“Tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever” (Joshua 4.7 NIV).
People are influenced by our realities, especially those who are under our authority and influence. When those people trust and respect us, our experiences will alter their fundamentally rooted perceptions of life. Our hang-ups and strongholds will affect them just as much as our victories and triumphs. It is so easy to allow our mistakes to take precedent in our thoughts, words and actions. Little do we know, though, that our focus on the negative will cause those we influence to focus on the negative. But we forget that the ugliness of our lives has been washed clean by the blood of Jesus. We are rehashing guilt that no longer exist, and we are teaching others that GRACE isn’t strong enough–but the truth is that our FAITH is what’s not strong enough. Instead of repeating our failure, pain and bitterness over and over again, we need to speak of what God has done in our lives. Then those who look up to us will begin to see the beautiful movement of God, and their realities will have a firm grasp of how amazing He truly is. We may not have stones of memorials like Israel had after crossing the Jordan, but we can write a list of all of God’s blessings and favor. Instead of professing the corrupting sin of this world, we can use our list to start professing all the good God has done.
“‘No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.’ So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8.39 NLT).