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Get into the deep

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-48:35 (additional reading: Psalm 119:49-64 & Proverbs 28:12-13)

This river that Ezekiel saw in this vision was coming from God. It represents: Grace, Love, Redemption, Healing, and the Holy Spirit. If there was a stream of water anywhere on earth that would do all these things for whoever stepped into it every one of us would be making arrangements to go get into this river.

I would like to ask you a question. Are you in the centre of God’s will and that you are right where God wants you to be in your spiritual growth? The truth of the matter is, we all have plenty of room for improvement!

That’s what today message is all about. It’s about becoming more of what God wants each of us to be. It’s about leaving the shore of stagnant, disappointed Christianity and wading out into the deep spiritual waters of the born-again life. It about getting in over our heads and not just paddling around in the shallows.

God is telling Ezekiel about wading out into the deep spiritual waters of the Spirit-filled life. What has happened in the modern church is that we have become too afraid to give our all to Jesus Christ. We are afraid because we think that God may require more of us than we are willing to give. We reason within ourselves that, if I don’t commit to the work fully then I won’t be found guilty of failing in my commitment to Christ.

We see in today’s text 4 levels of commitment: 1)Ankle depth – V3 Ankles or the feet are where the whole body stands on. It speaks of our foundation. God wants to rebuild the foundation of faith. 2)Knee depth – V4 Serving God in knee-deep water means that we must work a little harder and study a little more. 3) Waist depth – V4 At the waist level in a flowing river, we are beginning to lose control of our movement in the water. We cannot run anymore at waist level. God wants us to let go of our strength and the control of our lives to Him 4) Swimming depth – v5 At the swimming depth, our feet cannot touch the ground We have very little control of our body. At fast currents in the river, the current carry us along the river.  God wants full control and navigation rights of our life.

A deeper commitment means wading deeper and deeper into a strong relationship with Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to have complete control of their lives, helps us to stay close to God. At the swimming depth, the river takes us wherever the river flows. The river controls us we can’t control the river.

Reflection

How deep is your relationship with God?

Prayer

Father, Help us to trust You fully and to leave the safety of the shore and allow You to take us into deeper waters. Thank You for remaining with us wherever we go. In Jesus’ name, Amen


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