1. Hello, listening friends, and welcome to this broadcast once again.
2. We have begun a new series of messages entitled, “You Want Me to do What?”
3. Let’s review the answers to that question from the first two messages of that series.
4. Answer number one,
5. step up to God’s call on your life.
6. Answer number two,
7. go to the enemy’s territories to share Christ.
8. Today, the third answer to that question is cross the river of impossibility.
9. Have you ever looked at a situation in your life and said, “That’s impossible.”
10. And then God gave you grace and power and you crossed over that impossible situation.
11. Just like raging, powerful rivers that are impossible to cross without a boat, you have rivers of impossibilities in your life-
12. the loss that you thought you could never recover from,
13. the exam that you thought you could never pass,
14. the illness that you thought you could never overcome,
15. the betrayal from which you thought you could never forgive,
16. but then God brought you through it.
17. These rivers of impossibilities in our lives can do one of two things-
18. they can either destroy us or strengthen us.
19. Some people break under the strain,
20. other people see impossibilities as God’s opportunity to manifest His power.
21. Some people cave in to these rivers of impossibilities,
22. others say, “What an opportunity to show God’s power in my life.”
23. Someone once said the difference between a live wire and a dead one is the connection.
24. Those who see the rivers of impossibilities as God’s opportunity are those who will be mightily used of God.
25. But there’s something else here that we must know about these rivers of impossibilities in our lives.
26. They can be used by Satan to keep you silent from testifying about your salvation.
27. Satan can use your struggles to turn your attention toward yourself instead of anticipating how God will get you across them.
28. But God wants to do something different.
29. God wants you to cross these impossible rivers so that you can testify to the power of God in your life.
30. God wants you to tell all around you about the crossing of those rivers of impossibilities.
31. Today, we will see the third answer to the question, “You want me to do what?”
32. It is the crossing of the river of impossibility.
33. There are three important steps to crossing the river of impossibility in your life.
34. These three steps are found in the book of Joshua, chapter 3.
35. Step number one-
37. It is found in verses 1-4.
38. Step number two-
40. verses 5-13.
41. Step number three-
43. verses 14-17.
44. Let us look at these steps more closely.
45. Step number one-commissioning.
46. In the last message, I told you how Joshua became the leader of God’s people after Moses’ death.
47. And Joshua began leading the people into the land that God promised them.
48. Joshua sent two spies into the enemy’s territory and received a good report.
49. In chapter 3, we see that the next step for God’s people was to cross the river Jordan.
50. Verse 1 says, “Early in the morning, Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim,
51. and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over.”
52. I want to tell you something that is very, very, very important.
53. During most of the times of the year, the river Jordan would be safely crossed.
54. But when God’s people approached the river, it was the river of impossibility.
55. You say, “Why?”
56. Because it was the springtime
57. where the snow was melting from Mount Hermon and the river was at a treacherously high level.
58. The river’s current was so fast that it would sweep away anyone who would try to cross it.
59. I can only imagine how some of the people look at this river of impossibility and say to Joshua, “You want us to do what?”
60. My listening friend, when you are facing your river of impossibility,
61. your biggest temptation will be to forget that God has commissioned you.
62. God has commissioned you to be His apostle and His ambassador where he has placed you.
63. You may be tempted to say, “This is not a good time for me to witness.
64. I need to wait for some other time.”
65. But your hesitation to share Jesus Christ with others should tell you that you have forgotten God has commissioned you.
66. And so, God commanded Joshua to send the priests first toward the river with the Ark of the Covenant.
67. The Ark of the Covenant was built at God’s command during the time of Moses.
68. This box contained the Ten Commandments.
69. It contained a jar of manna that God provided them in the wilderness to remind them of His provision for His people.
70. And it also contained the staff of Moses to remind them of God’s parting of the Red Sea.
71. But most importantly, the Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God among His people.
72. So with the Ark of the Covenant at the edge of the river, God was saying to them, “I am going to go ahead of you and prepare your way.”
73. “I’m going to show you what My presence means.”
74. “I am going to guide you and lead the way.”
