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Is river of life water only? No. It has several properties. Just as light has properties of particles and waves, which boggle minds of scientists today, river of life is water, fire, and life. Daniel 7:10 says, “A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him…” (NIV) Acts 2:3-4 says, “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as Spirit enabled them.” (NIV) What’s interesting to me is that Spirit of God is likened to fire that separates at will and comes to rest on early disciples, gathered in upper room. Here again, elements used to describe working or manifestation of Holy Spirit are given life-generating properties. One might conclude that Holy Spirit was in river flowing from Throne and in fire that lighted on heads of early disciple in upper room. The Holy Spirit gives life-generating properties to every thing it touches. Touch me Holy Spirit!
What is its relationship to us—the Body of Christ? Psalm 36: 8-9 says, “They feast on abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is fountain of life; in your light we see light.” (NIV) The river of life is delightful to us. After all joy of Lord is my strength. In other words, river of life gives me delight and strengthens my soul to live in victory. Isaiah 55: 10-11 says, “As rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for sower and bread for eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve purpose for which I sent it.” (NIV) The rain comes to earth one way and returns to heavens another way. Yet it does not return without accomplishing God’s purpose.
The river of life flows to us from Throne of God one way, flows through us in purpose, and returns to God in thanksgiving, worship, and praise. I thank God for river of life. In worshipping Lord, I’m releasing river of life back to Him as a tribute of praise. The water comes to me, through me, and back to God. I’m connected! How about you?
Four questions with Bible answers stand before you. What say you? Do you know that God made you with desires? If you had no desire for joy, you would never seek out joy. God has made you with a hole in your heart. That’s right. It’s a hole that can be patched only with God Himself. You are made to thirst. The thirstier you are, more He satisfies your thirst. Won’t you come to Jesus? He is water of Eternal Life. He is moving to you by His Holy Spirit. Reach out, and take a drink. It’s free, and you may have all you want.
Keep faith. Stay course. Jesus is coming soon.
Stay in water.
Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK.