"Then Joshua gave orders to the officers of the people ... three days from now you will cross the Jordan River and take the land the Lord your God is giving you." (Joshua 1:10-11 NIV)
There comes a point in life where you have to stop talking about and praying about a barrier in your life. You must step out in spite of your feelings, your fears, and your doubts.
Joshua and the Israelites had to take the plunge — literally. Once they crossed the Jordan River, they were going to begin a battle to take over the nations.
The Jordan River is not a very big river, except in flood season when it swells into a giant, rushing, torrential, and very dangerous river. The Israelites just happened to be right there during flood season.
They said, "How are we going to get across?" God said, "I'm going to do a miracle! But I want you to step in first. This is a test." So the spiritual leaders began to walk into the water, and God did a miracle. The waters receded, and the people crossed over.
What do you do when you know something is God's will, but you're scared to death to do it? You do it anyway! And once you start doing it, the faith will come. God doesn't do the miracle first. No. He wants you to step out in faith.
Face your fears. If you wait for perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done: "Those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds" (Ecclesiastes 11:4 NIV).
Talk About It
- How does your current barrier compare to the Israelites facing the torrential Jordan River? Does God care any less about your fears or barriers, however small they may seem to you?
- Talk about a time in your life when you stepped out in faith. How did God provide for you? How did your faith grow?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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