E100 Devotional – Day 24

May 29, 2012

Reading: Joshua 3:1-4:24

Joshua brought the children of Israel to the Jordan River and lodged there for three days before crossing over and encamping in Gilgal. Gilgal means “a rolling away”. Jesus crossed over into death, was buried, and on third day the stone was rolled away when He rose from the grave!

Perhaps you’re facing some very difficult challenges today? Just like the leaders of each tribe who each carried a stone, we must each bare our own appointed burdens, that when laid down, form a memorial of the grace and power of God in our lives.

We too have responsibility to give to future generations memorials of God’s faithfulness that will encourage their future quests and victories. Today, our ark of the covenant, Jesus Christ, will go before us, followed by the prayers of the priesthood who are our brothers and sisters in Christ, warring in the Spirit in prayer.

We too must sanctify or set ourselves apart in our hearts. We do that through Bible reading.

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth.
John 17:17

We sanctify our hearts by letting the Word of God in and keeping the words of the enemy out of our hearts.

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…
1 Peter 3:15

Daily devotions are sanctifying because we’re getting into the Truth first, listening to God first, and picking up only our appointed burdens until we can lay them down at His feet as a memorial stone of His grace and power. We celebrate memorials on the other side of the Jordan.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
1 Thes. 5:23-24

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