TAKING UP OPPORTUNITIES OF GRACE IN THE MIDST OF A CRISIS


26 Apr
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The crisis is not here to destroy you, it is here to birth you!

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT)

15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.

16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.


Galatians 4:28 (NLT)

28 And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac.


Genesis 26:12-14 (NKJV)

12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD

blessed him.

13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous;

14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So

the Philistines envied him.


I AM A CHILD OF PROMISE:

Develop in you a greater awareness of being a Child of Promise now more than ever before &

declare it continually:

1. I live by promise

2. I am made wise by promise

3. I am healed by promise

4. I am protected by promise

5. I am provided by promise

6. I am rich by promise

7. I am successful by promise

8. I thrive by promise


Joshua 1:2-6 (NKJV)

2 "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to

the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.

3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.

4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land

of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.

5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will

be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.

6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land

which I swore to their fathers to give them.


SEE YOURSELF CROSSING OVER TO A NEW ERA OF VICTORY & GREAT GRACE

Deuteronomy 11:10-12 (NKJV)

10 For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come,

where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden;

11 but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water

from the rain of heaven,

12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it,

from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.


Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT)

15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.

16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.


TAKE OPPORTUNITY FOR RENEWAL OF STRENGTH & FRESH IDEAS

Isaiah 40:30-31 (NKJV Strong's)

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

And the young men shall utterly fall,

31 But those who wait on the LORD

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.


Isaiah 40:30-31 (MSG)

30 For even young people tire and drop out,

young folk in their prime stumble and fall.

31 But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength.

They spread their wings and soar like eagles,

They run and don't get tired,

they walk and don't lag behind.


SEE YOURSELF CROSSING OVER TO A NEW ERA OF VICTORY & GREAT GRACE

Deuteronomy 11:10-12 (NKJV Strong's)

10 For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come,

where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden;

11 but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water

from the rain of heaven,

12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on

it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.


Joshua 3:3-4 (NKJV)

3 and they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD

your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go

after it.

4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not

come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way

before."


What do you do in a place you’ve never been before?

1. You observe & listen very closely

2. You follow instructions & obey

3. You stay together very closely


THE DRYING UP OF THE WATERS HAD A DUAL PURPOSE: FOR COVENANT PEOPLE TO

CROSSOVER & TO PLACE THEIR ENEMIES ON NOTICE!

Joshua 4:23-24 (NKJV)

23 for the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed

over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed

over,

24 that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty, that you

may fear the LORD your God forever."


THE WILDERNESS PROVISION STOPS WHEN YOU START TO FEED FROM THE LAND OF

PROMISE - living by promise is far greater than living from hand to mouth!

Joshua 5:12 (NKJV)

12 Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the

children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.


YOUR VICTORY COMES WHEN HE TAKES OVER THE BATTLE

Joshua 5:13-15 (NKJV)

The Commander of the Army of the LORD

13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and

behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and

said to Him, "Are You for us or for our adversaries?"

14 So He said, "No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come."

And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, "What does my Lord say

to His servant?"

15 Then the Commander of the LORD's army said to Joshua, "Take your sandal off your foot, for

the place where you stand is holy." And Joshua did so.


WHAT YOU TO REMEMBER ABOUT CROSSING OVER TO THE PROMISE

1. When manna stops and the promise takes over!

2. It will have to be a miraculous transition - it can only be made possible by the mighty hand of

God.

3. Recognize that You’ve never been this way before!

4. It requires greater unity and understanding of purpose!

5. It requires sacrificing and greater commitment!

6. Obedience to Instructions and directions become the only way to success.

7. The commander of the Lord’s armies takes charge of the Lord’s armies!

8. All the walls of resistance will have to come down!

9. Only covenant people will find the grace to thrive amidst crisis!

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