SERIES: A New Year in a New Land By Pastor Philippi
ON THE VERGE 1-31-2016
We are on the verge of something great. Joshua was sitting at the river Jordan getting ready to cross the river and take Jericho. God cleared out the people. Everything that is not supposed to be in your life God is about to clear out. Verge means the edge, the rim or border of something. We are on the edge of something great. There’s been a change, God is moving in powerful ways in this church.
There are Things that Need to Die
With Joshua, Moses is dead (Joshua 1:1-2). You can’t let them live and expect new things from the Lord. We’re not comfortable with change. I’m here to make you uncomfortable, so we don’t get stuck where we’re at. It’s been said that nobody will ever change until the pain of staying where you are is greater than the pain of changing to where you should be. God is trying to tell you, “If you insist on staying here, I’ll make you uncomfortable. I’ll put thorns in your nest.”
There’s Been a Challenge (Put on Your Walking Shoes)
Joshua 1:3 “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you.” Your promise is already there. It’s lined out and mapped out. All you need to do is put your walking shoes on. Start walking out the promises of God. If it’s healing start acting healed. If it’s a financial blessing, start acting like you’ve got it. If your loved ones aren’t saved, act like they are. I’m not living in hope, I’m living in faith. Faith will get you to see the result; see it in your spirit. Visualize your loved ones saved. In the economy of God it’s that real. If it’s real, act like it. Believe what God has told us.
Joshua 1:5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. (NKJV) He got you through yesterday and today, He’ll get you through tomorrow. He is in charge of your life.
This is what we have to do: Joshua 1:6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. (NKJV) This thing is generational. Some of the things that didn’t happen for your ancestors will happen for you. Some of the things that didn’t happen for you will for your grandchildren.
Joshua 1:7-8 Only be strong and be very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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. (NKJV)
Don’t meditate on your problem. There is a way in the wilderness. God will bring rivers and streams. Some of you aren’t successful because you meditate on everything other than the Word.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (NKJV) It’s not a suggestion. Can I speak prophetically over you? Be strong. Be courageous. I’m not encouraging you, I am speaking an explosive word into your spirit right now! Strength, courage, let it happen right now!
Some say the three Hebrew children came out of the fire, but the fourth is still in it. He is in the fire with you. If you make your bed in hell even there He is with you. God is attracted to those in trouble. He is attracted to those who are calling out and needing Him. I’m here to tell you no matter where you are, He loves you and will walk with you through hell if that’s what it takes.
You Can’t Go in Like You are Now
The children of Israel could not go in like they were. In Joshua 5:2-6 God told them to circumcise Israel. They were supposed to be circumcised on the 8th day. A lot of us should have gotten things done a long time ago, but it’s not too late. Some are going through things now because things weren’t right in your childhood. God will get you through it anyway.
You can’t go in until useless flesh is cut off. That’s painful. That’s why some people run to another church when they get offended. We want to enter in and be comfortable. We can’t go into the new land like we are, with all of our stuff. The Holy Ghost is cutting things away.
He Will Give You Time to Heal
He then let the men rest for a few days. God knows when you’re hurting, when you need healing. The victory is predicted for you already, but you have to go through the motions; swing the sword and take what’s promised you. The battle is already won.
Once You’ve Tasted You Will Never Go Back
When you’ve been living on manna for 40 years eating from the land excites you. (Joshua 5:10-12) God has a whole new diet for you. The things you relied on to get by are going to die and God is bringing a whole new thing. God is bringing you to an unlimited supply. He is bringing us to a place of milk and honey; steak and lobster; cheese filled crust pizza. He’s bringing us to a land of plenty, gushing with all of the goodness of God. The reason some stay in their old dead churches is because they’ve never tasted anything better.
We need a real glory, real presence, something that will change lives. We need the power of God to confront the forces of darkness to bring real change.
Shout, You are on the Verge of Victory
The walls of Jericho were so wide two or three chariots could ride on the walls. There is a victory coming that will bring walls down. Your victory might look impossible, but with God all things are possible. SHOUT! Some say, “I’m new to this, I don’t know how to pray.” Do you know how to talk? Lift up a shout to the Lord! Start praising Him and see Him bring victory!