Life Giving Water

Ezekiel 47:1-12

Prophet Ezekiel, in his vision of the future temple sees water flowing from the entrance of the temple. This flowing water covers him from his ankle to his waist and grows deep. This is God’s love, forgiveness, mercy and grace. His love overflows the temple and His forgiveness reaches out to all.

As the vision continues we see that the water from the temple, where God abides, gushes into the Dead Sea, removing the saltiness of the sea thereby bringing life of all forms. God’s mercy and forgiveness can transform our sinful and corrupt hearts bringing forth spiritual healing. Those who have turned towards God and has acknowledged Him will eat the good things the land produces (Isaiah 1:19).
His grace and forgiveness is overflowing, we just have to let it flow over us and move towards the path that leads to life (Psalm 16:11). If we receive and fail to move forward we will be like salty marshes and ponds (vs 11) settling down our lives with sinful nature.

Zechariah 3:2-4, cites a vision where Prophet Zechariah sees Satan accusing Joshua of his sins. In spite of the accusations pointed, God forgives Joshua and removes his filthiness. We too can gain forgiveness by repenting and turning towards God. He will clothe us with new garments of righteousness and will remove our red stained sins.

Zechariah 13:1
” “When the time comes,” says the Lord Almighty, “a fountain will be opened to purify the descendants of David and the people of Jerusalem from their sin and idolatry.” “

Jesus has promised us the life giving water (John 4:10). Lets immerse ourselves into this water of love, forgiveness and grace and become one with Him.

The Ultimate Reward

Haggai was a prophet, who through God’s prophecies encouraged the people of Judah to rebuilt the temple after their period of exile in Babylonia. There are two aspects of this book which greatly relates to our lives.

1) Self-beautification

When the exiles returned back to their homeland they started building their own houses and indulged in making them look glamorous. They were so caught up with their own priorities that they did not rebuilt the temple of God which was destructed. God was not pleased with His people and He brought drought to their land. The people were therefore out of food though they sowed seeds (Haggai 1:4-9).

We can relate our lives with these people of Judah. We often get caught up in beautifying ourselves and in prioritizing worldly pleasures over seeking God. Like the exiles we too wonder why we are not reaping for what we are sowing into? We engage ourselves into bringing glamor to our lives rather than being a part of the Church, the body of Christ.

Are we doing our part for bringing glamor to the bride of Christ- the Church (Ephesians 5:25)?

2) Obedience

The prophecies of Haggai brought fear in people and they obeyed God (Haggai 1:12). Then God promised ” I WILL BE WITH YOU..” (vs 13). This motivated the people to built a new temple. The obedience to God brought joy and blessings to the people (Haggai 2:19) once the temple was constructed.

How much are we willing to obey and listen to God? God has promised us eternity if we obey him. (Proverbs 22:4)

Arthur Stace (1884-1967), a Sydney cleaner, was a core alcoholic. He once heard John Ridley’s sermon on eternity. Ridley spoke about how he wished he could shout eternity to everyone in Sydney. The illiterate Arthur who could hardly spell his name was inspired by this message and he started off with a piece of chalk to write the word Eternity in the streets and pavements of Sydney. This became his mission and he is still remembered for his work. God spoke to him through that message.

God is not expecting us to do great things to built his church. Though the people of Judah completed the construction of the Church it was not as splendid as the temple Solomon had built (Haggai 2:3-4). Even then God was pleased with their work and still blessed them. We too can do our little part in building the body of Christ out of the resources He has provided us.

Hebrew 3:15
” This is what the Scripture says:” If you hear God’s voice today, do not be stubborn, as your ancestors were when they rebelled against God.””

Proverbs 22:4
” Obey the Lord and be humble, you will get riches and honor and long life.”

Isaiah 1:19
” If you obey me only, you will eat the good things the land produces.”

John 5:24
” I tell you the truth, whoever hears what I say and believes in the One who sent me has eternal life..”

Lets open our ears and hear God’s voice and prioritize his voice over all other earthly desires. Doing so eternity will step into our lives.

Spiritual Exercise

We ought to take care of our body and consume the right amount of food to synchronize the movements of every vital organ. We go into different kinds of diets to ensure the fitness of our body. Just like our physical body, our spiritual being requires attention, diets and daily supplements.

Like how organs are vital to the whole human body, so are we to the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Each one of us form the Holy body. Therefore, it is a requisite for every Christian individual to pursue the following for the nourishment of the spiritual being.

  1. Devotional Supplements: Christian messages, songs and regular fellowships constitute a good list of supplements to edify our spiritual being.
  2. Spiritual Diet: It is essential to renounce unnecessary thoughts and worries, which can disrupt the spiritual stability. Like the scripture unfolds, eat (Matthew 4:4) and meditate on every word and let them get etched into our hearts. We should manage and control what we take in for our spiritual existence and our bonding with others forming a body of Christ in unity.
  3. Exercise: Finally, its not only hearing and praising, but practicing the words which strengthens our spiritual joints and muscles.

Our physical body is carnal and can fade away but our spiritual being is meant for eternity and therefore it is important to feed and nurture it, in order to enjoy the everlasting life.

Ephesians 1:22, 23
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all
1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
Romans 12:5
so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
Jeremiah 15:16
Your words were found, and I ate them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my hear
Matthew 4:4
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God
Psalms 73:26
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.