I just found this exhortation notes tucked away in my WriteRoom iPad App. I shared this word during our worship night here in Victory Caloocan in September 6. The topic was about Joshua’s crossing of the Jordan River.
Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you (Joshua 3:5).”
The task ahead was too big for their own strength. Logically, small nations aren’t supposed to conquer bigger nations. Theoretically, Israel was not supposed to survive the desert. Numerically, Israel was supposed to be eaten up alive by the Canaanites.
But God called them to conquer. God ordained that they will become victorious.
You may be facing a similar situation today. You are dwarfed by the bigness of your challenge. Fear not.
Right now, that’s kind of what’s going on here in Victory Caloocan. Six pastors and four staff to face the challenge of leading 2,750 people. Barely 210 Victory Group Leaders to disciple that number. Our building is at breaking point. Our list of needs seem endless. We feel small. We feel understaffed. The task is bigger than us. We feel like the Israelites.
But God is bigger than our uncertainties.
God is not intimidated by our needs. He is not shocked by the situation we are in. He’s got a plan. In Joshua’s day He provided an ark to act as their advance party. The ark symbolized the presence of God. In the New Testament, the ark is Jesus.
God wanted that as we go forward in the ministry, we walk in total reliance on His grace and provision.
His solution is for us is to consecrate ourselves. Consecration is the currency of the promised land. Sometimes we think we can do it with our usual “diskarte.” Sometimes we think we can get by with our skills, education, leadership books, business sense. But possessing the promise of God is not possible with human effort. Possessing the promise of God requires the enabling power of God.
Zech. 4.6: So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.