Bible Study: Crossing the River Jordan

The events surrounding the crossing of the River Jordan by the Israelites can teach us the following lessons:

1. How to prepare for a move of God
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2. God can solve similar problems in different ways
When the Israelites were crossing the Red Sea, God told Moses to stretch out his hand over it and when he did, God caused the sea to go back because of a strong wind which turned the sea into dry land and divided the water. The Israelites thus went into the middle of the sea on dry ground because the waters were a wall on their right hand and on their left. (Exodus 14:21-22) 

However, when the Israelites were crossing the River Jordan,  God told Joshua, "As soon as the soles of the priests who carry the ark of the Lord step into the waters of the Jordan, the waters will be cut off and the waters which come from upstream shall stand like a heap.(Joshua 3:13) 

Thus we can see that in both instances the Israelites faced the problem of crossing large bodies of water without a boat or a bridge. However, in both instances, God solved the problem in different ways.  

Red Sea Crossing
1. God parts the water on both sides.

2. The Israelites step on dry ground in the middle of the sea

River Jordan Crossing
1. God tells Israelite priests to step into the water

2. God dams the water on one side

We can thus see that God used different techniques to help the Israelites solve their similar problem of crossing the Red Sea and the River Jordan.

Therefore when you are dealing with a problem that is similar to the one you dealt with in your past, understand that God can come in a different way so that you always pray and ask Him what you should do to solve the problem the next time it recurs. 

Never assume that God wants you to use the solution you used the last time to solve your  problem. For more on this topic read, How to Deal with Recurrent Problems
How to deal with recurrent problems

3. God can use problems to strengthen your faith
When the Israelites were crossing the River Jordan, God told them to first enter the River Jordan and then He would stop its waters.

For the Israelite priests to step into the flooded waters, they must have had faith that God would do what He had said even though He had done it differently at the Red Sea crossing.

In addition, when the Israelite priests stepped into the River Jordan, God stopped the waters Very far away at a city known as Adam. (Joshua 3:16) This means that all the waters that were between Adam and the priests had to pass the priests before the river became dry ground. 

This shows you that you have to Be patient in tribulation and continue steadfastly in prayer (Romans 12:12) especially when God has told you that He has solved your problem and yet you cannot see the solution.

In addition, strengthen your faith by deciding to believe that the solution from God is on the way the way the priests must have kept believing that God had stopped the waters while all the waters from  Adam flowed past them.

Therefore even when your life is flooded with problems and God has told you that He has solved them for you, strength your faith by deciding to believe that God has done what He said He will do and you only have to wait for the solution to materialize in your life.

In addition, know that sometimes when God tells you that He has solved your problem you may have to suffer for some time in the middle of the problem while you wait for God's solution to arrive and be manifested in your life. 

Therefore hold on to the Word that God has given you like Abraham for He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief but he was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God and being fully convinced that what God had promised He was also able to perform. (Romans 4:20-21)  

4. Remember God's goodness
God told Joshua to ask 12 men from all the tribes of Israel to take 12 stones from the place in the middle of the Jordan where the priests stood. 

These 12 stones were to be a sign and a memorial so that when their children asked them in the future what they meant,t hey would tell them that "The Israelites crossed over the River Jordan on dry land" for God dried up the waters until they had crossed over just as He had done to the Red Sea which had dried up until we crossed so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty and that you may fear the Lord your God forever. (Joshua 4:1-24)

Therefore when God does something mighty and solves a great problem for you keep a remembrance. For example if He delivers you from unemployment and gives you a great job, keep a few f the old clothes that you used to wear to remind you of where God has brought you from Lest when you have eaten and are full and have built beautiful houses and live in them and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold are multiplied and all that you have is multiplied your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, the house of bondage; 
God Who led you through the wilderness where there were fierce snakes and scorpions and no water; 
God Who brought you water out of the flinty rock;
God Who fed you in the wilderness with manna which your ancestors did not know so that He might humble you and test you in order that He might do you good in the end - then you say in your heart, "My power and the might of my hand have given me this wealth"  . (Deuteronomy 8:12-17) 

How to Prepare for a Move of God

How to Prepare for a Move of God

When the Israelites were preparing to cross the Jordan river and enter their Promised Land, Joshua said to the Israelites, "Sanctify yourselves because tomorrow God will do wonders among you." (Joshua 3:5)

This wonder that Joshua was expecting God to do for the Israelites was helping them cross the River Jordan without a boat. 

This was no mean feat since the Israelites with their children would be crossing it when it was flooded for River Jordan overflows its banks during harvest time. (Joshua 3:15) 

Consequently, Joshua told the people to sanctify themselves in preparation for God doing wonders among them.  

Therefore if you are expecting God to move in your life  and do wonders for you, sanctify yourself by doing the following:

1. Confess your Sins
Confess all your sins and ask God to forgive you. Ask Him to also remind you of the things you have done that He was not pleased with and that you have forgotten so that you can confess them.

2. Live Righteously
To live righteously is to do the right thing in the sight of God all the time. To help do this read How to Workout your Salvation.
How to Workout your Salvation

3. Remain in Contact with God
Remain in constant contact with God by praying and reading your Bible regularly so that you can hear His next directions. To help you do this read How to Connect with God
How to connect with God

To learn more 
How to increase your faith

Be Specific When Praying for Your Problem

When praying for your problems, it is very important to be specific. We see this point many times in the Bible when Jesus asked people, "What do you want?"

