The Flow of the River of God
By Reverend Celia Apeagyei-Collins
Founder and Chief Executive, Rehoboth Foundation
Foundation Scripture: John 7:37; Ezekiel 47: 1-9
Sunday 5th March 2017
It is important that we make our time in God’s presence more than just a time to ask for answers to our requests. Enjoy His presence and let Him enjoy your time of fellowship with Him. John 7:37 reads: ‘On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says” (MSG).
The question to ask is this: ‘Are you thirsty?’ Notice that Jesus did not ask: ‘Do you need me?’ Rather, he asks: ‘What is your appetite?’ You need the Holy Spirit – this is certain. It is possible to believe in God for all things, and remain unconvinced that He can work signs and wonders through you. The church was never meant to be a place to spectate and be entertained, rather the fivefold ministry was given for the equipping of the saints, including every believer in the church. The book of the Acts of the Apostles recorded the ministry of other believers who got involved in ministry, including Philip. The cities were glad that he visited (Acts 8:40). Wouldn’t it be great if church planting was organic? I pray that God will bring this to pass in New Wine in Jesus name!
The feast of Tabernacles, (the ingathering) was the third of the three feasts that the Jews celebrated in a year. The two other feasts: Passover and Pentecost involved gathering grains. The feast of the Tabernacles, ongoing in John 7 involved gathering wine and oil, which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Jesus heart-cry is still the same today ‘Will you come and drink?’ Revelation 22:17 reads: ‘“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, “Come!” Is anyone thirsty? Come! All who will, come and drink, Drink freely of the Water of Life!’ I love the song of Judy Jacobs: ‘These are the days of Elijah declaring the word of the Lord’. These are the days of boldness for the church in which all that is ours is being restored. New territories are being given to the church. Matured, tried and tested believers are being given fresh assignments with fresh authority and power. We are on the verge of a churchquake. Like in the days of Daniel, the pagan worshipping nation will bow their knees to God. These are the days of harvest: God is short-staffed and is looking for labourers in His harvest field, and shepherds in the field. There is enough harvest for every believer to engage with, if we would take up the call to get involved.
Joel 2:28-29 reads: “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days”. It’s time for the church to arise and declare: ‘At our word, that which the Lord has concluded will become a reality’. Or will the church fold her hands and continue to watch the devil running rampage in society and in our nation? It’s called power and authority. Jesus is still the answer for the world, today. Evangelism is what the Church was founded for! The church exists to reveal God’s light to the dark world. Like Elisha, may God reveal the secret plans of the enemy to the church so that we would be more effective in disrupting and hampering his plans. There is power in Jesus name, and that power is at work within each of us.
Ephesians 5:18 reads: ‘And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit’. The word filled is the Greek word ‘plērousthe’ or ‘pleroo’ which means: ‘to come, to complete’. This is not optional, it is a command from God. As His children, his ultimate desire for us is the fulfilment of this year’s theme: ‘Overflow’. Our faith must simply correspond with that which He wants to do in our lives.
To be filled also means ‘To cram’; God wants us to have more than enough of His Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 12, we are introduced to various gifts of the Spirit. Besides speaking in tongues, there is the interpretation of tongues. The prophetic ministry should really be focused on corporate and national direction from God, instead of personal prophecies. I pray that our evangelism mandate will also spread into hospitals and prisons.
Here is Ezekiel 47:1-9 reads: ‘Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side. And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live’.
The valley referred to in verse 8 could also be interpreted as wilderness. God desires that the river of His spirit waters and triggers a change in arid places. Isaiah 43:20 reads: ‘The beast of the field will honour Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.’ Isaiah 41:17-19 reads: “The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree together’. Isaiah 35:5-7 reads: ‘Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water; In the habitation of jackals, where each lay, There shall be grass with reeds and rushes’.
We all need the flow of the river of God. As we spend time intimate fellowship with Him, we are unlocking the key to doing exploits. Will you make that your goal from today?
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