75. What a great God we have!
76. God knew that His people were going to unfamiliar enemy territories.
77. God knew that His people did not know which direction to go.
78. God knew that His people were timid and hesitant souls.
79. So God said, “I’m going to go ahead of you.”
80. If you’re still feeling apprehensive or inadequate about sharing Jesus Christ with others,
81. you need to know that whenever you face your river of impossibility, you can hear the voice of God saying to you, “Don’t be afraid. I’m going ahead of you.”
82. “Don’t be terrified. I will make a way for you.”
83. “Don’t fret. I will be way in front of you.”
84. “Be strong. Be courageous. Just follow Me.”
85. So first, there was the commissioning of God.
86. Secondly, there was a consecration on the part of the people of God.
87. Look at the book of Joshua chapter 3 verses 5-13.
88. Verse 5 says, “Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.’”
89. When the day to cross the river of impossibility came,
90. Joshua did not say, “Sharpen your swords.”
91. Joshua did not say, “Gear up for battle.”
92. Joshua did not say, “Get ready to swim.”
94. Joshua said, “Consecrate yourselves.”
96. Because their battle was spiritual in nature and required God’s supernatural powers.
97. Their battle was in the realm of the human impossibility.
98. And my listening friend, in order to receive victory in the spiritual battle,
99. to receive victory over the river of impossibilities in your life,
100. you do not need strategy or techniques or clever thinking.
101. You do not need ten years of a study program.
103. For spiritual victory over your rivers of impossibility, what is required is consecration.
104. You need to surrender your will to God.
105. You need to give a whole hearted commitment to God.
106. You need to give yourself to God.
107. Often, the rivers of impossibility in your life and in mine are God’s opportunity to act on our behalf.
108. These situations are also supposed to bring us closer to God.
109. Brings us to a closer examination of our lives.
110. Bring us to give up sins that we have rationalized.
111. Bring us to remove the idols that we have allowed to creep into our lives.
112. Bring us to trust God with what He gave us.
113. My listening friend, I want to issue a challenge to you.
114. If you have been ineffective for God in your mission field,
115. if you are just playing at being a Christian in your mission field,
116. if you have never been able to lead anyone to Christ in your mission field,
117. ask yourself these questions:
118. Am I consecrated to God?
119. Have I given up the idols in my life?
120. Have I surrendered to the will of God in my life?
121. And when you consecrate yourself to God, watch out. God is about to use you.
122. Number one,
123. God’s commissioning.
124. Number two,
125. the people’s consecration.
126. Number three,
128. Please listen to the book of Joshua chapter 3 verses 14-17.
129. My listening friend, I want to tell you that faith is not just a wild risk.
130. Faith is taking a risk that is firmly anchored in the rock solid reliability of what God promised.
131. Even if you are hesitant, you need to keep walking in the right direction.
132. You need to look at your river of impossibility and say, “I am stepping up in Jesus’ name.”
133. “I am going to the enemy’s territories in Jesus’ name.”
134. “I am crossing the river of impossibility in Jesus’ name.”
135. Listen again to the book of Joshua chapter 3 verse 15 and 16.
136. “Now the Jordan is at a flood stage all during harvest. yet as soon as the priests who carried the Ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, so the people crossed over.”
137. Now those two verses, my listening friend, make me want to shout in excitement.
138. God’s people had to cross the river when it was flooded and impossible.
139. Those people could only cross with God’s supernatural help.
140. But once you have crossed your river of impossibility, you cannot return to the other side.
141. Once you have begun walking in faith, you cannot return to a spiritual wilderness.
142. You cannot return to fear and timidity and being silent.
143. You cannot return to ignoring those who are desperately in need of salvation.
144. My listening friend, listen very carefully as we conclude.
145. God is calling you to cross your river of impossibility. Whatever your river of impossibility might be,
146. God intends for you to cross over.
147. And the reason for that is that God wants you to testify to His power in your life.
148. God wants you to share Him with others.
149. God wants you to love others for Him.
150. And that is why in the book of Joshua chapter 4,
151. God told Joshua to set up a visible memorial to proclaim this great act of God.
152. And today, I want to invite you to cross your river of impossibility with God’s supernatural help.
153. And if that’s your desire, you can join with me in this prayer.
154. “Lord Jesus Christ, I want to be Your missionary in my environment.
155. I want to consecrate myself to you.
156. Please use me to tell others about You, Lord Jesus Christ.
157. I know I need your strength and your help.
158. Please help me follow you in faith.
160. And until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.