In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a strengthening sermon titled, “You Make the First Move.” Join us as we study the story of Joshua leading the nation of Israel across the Jordan River in Joshua 3:1-17 and learn three things we can incorporate into our lives in order to receive God’s blessing. Our prayer is that this message would encourage you to faithfully believe and respond to the Lord’s leading in every circumstance.
You Make the First Move
1st A Sense of Desperation
Joshua 3:1-2 ESV
1Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. 2At the end of three days the officers went through the camp
Joshua 3:15 ESV
15and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest),
“Most of us, God forgive us, are too big for God to use. We are too
full of our own schemes and of our own way of doing things. The
world speaks about the survival of the fittest, but God gives power
to the faint and He gives might to those who have no strength.”
2nd A Season of Consecration
Joshua 3:2-5 ESV
2At the end of three days the officers went through the camp 3and commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. 4Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.” 5Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
The great of the Kingdom have been those who loved God more
than others did…I venture to suggest that the one vital quality which they had in common was spiritual receptivity. Something in them was open to heaven, something which urged them Godward. Without attempting anything like a profound analysis, I shall say simply that they had spiritual awareness and that they went on to cultivate it, until it became the biggest thing in their lives.
Joshua 3:3 ESV
3and commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it.
3rd A Step of Activation
Joshua 3:14-17 ESV
14So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), 16the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. 17Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.