13 Jan Day 9 – Sanctify Yourself, Wonders Are Coming
Sanctify Yourself, Wonders Are Coming
By AJ Klerekoper
Joshua 3:5 (NKJV)
And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”
Many of you have heard this passage from Joshua 3. At this point in the story, Moses has died and left Joshua in leadership. The people are out of slavery in Egypt but have been wandering homeless for 40 years with only a thin remembrance of the promise God made them of their own land. Standing between them and their Promised Land is the Jordan River, the city of Jericho, and seven enemy armies that actually already live in the land.
I don’t know about you, but this would be hard for me. Hard to follow a new leader. Hard to rally for a seemingly hopeless and never-ending battle. Hard to not want to just sit and settle. I think it would be very easy to start asking, “Did God REALLY say that? Did He REALLY speak to us and tell us that is OUR land? How do we know this is the right move? Canaan probably isn’t even that great of land anyways.”
So what did Joshua, their brand new leader, say in the height of this situation? He said “Sanctify yourselves.”
Sanctification is setting yourself apart, or dedicating yourself, for the work of the Lord. Joshua’s call to the Children of Israel wasn’t to sharpen their swords or get good rest while they had the chance. It was all about commitment to the Promise. He said tomorrow THE LORD will do the wonders so TODAY I need you to just decide that you will never give up.
2017 has amazing promises for Guts Church and the people of Guts Church. We have the promises in hand and the leadership to guide us there. The question is, and has always been for God’s people, are you going to dedicate yourself so God can do a wonder among you?
25 days of prayer and fasting can be a difficult on-taking. But what if 2017 is the year you kill an addiction? What if this is the year you see your healing? What if this is the year your family is restored, or you pay off your mortgage, or you get that new job? What if all you needed to do was sanctify yourself to believe what God said and just decide to not quit no matter what? I encourage you to use these 25 days as an offering of commitment to the year and sanctify yourself with this prayer and fasting so you are ready to inherit His promises for you!