The Access to the River of God
The Access to the River of God
“The light of Israel will become a fire, and his Holy One a flame, and it will burn and devour his thorns and briers in one day”. Isaias 10.27
The Holy Spirit is the complete provision of God for all yours needs. All you need for having an abundant, victorious, and healthy life, is when you invite God to live within you. The Holy Spirit is the power of God, and His power lives in you. So, If you have the Holy Spirit in your life you also have, His peace, love and nature. The Holy Spirit is God’s anointing on our heart, soul, and mind.
A doctor takes care of you and provides a certain medicine for all your pain and suffering. God works in the same way, but even better. Instead of giving you medicine for a temporary fix, He gives us the power of the Holy Spirit for a eternal problem fixer of the mind and body. God gave us a portion of his holy spirit to provide for all of our needs. Everything we need to have an overcoming life Is already given to us by the Holy Spirit.
If you need power or love, He is the power and the love that has been poured into our hearts. If we need understanding, all the treasures of wisdom are hidden in God.
Therefor, all the provision we need is already available through the Holy Spirit’s anointing.
This anointing is represented by the oil in the word of God. The oil was a very sacrade element in the ancient world. The oil, is a symbol of the complete provision of anointing. We take the same usually the ancient people of Bible was him and understanding how we need to be dependable on God’s anointing in our day to day living.
The first basic utility of oil was used to cook food, but in fact God himself is a food. In the same principle, we need to receive a portion of God’s anointing which is like food to our spirit. When we stopped eat this anointing, we become weak and feel unable to do the will of God. Therefore, the power of the Holy spirit is like food to our bodies.
The second vital function of oil in the past, was used to make soap. The anointing of oil was also cleansing and purifing to our lives. When I say that, I mean it purifies the dirt in our lives here on earth. The world’s filth touch us and make us insensitive for God. So the power of the anointing purifies us from our dirt.
The third function was used for fire, in the Bible days they used oil to lite the fires. We are same as lamps, our personal light can only shine against the world if our spirit is filled with the heavens fuel. Amen.
The fourth goal of oil was to be used by the priest for the anointment and consecration of people and things for God, and was also used for moments of healing too.The purpose of God can only be fulfilled by anointing. The supply of God for our life comes only through Him, and all sins are broke and destroyed by the anointing power. Do not try to do things for God in the human fuel, but let the anointing move you supernaturally to do His will. If we are in the anointing, there will be no stress, fear or insecurity. The anointing, food, and fuel, cleanses us and meets us in the will of God, to complete His provision and anointing.
As the fire is an illustration of the Holy Spirit, water is used as well. Let me share some principles associated with the symbol of water. God’s Word, water, not so much lakes and seas, but as water flowing in a river or stream , is a symbol of the Holy Spirit .
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried Out, if anyone is thirsty , let him come to me and drink . Whoever Believes in Me, to the Scripture says out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7.37,38 )
We are those who believed and accepted Jesus’ invitation , so we went up to Him and drank the living water. And because we did this, we are like a fountain for the living water. And so we become a channel through which the water flows to quench the thirst of others. Before someone can be thirsty, they must first drink the water of God, after you quench your thirst you become a fountain for the Holy Spirit.
Where this water comes, a source begins to flow, and because this is not mere water , but a person , the person of the Holy Spirit of God ! You have hunger for God’s move and to touch the Spirit . You must stay hungry for the presence and the move of God . When we, the children of God, become that source of living water, and pass through the arid valley , this turns into a spring. On earth, its almost like being a spring in the dessert. Our inner being flows like a river of living water! There is no drought for one that has a flowing river.
But for us to have this river flowing , we need to have access to this source . According to the Word of God , so the river flows under certain circumstances . Here we can find at least four situations or places where the river flows . These places are symbols of the spiritual reality that we now have access to our spirit .
1 ) RIVER OUT OF EDEN
In Genesis we read that in Eden there was the tree of life and also a river that flowed. There is, however, mentions that this river was the river of life. Therefore, we assume that the tree of life is here in Genesis and also because this river and the river of life. And where does the river of life flow? Eden.
