Thursday, October 13, 2011

Crossing the Jordan

This Victory Call is a little different from our typical VC. We have gotten some questions about the Crossing the Jordan Bible Study, so I share this with you.

Imagine for a moment standing on the side of a raging river at flood stage, which is threatening, at any moment, to overtake you right where you are. As you stand there, you can see on the other side of the river that there is higher ground where you would be safe from the torrents and threat of where you are.

This is exactly how many women feel. Difficult life circumstances happen to everyone, male and female, young and old, married and single.

God not only desires for women to have abundant life and to live in victory, but He also made a way through His Son Jesus Christ. "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
John 10:10; "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57.

Crossing the Jordan is a topical Bible Study workbook designed for individual or small group study. It was written by women for women in all stages and phases of life. Originally written for women whose husbands were part of the Colony of Mercy Addiction Recovery Program of America's Keswick, we soon realized the principles and Biblical truths of the study apply to all women with 11 of the 14 chapters applying to any woman, while the remaining 3 chapters apply specifically to a marriage relationship.

The title Crossing the Jordan: Living Victoriously in Difficult Relationships was chosen because it beautifully depicts the life of freedom that awaits those who choose to get their feet wet and to cross that raging river knowing that on the other side there is higher ground of hope, freedom and victory. Much like the Israelites who had to cross the Jordan River at flood stage BEFORE God parted the waters, by faith the priests had to step into the water and get their feet wet. It was the only way for them to finally leave their wilderness wanderings and enter the promised land, "a land flowing with milk and honey" (Deut. 23:7).

"So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose up in a heap...and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. " Joshua 3:14-16

Just like the Israelites, as we choose to step out in faith to move from our wilderness wanderings to lay hold of the promised land in our lives, God will go with us. He will empower us moment by moment to lay claim to the promises of freedom and hope awaiting us on the other side of the Jordan.

Crossing the Jordan is already impacting women's lives, leading them in an encounter with the transforming power of the Living God.

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