For example, when He found blind Bartimaeus begging on the roadside, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" (Mark 10:51) 

Bartimaeus could have wanted his sight restored so that he could stop being blind or he could have wanted money so that he could stop begging. Though Jesus as the Son of God most probably knew what Bartimaeus wanted, He still asked him and Bartimaeus replied by being specific for He told Jesus, "Rabboni, I want to see again." (Mark 10:51)

Therefore when you are praying, learn to present specific requests to God. Instead of praying, "God help me" tell him the specific type of help you need. Do you need a job? Do you need healing? Regardless of what you need present your specific requests to God in prayer. 

To learn more read How to Pray for Your Stressful Situation 
How to pray for your stressful situation

Christian Blogging Tips from the Bible

Christian Blogging Tips from the Bible

Pray for a Successful Blog
If you want to make money blogging, the first Biblical principle you have to apply is to pray for it. 

Scriptures that you can use to pray for your blog include:
May my blog be full of posts supplying all kinds of information. 
May my eBooks bring forth thousands and ten thousands of dollars into my accounts.
May my affiliate accounts be well laden. 
May there be no hacking into my site or plagiarizing my content.
May there be no spamming of my site. (Adapted from Psalm 144:13-14)

Heavenly Father I ask you in the name of Jesus to command the blessing on my blog and in all to which I set my hand. (Adapted from Deuteronomy 28:8)

Heavenly Father I ask you in the name of Jesus to bless my blog indeed and enlarge my online territory. (Adapted from 1 Chronicles 4:10)

Picture Your Successful Blog
After praying, the second Christian principle for setting up a blog is to visualize. Therefore:
1. Visualize the number of visitors you want to visit your blog each day.
2. Visualize the number of subscribers via RSS and email that you want your blog to have.
3. Visualize the Google PageRank and Technorati ranking you want your blog to reach.

Prepare for a Successful Blog
The third Biblical principle of creating a blog is to prepare effectively by researching on the different ways to make money online. To do this you have to:
1. Read blog posts and articles which tell you how to start a blog and make money online. 

2. Choose a niche topic that you love talking about and then get ready to put all that talk into words by reading more about it and reading how you can present your know-how more effectively.

3. Read what others are currently saying about your topic of choice both online and offline. Read post by successful bloggers on how to make money blogging. 

4. Choose a blogging platform such as blogger for blogs or wordpress and then choose your domain name. 

3 Reasons to be Strong and Courageous

After Moses died, God spoke to Joshua and told him to be strong and courageous three times in the same speech. (Joshua 1:1-9)

So why did God have to emphasize so strongly on Joshua being strong and courageous?

Joshua was Leading God's People
God told Joshua, "Be strong and courageous because to these people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their forefathers to give them. (Joshua 1:6)

Moses had died and God was now giving Joshua the responsibility of dividing the Promised Land between all the 12 tribes of Israel. As a result, He expected Joshua to be strong and courageous so that he could do this task effectively.

Therefore, if God has given you a job to do, you have to be strong and courageous so that you can also do it effectively. 

In some situations, you may find that when God has given you something to do, opposition will rise up to ensure that you do not do it. 

We can see a good example from Nehemiah who endured stiff opposition as he did what God had placed in his heart to do in Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:12) which was to rebuild its walls. However, Nehemiah was strong and courageous and he finished leading the Israelites in the rebuilding process. To learn more read How to Know and Fulfill your Life's Purpose.

What God had placed in my heart to do in Jerusalem Nehemiah 2:12

Joshua Was to Obey God's Laws
God told Joshua, "Be strong and very courageous so that you may do all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left so that you may prosper wherever you go. (Joshua 1:7)

God wanted Joshua to obey all the laws and commandments that He had given Moses. As a result, He expected Joshua to be strong and courageous so that he could obey all of them without wavering.

Therefore, since God has already given you His commandments, you have to be strong and courageous so that you can obey them all. 

In some situations, you may find that when you are trying to obey God's commandments, temptations and tribulations will rise up to ensure that you do not. 

We can see a good example from Joseph who was tempted to commit adultery with Potiphar's wife when he was away from his family and friends after his brothers had sold him into slavery. However, Joseph overcame the temptation by fearing God for He asked, How can I do such a wicked thing and sin against God? (Genesis 39:9) To learn more read We Are Not Ignorant of His Devices.
How can I do such a wicked thing and sin against God Genesis 39:9

God would Be with Joshua
God told Joshua, "Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

God would be with Joshua wherever he went. As a result, He expected Joshua to be strong and courageous because He would always be with him.

Therefore, since God has already given you the same promise of being with you and never leaving your or forsaking you, you have to be strong and courageous wherever you go. 

In some situations, you may find that when you are trying to go somewhere, problems may arise to ensure that you do not go.

We can see a good example from Peter when Jesus told him to leave the boat and walk on the water towards Him. Peter started to sink when he saw the boisterous wind and begun to doubt for Jesus asked him "Why did you doubt?" (Matthew 14:31) However, if Peter had fixed his eyes and his faith on Jesus, chances are that he would have remained strong and courageous and continued walking on the water regardless of how boisterous the wind was. To learn more read, Matthew 14 Bible Study: Lesson on Walking on Water.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen Hebrews 11:1

Matthew 14 Bible Study

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