Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-48:35 / 1 Peter 4:1-19 / Psalm 133:1-3
Ezekiel was given a vision of the temple that will be established during the millennial (1,000 years) reign of Jesus Christ. God proclaimed that one day, He would bring Israel back to their country. This gave Ezekiel and Israel great hope of returning from the captivity of Babylon, never to be taken captive again.
As he looks upon the temple, he sees water coming from under the altar and flowing out through the temple door to the Dead Sea. The amazing thing about this water is that the trickle eventually becomes a river. The angel of God measures a distance of 1,750 feet and the water is ankle deep. After another 1,750 feet, the water is up to Ezekiel’s knees. As Ezekiel moves another 1,750 feet, the water is as deep as his waist. It continues to grow and deepen and after another 1,750 feet, the water is over Ezekiel’s head.
A river starts out as a small stream but as other water sources are added to the stream, it becomes an expansive river. The amazing thing about this “river” in Ezekiel 47, is that is deepens and grows without any other contributing tributaries. A river like this is impossible and only formed by the supernatural hand of God.
This water is a representation of The Spirit of God. As the water flowed from the altar, redemption flowed from the cross of Jesus Christ as He offered Himself for the sins of mankind. The Spirit draws us to the altar/cross of Christ’s sacrifice and cleanses us from all of our sins. Jesus also promises a great outpouring of His Spirit when He cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this He meant the Spirit...” (John 7:37-39)
The effectiveness, power and presence of The Spirit expands and deepens in the world today. As the Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost, it flowed out of the Temple and onto the streets of Jerusalem. The Spirit empowered the early church and they reached past Jerusalem, to Judea, Samaria and all around the world.
The Holy Spirit draws us to Christ and when we accept Christ as Savior, God deposits His Spirit in our lives. The living, powerful and holiness of God’s Spirit abides within us and becomes our comforter. Yet like that river, the impact of God’s Spirit doesn’t stop there. His desire is to grow and deepen within our lives.
God has designed The Holy Spirit to impact and fill our lives completely. It begins with a trickle of His presence but quickly manifests to an expansive river. Our desire should not be to simply walk, wade or traverse through His Spirit but to swim in the current of His supernatural power. Let God mold and shape you into the person He wants you to be. Jump into the river of God’s Spirit…Go All In!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!