RIVER OF LIFE PART 2
Wherever the RIVER OF LIFE flows, there will be life. This river we're talking about is God's word, God’s love, God's grace, God's mercy, and God's wholeness. Where God's word is wet out, it will not return to Him void. His word and love will change things form death to LIFE. Believe and trust Him, for His grace and mercy is for all. Wherever this river flows, wholeness exists.
When our focus is God and His love for us, we grow. But we don't grow to die, we grow to live. "We are in Him and He is in us" so wherever He is, there is fullness and abundance. We will continue to grow in God and we will begin to produce good fruits, (love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness). These characteristics will grow even more in us as we are continuously watered by the RIVER OF LIFE (GOD AND HIS WORD). Remain at the River (IN CHRIST) and our roots will grow stronger.
River Of Life
6 He asked me, “Have you been watching, son of man?” Then he led me back along the riverbank. 7 When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. 8 Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea.[a] The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. 9 There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows.[b]
Stay ALERT, see what God has done and is doing in us, through us, and all around us. If we choose life, then LIFE is what we will get, but if we don’t, then death is what we get. The TRUTH of the matter is JESUS died so that we would have LIFE and LIFE more abundant. We draw our strength from the LORD and His word. Picture the bible as a river that is always flowing, bringing LIFE wherever it exist. When the word of GOD penetrates in us, it causes the dead things to come to LIFE revealing our true identity in CHRIST. Our LIFE is not over, the best is still on its way. Don’t settle for the ways of the world, but put HOPE and TRUST in GOD. When our trust and focus are in God, we are at the river that continuously brings LIFE and a GOOD LIFE at that! Stay rooted in Christ (the life-giving river) and when seasons change, we will still bear fruit in every one. And to top it off, God provides the peace to endure every season.
2 Corinthians 4:7-12
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed, We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. Yes, live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.
Christ in me, though I'm weak in my own strength, takes our weaknesses and makes them strong, You see, on my own I will crumble and fall, but when the Power of the Holy Spirit is ACTIVATED in me, I stand on a solid foundation, a rock that will not be moved by the ways of the world........Sin, failures, mistakes, and troubles come, but Christ in me STILL STANDS. We are no longer dominated by our problems or sins! Sometimes it will seem as if the enemy has run us down with all his tactics and strategies, but God is always with me everywhere I go! And because of Him, we can face anything and not be destroyed!
Christ suffered so we would have LIFE! As He suffered so do we, but only to grow closer to Him. God is using our struggles to strengthen us. You see, it's not bad but good that we go through stuff, it is like we are being pruned into a magnificent tree. We should be thankful that God cuts away the dead branches, (shame, guilt, fear, sin, insecurity, pride,)- these things weigh us down and take our energy so there is no need for them to stick around. Verse seven says " His light is shinning in our hearts" even though we are fragile and weak. So when things come against us or are being cut away, it only produces an opportunity for God's glorious LIGHT to shine!
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-38 ESV
Think about your day… now think about how many times you recognized the bad things that happened today. The weather was awful (in our area) so that’s something to bring you down… but what else happened? Did your work today go unrecognized? Did someone pull out in front of you on your way home? Did you want to cry when you saw how much groceries actually cost? Did you get a bill that you don’t know how you’re going to pay?
Now think back to all the good things that happened today? The simple, small, acts of kindness. Did someone let you in front of them in the grocery store because you had far less than they did in their cart? Was the woman (or man) in the drive-thru polite and kind to you? Did someone hold the door for you so you could get out of the rain faster? Did someone say “God Bless You” when you sneezed?
I know, for myself, if a tractor trailer pulls out in front of me or cuts me off and they have a “how’s my driving” sticker on the back of their truck, I’m the first person to call that number and complain. But when someone is genuinely doing a good job, I don’t bother picking up the phone to compliment that driver. Or when I go to get something to eat, and the waiter/waitress is unkind, I am the first to ask for a manger. But when they are genuinely great, I typically wont’ ask for the manager to compliment their service. This is a habit that I really need to break…
How many times in life do we focus on the negative rather than counting our blessings? The quoted message above tells about a woman that gave everything she had to the Lord, even in her poverty, she gave what she had. This scripture doesn’t seem to speak of a woman that focused her energy entirely on the negative things in her life, but rather trusted in the Lord enough to give everything she had to him.
I challenge you today (and this week) to focus on the positive things that happen in your day to day life… the little things. Start being thankful to the Lord and to the kind people that still exist in the world. And when someone is polite or kind, make sure to thank them. I promise you, if you put your focus on the positive thoughts and positive thing that happen, (no matter how small), eventually these things will build up and you won’t be able to put your time and energy into the negative anymore.
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