Amidst a garden of beautiful floral grandeur, there flows a stream of crystal clear waters that issue from a fountain of flow from within the foundations of life that declare anew a transformation untold.
There is a deep stirring that seems to be rising up from deep within my core of being. I’ve tried to put words of ordinary language to it but the scope and magnitude extends far above and beyond what the scope of words can carry and convey. So this morning I write from such a place. There is a message that must needs go out from the testimony of the life that I walk out now. God wrote the story and now there must an outlet from wherein a river of life seeks to flow.
As a people of God, at least from what I observe and sense at this hour anyway, we have forgotten the living essence from with truly life in Christ Jesus originates from. There is a fountain head of true extravagant joy that issues and flows and stems out from the heart of God. A river of love of such magnitude and dimension that seeks tributaries in which to run out and navigate it’s course.
Have you ever observed in nature how a river has formed and forges its way into conduit of flow carving it’s way through the terrain of the land and has a way of charting it’s own course and the lands must submit and give way to the flow of it’s mighty waters? The use of the land is usually transformed over the course of time in which the river takes over and has it’s way. Really and truly man has little to say in the matter in the end. He may try to manipulate and steer the river but he usually realizes that the effort proves quite futile.
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb’. (Revelation 22:1 ESV)
The river flowing from the Throne of God is a figure of the Holy Spirit, and the waters spoken of by David are such as the powers of heaven are intended. The kingdom of God is the work of the Spirit; and it is no matter for wonder ‘if’ He reigns in this together with his Son, since we see from scripture promises that we too shall reign with the Son. “If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He that believeth on Me, as saith the Scripture, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spoke He of the Spirit”. (John 7:37)
In John 4 we read that there came a thirsty woman and she was drawing from a well.
You see her life was ruined and wasted and her soul was bound for an eternity devoid of life, oh but then she met the Master who told of her great sin. He said, “If you’ll just drink of this water, ‘you’ll never thirst again”. There is a fountain, a river that frees the soul from sin. Come to these waters; for there is a vast supply
There is a river, that never shall run dry.
In the midst of what goes on in life around us, we are all called to make a declaration of what we believe in. A man who knows not on which he stands, will in most cases end up falling for anything; tossed to and fro by the cunning craftiness of a doctrine not sound and anchored in truth.
There is right now I believe, restoration of unity of the Body of Christ, which is what Jesus prayed for “that they may be one even as I and the Father are on”. In reference to Ezekiel’s prophetic vision of the valley of the dry bones becoming flesh and being knit together, there are many interpretations of this picture, but one of a united church rising up in unity and purpose, is a powerful call on us in these days.
The restoration of praise and worship to the Church may be represented by what is referenced as “the days of your servant David”.
David didn’t get to build the structural temple. His son Solomon inherited this blessed privilege. Let us rebuild and raise up the age old foundations. The true gospel is nothing new and has been here ever since Jesus went to the cross. Yet it’s essence is largely missed. A revised form of worship, praise and thanksgiving however has ensued in recent years. Let us remember that the little tent which David pitched around the Ark of the covenant (the presence of God) was a prelude to the temple Solomon his son built.
Worship now involves many people being able to come into God’s presence and worship him openly. In Moses time only one man, the high priest, could enter the Holy of Holies, once a year. David’s tent was a picture of how Christ would enable us to come right into Gods presence, through his sacrifice, and worship openly.
The “days of the Harvest” point towards what is the purpose of the follower of Jesus to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. “The fields are as white in the world” means, they ripe for harvest. The church is to live life out abundantly and fully where all people live, move and have their being. Not in walls of containment made with hands but in “the marketplace”. Where are your comings and goings taking you daily? Whose lives are you touching and when and where?
Declaration, Righteousness, Unity and Worship seem to form a theme; a preface.
The climax, the acclamation, is it not to enlighten to the eyes to “an understanding” of the ultimate declaration of hope Christ’s return? An enlightening of our spiritual eyes? A true restoration of the joy of the Lord becomes the essence of our strength in a literal since in physical expression of the life it it “is” what we live out “if” our life is to be worship in deed and truth. To be “In Christ” means expressly this.
I declare that these current days right now are the “days of Elijah”; the spirit of Elijah being restored to the Body of Christ.
How may we express the sense that these might be days, not of failure and submission, but of the sort of resilient, declaring, even arrogant trust and hope that Elijah had in his God?
These are not days of God stepping back and allowing the world and the church to roll uncontrolled towards eternity, but rather days when Jesus is calling on his body to make a stand, to offer right praises and to declare that He is totally “in control”. I am seeing that we may write the words “These are the days of Elijah” and “These are the days of David”. These are days of “Preparing the way of the Lord”.
Behold he comes riding on the clouds, shining like the sun at the trumpet call; yes we are promised in scripture of His physical return, however does He not return into the hearts of His sons and daughters right now in newness? Oh yes, do you not sense this? Surely there is such a drawing, a beckoning deep within the hearts of some of you? If so indeed, a vast endless supply of extravagant love out of the heart of of God is arising and stirring you. Allow this river to flow out of and through you. Ask for and allow for a new wine skin to carry and issue this “new wine”.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(John 4: 23,24 ESV)
I have much more to share with you. As the words come I will do my best to bring them, to be a living testament of the love and heart of the Father. I must pour out my life as a drink offering, whatever that may entail and however He asks that of me is yet to be seen. It is truly however such a blessed journey and a blessing to be shared. Count the cost and treasure the journey for it is this process that the richness of Christ does truly dwell. It is so worth every trial and testing that may be encountered along the way. Just stay the course, there times of refreshing and renewing along the way. It is truly far more blessed to give than to receive, for it is in the gift of giving that even more returns to you again and then there is even more in the reservoir from which you can continue to pour out again and again.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and bring you peace. “Shalom”, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.