The River You Must Cross

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Month Theme: Spiritual Warfare and the Jubilee

Topic: The River You Must Cross

Scripture Reading: Genesis 32:10-23

Main Text:
Genesis 32:22
And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

The river you must cross constitutes the physical conditions we must subdue in the pursuit of of our dreams. Jacob had to cross the stream Jabbok on his way to Canaan (Genesis 32:22-23). He devised a strategy to carry his family across the stream. Every visionary has his or her river to cross. Everyone who is moving towards a breakthrough has physical obstacles to face. They are the things you don’t create. You come to meet them – the weather, established systems, floods, etc. The devil may not be the direct architect of these problems. They’re frustrations you face from nature.

When the obstacles showed up, the overcomer in Jacob showed up. He devised the strategies to win. Jacob took his two wives first, then the womenservants, then his eleven sons, and finally his property. You cannot cross rivers without planning. Jacob also had to be strong to do this job. Jacob went by the ford and not the deep part of the river – minimise risk. Physical obstacles are a legitimate part of an achiever and he must overcome them.

It is often said that a person is the product of his or her environment. In other words, the environment moulds a person. While this may be true, we cannot allow the environment to dictate our lives. Don’t blame nature for your destitute condition. To the parasite and the aimless follower, a person is the product of his or her environment, but to the pacesetter and leader, the environment is the product of a person. There is no good environment which was not made by people. God empowers us to lay foundations and complete projects (Zechariah 4:6-9). Nature will produce thorns and weeds on a farmland if you allow it. It takes our manipulation of a land to determine what it produces (Mark 11:22-23).

Prayer: Pray for the wisdom and strength to cross the rivers of your life.

Recommended Reading:
“The Jubilee” by Eastwood Anaba
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