River in Zion

Ezekial 47:1-12 tells us about a river running from under the door of Temple. It's measured at four intervals: angle deep, knee deep, waist deep and finally "…It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through." (Ezekiel 47:5 NLT)  My morning devotion in  Living in Freedom Everyday describes it this way…

"Angel deep is when we can enjoy refreshing in God's Prescence but we are still in full command. We can splash and play, then choose to walk out of the river with no lasting effects in our lives. 

In knee deep water, the current of God's Presence can be felt, but we maintain control. We have a good view of those who've ventured out to deeper waters and we see that "in His Presence is fullness of joy" (Ps. 16:11) but we still find security on the riverbank.

In waist-deep water, the stream of His Presence is strong.  We've walked into deeper water, fighting the current and struggling to keep contact with the bottom, or the world. Often the fear of what others think or the fear of losing control will tempt us to go back to the riverbank. It's at this place that we make a crucial decision: Who will be in control: God or me?

The middle of the river is where we can experience all of the river. We stop fighting for control, and instead, we pick our feet up and float, allowing His current to carry us. We go where He goes and it is good."

Let's be "Te-total-ers" and jump in!  

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