Day 49 - River / Symbols of the Holy Spirit Pt. 7

Shabbat Beloved of God,

It's the last day of the Feat of Weeks (day 49); tomorrow is Feast of Shavuot / Pentecost. I woke up this morning with the Holy Spirit asking a question; "How deep do you want to go"? So, how deep do you want to go?

Getting under the Spout of Heaven,

Going Deep,

Sharon

In the Days of Awakening!

Revival Quote: Revival is falling in love with Jesus all over again.” - Vance Havner

Symbol of the Holy Spirit

River - Gladness, Joy, Refreshing, Healing, Provision

The Lord wants people to get in touch with who He is, and that takes people who will let the rivers of living water be awakened in them and then gush out of their lives. So the Holy Spirit is manifest in rivers. The work of the Spirit is often compared to taking what was once desert and turning it into fertile land, with water / rivers being the key for that transformation.

The River of God

From Genesis to Revelation we see the river of God flowing. Jesus is the source of this river.

In the Garden: Genesis 2:10-14

10 Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.

    • Pishon = “increase”

    • Gihon = “bursting forth”

    • Hiddekel (Tigris) = “rapid”

    • Euphrates = “fruitfulness”

River whose streams make glad the city of God - Psalms 46: 4-5

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. 5God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

River of Delights: Psalms 36:7-9

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. 8 They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights 9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

    • Fountain = spring, fountain, of source of life, joy, purification

Well of Living Water: John 4:7-14, (Jer 2:13, Jer 17:12-13 - broken cisterns)

10 Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.

Jeremiah 2:13 For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns (well) That can hold no water.

Jeremiah 7:12-13 12 A glorious throne on high from the beginning Is the place of our sanctuary. 13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You will be put to shame. Those who turn away on earth will be written down, Because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the LORD.

Spring Up O’ Well: Num 21:16-17

16 From there they continued to Beer, that is the well where the LORD said to Moses, "Assemble the people, that I may give them water.” 17 Then Israel sang this song: "Spring up, O well! Sing to it!

    • Beer = “well” an oasis rest in desert during the Exodus

Springs of Living Water: John 7:37-39

37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’" 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

River Flows from the Throne ~ Wherever the River Goes, it brings LIFE

Ezekiel 47:1-12 [See also Joel 3:18, Zec. 14:8, Rev. 22:1]

The Hand of the Lord was upon Ezekiel and He took me back to the door of the temple…water flowing from under the threshold of the temple…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…when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured:

How Deep Do You Want To Go?

    • the water came up to my ankles

    • water came up to my knees

    • the water came up to my waist

    • 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.

Wherever the River Goes Healing Springs Forth

6 He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. 7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 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.

Harvest Comes Forth From the River

 9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.  10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their netsTheir fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 

Healing ~ Provision ~ Fruitfulness Comes From the River

12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every monthbecause their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine."

River of the Water of Life: Rev. 22:1-6

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 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

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. (Rev 22:17)

God has always had a river and He always will.  The Lord Himself is the Source of that River.

The Bible begins and ends in Garden (Paradise)  where the River of God flows. Sin interrupted the flow of that River to man in the pages between Gen 2 and Rev 22. Likewise, sin interrupts the flow of the River of God in our lives. When we forsake the Lord, we choose for ourselves cracked cisterns that hold no water.

The Lord, the Spirit is calling us to go deeper, to be completely filled, saturated in His River. This River brings joy, peace, and life wherever it flows. Let the well of living water spring up from you and water those around you!

Holy Spirit Workings in Mark, 

Chapter 16

The Great Commission ~ Individuals Saved, Healed & Delivered

14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywherethe Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

The Great Commission ~ Disciple Nations

Matthew 28:18-20  18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

Rivers are channels or conduits to places where the refreshing of water is needed. The Holy Spirit is manifest in rivers in order to bring refreshing upon you, but also that the Lord would make you an overflowing tributary of His Holy Spirit fullness, life, and love to others. 

ACTION

  • Read: Mark 16  - Write down what the Spirit shows you. 

  • Cry Out for God’s Presence - for the River of the Spirit - to invade your life, church, city and this nation!

  • Ask Holy Spirit to cause your eyes to be open to discern the times.

  • Ask Holy Spirit for a fresh infusion of the reverent fear of the Lord.

  • Ask Holy Spirit to impart in you a greater hunger for righteousness.

  • Agree with Jesus’ prayer in John 17 for oneness / unity among the Body of Christ.

  • Wait in His Presence, get under the spout of heaven; Go OUT bring disciples to the Father AND make disciples of nations!

Drink From the ROCK 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and all ate the same spiritual food; 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.

OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence--As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! - Isaiah 64:1-2