Eden was where man and woman lived before eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil , before they sinned against the Lord . Certainly Eden is characterized by many things, but I want to emphasize only one feature . Before sin the man and his wife were both naked and not ashamed. This main feature of Eden is that He and a place for nudity . It certainly had a symbolic and spiritual meaning. The absence of clothing speaks of transparency . Adam and Eve were naked, or were transparent to one another. Not having anything to hide, or be ashamed of.
On the day when sin came, they were expelled from Eden, we lost access to the tree and also the river of life. And the first sign of sin was the perception that they were naked. Thereafter, because of sin, we could no longer be completely transparent with each other.
After sin there is no absolute transparency. You cannot show everything that is inside of you to others, and in fact, you do not want others to see . Nude is something that bothers you. How would you feel if someone sat naked beside you. The sensation and discomfort. Understand, however, that I am not speaking of physical nudity, but the transparency of the soul.
So you can be naked in front of him with whom you have covenant. The only nudity happens in marriage, because marriage exists in the covenant . So you can fully show the one with whom you have a covenant.
But even then there are limits . The children should not see the nakedness of their parents , and not the disciple is prepared to see your naked soul leader before him . See nudity and attend to other defect . Covenant of brothers do not expose the nakedness of the other, before the covers .
Men do not need to show everything. Ever noticed how boring a person can be who opens up there whole life with every person they meet. Maybe this is not true transparency , because sometimes the best place to hide is in front of the spotlight . Faced with a very bright light, dazzels our eyes and then we cannot see anything. Clothes symbolizes attitude. The Bible tells us the garment of praise , but also tells us the garments of anguished spirit speaks to take off the heavy clothing and put on the garments of joy. You choose the clothes that you will stand before your brothers. I may be going through alot of difficulties , but I come before the church with garments of praise . Would it be appropriate if I, as a pastor, came before the brothers showing all my fights. Nobody wants to see the nakedness of the pastor!
That is no hypocrisy. For those who have a covenant of intimacy and are open with God. Wear clothes before men,but is completely transparent before God .
But if the people do not have more like being completely transparent , the same can not be said with respect to the Lord . With God we should be fully transparent . So being completely naked in the presence of God gives us the position where you have access to the river of life , the life just like out of Eden .
The river of God does not flow if you dont open up your heart and give your life to Him . You have to Fully open up your heart to God and tell Him everything! Do not be pretentious in the eyes that sees everything . Do not try to be anything more than what you really are, but remove the dried fig leaves and show your heart to Him.
There will be no personal revival if we keep trying to hide what goes on inside of our hearts from God. One of the most striking features in the Psalms is the complete honesty in the presence of God , even if the truth is shocking. Its Not easy for anybody to tell God all the terrible temptations that comes into their mind, but the psalmist did. See the example Psalms 109 and 137.9 .
We will not have revival if we keep pretending to be somebody we are not. Its better to recognize your sins and temptations before the Lord and ask Jesus for help.
The river flows only where there is full honesty in the presence of God . Before Him, you can undress yourself completely and show your soul , your pain , your sin, your shame, and misconceptions.
Do not think that God loves you because you are nice . He already loved you long before you became a beliver. He loved you long before you were even born. He died for you! The love of God never changes!
There is nothing that you tell Him that He doesnt know already. But God wants to hear it from you. He wants you to show Him that you have a covenant with Him.”Lord, here i am before you. This is who i am and this is what I have done, and thats my reality, but You Lord has the power to change me , so please change me ! Change my story ! ” So then the river of God begins to flow in you.
2) WATER FLOWING FROM THE THRONE
” Then the angel Showed me the river of the water of life , bright the crystal , flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb .” Revelation 22.1
The river comes from where the throne is established. The throne of God is a spiritual symbol . It is much more than a seat to sit in. It represents authority, power, rule and dominion.
This is not only a metaphor to say that He is the king.The throne symbolizes His majesty and royalty. Being king, and He and His sovereign will and that must be taken . Thus , the river flows from the throne . The throne of God is in your heart . If the throne of God is al dai will come rivers of living water . The throne of God is at work or at home . If it is in these places, it will flow rivers of living water !
What is the throne. The throne is submission to God’s will. In other words , if your heart is submissive to God’s will , then , the river will flow from it . But in the place where the throne was not established, the river does not flow and result is desert, drought and aridity .
Have you noticed some people you know to be saved, but you do not notice any water flowing in their lives. These people who do what they want and then ask God to bless what you have done independently, are people who say to God, ” If the Lord does not want me to, put an angel in my way or send a donkey to speak to me .” Simply are not submissive .
