Last week we looked at BACKWARDS IS NEVER AN OPTIONS. This week is the CROSS-OVER.
Moses is dead and the mantle is passed to Joshua. God prepared Joshua and he got the people to get prepared to cross-over into the PROMISED LAND.
“Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise [to take his place], cross over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.” Joshua 1:2 AMP
Moses is dead which means the end. Something has to end in order for something to begin new. When we are faced with an end many times we think it really is the end. In God the end always means a NEW BEGINNING.
NEW BEGINNING IS WHAT GOD IS ALL ABOUT. GOD HAD IT PLANNED FOR HIS PEOPLE TO HAVE A NEW BEGINNING. MOSES IS DEAD BUT THIS IS NOT THE END.
IT IS A NEW BEGINNING. GOD TELLS JOSHUA MOSES MY SERVANT IS DEAD; NOW ARISE TO TAKE HIS PLACE, CROSS OVER THIS JORDAN.
Things have to die in order for something to live. We all had to die in order to have a new life in Christ. Christ died in order to give us His New Life.
DEATH MEANS:: the permanent end of something that is not alive : the ruin or destruction of something. Synonyms are decease, passing, extinction and Antonym is birth and life.
The seed has to die and the outer shell has to break open to expose the life of the seed to grow the plant. You cannot have a new beginning without an old ending. So the ending is the new beginning. Moses is dead and now its time for Joshua to assume command and lead this people to cross-over.
Usually when death has accrued most people stop. Dead anything dead does not move. Zombies are only in Hollywood. Anything dead does not move, live, breath, nothing they are stuck and going no where.
When we are dead, spiritually, emotionally, motivationally, when you don’t care you do not move. When people quit, give up, give in, or just except the way things are, they are dead.
The Israelites were dead even though they were walking, talking. Living, they were dead. They were only waiting to be buried. Dead people are so negative, dead people complain, complain, and complain more. Dead people see no hope, they are hopeless in their thinking and beliefs and feelings. Dead people are quitters. Dead people blame and complain. If you see the symptoms call 911 Holy Spirit for a new birth and new life.
Death could not enter into God’s Place of Rest or The Promised Land. That spirit cannot take possession of God’s Promises. Death has to die and life has to live. Death won’t believe or move or trust. Death will go around, and around, but never cross-over. Death will always look back and keep trying to go back to the old bondage.
They have been stuck for 40 years and died. Moses is dead, they are all dead that were to afraid to trust God and believe and obey Him. Death is the only ending for lack of trust, lack of believing and lack of obeying God. Death.
Only a new beginning of life will trust God.
GOD SAYS THE END, SO THE NEW BEGINNING IS YOU HAVE TO ARISE. JOSHUA ARISE.
I HEAR GOD SAYING, “DCI ARISE, IT IS TIME TO BEGIN, TO OCCUR, TO EXIST. IT IS TIME TO ARISE TO MOVE UPWARD. IT IS TIME TO ARISE TO MOUNT UP, MOVE TO A HIGHER PLACE. IT IS TIME TO BEGIN TO ACT, IT IS TIME TO ARISE TO EXERT POWER, TO MOVE FROM A STATE OF INACTION.”
ARISE AND TAKE ACTION.
Arise means : to begin to occur or to exist : to move upward. To ascend, mount up or move to a higher place. To begin to act; to exert power; to move from a state of inaction.
YOU HAVE TO GET UP TO GET OVER.
“What is the benefit, my fellow believers, if someone claims to have faith but has no [good] works [as evidence]? Can that [kind of] faith save him? [No, a mere claim of faith is not sufficient—genuine faith produces good works.]” James 2:14 AMP
WORKS IS THE ACTION PART OF FAITH. IF YOU SAY YOU HAVE FAITH WE SEE FORGIVENESS. IF YOU SAY YOU HAVE FAITH WE SEE GIVING. IF YOU SAY YOU HAVE FAITH WE SEE ACTION OF SERVING.
DEAD PEOPLE DON’T HAVE FAITH NOR THE ACTION OF FAITH. WORKS DON’T COME FROM TRYING TO PLEASE GOD OR GET REWARDS FROM GOD. WORKS COME FROM A HEART THAT LOVES GOD AND WANTS TO PLEASE GOD FOR ALL HE HAS DONE FOR US.
WE CAN NEVER OUT GIVE GOD. A GRATEFUL HEART WILL LOVE THE ACTION OF FAITH.
DAVID HAD WORKS WHEN HE FACED GOLIATH.
PETER HAD WORKS WHEN HE GOT OUT OF THE BOAT AND WALKED TOWARDS JESUS ON THE WATER.
