The Children of Israel are at a change of season, a change of mission, and a change of generation:

  1. They are no longer wanderers in the desert or people HOPING for a land - they are coming into their inheritance - no longer refugees but an army
  2. They are no longer travelers or sojourners in a land to which they do not belong they are now taking ownership of their dreams and their destinies that were promised to them
      1. No longer fighting for just survival but fighting for destiny
  3. There is a new generation being set in place to lead and being asked to make a new commitment to the dreams God has spoken over them

There are rules:

  • Consecrate yourselves - 3:5
    • The next season is going to require more of you than the last season required.
    • 13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
      14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,
      15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
      16 since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." - 1 Peter 1:13-16
      • it requires PERSONAL by-in and investment
      • you don’t get to ride on you parents dreams and investment any more.
      • to accomplish what you are dreaming you will have to rise to a standard that has not been required of you before
  • Stay back because you don’t know the way - you have never gone this way before 3:4
    • Do not assume that what you have gone through before this has given you the knowledge you need to succeed now
      • what got you here will not take you where you are wanting to go
      • Be patient, thoughtful, considerate
      • Seek wisdom!!!
    • Don’t quit when it gets hard!!!
      • Stand STILL in the Jordan - just when you think you are about to be swept away that is the moment God will break in!
  • Only move when God has gone before you - stay with the presence 3:3
    • God has engineered this moment to show you two things
      • your strength is not enough
      • His strength is MORE than enough 
    • Watch the presence
      • He wants to do this with you - 3:7 I am with you just as I was with Moses
      • He wants to do this FOR YOU

There are rewards:

  • When you do these things you will see victory 3:5 - tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you!
  • This victory will teach you to trust will be the milestone you look back upon to give you faith for the next victory 3:10
  • This victory will be the story that teaches future generations to trust him. 4:3

The pattern is this -

Faith + Obedience = victory