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December 7th, 2014

Never Been This Way

At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, ‘As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.’” Joshua 3:2-4 (ESV)

You have never been where you are going. Life is a journey, not a destination. As a result, the scenery changes and the terrain vacillates. Sometimes the way is crystal clear and the path is marked with confirmation. At other times, fog sets in and skews the view.

Joshua was preparing to lead the Israelites to cross the Jordan. He gave the officers clear instructions to communicate to the people. They had never been where they were going. Uncertainty permeated the landscape. Joshua knew that they would need divine intervention in order to remain in the center of God’s will. How would they know which way to go since they had never been this way before? They were instructed to simply move from their positions and to follow the ark of the covenant.

Henry Blackaby says, “You cannot stay where you are and go with God.” The Israelites had to leave their comfort zone and move out from that which was familiar in order to go with God. Crossing the Jordan required faith and obedience. They had to place their faith in God’s provision. The ark of the covenant represented the presence of God. Following the ark of the covenant was synonymous with following God.

Will you trust God to show you the next step that He wants you to take? Will you obey what God’s reveals to you? Obeying God is always the best way.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Posted Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Discerning God's Will, Faith, Prayer.
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December 7th, 2010

Never Been This Way

“After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.’” Joshua 3:2-4 (NIV)

Have you ever been where you are going? Life is a journey, not a destination. As a result, the scenery changes and the terrain vacillates. Sometimes the way is crystal clear and the path is marked with confirmation. At other times, fog sets in and skews the view.

Joshua was preparing to lead the Israelites to cross the Jordan. He gave the officers clear instructions to communicate to the people. They had never been where they were going. Uncertainty permeated the landscape. Joshua knew that they would need divine intervention in order to remain in the center of God’s will. How would they know which way to go since they had never been this way before? They were instructed to simply move from their positions and to follow the ark of the covenant.

Henry Blackaby says, “You cannot stay where you are and go with God.” The Israelites had to leave their comfort zone and move out from that which was familiar in order to go with God. Crossing the Jordan required faith and obedience. They had to place their faith in God’s provision. The ark of the covenant represented the presence of God. Following the ark of the covenant was synonymous with following God.

Will you trust God to show you the next step that He wants you to take? Will you obey what God’s reveals to you? Obeying God is always the best way.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 1:00 am
Category Discerning God's Will, Faith, Prayer.
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October 18th, 2007

Discerning God’s Will

“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Eph 5:16-17 (NIV)

Are you wrestling with God’s will? Do you want to know what He wants you to do next? So what does it take to know and do God’s will?

Read the following verses and identify God’s revealed will as specifically stated in each verse. 

  • “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40 (NIV)
  • “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:27 (NIV)
  • “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;” 1 Thess 4:3 (NIV)
  • “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess 5:18 (NIV)

From these four verses alone, you can ascertain:

  1. It is God’s will for you to be saved by placing your faith in Jesus alone for salvation.
  2. It is God’s will for you to be inhabited by His Spirit who will make intercession on your behalf.
  3. It is God’s will for you to be sanctified and for you to avoid sexual immorality.
  4. It is God’s will for you to be identified by an attitude of gratitude.

As you read the Bible, take time to personalize Scripture. God has a word specifically for you and your situation. God has a specific plan for your life. God wants you to seek Him daily in relationship and take Him at His Word.

Discerning God’s will begins with discovering God’s Word. Now walk in the light God gives you and obey what you already know. Watch to see what God does in you and through you. The best is yet to come!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, October 18th, 2007 at 1:00 am
Category Discerning God's Will.
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