Joshua 4:18 Don’t Return To The Wilderness

Closed door

And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before. Joshua 4:18 

Returning to an old way of living is often very easy to do. The pathway back to that lifestyle is often not cut off. It is common for people to leave an open door, for the ‘just in case’ situation in their life.

As long as a door or pathway is left open for the former way of life, it is easy to return. The temptation to go back will always be there.

God had provided a miracle of allowing the Israelites to travel on dry ground across the Jordan river during flood stage. As soon as every one had passed across from the desert wilderness into the new land of Canaan, God had put the waters back into place. The pathway back to the wilderness was closed up to never return.

God had brought them into the new land to stay for all time. There was to be no more returning to the past. The past was now gone, only to be remembered of where they had come from. The Israelites were to take over the new land.

There are times in the life of a believer, that God moves him to a new place in life and closes the door behind him for no return. More often, it is the believer who must close that door. He has to make the choice to never go back.

The world loves to keep that door open. They say that a person is that person no matter what changes and can always go back.

However, God says that a person becomes a new creation. Once created new, one should not change back to what he once was.

As you walk forward with God on this path in life, do not try to go back to the old ways or the old location. Always keep your eyes on God, who only moves forward. He never retreats.

Moving forward will always bring you into new and better things. God has great things in store for you. Allow Him to close the doors behind you and don’t look back. The back is old life and is now dead. Move forward.

I pray today that you will see the path God has for you; that God will help you to move forward on His path for you; that you will trust the path God has for you; and that you will allow God to close the doors behind you. 

Numbers 14:3 Giving Up Too Soon

Brick wall

Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt? Numbers 14:3

Having dreams to accomplish or do something is a thing a lot of people have. They have a vision to do something great and begin to move forward with it, with a lot of excitement and expectation.

As they are moving forward, suddenly they hit a road block or an obstacle. The majority of people will suddenly give up on their vision. They freeze and quit, not knowing how to get over or around the obstacle. They feel as if they cannot move forward, no matter what they do.

By the miraculous hand of God and many miracles, the Israelites had left Egypt. They had food and water provided for them by miracles in the wilderness. They had the great vision of going into a new land and possessing it.

Now when they see that land, they see some obstacles. Immediately they lose vision and give up. They no longer want to move forward, but go back to what they know and understand. They are willing to go back to slavery and lose their freedom, then to attempt to take the new land with God’s power.

This kind of action is common with many believers today. They become a believer. Shortly afterwards, they get a vision from God to do something. As they move forward, they hit some obstacle blocking them. Then they quit too soon. They do not give God the opportunity to do a great work through them.

Giving up and quitting is easy to do. It takes more strength and faith to keep moving forward with what God has said to do. However, if God has said to do it, it can be done…in His way and in His time and in His power.

Don’t let some obstacle or hardship in your life block you from the vision God has given you. He has promised you a new land, go in and take that land with His power. What He has called you to, He will accomplish.

Quitting too soon, will always guarantee failure. God is not a God of failure, but of success.

Don’t allow yourself to go back to the old ways of living, but be victorious in God’s strength. Keep the vision alive and move forward!

I pray today that you will know what God has called you to do; that God will strengthen you to keep moving forward; that you will have a God-sized vision; and that God will do great things in and through you.

Genesis 12:1 Leave The Familiar

Walking Out

The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

Most people like to be around people and things that they are familiar with. They like to know all of the people, the places to eat, the roads, the weather, the culture, things to do, and more in the place that they are.

Moving to a new and different place means that they have to learn everything over again. It is a difficult process to learn all about a new area. This change can be found sometimes just in moving across a major city, or across the state, or across the nation.

Yet, change can be as simple as moving to a new job or moving up into a new position in a job. Or it can be getting married, or changing the school one goes to.

In the process of change there are a lot of new things to learn. It is very rarely an easy or a fast process. It takes time to learn, yet, sometimes, moving to a new area can be something better for a person. In the end it can mean better benefits, more and better friends.

Abram was called by God to leave his family and home to go somewhere he had never been. He steps out in faith, trusting God and moves to a new location following God. During this time, Abram did not have Google to look up information about the new area and learn about it. It was something completely new for him. Later, Abram becomes the father of the one who starts the nation of Israel, who touches the entire world.

As a believer, God may call you to step out  in faith into an unknown territory. It may be a physical move to some new area, but it may also be into a new ministry to reach out and touch people.

God will call you to leave your past and familiar ways and things behind in order to follow Him. In the process of leaving behind the familiar, God may have you physically move, but it will always be a spiritual move.

Leave behind the sinful ways. Step into the new location of serving and worshipping God with all of your life and abilities. See how God can use you to touch the world.