Joshua 3:5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.
Whatever the outcome you are seeking to create in your life, the sooner you change who you are within to become conformable to the word of God the sooner you will see the great wonders you have been anticipating.
Joshua had great expectations of what God would do at the Jordan River. As a result, he said to the people in Joshua 3:5, sanctify yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. By telling the people to sanctify themselves, he was telling them to do more than merely asking for forgiveness. The word sanctify is derived from the Hebrew root word which means “to be set apart” or “to be consecrated”. Therefore, being sanctified effectively means to be made conformable to the word of God. The people wanted their outer reality to change, but by telling the people to sanctify themselves what Joshua was telling them was to let the change they want to see start from within by conforming to the word of God.
Very often our attitude to change is to try to create it from the outside. Any such attempt to create change is like window dressing, it is only temporary and will not last. Real change starts from within and requires conformity to biblical laws and principles. The circumstances of King Manasseh who was taken into captivity in Babylon because of his great wickedness, only saw his circumstance changed when he himself changed and conformed to the word of God (2 Chronicles 33:11-12). Interestingly, it was immediately after Joshua and the Children of Israel sanctified themselves that God gave Joshua the strategy that should be deployed to successfully cross the Jordan.
The same approach taken by Manasseh and the people of Israel to create real change is what you must do as well.
Ask the Lord to reveal aspects of you that need to change inwardly and consecrate yourself before him.
Lord, consecrate me and mold me according to your image and likeness. May I reflect who you are and make the necessary changes from the inside. In Jesus name, amen.