Navigating Uncharted Territory: Part 2

“Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” And Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people. The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. And as for you, command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.” And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.”

Joshua 3:5-9 ESV

If you’re the adventurous type uncharted territory can be very exciting. I love going to new placed and trying new things. If you’re not adventurous uncharted territory can be the scariest thing in the world. There are no answers in uncharted territory. You must trust in something; your instincts, your intuition, or the Lord.

As Joshua prepared Israel for her journey into the Promised Land, he gave them four commands that we can use today.

First: Put the Lord in the front. (Covered in Part 1)

Second: Prepare yourself through Consecration.

Consecration is a big word for “all in!” You must set your heart and mind on the journey trusting the Lord knows what he’s doing and where he is going. The Lord is doing wonders around you. If you’re not consecrated to the mission, you will miss the blessing because of your fear.

To Consecrate yourself to God, find out what’s keeping you from Him and remove it. It sounds simple, but it’s not. You must search the deepest parts of your soul to find the hidden things that keep you from God.

Third: Follow the Instructions.

You can conquer anything as long as you have a clear word from the Lord. You don’t need to know what lies ahead. Be assured of what the Lord said. When God sets your course stay on course. Don’t turn to the left or the right (Joshua 1:7).

When you are in uncharted territory, the instruction might save your life. You don’t know the dangers and pitfalls that lie ahead. Draw close to the Lord and let Him guide your path.

“Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.” God has given us clear instructions in His Word and through His Holy Spirit. Too many people have gotten hurt because they wouldn’t follow directions.

God is about to do wonders in your midst. Things you could never imagine or accomplish on your own. Follow clean and close to Him, and He will guide you every step of the way.

If you would like to know more on this subject, watch the full message entitled “Uncharted Territory” by clicking here.

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Published by Bill Sizemore

Bill married Kim in 1990 and has two daughters serving the Lord. He has served the body of Christ as Pastor for the past 25 years. His goal is to see the church become​ Jesus followers of faith that expand God's Kingdom. His heart for discipleship is the driving force for training on every level.

One thought on “Navigating Uncharted Territory: Part 2

  1. This is my first blog! I love that I can go over the sermon during my quite time and that points are wrote down that I missed. Thank you

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