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Ezekiel 47:9 (ESV): "9 And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes."
The Spirit of God is the source of life. Whatever He indwells becomes alive and bears fruit. Without the Spirit, there is no life (Rom 8:9-11).
Ezekiel sees a river flowing from the Temple and its waters are the source of life for all that it touches. It will flow down from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea and make it alive. All along the bank of the river are trees being nourished by the water causing them to bear much fruit. He is of course visualizing the Holy Spirit and His life-giving power to all that it indwells.
God has given us the visualization of the Spirit of God throughout the Bible but it isn't more clearly seen than in that of the rock that gushed forth water in the wilderness. Interestingly enough, During the Feast of Tabernacles, a pitcher of water was poured out on a rock daily to remind them of God's great provision of water during the wandering. It was on the last day of the feast, perhaps while the water was being poured out, that Jesus said, "if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (Jn 7:37-38).'" Jesus is the Rock from where the Water comes from (speaking about the Holy Spirit). When we believe in Him, the Living Water comes in giving us life and then desires to flow "out of" us!
I hope you are allowing Him to gush forth from the Rock (Jesus) out of you everyday. Don't hinder the flow, Christian! Let the Spirit be seen in your life by way of fruit and life. May you become the illustration of the indwelling of the Living Water that others can see Him and desire to have what you have in your life, amen?
Father, thank You for showing us the effects of the Spirit so clearly through Scripture. Helps us to be a living example and illustration for You we pray in Jesus' name, amen!
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