Central Baptist Church
Friday, October 19, 2018

Morning Worship Sermon

  
"THE OTHER SIDE OF JORDAN"
NUMBERS 32:1-23 (V.19)
 
Numbers 32:1-23 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place was a place for cattle;  2 The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spake unto Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and unto the princes of the congregation, saying, 3 Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon, 4 Even the country which the LORD smote before the congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and thy servants have cattle:  5 Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.  6 And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?  7 And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them?  8 Thus did your fathers, when I sent them from Kadeshbarnea to see the land.  9 For when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the land which the LORD had given them.  10 And the LORD'S anger was kindled the same time, and he sware, saying, 11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me: 12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the LORD. 13 And the LORD'S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed.  14 And, behold, ye are risen up in your fathers' stead, an increase of sinful men, to augment yet the fierce anger of the LORD toward Israel. 15 For if ye turn away from after him, he will yet again leave them in the wilderness; and ye shall destroy all this people. 16 And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones: 17 But we ourselves will go ready armed before the children of Israel, until we have brought them unto their place: and our little ones shall dwell in the fenced cities because of the inhabitants of the land. 18 We will not return unto our houses, until the children of Israel have inherited every man his inheritance.  19 For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward.  20 And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye will go armed before the LORD to war, 21 And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the LORD, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him, 22 And the land be subdued before the LORD: then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the LORD, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD. 23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.”
 
I want to reread three verses out of this text :
 
Numbers 32:5 "Wherefore, saith they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan."
 
Numbers 32:19 "For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward."
 
Numbers 32:23 "But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out."
 
Look again if you will at verse nineteen (19).  It says :  "For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward."
 
This is a tragic story.  Here is a group of people who did not want to cross the river Jordan.  Can you even imagine!
          On the brink of the greatest revival in their life and they don’t want it – they are happy and satisfied with the dry, barren, desert land of this world!
 
Forty (40) years in the wilderness - now ready to enter the Promised Land, the land flowing with milk and honey - the inheritance of God - now simply by crossing the Jordan it's theirs.
 
     This River Jordan is a historic boundary in the Word of God :
 
1. Naaman dipped in it seven times and was healed.
2. Elijah parted it and crossed on dry ground.
3. John the Baptist baptized Jesus in it.
4. It divides the inhabited area from the wilderness area.
 
          Here are two tribes not wanting to cross it, they want to stay in the wilderness, on the side of 40 years of defeat, 40 years of journeying in the wilderness.  God's directive will was "Cross the Jordan - Possess this land, I give it to you."  But they didn't think it wise.
 
          I wonder today if you and I as Christians are on the right side of Jordan.  Are we on the wilderness side, the side of defeat or the Canaan side, the side of revival?
          Are we walking in the precious will of God for our lives or are we walking in the permissive will of God for our lives?
 
          Look if you will at the permissive side of the will of God :
                                                             
I. THE SIDE OF MATERIALISM
 
          The River Jordan divided some great truths.
          The wrong side of Jordan is the side of materialism.
 
Numbers 32:4 "We have a lot of cows and this is a place for cows.  Lord we don't need the Promised Land to raise cows."
 
          What they were saying was, "Lord material things are more important to us than you are."          
          “Stuff is more important to us than you are!”
 
Matthew 6:33"But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you."
 
          Folks God wants us to have something, but He does not want something to have us.  That's what happened here.
 
          In all the funerals I’ve preached, I’ve never seen a casket full of “stuff”!  The only thing I’ve seen was the survivors fighting over who’s going to get the “stuff”!
    
          Materialism is unimportant when it’s compared to the will of God.
 
Matthew 16:26“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
 
          I am well aware that you have to provide for your family, but don’t get so busy getting “stuff” that you don’t have time for God.
 
Numbers 32:19 "For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side of Jordan eastward."
 
          The other side of Jordan is the side of materialism and it is the side of :
 
II. THE SIDE OF BORDER-LINE CHRISTIANITY
 
          My dear friends the Church is full of Border-Line Christians today.  They want to be Christians but they want to see just how close they can live to the world.
 
