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March 16, 2022 8:00 am
Got Dr. Tony Evans says there's lasting importance in recognizing who it is that lifts and sustained you know God is your source. This is the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative. There are times when the path ahead of us may look impassable, but Dr. Evan says we need to remember how God has an established record of helping his children successfully navigate treacherous ways.
Let's join them as he elaborates for 40 years for the line for 40 years for their habits to be corrected 40 years for them to be humbled 40 years to be trained and now it was time the crossover at the end of the 40th year and what a miracle crossover.
It was, I made it with something to behold.
Because we are told when they cross over the Jordan. They crossed over the Jordan in one across the Jordan is in flight season, that's the most dangerous time.
That's the time when you most likely to run into a problem water to drown the time when the human capacity would be at its lowest. But I just want you to know God does some of his best work in fluency when the water is to have the problems that you great the needs are too daunting. In other words, way beyond you, where God makes it hard in order for you to see only one God and you. I saw within flood season that God would perform this miracle. It was no different than when the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea they got Pharaoh coming on 1 inch I got the Red Sea on the other hand there in a Catch-22. They have a conundrum they can go either way and find a solution that unless God shows up and does something supernatural about layout application. If you happen to day to be in fluency being overwhelmed by life's realities of life circumstance, you may not be in a bad position as it looks, because it may be be impeccable season for the Almighty God, to demonstrate how exactly Almighty he is still God told them in flood season to tell the priest to take the ark of the covenant which contained the 10 Commandments, the word of God and to tell the priest to put barefoot in the bank of the Jordan. Why, because before you can ever see what God does flood season.
He wants to see you walk by faith. Want to see you talk about faith of feeling by faith he wants to see you moving by faithfully says let the priest barefoot on the back.
I got to see that they don't trust me until he gets these representatives. The principle of representation, so the representatives on behalf of the nation. Put barefoot in the Jordan and a couple Americans took place during flood season, God blocked the water from flowing down the Jordan River so that now God won't give all the mop so that the water would stop flowing out with one miracle in and of itself within the Bible says they crossed over on dry land, not wetland dry land to be land but I could walk over their feet not get money when they can roll wheelbarrows of their goods and not get stuck in the Barbara horses could still try to cross walk across a run across and not get stuck in what is that for years and centuries and decades had been wet with the Bible says God not only didn't want to heat the soil so that when they walked over they want the book of John. And it all happened in fluency.
It was in this context of the supernatural intervention of God, the God tells Joshua to get a representative again.
The principle of representative weather leaves would represent the 12 tribes of Israel to go back into the drive Jordan and pick up a boulder, a stone that is when the pebble is the major stone because the other carrier to fit each one on his shoulders so it was a major rock and he says what I want you to do with his rot and I want you to build a memorial. I want you to build stones of remembrance, I want you to build something so you'll never forget what was done here and who did it.
I want you never to forget that the only way you to where you from where you came from is because God brought you in flood season from where you were to wear you off won't you to get the big hello, choose a thing that is by your problem or your life that you are in this place. 40 years later.
I want you to have a perpetual reminder that the only reason you are where you are today versus where you were 40 years ago is because I have to naturally intervene in the situation now. Why does God want to tell Joshua to build a memorial because God knows we are subject to forget God knows we are prone to forget while you may forget a lot of things in life. God is not the one you want to forget. I want to show you a few of the Scriptures that drives this home. Deuteronomy chapter 4 verse nine we told these words only give heed to yourself, giving to yourself and keep your soul diligent so that you do not forget the things which I see and that they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life, but make them known to your sons and grandsons in chapter 6, verse 10, then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you great and splendid cities which you did not build in houses full of all good things which you did not feel and you sisters what you did not dig vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant and you eat and are satisfied, then watch yourself that you do not forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Look at chapter 8 verse 11. Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments's ordinances of the statutes which I am commanding you today.
Verse 14 in your heart will become proud, you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. Verse 18, but you shall remember the Lord your God. It is, he was giving you power to make wealth, that he may confirm his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as it is this day it shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them shortly against you today will testify and you shall surely perish like the nations that the Lord makes the parish before you did you get the message about not forget.
I like that phrase in chapter 6, you better watch yourself because it's easy to forget if it isn't a thank you for your own source. If you think it is all on you about you from you to you through doing because of you. It is when you've gone from nothing to something to forget how you got there, don't forget that God is your source.
Don't forget that where you are now compared to where you were when you met me. If not, but same place because I want with you even though your rebellion, even in your disobedience even in your disregard. He said that you in the wilderness called you in the wilderness preserve you even when you out of polish. It would be so is that if the truth were told if we got what we deserved. We wouldn't be here today if God didn't protect us in that situation, deliver us out of that situation we would be today, but because God oversaw that what could happen In any present desk and walked us through what he says don't you forget and so he tells them. I want you to build the stone memorial.
He said not forget the goodness of God alone is your source and when we align ourselves with God like he wants us to align ourselves to him. He says you will see me even in season demonstrate your glory.
So he sends them he sends them to get the stones you know we we believe in reminders we have memorial day parade.
You know that's a reminder of the people would sacrifice their lives for our freedom in America until they have a report that they don't want you to forget there's an Independence Day Parade on July 4 in all kind of independence celebrations to remind us of the battle from England that led to the founding of the nation.
