May 2019

Are you ready for something new?

 

Dear Friend,

Have you ever been in a place where you really just need to hear from the Lord? Throughout the years, there have been certain occasions that I have felt led to ask the Lord about where He would like for me to spend time in His Word. It has been my custom to read through the whole Bible every year, but I do not always begin in Genesis and read through to Revelation. Many times, I have felt the Lord ask me to take a different route, and sometimes, He has taken me on some divine detours!

It was on just such an occasion that I felt the Lord was asking me to take a detour from the reading plan trajectory I was currently on, so I asked Him, “Lord, where would you like for me to read today?”

In an instant, the Lord responded, “Joshua.”

At the mention of Joshua, my heart leapt with excitement because this book covers the season of Joshua’s life when he transitioned into a new role of leadership. It also covers when Israel transitioned into a new era as a nation. In other words, this book is all about stepping into something new and exciting!

Despite my age or the number of years that I have walked with the Lord, I still get excited when God speaks to me about new seasons of life and new things He wants to do!

I eagerly opened my Bible and began reading the book of Joshua. As I read through the first three chapters, the Lord began speaking to me about something new that He was planning for me. He quickened to my spirit that this new season would be greatly fulfilling, but that it would also present me with some challenges.

I have recently been reflecting on this early morning encounter with the Lord because I believe this is a message that He is re-stirring up within me, and that He wants me to share it with you! Loved One, I believe that at this very moment you and I are standing at the edge of a land of divine promise.

Just as the Lord told Joshua, “Arise, go over! Every step you advance, I will secure as yours,” where might he be asking you to move forward? As we seek to respond to this call in faith-filled and Spirit-empowered obedience, we can learn some things from the Book of Joshua about how to move forward and what to do next.

“Pastor Jack,” you may be wondering, “How are we supposed to practically respond to this big of a call?”

First, you and I must know how to begin the journey, and that, on its own, can be pretty intimidating. Stepping into something new certainly had its challenges for Joshua.

On his first day of leading the people of Israel into the Promised Land, he faced an utterly impossible predicament—there were a million people that needed to get across a raging river and Joshua was without a bridge and without a boat!

Hazardous currents swirled in this river and threatened to sweep away anyone foolish enough to attempt to conquer them. It was humanly impossible for Joshua to lead the people where God was taking them. Joshua’s journey was on the verge of being over before it began. It was in this moment of seeming hopeless that God gave Joshua the secret to conquering the river.

God told Joshua to have the priests that carried the Ark of the Lord walk out and stand in the middle of the Jordan River, and He promised that as soon as the priests’ feet touched the water, He would stop the river a few miles upstream.

Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.” (Joshua 3:17, NKJV)

This was certainly an unusual plan, wasn’t it? But it worked for the Israelites to step into the land the Lord had promised them, and as you move toward the Promised Land of your new season, it will work for you too!

When circumstances rage around us and bring our journeys to a seeming halt, we can see the miraculous happen and the impossible be made possible if, like the priests of Israel, we are willing to step into our miracle before we see it.

Dear friend, stepping into our miracle will require us to put our faith in God and to be willing to get our feet wet! But, please hear this, stepping into our miracle does not mean forcing things to happen on our own or fighting our way through the currents. It means doing whatever God has told us to do, even if that is only taking a single, small step.

Now, you may be thinking, “Pastor Jack, I’ve already taken that step, and it looks like nothing has happened. What am I supposed to do now?”

That brings me to the next thing we must know about stepping into a new season of promise with the Lord—learning what to do when it seems like we are only standing and waiting.

We can learn a lesson about this from what happened to Joshua at Jericho. God told Joshua that He was going to bring down Jericho’s towering walls, and He commanded Joshua to have the people walk around the city in silence seven times. Then, there was a point that the people were to shout …

… And it happened when … the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.” (Joshua 6:20, NKJV)

It is important to notice here that the Israelites were not supposed to walk around Jericho talking about the huge obstacles they were facing. They were to walk in faith and silence, and then they were to lift shouts of praise to God.

When we face obstacles that look insurmountable and it seems we are walking in circles and nothing is happening, we should think of Jericho. Instead of wilting before the barriers in our lives, we should circle them with faith and shouts of praise!

Let us declare aloud that the battle belongs to the Lord, and that He is the One who secures our every step! Our loving Father can make a way where there is no way. He is your strength and defense, and no foe or obstacle can stand against His mighty power or plan for your life.

“But, Pastor Jack,” you may be thinking, “I am discouraged and have experienced so many frustrations and defeats in the past.”

Dear friend, think for a moment about the pain and disappointments of those Hebrews following. As children, many of them had been slaves in Egypt and had been beaten and treated horribly. Then these people had spent forty years wandering the wilderness without a place to call their home.

Despite all of this, when the Lord said He had a place prepared for them and that the land was good, they refused to let discouragement and past defeats stop them. They believed God and stepped out in faith and hope. If the Israelites could do it, you and I can do it too!

That is the next thing we must do in order to step into a new season with the Lord—let His Spirit awaken fresh hope and renewed expectations within us. As we forsake the disappointments of yesterday, we will be able to step boldly into the new season of life that God has prepared for us now.

Our loving Father desires for us to follow Him into new seasons of life, and as we follow Him, He will bring us to the blessed place He has promised and prepared for us. Loved one, the Lord has a magnificent journey ahead for you and me!

Will you join me in walking into the divine land of promise the Lord is calling us to?

 

Joyously anticipating all that He has in store,,

 

 

Pastor Jack

P.S. Don’t forget to take a look at the enclosed page to find out how to receive your gifts for this month. I believe these special resources will encourage you to enter into the exciting new season of life the Lord has for you. And that they will help you walk boldly into the waters of the impossible and bring down obstacles in your life with mighty shouts of praise!

 

As a “thank you” for your gift of $35 or more to support Jack Hayford Ministries, we would like to send you Pastor Jack’s special audio series, New: The Best is Yet to Come. These resources will help you stay focused on what God has for you as He calls you into a new season of life and will fill you with Biblical wisdom and inspiration to help you keep moving forward.

I have a joyous anticipation about what God wants to do in our futures and about the new season He is calling us to follow Him into. That’s why I’ve prepared these special messages to encourage you to keep moving toward the Promised Land that God has uniquely prepared for you.

Even though I’ve walked with the Lord for many years and experienced many amazing things, I truly believe that because we serve a loving and gracious God, the best is yet to come!

Audio Messages include:
Submitting to Tomorrow, Today Hear His Voice, Taking the Kingdom by Surprise, Laying Hold of Tomorrow, and Be Strong and of Good Courage