‘On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, ‘In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God. Joshua 4:19-24
Over the past several weeks, the Lord has been speaking to us through Joshua 4 as once again, we find ourselves in a new place, a new season and a new chapter in the long history of this church.
So many things around us have changed over the past 2 years, and uncertainty & challenge continue to face us all, but our sense is that we are at a place of Gilgal for many, including for us as a church.
We stand at the threshold of the door, standing on the shoulders of the faithful who have gone before us; we find ourselves poised for yet another adventure in the life of the kingdom.
And as we step up and into that place, the invitation from the Lord is for us all, once again, to consecrate ourselves. To invite God’s Spirit to search us and know our hearts, to test us and know our anxious thoughts: to see if there is any offensive way in us and lead us in the way everlasting. (Ps 139:23-34).
Something new is stirring in us all again, the signs are all there and many are sensing the same move of the Spirit of God – His hand, as always, upon us.
There are wonderful expressions of the kingdom of God being extended in power, across all denominations, from New Wine & David’s Tent, Wildfires, 24-7 Prayer, Thy Kingdom Come, and across all parts of the world, China, Iran, Uganda, Asbury and many are speaking of a renewed hunger & thirst for the Lord and a palpable sense that the Spirit of God is moving in power.
Eleanor Mumford would often say, ‘Aslan is on the move!’ and that’s the sense that we’re getting from all corners of Christendom, so join us as we pray the prayer of Habakkuk:
‘O Lord, we have head of your fame; we stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.’ Habakkuk 3:2
Join us as we seek the Lord in this season and cry out to Him that He would renew both His fame and His deeds: that in our day and in our time He would make them known.
‘The Lord is building His church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’ Matt 16:18
For His glory. Amen