THE LITTLE BOY HAD WORKS WHEN HE GAVE JESUS HIS LITTLE FISH AND LOAVES. DANIEL HAD WORKS WHEN HE WOULD NOT BOW DOWN AND WORHIP THE KING BUT WAS TROWN IN THE LIONS DEN.
MARY MAGDALEN HAD WORKS WHEN SHE KEPT GOING TO THE TOMB OF JESUS AND STAYED WITH HIM AND SERVING HIM.
“Go throughout the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to cross this [river] Jordan, to go in to take possession of the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess [as an inheritance].’” Joshua 1:11 AMP
PREPARATION IS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT CROSSING OVER. THIS IS WHY MOSES GROUP NEVER PREPARED. THEY WERE TOO AFRAID, TOO FEARFUL TO PREPARE AND CROSS-OVER.
YOU DON’T NEED PREPARATION IF YOU CHOOSE TO STAY STUCK OR JUST WANT LIFE TO STAY THE SAME. WE HAVE ALL SEEN PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN BUT STAY THE SAME.
COMPLAIN BUT STAY THE SAME. EVERYTHING CHANGES WHEN WE CHOOSE TO CHANGE.
JOSHUA WAS SET ON CHANGE. HE WAS SET ON POSSESSING WHAT GOD PROMISED TO HIS PEOPLE.
40 YEARS AND LACK AND DEATH, NOW 3 DAYS AND CROSS-OVER AND POSSES WHAT GOD HAS FOR THEM.
NOTICE HOW LONG WE WASTE NOT TRUSTING GOD AND HOW SO SHORT JUST TO TRUST AND BELIEVE GOD. 40 YEARS OR 3 DAYS. IT REALLY IS OUR CHOICE TO TRUST GOD AND BELIEVE AND OBEY HIM.
WHEN GOD SAID GO IN TO THE LAND “AND TAKE POSSESSION” WHAT HE MEANT THEY WOULD HAVE TO PUT ALOT OF ACTION TO THIER FAITH. THEY WOULD HAVE TO FIGHT THE INHABITANTS OF THE LAND.
EVICTION. EVICTION. EVICTION.
EJECT. EXPEL. OUST. EVICT means to drive or force out. EJECT carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action. EXPEL stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical. OUST implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion. EVICT chiefly applies to turning out of house and home…EVICTED!
THEY WOULD HAVE TO SERVE EVICTION ORDERS. EVICTIONS MEANS YOU GO IN AND SERVE AND TAKE BACK WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY YOURS. THESE GROUPS OF PEOPLE WERE LIVING IN GOD’S PEOPLE’S LAND AND THEY HAD TO GO. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LEAVE WITHOUT YOU TAKING YOUR AUTHORITY AND STANDING ON YOUR RIGHTS.
IN FAITH YOU YOU MUST SERVE NOTIVE TO WHATEVER IS OCCUPYING YOUR PROMISES. WHAT IS LIVING IN YOUR PLACE INSTEAD OF YOU? SERVE NOTICE TO FEAR YOU HAVE TO GO, GET OUT OF MY LIFE. SICKNESS, I SERVE YOU NOTICE TODAY! YOU GOTTA LEAVE MY BODY. DOUBTS AND WORRIES, I SERVE YOU NOTICE THIS DAY YOU GOTTA MOVE OUT!
THE BIBLE IS CLEAR THAT WHEN YOU SERVE NOTICE FOR SOMETHING TO LEAVE IT MUST LEAVE BUT SOMETHING HAS TO TAKE UP RESIDENCE ALSO.
“Now when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it roams through waterless (dry, arid) places in search of rest, but it does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it arrives, it finds the place unoccupied, swept, and put in order.” Matthew 12:43-44 AMP
Notice these points.
1. Unclean spirit so there is clean spirit. Holy Spirit.
2. Roams and in search of rest. No place found and tries to come HOME.
3. It says, “I will return to MY HOUSE FROM WHERE I CAME.” IT BELIEVES THIS IS ITS HOME.
4. IT WILL COME BACK AND SEE WHO IS LIVING IN YOU.
5. KEY WORD IS UNOCCUPIED, SWEPT AN PUT IN ORDER.
6. ALL READY BUT YOU CHOOSE WHO OCCUPIES YOUR TEMPLE YOUR HOUSE OF GOD.
“Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and in truth; remove the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the [Euphrates] River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. If it is unacceptable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” The people answered, “Far be it from us to abandon (reject) the LORD to serve other gods; for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did these great signs (miracles) in our sight and kept us safe all along the way that we went and among all the peoples among whom we passed. The LORD drove all the peoples out from before us, even the Amorites who lived in the land. We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.” Joshua 24:14-18 AMP