          Ill. -  King hiring a coachman
                 -  How close can you drive to the edge at top speed without endangering my life ?
 
          I believe today God is blessing the kind of Christian who says, "I want to live as far as I can from the border-line."
 
II Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”
 
          Border-Line Christianity is, Christianity :
1. Without a testimony
2. Without character
3. It does not affect lost
 
          The world needs Christians who live and act like Christians.
 
Numbers 32:19 "For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward, because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward."
 
          The other side of Jordan is the side of materialism and border-line Christianity, and it is the side of :
 
III. THE SIDE OF COMPROMISE
 
          So many are compromising today with sin, world, and false religion.
 
          We need to be specific and name the sin of Christians.  We need to name things that rob Christians of power.
 
          Billy Sunday asked, "Can a man chew tobacco and go to heaven?" 
          He answered, "Yes, but he'll have to find somewhere else to spit."
 
          “Can a man smoke & go to heaven? Yes, and a lot sooner probably."
 
          Folks what I'm saying is this, we're robbing ourselves of spiritual power and blessings by compromising with sin.
 
          Central Baptist Church is full of people who are compromising.
          I could stop here and begin to name a ledger full of sins but I don’t have to do that because right now the Holy Spirit is God is speaking to you about that specific thing in your life that needs to be confessed and repented of.  Revival will never come until we are obedient.
          God is speaking to us about “Revival”.  He’s telling us He wants to send the spirit of Revival into our midst, but there are some who are standing on the bank of the Jordan today and their telling God that they’re happy and satisfied right where they are.  I’m comfortable in my pew and all I want is for you to leave me alone.
 
          God help us to get on the right side of the will of God for our lives!
 
Numbers 32:19 "For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward."
 
          The other side of the Jordan is the side of materialism, border-line Christianity, compromise, and it’s the side of :
 
IV.  THE SIDE OF THE PERMISSIVE WILL OF GOD
 
          They finally gained permission to stay, but listen to God in :
 
Numbers 32:23 - "Be sure your sins will find you out."
 
          The hour will come when you'll give anything to be on the right side of Jordan.
 
Numbers 32:19 "For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward."
 
          The other side of Jordan materialism, border-line Christianity, compromise, and the permissive will of God.
 
V. THE SIDE OF BARRENNESS
 
          You never hear anything good from the tribes of Ruben and Gad.  Not one good thing.  There was no fruit in their lives only envy, strife, and division.
          What kind of fruit is you life bearing?
 
          How tragic for a Christian to bear no fruit.
 
Numbers 32:19 "For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward."
 
          The other side of Jordan, the side of materialism, border-line Christianity, compromise, permissive will of God, and barrenness.
 
VI. THE SIDE OF VICTORY
 
          Now let me tell you this, there is a side of Jordan God wants every Christian on.  It's the side of His victory.
          It’s the side of revival!
 
          If you want victory and revival in your life, you'll never have it until you cross over that Jordan.
          You’ll not have revival until you remember, repent, and return.
          Remember how God saved you and how He has blessed you and sustained you.
          Repent of unconfessed sins in your life.
          Return to Him today!
 
          To walk in the will of God is to walk in victory and revival.
 
Numbers 32:19 "For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this   side Jordan eastward."
 
VII. THE SIDE OF FULFILLED PROMISES    
 
          God said when you cross over - your needs will be met and you'll be fruitful and happy.
 
Philippians 4:19“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
 
1 Peter 1:8“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”
 
VIII. THE SIDE OF DIVINE LEADERSHIP
 
          God parted the water, God led them in, God Blessed them.
 
          Will you follow the will of God for your life today?
          Will you allow His Holy Spirit to lead you through the waters of this world into His perfect and holy will of God for your life?
          Will you today enter into that land flowing with milk and honey?
 
IVX. THE SIDE JESUS WAS ON
 
          The greatest reason of all for crossing the Jordan and walking in victory and revival is that that is where Jesus is walking!
    
          Which side are you on ?
          You may be here today and you’ve never given your  heart and life to Jesus and received Him as Lord and Savior of your life. 
          Why not take that step of faith today and receive Him into your life?
 
          Christian, which side are of the Jordan are you on?