GOD’S PROMISED RIVER WITHIN
BY: KENNETH GREATOREX
“And behold there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon – waiting for the Consolation of Israel, – And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. – He took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord now you are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word: FOR MY EYES HAVE SEEN YOUR SALVATION.” [Luke 2:25-30]
We MUST learn to both “HEAR” and “SEE” God’s fulfillment in the earth regarding His Divine purposes. Simeon [means hearing] RECEIVED Divine instruction which had been REVEALED to him, and this caused him to be LED by the Spirit into the temple where he SAW the fulfillment of God’s promise.
Simeon saw GOD’S SALVATION, He who embodied salvation, and through whom God would achieve it. We might have just seen a cute little baby, just like the Prophet Samuel looked for a king after the outer appearance until corrected by God. Simeon picked up the baby Jesus, declaring Him to BE, “GOD’S SALVATION.” This made absolutely NO SENSE as the natural mind knew the infant wasn’t weaned, and still needed diapers.
God hasn’t chosen to reveal Himself by worldly or religious wisdom, and this confuses many. He acts according to His sovereign purposes, when and as HE WILLS. Not knowing this we continue in our wilderness wanderings not realizing that the Stream of Living Water is available for all today.
Because we don’t understand the will and ways of God, we race towards a mirage thinking that is living water, but it is not the real thing. Perhaps we can even pump up some sort of blessing, but after a short time no matter how noble the effort, and wonderful the blessings, the fruit of another abomination, or Babylon is born. Where is life giving water to be found?
God restores and builds HIS church, HIS kingdom, HIS WAY! The carnal efforts of man will claim parts of the Babylonian religious and worldly system for God. Like the offering that Cain brought to our Lord. It may be entertaining, but it will bear an Ishmael anointing. It will distract our eyes from the ONE worthy of our praise, our worship, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Our decisions and judgments tend to be based upon HUMAN ADAMIC WISDOM rather than DIVINE PRINCIPLES. Remember, “Not many wise – mighty – noble are called – God has chosen the foolish things of the world – the weak things – the base things – and the things which are despised – that NO FLESH SHOULD GLORY in His presence.“ [1 Corinthians 1:26-29]
Historically, all true moves of the Holy Spirit are a CONTINUATION of the pouring out of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. This WAS THE FULFILMENT of Joel’s prophecy according to Peter. He said, “THIS IS WHAT WAS SPOKEN BY THE PROPHET JOEL.” [Acts 2:16] Then he continued to quote verses 17-21 as in Joel 2:28-32. To Peter is was THEN the LAST DAYS and the fulfillment was THEN. ALL else is a CONTINUATION of this outpouring. Do we believe the Bible, or our man made doctrines? Yes, many are thirsty and dry, But NOT because the outpouring hasn’t come, IT HAS, but for lack of knowing how to drink of the Spirit.
God has continued to move throughout church history. In the 20th century the Pentecostal movement began in a little Bible school in Topeka, Kansas on January 1, 1901 where some had been seeking the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Agnes Ozman received when Charles Parham laid his hands on her, and she spoke in Chinese for hours. Years later Parham was ministering in Texas and a California preacher, Charles Seymour heard him, and carried the message to Los Angeles. Meantime God poured out his Spirit in Wales in 1904/1905, and in China and India. Then in 1906 the great Azuza Street outpouring began in Los Angeles.
In the 1940’s there was a sense of dryness in Pentecostal and other circles. The religion of works and, not faith, had set in. We tarried [begged and pleaded] for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. As many sought the Lord, various revivals sprang up. The great healing and deliverance meetings began in 1947/48. God began to pour out His Spirit at a Pentecostal Bible School in Saskatoon [Canada] in 1942/43.
In January 1948, at an Air Force base converted to a Bible School at North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, a move of the Spirit began that has continues to affect the Church. Things that God had previously tried to restore to the church took hold. The gifts, especially prophecy, singing in the Spirit, the truth of the Body of Christ, presbytery ministry, the laying on of hands, and more were restored. This became known as Later Rain by many, just as the earlier Pentecostal revival been. Much of what has happened since has been influenced by that outpouring.
The histories of revivals, or moves of the Spirit, teach us that first there are great blessing, revelation and restoration of Divine order. Because of the newness, things move awkwardly, and mistakes are made. Then Satan puts it to the test by trying to either kill it, or causing it to go astray with erroneous teachings or false manifestations such as, barking, howling, gross physical contortions, etc. OR, people get caught up in the phenomena of the Holy Spirit and it becomes the most important thing.
Thankfully some will move to a greater maturity in Christ with each “revival.” But the next generation doesn’t have the same experience, and the fervency of the move dies. A pattern of legalism, or worldliness sets in, as spiritual decline becomes evident. Some then cry out to God for a fresh move of His Spirit. Yet, the Holy Spirit has been outpoured and we have but to DRINK of HIM.
