Ezekiel 47:5 “Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.”
In Ezekiel 47, God was telling Prophet Ezekiel about wading into the deep spiritual waters of the Spirit-filled life. Can I ask you a question? Are you afraid to wade into the deep because you think that God may require of you more than you are willing to give? Do you reason that if you don’t commit to the work fully then you won’t be found guilty of failing? Ezekiel saw the vision of a river that springs forth from God’s throne and that flowing river represents the power of the Holy Spirit.
In the verses in Ezekiel 47:1-5, we see that God in an awesome way is telling Ezekiel to stop standing on the bank of the river and get out into the deep. This same message is being said to us today and that is get into the deep. Sadly this is the mindset of the church today. Many are satisfied with going through the routine of standing on the banks of the river never getting into the water. They are afraid that if they were to actually get into the flow that God will require of them more than they are willing to give.
Standing on the banks is a comfort zone and people feel they are safe because they are standing and what we call solid ground. It seems nice on the banks because every once in a while there’s a splash that happens in the river because the river is flowing and is sometimes turbulent and it causes a mist to happen and settle on those standing on the banks; however, God is requiring you and I dare you to go deeper don’t be satisfied with just a mist.
Ezekiel was not only submissive to God here but was submissive to God before. This walk with God calls for continuous submission, you can’t be wishy-washy and expect to go deeper in God. Being a sometime church goer, sometime fasting, sometime prayer, a sometime obedient person, a sometime Bible reader isn’t going to take you deeper in God He requires submission and surrender.
When you have a deep relationship with God, He will show you things that are so deep, and sometimes scary, in terms of visions, prophesy and the like. The Bible says this river grew large enough to swim in, yet there was no other river adding to it. Once you tap into the River of Life, you will enjoy its sufficiency; our sufficiency, the Bible says, is of God; who has made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.
Spiritual maturity is coming to the end of yourself, of your abilities and plunge into God’s hands. He wants us to be obedient to His will. God says go deeper, loose yourselves in Me; get rid of your ankle deep goals, dreams, ambitions and surrender all to Him.
Please note this message is an extract from other authors.