F04E5AD0-37D0-49E2-BFDC-368BA9914270EZEKIEL 47:1: “After this, he brought me back to the doorway to the Temple. To my amazement, there was water flowing out toward the east from beneath the threshold of the Temple! (The Temple faced eastward.) The water flowed down from beneath the right side of the Temple, that is, from the south-facing side where the altar was located.”

OBSERVATION: What is the true source of life? Isn’t it amazing when we realize that what is true in the natural is often equally true in the spiritual!? And what a wonderful picture we find of this truth in Ezekiel’s vision of the river flowing from the restored Temple of Jaweh, and directly from the exact location of the altar! This vision is repeated in the book of Revelation.

  • “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This pure river of water, the water of life, is the Holy Spirit of God! Jesus proclaimed to his disciples on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles:

  • “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “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.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” ‭‭John‬ ‭7:37-39‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Now think of the comparison between the natural and the spiritual! We would never think about trying to live without water. In fact, man can survive a great while without food, but he cannot survive without water. Here is an interesting fact – in adults, about 60% of their entire body consists of water! That is amazing!

However, an equally amazing fact is how often we try to live life in our own strength, and neglect the “water of life”. It is so easy to rely on our own understanding and make things happen in our own power and strength. Yet, truth be told, this is even more foolish than trying to survive without physical water. In essence, we become dead men walking without the power and presence of the Holy Spirit daily in our lives.

  • “So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Zerubbabel had led the first group of Jews back to Jerusalem following the Babylonian captivity of 70 years. He had erected the altar, and laid the foundation of the Temple. However, mountains of rubble stood as a reminder of the enormous task that lay ahead. How could they rebuild such a great structure from broken and charred rubble? The answer – it would not be by might, nor by power, but by the Holy Spirit of God!

Whatever we are facing – God’s “river of life”, the Holy Spirit, runs from His throne to our lives. The Holy Spirit comes to bring us life, teach us God’s Word, guide us in the pathway of righteousness, and empower us with God’s Grace! Just as we cannot live without physical water, we cannot live without the “water of life”! We need the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit in these last days more than ever before! This is not a day to live parched and dry. This is a day to be immersed in the wonderful river of God!

  • “Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:14-21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Lord, I do not want to live ankle deep, knee deep, or waist deep in the “river of life”. Grant me the grace to jump in completely! Jesus, fill me anew with the Holy Spirit. Let me drink freely and fully from the “river of life”. Help me to walk in full surrender to the Spirit’s guiding, and to live in the full empowerment of His presence in my life!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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