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To be deep we must dip ourselves more
by beatrice ofwona
8/03/2010 / Christian Living
We all seek for deeper things, we all yearn to know God more, to be soaked in His presence to be privy to the mysteries that He has about us and life. But deeper things call for you to dip yourself into God's things more wholesomely not half heartdly. This must happen for each and every one of us in a personal way.
The Feast of Tabernacle was celebrated at the end of a Jewish year and the priests would pour water down the steps of the temple as a show of the Holy Spirit. This feast was celebrated annually. In our midst are Christians who operate like secret service agents and are only seen annually in churches; this may be on Christmas day or on Easter. As a result they do not have the joy and overflow of the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. For this, one must personally connect daily because it is not possible to expect any other Christian to collect this joy for you when you stay away from church.
When the Jewish priests poured the water, it could only go so far and at some point away from the source of the activity, the ground remained dry. The further one walked, the drier it got. In Ezekiel 47:1-12 the prophet talks of water that flowed from underneath, not by humanly effort, but by God's. In verse 5 he says how the further he moved, the deeper it got, finally becoming a river that he could not cross, except by swimming through. As Christians, how thirsty are we for God? How do we live our lives? Are we afraid of those who are too spiritual and prefer to be ankle deep on Christian matters? Are we the kind that would rather wear four inch deep shoes than get wet? Are we afraid to get wet with God? Are we really ready to dip ourselves into God through Christ and be enriched?
The more you get deep into God, the stabler you become because you have to get rid of the baggage that is weighing you down in order for you to swim and stay afloat on His affairs. The more you learn to depend on God, the stronger you get and the more you give up. 1Peter 1:5-8 asks that we may add faith to goodness, which will proceed to knowledge, to self-control, to perseverance, to godliness, to brotherly kindness and then to love which will then stop us from being ineffective and unproductive in our knowledge of Jesus Christ. This translates into growth.
In Ezekiel 47:7-11 we see the enriching effect of the river on the plantation and fish, verse 9 tells of how everything will live where the river flows. Everything is healed but for the marshy and swampy areas mentioned in verse 11. As Christians, we can be at a place for so long that we think that we do not need change and just like marshes look green from afar yet murky when one is close, our Christianity may be the same. God may even have connected us to people who can help us move towards Him but we remain stagnant in our Christian lives. Psalms 1:1-3 talks of the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked but delights in the Law of the Lord-he is like a tree planted by stream of water which yields its fruits in season and whatever he does prospers. In John 7:37 Christ calls whoever is thirsty to himself for a drink.
We may be afraid of worship or afraid of being considered too spiritual but Christ is asking us to be totally soaked in him so that he anoints us. When we have an anointing, we swim in the deep waters of favor because he makes us winners. God wants to change our stories, our status, our history, our testimonies, our cries and our hopes through Christ. He requires submission and commitment from us. He wants us to grow spiritually into maturity and not remain baby-Christians. Only He knows what worries us or what we hide from the world, be it our insecurities, our addictions, our bad marriages or our private anguish.
We should therefore seek Him in prayer and fasting through Christ and not compromise on our beliefs. We should seek to dip ourselves deeper into Him.
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