What does the Jordan River represent? I have heard it called everything from the baptism of the Holy Spirit to the “second definite work of grace” to a half dozen other things. But let me keep simplifying and demystifying it. Do you know what I think the Jordan River represented? I don’t think that this desert man Elisha could swim at all, and if he crossed that river in Elijah’s power, he had to have the same power to get back or it was a long dusty walk and an embarrassing return.

 As long as he was on the front side of Jordan, he could back out and save face. He could go back and say, “I went further than any of the rest of you,” to the sons of the prophets. But when he stood on Jordan’s side, if he went across that river in the power that Elijah had, he had to have the same power to get back. It put him beyond himself. I don’t know what your crutch is. I know my problem. The hardest problem that God’s had with me for many years is to get me to a point where I would really trust Him, to where I would take a step following Him that put me beyond myself. I’ve had what Dr. Tozer calls pseudo faith:

 I would trust God only if I had an insurance policy in my pocket, figuratively speaking, that I could use to “bail God out” if He let me down.

 I don’t want to create fanatics who run out and hunt for a Jordan River today and try to create an extreme circumstance. If you are following God, you can count on the fact that He will bring you to a point where He will test your ability to trust Him. Maybe it’s been your talent, maybe it’s been your education, maybe it’s been your skills, maybe it’s been your position; but whatever that crutch is, whatever it is you lean on every time you get to a point where you find out what God could do for you, you are going to have to lay it aside when you cross Jordan River.

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