Crossing The Jordan River (Part 1)

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Crossing The Jordan (Part 1)

Joshua 1:1-18 

Welcome to the Crossing of the Jordan river devotional series. In this 5 part series we will talk about the steps that the children of Israel took to exit the wilderness of sin. Join us as we learn how they crossed the Jordan river. 

Today, I want to briefly breakdown and the outline of the book of Joshua.  

I. GETTING READY FOR BATTLE

Joshua 1-5

Preparing for Conquest

II. STIRRING UP THE ENEMY

Joshua 6-12

Conquering the Land

III. FINISHING THE TASK 

Joshua 13-24

Dividing the Land

 

During this 5 part devotional series we will begin to address the pitfalls of preparing people to cross into a victorious life. In order to get into the victory land, there are some things that one must do in order to even see the milk and honey. 

A. BE ON THE SIDE OF THE ONE LEADING YOU TO VICTORY.

You will never see true victory unless you follow a proven leader that has had victory in the past and current plans to get the victory today. 

All too often we will look to a person that has no history of victories and try to get advice from them about a battle plan for our lives. Or, we will look at a person’s past and assume that they can help us today. They may have extraordinary victories in the past but what are they doing now. Are they still fighting or teaching others to fight? 

B. BE WILLING TO FIX AN ISSUE AT IT’S SOURCE, NOT ON THE SURFACE. 

One must go below the surface to fix issues rather than trying to fix it at face value. You may get rid of the iceberg on top of the water but the ice under the water is what will leave you shipwrecked. 

C. BE WILLING TO STAY FOCUSED ON THE MAIN THING

Remaining focused on the prize will keep you honest and engaged. When people can’t see things sharply and clearly then they loose vision. When we lose vision, we begin to drift.

D. BE WILLING TO FIGHT WITH THE PROPER WEAPONS IN ORDER TO WIN

You can’t goto battle with a great battle plan and no weapons with which to do battle. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Failures in battle result in casualties. 

E. KNOW THAT LETTING UP CAN LET YOU DOWN

Taking your foot off of the gas can and will lead to you running out of momentum. It takes so much more energy to restart the momentum instead of keeping the movement going. 

F. KEEP YOURSELVES AROUND THOSE THAT WILL FIGHT WITH YOU AND FOR YOU

You can’t logically expect the enemy to help you fight their own forces. You have to fight with those that fight the same enemy and are on your side. 

G. IF I BECOME A CASUALITY DUE TO LAZINESS, I HAVE LET DOWN OTHERS DEPENDANT UPON ME

The person that refuses to stand and fight because they are lazy or afraid will let others down and begin a domino effect that spreads faster than water in a glass. 

H. YOU CAN NOT FIGHT A BATTLE WITHOUT WEAPONS. (DON’T BRING A PENCIL TO A SWORD FIGHT)

Using the wrong weapon at the wrong time will only cause injury to the person using it and NOT to the person that it was intended to be used against. 

I. IT’S ILLOGICAL TO PRAY FOR VICTORY WHEN YOU’VE SURRENDERED TO THE ENEMY.

When we pray for victory but surrender to the enemy at the same time we will never experience true success. Those who lay down their weapons to an inferior force when your have superior, supernatural and superpowers on your side are both ignorant and foolish. 

J. IF YOU’RE TOO LAZY TO FIGHT THE ENEMY, THEN YOU SHOULDN’T CRITICIZE THE ONES THAT ARE FIGHTING. 

It is not wise to criticize a soldier’s battle plan and tactics when that soldier has a record of victory. If you have had success, like them, then you can say something that can help. If you have nothing to say that will help them then it is probably best not to say anything at all. 

Before crossing over into the victorious life, we need to realize that there are something that we need to figure out. We need to establish our battle plan in Christ. When we put Jesus as our Captain and leader we will follow a proven leader with proven success. Who are you following and where are you following them? In tomorrow’s devotional, we will begin breaking down the crossing of the Jordan. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 

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