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by Dudley Anderson
5/05/2017 / Devotionals
The e-Devotional helping to keep you on-track
Published through www.godtracker.co.uk
05 May 2017
GOD-TRACKING IS WADING IN THE RIVER OF GOD
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Karen and I had the pleasure of visiting Israel not too long ago. We had an amazing time, viewing all the famous biblical sites. However, I was also impacted by the sheer natural beauty of the region. On one occasion, we were near the source of the Jordan River in the north of the country. In the hot arid climate of the Middle East, this river is the very lifeline for two countries. We stood near an opening in the ground where beautiful clear cool water gushed out to start its 251km journey to the Dead Sea.
Standing there reminded me of another biblical river, one without a name. God had just given the prophet Ezekiel a very detailed vision of his temple. Then, in his vision, God brought Ezekiel around to the front entrance of the temple where he saw water issuing out from below the threshold. It began shallow and flowed eastward. The angel of the Lord led Ezekiel into the river. As he stepped into the water, it took him to his ankle. The angle took him further in until the water was knee deep, waist deep and on until Ezekiel could no longer touch the bottom. He says, “It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.” The river continued to flow eastward until it reached the Dead Sea. But, unlike the Jordan River, where the River of God entered the sterile waters of the sea of salt, it transformed the dead waters into living waters. The Dead Sea came to life. The prophet then noticed that along the banks of the river grew fruit bearing trees: “Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
Ezekiel’s river had its source in the sanctuary of the temple; it began its journey from the Holy of Holies. The Holy of Holies contained symbols of God’s Word and Spirit and represented the merciful presence of God, that is, the atoning work of Christ. Wherever the river flowed it gave life. Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” He was talking about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Ezekiel’s river represents the life-giving flow of God’s Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit flows from the foot of the cross, bringing life wherever he goes. The source of the River of the Spirit is the cross of Jesus. Notice that Ezekiel did not remain at the source of his river but waded out into the glory of God, until he could no longer stand on his own two feet. God wants you to go-with-the-flow of his Spirit; he wants you to be filled with and overwhelmed – baptised – in the Holy Spirit. He is your source and your resource. He is your energy, your strength and your life. The word for you today is, step out into the River of God and allow it to knock you off your feet! God wants you to drink deeply of his presence so that out of your heart will flow rivers of living water.
God-tracking is wading in the River of God
Be filled with the Holy Spirit
Don’t Give Up, Look Up!
O Lord, may your living water flow into every nook of my being
“Dear Father, thank you that Jesus died to redeem me from my sin. I acknowledge that he is Lord of my life. Thank you that you have poured out your Holy Spirit on all flesh. Today I want to wade out in the flow of the River of God; I want to lose my balance so that I no longer stand on my own two feet but am taken along by the mighty flow of your Holy Spirit in every area of my life. I open my heart to you and I open my mouth to you. Baptise me in the Holy Spirit. Fill me up, O Lord, may your living water flow into every nook of my being. May your living water flow from out of my heart, bringing food for the hungry and healing for the sick. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”
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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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