What because they don't want you to forget. When I was in Washington DC not too long ago that all memorials of the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial why so you don't forget they got the great statements by the statesman on the wall so that you can be reminded of what it took for us to be what they're trying to say is we don't want you to forget what God is saying is common. Go don't want you to forget what you think about the God want you to forget you could let me tell you the big difference between don't want to be forgotten and God says don't forget me. The focal don't want to be forgotten when they're gone they're gone, you pay for everything else.
UK region reach when they were alive. Okay, we dramatically so they can do absolutely nothing from them. Memorial but the God who brought you from yesterday today and you alone made him go back again. The problem the problem is, everybody was to remember God for what he can give them nothing. We use influences when you will between the left and a hard place at the Red Sea. When you didn't know how you will get out of this when you didn't know whether you will go make when I gave up on you when you saw on the way out. Remember that show I met you in that place.
Do not forget the Lord your God so gather the stones gather the stones and when you gather the stones question.
The question is what bestows me a memorial always provoke a question. What does this mean we have trophies in the fellowship Center trophy case all, trophies from different things different teams have one from a sports ministry trophies. People don't even stop at the trophy case and know you know that. Have you been over there. The reading and the more you know what, because all that is representative of the past trophy and there is yesterday's news, so you know there are many more. You look at people because they mentioned that you don't don't revisit because it's yesterday's news.
The reason why God doesn't want to forget you. If it is not just yesterday's news about his name. He told Moses, I am that I am I personal pronoun in present tense is the right now God took his trophy cases continue to be filled with current daily realities of his presence and purpose in our lives individually and as a community. He's never told you he says I want you to build a memorial to remember to call my people to remember that the right now God based on the past.
So he told Israel circumcise your sons and every generation after that he said remember the Passover have been in the New Testament, Jesus is around communion. Remember me why because of what I do right now based on what I have already.Dr. Evans will come back with more on remembering God's faithfulness when he returned to just a moment. Stay with us. Alaska is a land where ancient glaciers drop size chunks of ice and see where risk space for spawning salmon were the last green canopy of trees is offset by distance new email and where the word majestic is hardly enough to describe what you see nowhere else in North America is the scenery so spectacular in God's creative wonders. So, for if it come to terms with Tony Evans on an unforgettable urban alternative Alaskan you'll discover powerful scriptural truths from Dr. Evans and other gifted instructors experience meaningful times and enjoy inspirational musical talented musician. There's plenty of time for rest and relaxation luxurious accommodations and incredible, all while surrounded by the breathtaking creation that is Alaska to find out more about the urban alternative Alaskan visit Tony Evans.org today.
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You been there all my life.
If you turn the pages of your life. You look close and you'll discover your heavenly father has for all your life, even in the unsaved days you will not be so.
He says I want to build a memorial since when your children ask you what the stones mean then you will say because of the waters of Jordan were cut off before the covenant of the Lord to cross the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off, so the stone shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel. We are supposed to have a transferable faith. It's supposed to be transferred from one generation to the next generation. You know what we in the chaos we have been a transfer problem. We have a generation of young people who have not had their faith transferred by their mothers or thoughts until there is a massive transfer problem. Verse 24. I love this says that all the people on the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty so that you may feel the Lord your God, for ever watch this one for Israel. Bless you even know in the promised land. You will be surrounded by Jericho – as all these evil people came by to fight and rush Thanksgiving probably use a roundabout evil, but in the middle of the people that surround you touch all around you that you read you. If so while they know all the rights I want them to know that because I want to get started is about you. I want them to hear the miracles I'm doing in the transformation of the American say that is rising up the spirituality that I want to show so that when they will be made right now I'm making a great year with you and may God keep your miracle on camp with the rats about player and all God, and shall not at 1800, show that the paper that the change that the ability to do that we can give testimony to the law of God in your home you may be surrounded by but God said if you remember the Lord your God. When you say out from the house we will serve the Lord. I don't get what the going around that I will make great because you remembered me even though you're surrounded by all kind of people should be ashamed of God to be ashamed to name his name, don't you be ashamed to be ashamed of. Praise him to be ashamed of, glorify want to hear about my God what compensation my job is named Greg individually and our job is to do it collectively and no matter how what what God gives. Remember that when you're on the top of the pyramid. No underneath you. You come crashing down, we get all the notes up on walks away with a welcome collapse because it's all about Dr. Tony talking about the importance of always keeping God's faithfulness at the front of our minds. And with that he is wrapped up his current series on Biblical manhood called kingdom men rising means today is the last chance to take advantage of the special double offer.
I mentioned earlier, all 12 full-length messages in the series, bundled along with Tony's powerful book kingdom men rising. Remember, if you help us continue this broadcast by making a donation to the ministry will say thanks by sending you the special kingdom men rising bundle. This offer ends today, though, so don't put it off. Visit Tony Evans.org or reach out to our resource Center at one 800 832, 22 team members are standing by around-the-clock to help you. That's 1-800-800-3222 or online it Tony Evans.org when there doesn't seem to be any way out of the circumstances you're facing. Dr. Evan says there's likely a godly purpose for your problems.
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