Posted by Richard S. Lytle, Ph.D. in Blogs
In my three recent notes to you, I asserted God is NOT a God – of “good enough” or “you’ve arrived.” He is a God of journey – a God of great crossings – times where He wants to do something significant in your life – moving you from here to there. He is not a God of here for long. There is always better! In short, He wants you to make great crossings to new places and he wants to personally deliver you!
• In February, I spoke of the negative power of Clinging to the Past in making a great crossing.
• In March, I discussed the Fear of Failure which often prevents us from making great crossings.
• In April, I suggested The Voice of the Crowd prevents leaders from engaging in great crossings.
What Enables Great Crossings with God?
In this final note to you, I offer three variables which enable you to make a great crossing with God. First, consecrate yourself before Him. As Israel approached the Jordan River at flood stage, Joshua said, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5) Consecrate means to make holy, set apart, or dedicate to a higher purpose. In your heart and mind consecrate, dedicate, and set yourself apart as holy for God’s work in your life and in this specific crossing. Then, expect God to show up, act on your behalf, and do amazing things among you!
Second, put your foot in the water. “As soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away.” (Joshua 4:15-16) Water did not stop flowing until the priests obeyed and put their feet in the water. It’s an act of faith! “Go.” “Offer.” “Wait.” “Wash.” “Repent.” “Be baptized.” “Put your hand inside your cloak.” “Walk around the city 7 times.” Acts of faith beget amazing works of God – giants are slain, walls fall, demons flee, servants find healing, sins are forgiven, and rushing waters are piled up in a heap a great distance away so a new nation can be born. “Abraham was considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar… his faith was made complete by what he did.” (James 2:20-21) Without the offering, Abraham would not be the “father of a great nation.” Abraham believed God could do what he said he could do, so, in faith, he began the journey and offered his son as a sacrifice! (Romans 4:18-21)
Finally, swim toward the wave! Ronald Reagan once said, “If you want the peace seen on the other side of the waves, you must first swim toward them.” Cross Over. Walk. Work. Move. Act. Create. Take the crossing head on. Don’t stop! Live with faith and courage, looking forward with God to a new land. The great I AM is talking to you. Recognize His voice. Put your foot in the water but then “swim” as hard as you can! God speaks to us today as He did to Israel – trust me. “I will fight for you. I am your deliverer.” (Exodus 14) “Press on toward the Goal.” (Philippians 3:12-16) Today, as always, God consistently whispers: you are destined for a great crossing – I want to personally deliver You! Let’s cross together!