Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Crossing The Jordan
When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.
Joshua 3:8 (NAS)
God gives Joshua his marching orders; then Joshua tells the people, 'It shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan will be cut off' (v.3:13).
Moses parted the Red Sea with a staff from God 40 years earlier. Now God's priests must part the Jordan River with the soles of their feet to enter the Promised Land.
Actors, models, and talent for Christ have their own promised land. It's a couple of giant mountains. One is called 'Arts and Entertainment.' The other is called 'Media.' The enemy possesses them both. We must climb these hills and make a stand.
But first, we have to cross the Jordan.
Most of God's performers have avoided this river and ignored these mountains. The result? 'See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples' (Isaiah 60:2). Blinded children are lured away from innocence by a host of wandering stars calling to them from the mountain tops.
What is the Jordan River? It's the obstacle separating you from your destiny. It looks deep and forbidding. It's the dividing line between the familiar and the new.
This river is God's final exam and Satan's last stand. Like the priests with Joshua, you carry an ark. It the Holy Spirit of God in your heart. You also carry a mission and a gift from Jesus.
Will life be easy in the Promised Land? Not on this earth. The Jews had to fight for it. But God was on their side. He's on your side today. All you have to do is step into the unknown, and God will part its waters for you.
If you're reading this devotional, maybe you've stepped into the Jordan River. If so, wrap yourself in patience and persistence. Continue the walk, begin the climb, and enjoy the view. This is the land where promises are fulfilled.
If God gave you a role to play, you must play it. Afraid? Keep your eyes on Jesus, and don't stop performing until a smiling God says, 'Well done.'