1The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. 2He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side.
3As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubitsa and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. 5He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. 6He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?”
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah,b where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. 9Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. 10Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. 11But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. 12Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47:1-12)
Wherever the River flows there is always an abundance of provision and health:
The Glory of God is represented by this prophetic symbolism of the River because it is without end, continually in motion, the things of the Spirit are always in movement. That’s why the Spirit is also described as a Wind (Acts 2:2; Ezekiel 37:9-14; John 3:8; John 20:22), He is also depicted as a refreshing downpour of Rain (Joel 2:23; Hosea 6:3), at times the Holy Spirit can be experienced as a raging Fire (Hebrews 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:24; Acts 2:3-4) and the Israelite children were specifically instructed to follow the Cloud of Glory – staying in rhythm with the movement of Glory – careful not to depart from this canopy of supernatural blessing (Numbers 9:17-23, Exodus 13:20-22, Exodus 40:36). Ezekiel spoke about the movement He saw within the Spirit, as the Spirit was in the turning wheel (Ezekiel 1:20-21)
The River is flowing... the Wind is blowing... the Rain is falling... the Fire is burning... the Cloud is moving... the Wheels are turning... there is a movement within the realms of Glory.
Jesus understood this principle of the Spirit, He recognized that there was a movement in the Glory… a divine rhythm that needed to be learned, perceived and obeyed:
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.” (John 5:19-20)
Jesus was constantly in motion, listening to the voice of His Father, willing to move in obedience. Throughout the scriptures we read about Jesus advancing, moving forward, even willing to change locations or direction according to the leading of the Spirit.
Down from the mountainside, into the city, into a home, out of a boat, traveling to the other side… there’s a movement in the Glory! The Spirit of God is moving us into:
Joseph found success in another country. Ruth left her family in Moab and went to Bethlehem with Naomi – there she met Boaz who became her financial deliverer. Many times I have found myself traveling to places I never thought I’d go, or doing things that I never dreamed I’d ever be able to do, simply because the Spirit was prompting me to step into this movement of Glory. It’s a River… it’s moving. We can’t be satisfied with yesterday’s manna or the blessing that we received last year. Those things were wonderful and necessary at the moment, but God is leading us from one dimension of Glory to the next (2 Corinthians 3:18). There is something new available… a fresh touch from heaven… breakthroughs for your family… kingdom connections, but we must be willing to step into the flow. The true children of God are known for their willingness to be led by the Spirit.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
One of my spiritual mentors once told me “it’s a form of insanity to continue doing the same thing and expect a different result”. If you want to see something that you’ve never seen before, you’ve got to be willing to do something that you’ve never done before. Many precious believers worldwide pray out to God asking desperately for a move of the Spirit, but what most people don’t understand is that if you want a move of God, you’re going to need to be willing to move with God. There’s a freshness in the Glory. It’s something new. It’s the movement of the Spirit… a spiritual momentum that brings forth heavenly results. In this movement God will give futuristic strategies, He will bring supernatural alignment, correction and divine order. We need to align our prayers and vision with Isaiah 6:8… simply saying: “Here I am Lord… send me!”
Pray this with me now:
“Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You for leading me by Your Spirit. I surrender my own self-will, agendas, natural desires and plans… and I give You permission to take full control. I want to live in the movement of Your glory. I desire to be led by the cloud of Your presence. Show me what I need to see, speak to my heart, and guide me into the places of promise that You have already prepared for me. I believe that You want me to live in the blessing, so today I choose to step into Your River of life, abundance, wisdom and freedom. Thank You for opening up new realms of heaven on earth to me. Amen”