What is resolution? A promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad onward”. And any day you succeed by application is the day you have cross over!.

I know you want to cross from 2021 to 2022 of which many people do every year by bombarding heaven with prayers on 31st night to arrive first January which is good anyway. But making a decision that you will not do wrong thing in first January and start in second does not show seriousness.

To resist wrong doing, you must be brutal. And that is the reason why many pray without achieving result because there is no short cut to God.

Consecrating yourself as important of which that is the first instruction Joshua gave that embrace the presence of God before crossing over. Every gap you are fulfilling in this life without consecrating yourself will be limited. So, wave bye the ugly past and putting God first in repentance.

Is God asking you to make a decision yet you are wavering. Let us open our Bibles this time to Joshua chapters 3 and 4. We will glean our lessons from their miraculous crossing through the Jordan River.

Joshua and the nation of Israel were poised to attack the Promised Land. They waited for this moment for 40 years already. For three days, they were camped near the edge of the Jordan River.

Their leaders gave them specific instructions to wait for the Ark of Covenant before moving out. Then, Joshua ordered them: “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” This brings me to our first point: CONSECRATE yourselves.

Let’s do a word study on “consecrate.” Forty years before, when Israel left Egypt, God commanded Moses, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal. Note the words “Consecrate” and “belongs to me”. To be consecrated then means to be set apart for a person or a purpose.

Joshua commanded the people to wait for the Ark of the Covenant because, “Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.” The Ark of the Covenant was a symbol of the Lord Himself. Moses prayed to the Lord, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us?

What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” So, when we take our step of obedience, let us RELY on the Lord. Joshua told them that God assured them of His presence. “By this (the miraculous cross-over) you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will assuredly dispossess from before you the (inhabitants of the land).

Don’t go this year without the presence of the Lord. When you go with him, Or more than you use to go. You know the difference between this year and past years. Even from the creation God created man and put him in “Eden” which means presence of God. To remain there is to flourish and to depart in his presence is to attract stress to yourself because you will move without direction.

So, we must trust God for His wisdom and strength in every decision that we make and every action that we take. The Lord should have the first word, the last word and every word in between. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.”

Remember that Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament to prepare the people led by Joshua to conquer the land. They need to learn from the mistakes of their parents who were denied entry to the Promised Land. We learn from our mistakes, we don’t fall into slump or humpity humpity.

This generation read the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus. Many of them witnessed that event when they were still young. The Lord assured Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.”

As they crossed the Jordan River, they recalled also the time when they crossed the Red Sea. “That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life, just as they had revered Moses.” There are times we worry about what people would think or say when we take steps of obedience.

However, the Lord assures us that He will take care of that. Of course, that doesn’t mean that people will always like what we said or did. But, if we would not be proud when we succeed, then we should not be ashamed if ever we fail. We have to remember that it is the Lord we are pleasing, not men.

I know politics this days has involved making jest of those who serve God. But remember that the gate of hell will never prevail. May the blessings of the Lord be unto you

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