. The presence of God will go before you. He will make it easier for you. His presence is with you!
As the miracle happened, that is not the end! God gave Joshua another instruction:
Joshua 4:4-7(NIV) – “to serve as a sign among you.” , “These stones are to be a memorial to the people of ideal forever”
OUR MIRACLE IS A MEMORIAL
Our miracles are not only for us but it is to INSPIRE the future generations.
Joshua 4:20(NIV): “Gilgal” – “a rolling” or “a circle of stones”
Everytime he feels discouraged he will go back to the gilgal and he’ll remember how God has done it before for him.
God can do it one more time in your life.
2016 is the year we moved in Imaginarium.. it is where we see how God loves and cherish HOGC. This year, is our leap year.
Joshua 4 : Stones to teach future generations
Exodus 15: Songs to teach future Generations, “I will sing to the lord where he is highly exalted.” – This is the song Joshua sang as a youth in the Red Sea miracle moment.
Have faith and confidence that God will use you to do it again.
Hold on to the promises of God and you will see the power of God on display, and this will be for posterity.
God has given us one more day, to save one more soul, to do it one more time!