Sometimes brothers are against coming to church and I always ask them : You came for God’s direction. Sometimes i hear things like: ” I had many problems with it.” But that is not important , the big question is : ” It was God who sent you.” If you are not sure, go pray.
Where there is no throne, there is no water. If there is no government, there is no river. Is there a government in your life? Who governs you? Yourself? God should be your governer, and God is not obligated to make us feel better just so we can trust Him, we must submit everthing within our lives becuase we want to. Where ever we put the throne of God there will be a living water as well.
3 ) RIVER FLOWING FROM TEMPLE
“Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.” Ezekiel 47.1
The temple and the place and the poeple of God . In the New Testament, the temple refers to the building of the church. God does not dwell in places made by human hands, but He is the Church of His eternal people . Our bodies are the temple of God.
Thus the temple speaks of communion . Ezekiel says that out of the river where the temple is, the river out of which the church is built , where we have communion with God . Do not expect the living water if you’re not investing time in communion with God .
How often do we pray until there is nothing left to say? But after that I still notice a soft voice saying: ” You just talk , but I still have more to share with you.” We are unduly hasty with God , He does not rush us, do not think that you should pray only when you have something to say? We all need to learn to just stay quiet before Him as if to say : “I’m here before you Lord just to hear you, and fellowship with you Lord .”
When we do this, the communion begins to build up within us. The time spent with God is very important.
4) ROCK RIVER FLOWING FROM THE WOUND
“Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink”. And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.” Exodus 17.6
Where does the water come from? The Rock, In Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians , he explains that the rock is Christ (1 Cor.10 ch. 4). We, as well, are living stones according to the First Letter of Peter ( 1 Peter ch.2 ). We were also transformed into living stones, and the likeness of Jesus, is the rock.
People can look at and think what will come out of them . But you can be sure that this rock is living water. But, how and who will get water from the rock. Just God, He can only work with what we give Him and we need to give God our broken heart. Here we have the fourth principle : The Holy water can only flow threw the Rock (Heart) that is broken.
There are people who are virtually not touched by something! Not a word of inspiration, impactful anointing , music, or even a touching testimony. Nothing touches their heart . This happens because your heart is hardened. The life of God is in our spirit and He is the center of our heart, but the heart must be broken so that God can rebuild it and make it new! So do not be surprised if God permits a situation that makes you shake and shiver inside. Once you are broken by God, sensibility will be a mark of his heart . Just the mention of the name of Christ Jesus our Lord will make your heart boil over.
Broken men are men with open hearts from the Spirit of God. For it is good to be around them. The Word of God tells us in Psalm 34:18 , that God is close to the brokenhearted. Psalm 51:17 also says, ” God desires a broken spirit, he will not reject a broken or repentant heart”. So a broken Church , who weeps for what is in Gods heart experiences revival.
People also like to pretend that they are having a revival just to make themselves feel better in the presence of God. It is true that there are people just weeping tears which do not have much meaning , but there is the cry that is different, this is the cry of Gods heart. This is a cry that touches the sky that brings forth living water inside you.
Of course I do not mean those who mourn over novels, and mere emotionalism. I am speaking of those who weep in the presence of God , touched by His Spirit , and felt His presence in a place . They have a spiritual awakening and realize the Lord is working where He is present, and just think… Wherever we are in life,GOD is present!
How long has it been since you cried in the presence of God . Is it impossible to have an encounter with God and become whole? If you had an encounter with God, your heart of stone was removed. You now have the heart of God.
5 ) A FLOWING WATER TO THOSE WHO HAVE REGISTERED OFFICE
“And he said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.”Revelation 21.6
The water is free. But it will be given only to the people who is thirsty for more of God. If u do not have this desire in your own heart, then you are not qualified to receive it . It’s free, but only for the thirsty, so on the serious note, if you just want a sip from Gods Holy water then you are taking advantage of what God really wants to do in your life and will not recieve any blessing.
“The Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let the one who hears say, Come. And let the one who is thirsty come, let the one who desires take the water of life without price”. Revelation22:17
Who wants to come ! You have to come ! Exit the place of drought . You can be the difference to the eternal life source. Therefore, all the provision we need is already available through the Holy Spirit’s anointing.