Living your life without any limits
Joshua 3:5 “And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
There are three types of believers in this world when it comes to believing in God and his power: No. 1, unbelievers – these are the people who do not believe in God at all, much less his power. No. 2, limited believers – these are the people who have expressed faith in God’s saving power, yet they keep him “in a box” when it comes to his power to do miracles, signs and wonders; and No. 3, unlimited believers – these are the people who know that God has no limits and that he can do anything at any time in any way. Such people are able to express limitless faith in the unlimited God, as they believe for the impossible to become reality.
Knowing he had heard from God, Joshua told the Israelites at the Jordan River, “Sanctify yourselves: For tomorrow the lord will do wonders among you.” God’s people had just exited the wilderness where they had wandered for 40 years. They were about to enter their God-promised land and inheritance, Canaan. However, in between the place they had been and the place they were going was the place they were facing, the Jordan River. The Bible says that the river was flooding its banks. It was flowing, flooding and frightening. To the natural mind, it seemed impassable and crossing through it seemed impossible. For God’s people, their destiny, inheritance and the fulfillment of what God promised was so close, yet so far. Nevertheless, Joshua boldly declared that God would do wonders among them. He expressed limitless faith in the unlimited God.
Like the Israelites we, too, face insurmountable hindrances at times which try to stop us from moving forward into the things God has for us. Things such as the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, a broken relationship, a financial setback, sickness, disappointment and discouragement begin to forcefully flow around us, flood our banks of faith and frighten our previously peaceful minds. At such times and in such circumstances, it is critical to remember that God is the master of wonders and still desires for you to advance into your promised inheritance.
In this powerful story, the Bible says that when the soles of the feet of the priests — who carried the ark of the covenant — touched the surface of the river, God parted and rolled back that flowing, flooding and frightening river so that his people could advance from the wilderness to their inheritance on dry ground (v.15-17). In other words, God demonstrated his unlimited power and performed wonders among his people.
Understand this and get it in your spirit: If God has a promise for you, a destiny for you and plan for you, he will be faithful to make a way for you. It is his responsibility. However, he commands your involvement; he desires your participation; he expects your preparation. See, God didn’t roll back the Jordan River for his people until the priests had stepped onto the water, thereby activating their faith and obeying God’s command. Additionally, the priests did not dare to step onto the water until all the people had sanctified themselves — purified and prepared themselves — as Joshua had ordered. God did not do his part until they did their part. His demonstration of power coincided with their participation. Once they were prepared for their miracle through sanctification and stepped onto the water in an activation of their faith, the demonstration of God’s power followed. In other words, they prepared for their miracle, yielded to the miracle-maker and advanced into their miraculous provision, There is a life formula here: Sanctification plus activation equals demonstration. Yielding and committing to God plus active obedient faith in God equals a manifestation of the power of God to make a way for your advancement in the things he has for you.
Live a life with no limits by trusting his unlimited power. God is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:20).
A blessing for you today: I bless you this day to walk in the revelatory knowledge of our lord’s limitless power, understanding that all things are possible with God. I bless you to transition through hindrances and detours from your wilderness season to your inheritance as a child of God.
Your declaration for today: I declare that in Christ Jesus my future looks different than my past. Hindrances will not intimidate me, nor will they keep me from what’s mine. My personal Jordan River is dividing right now in Jesus’ name. Wonders of God are being enacted right now on my behalf. I’m preparing, participating, and possessing. I am an unlimited believer. Amen.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)