When God’s presence meets with your obstruction

Joshua 3:11-16 (MSG)

Think of it—the Master of the entire earth is crossing the Jordan as you watch. Now take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from each tribe. When the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the Chest of God, Master of all the earth, touch the Jordan’s water, the flow of water will be stopped—the water coming from upstream will pile up in a heap.”
And that’s what happened…The river went dry all the way down to the Arabah Sea (the Salt Sea). And the people crossed, facing Jericho.

The Israelites came across a great obstruction while trying to enter their promised land. They came face to face with the Jordan River.

While naturally speaking it would seem an impossible task to cross over, Joshua had clear instruction from God on the matter and spoke out the Lord’s command to his people.

The secret to their success in parting the Jordan (their obstacle), was the power of the presence of God as represented by the Chest of the Covenant.

When the presence of God met with their problem, instantly their road block was removed. The feet of those carrying God’s presence cleared the path for the victory.

Could it be that you are facing a seemingly impossible obstruction to get where you need to be?

When the presence of God infiltrates down to your Jordan River, what appears to be a large blockage will simply be swallowed up under the mighty power of God.

You are the vessel that carries His presence and He wants to use you to dry up the river you face. So go on, dip your feet in!

Empty jars

2 Kings 4:2-7 (MSG)

“Elisha said, “I wonder how I can be of help. Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Nothing,” she said. “Well, I do have a little oil.” “Here’s what you do,” said Elisha. “Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from all your neighbours. And not just a few—all you can get. Then come home and lock the door behind you, you and your sons. Pour oil into each container; when each is full, set it aside.”

She did what he said. She locked the door behind her and her sons; as they brought the containers to her, she filled them. When all the jugs and bowls were full, she said to one of her sons, “Another jug, please.” He said, “That’s it. There are no more jugs.” Then the oil stopped. She went and told the story to the man of God. He said, “Go sell the oil and make good on your debts. Live, both you and your sons, on what’s left.”

Are you feeling like an empty vessel right now? Completely zapped of strength, holding nothing of value, nothing God could possibly use?

Well I have great news for you! That’s a perfect formula for God to do His best work!

When you feel you contain nothing of worth, your ‘self’ or your ‘flesh’ has been removed and a miracle is awaiting you.

This woman had lost her husband, was just about to lose her two sons and had a huge debt to pay (v.1).

Can you get more empty than that? God wants to fill you up with His healing power. He wants to pour it out until it overflows into others’ lives as well.

Don’t restrict the flow of His oil. Bring your empty vessel to Him and await your refilling.

Ponder it in your heart

Luke 2:17-19 (NIV)

‘When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart’

She already knew the promise was coming; ‘May everything you’ve said about me come true’ Luke 1:38. Her response is both humble and faith filled.

In quietness and confidence she allowed the promise of the greatest miracle of all time, show itself (Himself) off through her, a young girl!

Full of excitement and anticipation after what God had done for her, she kept quiet and simply meditated on it.

It was however the shepherds who announced and spread the word concerning the birth of Jesus Christ the Saviour.

What does God want to do through you? Stay humble and in faith. Follow Mary’s example and be the vessel to birth the miracle.

Too good to be true

Luke 24:36-41 (MSG)

“While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.” They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. He continued with them, “Don’t be upset, and don’t let all these doubting questions take over. Look at my hands; look at my feet—it’s really me. Touch me. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. They still couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It was too much; it seemed too good to be true.”

The disciples doubted Jesus had been raised from the dead even though they were seeing Him with their own eyes. It all seemed so surreal and ghostly to them.

The fact of the matter was, He was dead and now He was alive! How could this be? It was beyond amazement, too good to be true.

God wants to do a ‘too good to be true’ miracle in your life. It will blow your mind and go beyond natural ability or comprehension. It is His way of revealing Himself.

What has He shown you that may appear too good to be true? That thing that would make you fall to your knees in amazement when it happens? Maybe it’s a drug addicted teenager coming back to Him, your relative in the last stages of cancer getting healed or perhaps having a baby after being declared barren?

Whatever your ‘too good to be true’ miracle is, you need to start believing that not only is it good but it’s also true!

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”
Eph 3:20 (AMP)

Position yourself for the miracle

Matthew 2:9-10 (MSG)

“Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!”

The Magi did not stumble upon the baby Jesus. It was a God ordained journey that was divinely orchestrated. All they did was position themselves by following God’s sign.

They were led by the star, which brought them right to the house in Bethlehem where Jesus was. No wonder they fell down and worshiped Him. Picture it: seeing your Messiah face to face.

Likewise, it was no coincidence when you found your Saviour. You might think you stumbled upon Him, but He also led you by His star. He purposely and deliberately met you. From the foundation of the world He chose you.

He is also leading you to your next miracle. Maybe it is your family salvation, a turnaround in your finances, the healing of your body or the mending of a relationship? He is setting you up for His glory, bringing all the pieces together.

So if you can hardly contain yourself, don’t manipulate, scheme or try to make it happen. ‘God says, “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair. These things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB)

If you are following God’s leading you are in the right place and you will arrive at precisely the right time just as the Magi did.

Do it again

Mark 8:16-21 (MSG)

Meanwhile, the disciples were finding fault with each other because they had forgotten to bring bread. Jesus overheard and said, “Why are you fussing because you forgot bread? Don’t you see the point of all this? Don’t you get it at all? Remember the five loaves I broke for the five thousand? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”
They said, “Twelve.”
“And the seven loaves for the four thousand—how many bags full of leftovers did you get?”
“Seven.”
He said, “Do you still not get it?”

Isn’t it ironic that one minute the disciples are in the midst of amazing breakthrough and experiencing the most extreme of miracles, and then soon after that they find themselves in lack?

Oh, while it’s happening they can believe. They can see the bread being passed around and not ending, never running out. It just keeps going and feeds all those people. Not only that, there are leftovers!

Suddenly they find themselves in the same situation, however this time they just need to feed themselves. They forgot their lunch and somehow they don’t expect God will come through.

Did they forget what Jesus has just done? Twice? Or do they just not believe He will do it again? Clearly they were not thinking with a spiritual mind but a logical, humanistic one.

Jesus can do it again and will do it again! He may not do it exactly the same way, but have faith, start expecting for it again.

The fact that He did it once is a guarantee He can come through again. He wants to bring abundance again, He wants to heal again, He wants to break down bondages again.

So if you find yourself asking for a miracle He has done before: reflect, wait, expect and believe He will do it again!

Whatever He tells you, do it! (Part 1)

John 2:1-11 (MSG) Read here

Mary contended for the miraculous sign. She insisted that Jesus solve the problem of the wine shortage.

She may not have understood or known how He would sort out this embarrassment, but she knew WHO to call upon.

Did Mary’s pursuing of a miracle cause it to manifest before her eyes? Whatever the case she certainly knew that if Jesus said to do something, then it would be very wise indeed to ensure the command was carried out.

What has Jesus told you to do in anticipation of your miracle? Has He given you a command that you haven’t yet fulfilled?

It is necessary to seek out if there is anything He requires of you as you contend for your breakthrough. He may just be waiting for you to coerce Him a little bit through your persistence and obedience.

It is absolutely imperative that you completely obey what the Master shows you. It might be as simple and irrational as filling up some water pots. But your best wine is counting on your compliance to Him, so whatever He tells you, do it!

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