Do you need a Miracle in your life?
Do you need a breakthrough in your marriage, with your children, in your business?
Do you need CLARITY on which way to go? What to do next?
This episode unpacks the answer!... the SECRET to your victory!
I can’t wait for you to listen, but I also want to encourage you to go back and listen to episodes 9 and 10 FIRST so it will catch you up on some previously discussed SUCCESS PRINCIPLES from the Book of Joshua.
This passage of scripture is GOLD, as we, as Christian entrepreneurs, look to the Word of God to be a “lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path” on the journey.
P.S. This is a BEAUTIFUL worship/prayer set that you can put on when you're ready to be still and seek God's presence. This has been a blessing to me and I wanted to share it with you too, as I referred to in this episode.
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Full Episode Transcription:
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Welcome back to the nourishing mompreneur podcast, where we get encouraged and empowered as we pursue our greatest potential within the walls of our home. Hey, Mama, my name is Michelle Hiatt, and I'm so thankful you're here. Do you feel like your life is good but something and you feel unfulfilled? Do you feel stuck in the trenches of motherhood exhausted and working so hard but feeling like you're getting nowhere? Do you have big dreams? You're holding your heart but you've been living strong? Are you motivated for more, but don't have the clarity or the courage to do anything about it? Do you want to discover God's best and see if it's really possible to be an excellent wife and intentional mother and be successful in business? All for the glory of God as a wife of 16 years a homeschooling mom of five and an entrepreneur. I know exactly how you feel every bit of it. I truly believe that the most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your home and that there's purpose in every season. If you are a fellow business-minded mama with a heart for home and a love for Jesus let's process this journey and grow together.
Hey there, so I want to pick back up in the book of Joshua and share with you the absolute key to your breakthrough. This message is for every single believer seeking more of God in your life because we know that out of Him all blessings flow. So if you haven't had a chance yet, go back and listen to episodes 9 and 10. We're talking about the importance of living ready and getting prepared to walk in the promises of God in your life and then over in episode 10, it's insanely crucial content really for any mom wanting to raise your children, the next generation for success. So don't miss these.
Start in that order if you can, but I want to continue with this episode. The next piece of the Israelites journey as they cross over into the Promised Land. God has been giving me some fresh revelation from the book of Joshua and showing me how there are principles for a successful transition in this passage of Scripture. As we take a look at God's ways for his people. I pray that we can understand more of his heart for us because after all, we're His people, we're His children too. God is a God of order and honor and as you press on towards your purpose, let this be an encouragement to you. Alright, so let's get started.
I want to start by reading Joshua 3 to you. It says "Early the next morning, Joshua and all the Israelites left Acacia Grove and arrived at the banks of the Jordan River where they camped before crossing." I'm in the New Living Translation by the way.
So, "Three days later, the Israelites officers went through the camp giving these instructions to the people. When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, move out from your positions and follow them since you have never traveled this way before. They will guide you. Stay about a half a mile behind them keeping a clear distance between you and the ark."
As I was preparing to cross over into some changes in my own personal life, some major business transitions, some new territory, this passage stuck out to me big time. Are you in any kind of transition in your life? Maybe you're in a family transition? Maybe you're in a business transition? Maybe your kids are transitioning into adolescence. I'm over here raising my hand raising the roof over here. I don't know. Right, raising the white flag who knows? Or maybe you're just moving forward, you're ready to go deeper walking in your identity and your God-given purpose. Wherever you are, today's conversation is really for the everyday journey but particularly, it's empowering for those of you facing some kind of shift change or transition in your life. You see the Israelites were instructed to follow the Ark of the Covenant. We could almost stop here and just say enough said like, like period, end of story because this is everything.
When you see that the ark of the covenant represents the very presence of God. You can see why this is so so important and foundational. There is no movement, there is no crossing over. There is no victory. There are no miracles outside of the presence of God. The key to getting from one side to the other, from where you are to where you're going is to follow the presence of God. It's that simple. God wants to move you, He wants to do big things in your life. Where you are is not where you're going to be. But how are you going to get from here to there? It's God's presence. He's going to lead the way.
How can you pursue His presence? How can you put Him first in your life? These are good questions to ask ourselves. We've got to stop worrying about how we're going to get from here to there, our goals, our plans. Yes, we can make our plans but He's going to ordain every step. We've just got to follow Him. Keep your eyes on Him. Don't worry about your blessings about the things you want, the things you need, about the future, too far ahead. Just seek Him, when you seek His face, when you seek Him for who He is, you will get where you need to go. You will have all that you need on the journey. He will be the answer to every question that you have every challenge that comes your way, every circumstance or obstacle that you need to get through and get around.
I thought this was another interesting fact that I pulled out of the scripture was that they were to keep a distance behind the Ark of the Covenant. It actually said stay about half a mile behind them keeping a clear distance between you and the ark. Initially, I would have thought that this was because the ark was so holy and they needed to keep their distance, but I actually think it's because God needs to clearly be leading the way. He does to know who's in charge. I don't know about you, but do you like to be in control? I may or may not be raising my hand over here. But you know, we need to remind ourselves if you have control any of your nature, which we all probably have a bit of that. We need to remind ourselves that God is in control. It's funny with kids. I'm thinking of my one of my sisters-in-law, she has she's got a real like kind of quiet peaceful personality and when her oldest who is 18 now, when she was two, she has a real strong like in charge personality and she used to have to tell her two-year-old like, look at her and be like "I'm the mom." She'd tell her like, "I'm the mom." There is order and authority like I just mentioned, and sometimes God needs us to know like, "Hey, I'm actually God, I'm actually in charge here. Let me be on the throne of your life. Let me be in control."
For me, it's not so much an issue of following the ark. It's more of an issue.. I don't know issues, the right word- challenge, whatever. The challenge is more of like trusting His timing because it's hard to be patient and my determined, ambitious side would want to catch up or even outpace God. You cannot rush the Spirit of God because there are valuable lessons in each step. If God is working something out in your life, you can't rush Him. When you're ready, God will lead you to the next thing you've got. God will. Let Him lead the way, just trust Him, but not just trust His ways and follow Him, but trust His timing, trust his pace, sometimes you might move fast. Sometimes you might move slow, but follow him and keep that distance so that you know the position of your heart and that He is on the throne.
Why? Why is this so important? Well, because the Bible says "since you have never traveled this way before they will guide you." You won't know where to go or how to get there. If you don't follow the arc. If you don't seek God's presence. When you're entering new territory, how are you going to know? We don't want to be lost in life. We don't even want to be wandering. If we follow him. He's going to lead us where we're supposed to go. He is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
Alright, I'm going to go back to Joshua here. Reading from the Bible now, (Joshua 3:9-16) it says "The Lord told Joshua when you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop there. So Joshua told the Israelites, "Come and listen to what the Lord your God says. Today you will know that the living God is among you. He will surely drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites ahead of you. Look, the Ark of the Covenant, which belongs to the Lord of the whole earth will lead you across the Jordan River.
Now choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe, the priests will carry the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touched the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream and the river will stand up like a wall. So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan and the priests who are carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. It was the harvest season and the Jordan was overflowing its mace. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river's edge, the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed onto the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho."