Crossing Your Jordans
Every believer has a high calling from God. Some do not yet know what that call is and others are just reluctant to pursue it.
Philippians 3:13 & 14 "...one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forthe to those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
At various stages of our lives God sets before us a pre-ordained plan that we are to fulfill. And not only does God call us, but He promises us that, when we act in faith, trusting Him, He will bring the plan to fulfillment. Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus christ." That is to say, God is faithful to develop and complete the good work He began in you.
Although God has called you, that doesn't mean it's going to be easy. Anyone who has walked with Jesus for any length of time knows that following God's high calling means you're going to meet obstacles. And the most common obstacle faced is the voice of the skeptic.
Pursuing God's call is like crossing the RiverJordan. Any time you seek to cross over into God's promised land ther will be every kind of voice warning you not to go. They tell you, "It's not going to happen, let me tell you why".
Skeptics can be categorized three ways:
1) The Outward Skeptic - friends, family and acquaintances who challenge what you believe you are to do to obey God.
2) The Demonic Skeptic - the voice of the evil one, your adversary, the father of lies, who seeks to derail you from trusting God and following His call.
3) The Inner Skeptic - the voice inside your own mind that raise every kind of argument against obeying what God has asked you to do. The voice of human reason.
God wants you to ignore and erase every skeptical voice that would hinder you from obeying His direction and call.
Whenever God asks us to take a step of faith - He is leading us to "Cross over our Jordan" and display a measure of trust in Him that we have never had before. There are believers who have drifted in their faith, perhaps because of a past disappointing experience. In order for them to step fprward in faith now, they have to "cross over" the river of disappointment and trust God in a new way. God has called every believer to Cross their Jordans.
When Israel came to the Jordan River it was God's desire that not one of His people be left behind - yet their crossing did not come without challenge.
When you are poised to cross over your Jordan you are more subject to fear, anxiety, doubt and uncertainty - because you are on the brink of possessing the land that God has called you to inhabit. And that is the time when the enemy and our flesh put up the most resistance. What is your flesh holding you back from becoming?
When you determine to possess what God has for you, the voice of the skeptic will say things like, "Life is easier where you are right now". Life is always easier on this side of your Jordan. It's comfortable here and nothing is being asked of you. You can just sit back and relax - enjoy the status quo.
But when God stirs us toward movement, to pursue His call - suddenly the things that once made us comfortable become very uncomfortable. If we persist in staying in our "comfortable" place, we risk losing our vision and our passion for life in God.
When God called Joshua to lead Israel in crossing Jordan one of the first things He told Joshua was, "Be strong and of good courage..." (Joshua 1:6) God knew Joshua had to hear this and He repeated it in verses 9 & 18.
To do what God calls you to do you have to summon God's strength to first take on the task. And you have to stir up courage, which means having the courage to forsake some of the things that give you a false sense of comfort. If God is asking you to let go of something, to do so could be your first move in stepping forward with God.
Another voice you may hear as you pursue God's call may say, "That's physically impossible".
When God called Israel to cross Jordan it was during harvest time, when the river was overflowing its banks. Naturally speaking this was the worst possible time to cross the river. God calls us to do things that are naturally and humanly impossible. He looks at our situation and says, "Conditions are perfect for Me to move for My people. The world will see through this how I rejoice to supply My servants".
If you are feeliing like God has led you to a tough decision and you don't think you have what it takes to get it done - that's exactly where God wants you - at the end of your self-dependence.
2 Corinthians 12:10 "...for when I am weak, then I am strong." (AMP) "for when I am weak in human strength, then I am truly strong, able, powerful in divine strength."
We may say it's impossible, but with God at the center, NOTHING is impossible.
One other thing the skeptic may say is, "It's too risky".
When God called Joshua to lead Israel in crossing the Jordan He told them to step into the water first. In fact, God instructed that the priests carry the Ark of the Covenenat into the river. Remember, the river banks are overflowing. The river is raging.
The priests carrying the Ark stepped into the rushing river, and when their feet dipped into the edge of the water, it supernaturally parted.
It doesn't matter hoe risky or challenging the path is that God lays before us. The river may be raging, but if we step in with faith, God will part the water and we will cross on dry land.
Are you willing to step into the river? God may be saying to you, "If you will commit to dipping your toes in, you'll see Me part the rapids and I'll carry you to the other side.
One other voice you may hear will say, "Some people won't like it if you do that". Whenever you prepare to cross your Jordan, you'll encounter people who do not agree with you. Some may even become angry. They'll say things like, "You want to start a new business - in this economy?" "You want to do what in ministry?" "You want to do what with your life?"
Silence the voice of the skeptic and trust God to lead you across your Jordan.
And know this, God's not interested in where you started, He's interested in where you finish!
Step out in faith, step in the water, and step over your river!