Summary: If the Christian life is anything, it is alive, it is progressive, it is not static. When Lots wife quit moving, she became a pillar of salt. Christianity is a movement not a monument.
I was asking the Lord, what is the word of the Lord for us this Sunday? And I heard him say, "keep moving."
Everybody say, keep moving.
Now tell you're neighbor like it's a life or death matter... you have to keep moving.
Medical science tells us that one of the most important factors pertaining to good health is exercise. They say that a body in motion stays in motion, that means that it is much easier to keep something moving that is already in motion, than to start it moving from a stationary position. So they encourage everyone, no matter what age they are, to keep moving.
Well truth is parallel, so what that means is, what is true in the natural, is also true in the spiritual... Momentum is paramount. You must keep moving.
Movement is evidence that there is still life. And where there is life, there is hope, and where there is hope, there is a potential for miracles, signs, and wonders.
Let's read our text, Ezekiel 47:1-9 I have to admit there is so much more here than we can unpack today, but I believe what we will share today will be a blessing to you.
The living Bible Ezekiel 47:1-9... Then he brought me back to the door of the Temple. I saw a stream flowing eastward from beneath the Temple and passing to the right of the altar, that is, on its south side. Then he brought me outside the wall through the north passageway and around to the eastern entrance, where I saw the stream flowing along on the south side of the eastern passageway. Measuring as he went, he took me a thousand cubits east along the stream and told me to go across. At that point the water was up to my ankles. He measured off another thousand and told me to cross again. This time the water was up to my knees. Another thousand after that it was up to my waist. Another thousand and it had become a river so deep I wouldn't be able to get across unless I were to swim. It was too deep to cross on foot. He told me to keep in mind what I had seen, then led me back along the bank. And now, to my surprise, many trees were growing on both sides of the river! He told me: "This river flows east through the desert and the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea, where it will heal the salty waters and make them fresh and pure. Everything touching the water of this river shall live. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will be healed. Wherever this water flows, everything will live.
So we are looking here in Ezekiel 47 at this powerful revelation about how the stream became a River, not because there was more water, or because the force of the water changed from God's side, but because of Ezekiels proximity.
The same thing is true for you and I. It is through or by proximity that Gods presence, his power and his glory is experienced, increased, and manifested to us, in us, and through us.
I want you to pay special attention to where this river came from. It came out of the temple. The temple represents the place where God lives, and it symbolizes his presence.
And notice that everything starts at the door. Jesus is the door into the fathers house, and the fathers presence. No man can come to the father except through Jesus Christ.
If you don't come through the door, Jesus said, you are a theif and a robber.
Then notice that this river issued or flowed out from under the right side of the altar.
*The altar is the place of surrender, and sacrifice. The altar is the place where self is crucified.
*The altar is where our wills, our plans, and our desires must die, so that the Christ life can manifest through us.
Just as Moses had to remove his shoes from his feet, in order to fulfill his assignment. The altar is where we remove our shoes of personal ambition, and self will, so we can embrace our divine destiny in Christ.
To put it bluntly, the altar is the place where the old man dies, so the new man in Christ can live. "And just like the water came from under the altar, we must live under the weight of the altar on our flesh every day."
Remember Jesus words, Lu 9:23... And he said unto them all... if any man come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Remember Pauls words, Gal 2:20... I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: And the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.