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Pastor's Message

Rivers of Life


April 2010

Dear Friends,

Life was designed by God to be refreshing, fulfilling, enjoyable, and profitable for us and others. Since He created it that way, He knows what it takes to make that a reality in our life. He has also provided what is needful to accomplish this in our life.

Revelation 22:1 Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. This water is life giving water. In this verse, it denotes the life giving, refreshing, comforting influences of the Holy Spirit, whether it be in His operations in the heart of believers, or His miraculous gifts. This water of the Holy Spirit comes from the throne of God & the Lamb.

John 7:38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" Rivers of living water flows out of our innermost being. v39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; These rivers flow from the throne, to our innermost being, then to the world.

Joshua 15:18-19 "It came about that when she came to him, she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. So she alighted from the donkey, and Caleb said to her, "What do you want?" Then she said, "Give me a blessing; since you have given me the land of the Negev, give me also springs of water." So he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs." Upper streams are the things seen, the lower are the unseen. We need both streams. The seen is run by the undercurrents of the unseen. ie: Someone may see hands laid on the sick. It may look like just anyone laying hands on the person. But when the unseen waters of the anointing of the Holy Spirit directs the current, then the waters within are meeting with the water from the throne of God, and it bring results. His waters meeting the waters within us. The waters from the throne brings a refreshing and comforting influence. The water within flows out to people bringing repair, restoration, and recovery. The currents from the Throne and the currents within meeting together.

John 14:2 "In My Father's house there are many dwelling places...." Father's house is the place of His residence. Revelation tells us there is no temple in the city, but He is the temple. Therefore, the house is His presence. Dwelling Places is the Greek word mone, meaning a habitation, abode, mansion. We abide in His presence. This is our personal position in the Lord. The dwelling place is an opportunity to take our place/position. In our Father's presence there are many positions. Mone is also related to the Greek word, monos; This is used of one acting on his own authority. In our position, dwelling in His presence, we have authority to act. The river within, flowing with the rivers from the Throne brings authority!! We need to flow with Him in order to flow in His authority.

Ezekiel 47:1-12 (Please read this section when you have time) This is the account of the Ezekiel going out into the deep waters that could not be crossed because they were so deep. This is the water from the Throne. This is where we flow together in the river of water from the throne. You can't cross it, or pass over it. You MUST flow with it. This is the place we are called to reside!! Every living creature where this life giving river goes will live! They are Living Waters. There are all kinds of trees that produce food and their leaf does not wither. The fruit does not fail, but it will bear fruit every month. This is symbolic of our continually, and constantly producing results because, as the trees, our rivers flows from the sanctuary, the throne of God. The fruit of the tree are for food, and the leaves are to heal. What a glorious river!!

Psalms 1:2-3 As we spend time in the Word of God, we become as these same trees planted by the life giving waters from the throne of God. "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers." Wow!! This is really what everyone wants. All we have to do is flow in the river!!

Revelation 22:2 "in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." We are as the tree of life. Streams from the throne flow to us, and there is water flowing through us. Our fruit not fail. We will bear every month. There is continual fruit for food, and our leaf is for the healing of the nations!!! The nations are not the heathen, but the multitude of the redeemed, gathered out of every nation. It is, of course, not implied that there is, in the new Jerusalem, any disease which needs healing, but the tree of life is put forward as the means by which the perpetual health and life and general well being of the inhabitants are sustained.

Until that time we are to go about with leaves(which is the promise of fruit) to bring healing to the nations!!! The river within flowing with the river from the throne!!!! There is power when the two rivers meet!!!

Pastor Bob