“At the end of three days, the officers went through the camp and 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. Yet 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.”Joshua 3:2-4 (ESV)
As God prepared the children of Israel to enter the promised land, He knew they had “not passed this way before.” They had been wandering around in the desert with their parents for the past 40 years. It was time to leave the old ways behind and begin something new.
At times, you might feel God moving you from something old to something new. A change of scenery or a change of life. But how you navigate this uncharted territory could be the difference in success and failure.
In Joshua chapter three, Joshua gives Israel 4 steps to prepare for this new adventure of uncharted territory. We can apply these same four steps as we venture into uncharted territory.
Step 1: Put God in Front.
Too many believers try and anticipate the next move that God wants to make instead of watching to see where God is going. You are commanded to follow and not guess where God is going. God has given everyone two guides to follow: the Word of God, and the Spirit of God.
The Word of God is the instructional road map of life.
It will guide you through the twists and turns.
It will steer you away from the pitfalls of life.
It can only help you if you read it. (Try reading the book of James.)
The Spirit of God is your guide through the maze of life. When a person puts his or her faith and trust in Jesus, God gifts them with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This Spirit of God become your internal compass to guide you through life.
The Spirit guides you into all truth. You have a defense against the lies of the world.
The Spirit brings peace that passes all understanding, revealing to you that you are on the right path.
The Spirit leads you with power and might to produce God’s will in your life.
You must choose to follow the guides God has placed in your life. There is no reason to navigate blindly through life. The more you understand the road map of the Bible, the more you will recognize the guidance of the Spirit in your life. Set aside time each day to put God out in front by reading the road map and listening to the Spirit.
To be continued…
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Starting to read James today. Too many times I will pray and don’t dive into Gods word to get my reply. Sometimes I feel like I rely too much on my own abilities and not Gods guidance.