How Process Can Inspire Your Promise

Transition is unsettling. The spiritual landscape that surrounds our life changes as we move into unfamiliar territory. The key is to know you are not alone in the process.

Every prophetic word over your life is an invitation, not a guarantee!
-Graham Cooke

Ezekiel 37:14 “I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it,” says the LORD.

Some people are in a time of transition. Transition is unsettling. The spiritual landscape that surrounds our life is changing as we move into unfamiliar territory. The spirit of fear will come in and try to dominate God’s people and try to keep us out of the promise like he did Israel.
In Numbers chapter 13, God instructs Moses to send 12 leaders of the 12 tribes to spy out the land, but they came back full of fear, which as a result kept a nation from possessing the promises over it.

Numbers 13
13:1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a chief among them.”

25 At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land.
31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.

And, so they spent 40 years in the wilderness, but after the 40 years, the Lord spoke to Joshua and told him to “cross over” the Jordan into the promise.

Joshua 1
1:1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.

The Wilderness, The River, and the Church

The patterns established in scripture are for the purpose of identifying prophetic progressions within certain times and seasons that the Lord is taking us through.
The Church (like Israel) has been in the wilderness, but it is now time to come out of the wilderness and cross over into the promises of God. Present day promises that have been confirmed by the prophetic word with signs and wonders.

50 And the Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying, 51 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their figured stones and destroy all their metal images and demolish all their high places. 53 And you shall take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given the land to you to possess it. Numbers 33

The wilderness of Moab represents the place of testing and preparation so one can inherit the promised land (prophetic word/place of blessing). It represents a prophetic symbol of crossing over the river from the wilderness into the promises in this present time.

Transition: How do we cross over?

Trust in the promise and it’s Author.
First off, the Word of God must be believed and faith that leads to obedience must be established. The key to beginning the process of possessing the promises over your life is to believe the promises and the Author of them. We will never follow through with the process if we do not first trust that God is who He said He is and He will do what He said He would do.
The Word of the Lord to Joshua in chapter 1:

6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success[a] wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Trusting in the Lord positions you to honor the process no matter where it takes you and what enemies stand in your way.

The Call to Consecration

Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” Joshua 3:5

Joshua commanded the nation to consecrate themselves. Why? So their hearts were prepared for the wonders the Lord wanted to do the next day. The nation consecrating themselves actually caused them to be the kind of people that could steward the wonders. Consecration is an intentional step to position ourselves for God to do wonders among us. I believe the Lord has the Church in a season of being in Moab. A season of testing and preparation where those who have consecrated themselves are being shaped into the kind of people that can possess what is before them.

The Anointing is the Way Over

So 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, 15 and 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), 16 the 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. 17 Now 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.  -Joshua 3:14

Too many people have a supernatural word or promise over there life and they try in natural ways to possess it. Its true, there are things in the natural we do to position ourselves for promise, but promises from the Lord always come with the favor and resources to see it fulfilled.
Joshua and the nation were standing before the Jordan river that they were instructed to cross. The bible describes the Jordan river at harvest time as “mighty rushing” and “overflowing banks”. I get the picture of those class 5 rapids that thrill seekers want for white water rafting. They are standing before that kind of river. They have this supernatural promise, one that looks impossible, but they believed it regardless. Attempting to walking through the Jordan river on their own strength would have been suicide. So as we read in the passage above, they put the ark(which represents the presence and anointing of God) in front of all the people, and they simply trusted that God will make a supernatural way. He did. As their toes touched the water the Jordan parted and they walked into the promise by way of a miracle. They positioned themselves to receive and then trusted God would deliver.
Trust has to look like something. It has to look like taking risk, believing God to the point of action, and trusting He will come through.

Honor brings Increase

Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. And those twelve stones which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal. Joshua 4:19-20

Joshua set up a memorial as a reminder of the way God made. Too many people forget where they are going because they have forgotten where they have came from. Joshua wanted to make sure that never happened. He wanted to make sure that their children’s children were reminded of the miracle.
Honoring the process brings increase. Joshua, knowing they still had a long road ahead to possess the land completely, knew the importance of recognizing and honoring progression and giving place for the process.
At every step forward we take in this season we need to give honor to progression. The church needs to master the art of celebration, looking for every opportunity to sow a seed of honor to the Lord and to others around us. That will keep us connected with the prophetic progression the Lord is taking us through.

Develop an Attitude
Developing an attitude is typically associated with a negative attitude. The Lord is looking for intentional people this season who realize that there is ground to take and they will be the ones who will take it. People who allow a fervency to rise up in them, a discontent with normal and set it in their hearts to be the the warriors that will possess the promise.

Embrace the Process
The LORD your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you. Deut. 7:22

We must understand the “little by little” part of possessing something the Lord has promised. Divine acceleration isn’t about bypassing the process it is about embracing it. You step into acceleration and possession by fully embracing the process God is taking you through and learning what it is you need to learn in the season you are in! You can’t have it all at once because the full weight of your destiny will kill you…that is until you become the kind of person the promise is describing!

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