It is NOT God’s purpose for His outpouring to decrease in glory and then stagnate. It is for the His move to grow from glory to glory. The anointing so evident by grace at first, is still there. An artesian well of salvation has been planted within and there is a RIVER OF LIFE flowing within each of us. It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Most of us have been hesitant to let the “river” flow because of fear or lack of knowledge. Now please follow with us as we look at some Scriptures.
Revelation 21:22-23 speaks of the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven and that this City IS the BRIDE of CHRIST [Verse’s 2 and 9]. There is no specific temple there because THE LORD IS THE TEMPLE.
In 1 Corinthians 3:16 – “YOU are the temple” 1 Corinthians 6:19 “YOUR BODY is the temple.”
In Ephesians 2:19, 20 “members of the household of God — grow into a HOLY TEMPLE.”
In Revelation 22:1-2 there is “a RIVER PURE AS CRYSTAL.” This means that there are NO impurities flowing from the THRONE OF GOD WITHIN.
Deuteronomy 11:10, 11 tells us, “For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, – but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven,”
– Rain from heaven, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
– Egypt speaks of the ways of the world, so often in the church.
In Revelation 22:1, 2 we have a RIVER OF WATER OF LIFE AND A TREE OFLIFE. The tree is for the healing of the nations which is needed in the NOW, not in some heavenly or millennial state as some would believe.
As we read Ezekiel 47:1-12, notice that, the river/waters that flowed from the temple were deep enough to swim in [Verse 5]. They brought life and healing wherever they could freely flow.
THERE WERE TWO SOURCES OF WATER: Verse 1, “water flowing from under the threshold of the temple.” In verse 2, “water running” is literally “water trickling” In verse 9 –“rivers,” note the plural. A river is composed of many sources coming together to form a strong and deep life-giving river.
A SPIRITUAL LESSON FROM THE TRANSISTOR:
One of our son’s 1979 Christmas gifts was a kit of electronic parts with instructions on how to assemble various components. From this I learned something about transistors. They are a tiny object with three wires. Electrical current can not pass through a transistor unless BOTH wires bring electrical current in at the same time. The “collector” wire carries most of the current. The “base” wire carries a trickle. When both bring power the inner gateway opens, and the “emitter” wire passes the current to where it is needed.
– The “Collector” is like the Holy Spirit – POWER DUNAMIS
– The “Base” is like our human spirit (Received from God)
– The “Emitter” is like a human spirit filled person who allows the Spirit to use him.
The Holy Spirit may desire to move and we can stop Him, or allow Him to move by an act of our will. We chose to move/flow with the Spirit of God as the following Scriptures indicate.
In Psalms 34:1 we read, “I will bless the Lord.” In Acts 2:4 “they were all filled – – and began to speak with other tongues AS the Spirit gave them utterance.” The Holy Spirit gave the ability, BUT THEY SPOKE. It was an act of compliance. In 1 Corinthians 14:15 “I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.” Notice the human participation!
God does not work all by Himself, but through human vessels. Ezekiel 47:7, 12 speaks of “trees.” In Eastern/Aramaic language “trees” often means men/people. You can move in the Gifts of the Spirit, if you would cast aside your fears. All can, and should prophesy. Just open your mouth and speak each word as the Lord gives it to you. Leave out the religious garbage such as, thee’s, thou’s, “and’ ah’s,” repetitive “thus saith the Lord,” etc. Incidentally, God doesn’t speak in archaic language. It take a little time to gain confidence, or more correctly, to believe that the Lord can and does minister through you. He will, IF you will co-operate.
Verse 12 The trees give life because of the flow of water received from the sanctuary. fruit for food – – leaves for medicine.: As in Revelation 22:2.
JESUS said: John 7:38, “He who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” The Holy Spirit has been given, the river IS NOW flowing.
The Old Testament says: Isaiah 43:19b-21, “I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor me – – because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. To give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise.”
Isaiah 44:3, “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground.”
Isaiah 55:1, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;”
Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say “Come!” And let him who hears say “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” This water is now flowing, and in this AGE it is available for ALL.
If there was ever a time when the Church of Jesus Christ needed to move in the realm of the Holy Spirit, it is today. It is time as the Prophet Isaiah said to, “Shake yourself from the dust, arise, – – loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!” [Isaiah 52:2.]
LET THE RIVER OF LIFE WITHIN YOU FLOW. NO LONGER HOLD BACK. LET THE ANOINTING REACH ALL THOSE THE LORD WOULD TOUCH THROUGH YOUR LIFE AND MINISTRY!
GOD’S PROMISED RIVER WITHIN [Kenneth Greatorex] 1