Rivers of Living Water

Ezekiel 47 describes a prophetic picture of God’s river of life:  it begins with a trickle of water flowing out from under the east side of the temple.  As the water flows, it expands in volume and strength, until it becomes a deep river that cannot be crossed (verse 5).  These waters are unusual, in that they convey healing wherever they flow; moreover, trees grow along the banks of the river — trees that bear fruit every month, trees whose leaves also bring healing.  What a picture of abundance, provision, and wholeness!  For Ezekiel, this picture forecasts God’s presence and provision for His people.  For us, as New Testament believers in Jesus, this scene represents the Kingdom work God longs to accomplish in and through us on a daily basis.

Paul makes it very clear that our physical bodies now serve as the temple of the Holy Spirit, the residence of God’s Spirit. In I Corinthians 3:16, he asks:  “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”  In I Corinthians 6:19, he repeats the same question with slightly different words: “…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”  Later, in II Corinthians 6:16, Paul declares, “You are the temple of the living God.”  Since the Presence of the Living God dwells in us by His Spirit, His Presence should flow out from us, just as the river of life flowed from under the side of the temple in Ezekiel’s vision.  In fact, Jesus Himself declared this fact to be true when He stood up on the final day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the day when the celebration ceremony involved the pouring out of water.  He cried out: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”  (John 7:37-38)

Sometimes I forget the power of His Presence within me.  I forget that the King of all Creation literally dwells in me by His Spirit.  I fail to call upon His healing water to flow in and through me, and I try to solve my problems and meet my challenges in my own strength.  Instead, I need to remember the One Who longs to pour Himself increasingly into me and out through me and allow Him free rein in my heart and mind.  He is more than able to provide “fruit for food and leaves for healing” on a daily basis.  His waters are too deep to run dry.  He is the God of more than enough!  He is after a river, not just a trickle! Father, may the living waters of your Holy Spirit fill me to overflowing!  Be honored and glorified, Lord Jesus!

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