SO LONG TO YOUR OLD LIFE: JOSHUA CHAPTER 3

 

This is a message Preached by Al Soto
August 19

 Outline

1Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. 2After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3giving orders to the people: ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.’

 

5Joshua told the people, Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.’

 

6Joshua said to the priests, ‘Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.’  So they took it up and went ahead of them.

 

8Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’ 9Joshua said to the Israelites, ‘Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.’

 

14So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea ) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

How to Cross the Jordan

and

Move Ahead to What God has for YOU!

 

  1. 1.    RELEASE the Past – Grace of God

            

“Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan…”  JOSHUA 3:1

 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”   HEBREWS 12:1

 

Yesterday                 Today             Tomorrow

 

  1. 2.    REFRESH Your Spirit – Word of God

 

Joshua said to the priests, ‘Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.’ So they took it up and went ahead of them. And the Lord said to 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. Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’  Joshua said to the Israelites, ‘Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.'”   JOSHUA 3:6-9

 

TWO FOUNDATIONS FOR EVERYTHING:

 

GRACE           and           TRUTH

 

 

  1. 3.    REDEDICATE Your Life

 

“‘But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.’  Joshua told the people, Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.'”   JOSHUA 3:4-5

 

TO CONSECRATE MEANS TO:

  • § To Set Apart for a Higher Purpose
  • § To Purify, Cleanse and Rid Yourself of Anything that can Hinder You from Going to God’s Next Level in Your Life
  • § Surrender or Dedicate Yourself for God’s Purposes

 

  1. 4.    RELY on God

 

Trust God Enough to – Believe What He Says …. Faith

 

“Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.'”  JOSHUA 3:5

 

Trust God Enough to – DO What He Says … OBEDIENCE

 

“Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.'”  JOSHUA 3:8

 

 

 

God Has Better Days Ahead…

Go After Them!

 

“Then you will know which way to go, since

you have never been this way before.”

JOSHUA 3:4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About PastorAl

Al Soto has been married to his incredible wife Valerie for 30 years and they have five sons and one grandson. Al has been in Local Church Ministry for 35 years as both as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and for five years as a Regional Overseer for his denomination. He has a BA degree from LIFE Pacific College and is currently completing an MA in Leadership & Spiritual Formation from Vanguard University. He currently resides in Lincoln, CA where he is the new Lead Pastor for one of the Campus locations for Bayside Church. He continues to coach High School Football for the Lincoln Fighting Zebras for the Junior Varsity Program and is facilitating Leadership training and coaching as well as facilitating Spiritual Retreats. His hobbies include Golfing and Scuba Diving as well as he is a veracious reader. His Life Statement is “Real Success is Helping others to Succeed!”
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