Joshua 3:14-17 NIV 14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. Joshua 3:8 KJV –And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.The word Jordan means descending down.The Jordan River is the link between Mount Herman, which 9200 feet above sea level, to the Dead Sea, which is 1300 feet below sea level. Joshua 3:1 NIV – Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. Joshua 3:4 NIV – Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it. “Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery.You can never make progress without leaving something behind.You can never make progress staying in your comfort zone, which is the behavioral space where your activities and behavior fit in a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk.
We have to:
I. Know enough Joshua 3:7 NIV – And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.
• Crossing into the land – chapters 1-4
• Conquering the land – chapters 6-11
Joshua 3:10 NIV – This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.
• Colonizing the land – chapters 12-24
II. Hurt enough Proverbs 20:30 GNV – Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways. Ruth 1:1 KJV – Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. Numbers 25:1 KJV – And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. Exodus 25:10 KJV – And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. Exodus 25:13 KJV – And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.
2. Get ‘em
III. Have enough Joshua 3:5 NIV – Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you. “Joshua 3:11 NIV – See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. Whenever there is a land of opportunity, there will always be a river of difficulty you have to cross. 1 Peter 1:5 NLT – And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
Through your faith, God protects by His power when we are:
Joshua 3:11-13 NIV – 11 Look, the Ark of the Covenant, which belongs to the Lord of the whole earth, will lead you across the Jordan River! 12 Now choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.” Matthew 9:29 NIV – Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; 1 John 5:4 ESV – For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Faith sees God; God sees faith.