He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh.” Ezekiel 47:8
Water is one of the major necessities of life on this earth. People need it for themselves and it is needed for plants and animals to survive and provide food for humans.
In places where water is not moving or being changed out, it becomes stale and no good. Nothing can live in it and it is not safe for drinking. Without any water things die and cannot survive.
God gives Ezekiel a vision of a river flowing with fresh water. It flows down into the Dead Sea, causing the sea to become fresh water.
Fresh water that is flowing brings about life to where it goes. Rivers always have trees and plants growing alongside of it. Fish are in abundance in flowing, fresh water. There is life in places of fresh water.
Often the Holy Spirit is seen as a liquid that is flowing out. God’s Holy Spirit goes out, flowing among people bringing life. God cleans out the garbage of sin in the hearts and lives of people, bringing about a new and clean life.
The believer who has the Holy Spirit in him will be a part of the flowing river of life that God has placed upon this earth. Wherever he goes, he will be bringing new life to those around him. There will be a growth of peace, joy, forgiveness, love and more on the banks around him, because of the Holy Spirit flowing in and through you.
Just as where the flowing water brings life on its banks, so will the Holy Spirit bring life to the banks of the believer.
Take a look at your life and the lives around you. What is flowing out of you to those around you? Just as it was with Jesus, so it should be with you. Life should be rising up around you. People should be able to see God and the abundant life that He brings to you and is available to them.
This can be seen in the joy, love, mercy, grace and forgiveness that God has shown you and you pour out to others. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow through you to others bringing new life, eternal life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that God will flow His life through you; and that those around you will be touched by God’s Holy Spirit coming from you.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2
One thing that is guaranteed in this life on earth is trouble. Every person has struggles and challenges in life. Sometimes it is a daily occurrence, while other times it is just on occasion.
The greatest challenge during times of trouble is that one often feels alone and that he is about to be destroyed. There often does not appear to be any way to really survive the situation and no one is there to help. It looks like the end of the world is near for the person.
Isaiah quotes God in saying that He is with the person when going through various troubles and challenges. As one is going through those problems, he will not be hurt or destroyed.
At the point that Adam and Eve had sinned and were kicked out of the garden of Eden, there has been troubles in this life on earth. Satan is fighting to keep every person away from God or to turn away from Him.
In some of these struggles of life it is if the person is going through a physical fire or a raging river. There does not appear to be any way to survive the trouble.
While the world gives into the trouble and discouragement, the believer can have a hope to survive. Jesus had promised that there would be troubles, but God also promised to be with the believer.
It may be painful and scary as one is going through a raging flood of problems, but he can know that God is right there with him holding his hand and guiding him. God will bring the believer through the situation to salvation on the other side.
God is with you also. You do not need to fear the troubles or what may be the outcome.
The most that these troubles can do is destroy your body. They cannot destroy your soul, the most important thing. God has your soul in His hand. Trust Him to hold on to it and bring you through the struggles.
Most of these troubles will not destroy your body, but only be an inconvenience for a time. God will use those troubles to build you and move you forward in Him. These troubles will pass away.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is by your side; that you will know that God is holding you; and that God will save you in the end if you continue to trust Him.
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22
Every person will have at least one enemy. There will always be at least one person who will be an enemy to each person on this earth.
The enemy can be one who is physically fighting, or it can be one who is just verbally fighting against a person. Either method of fighting can inflict great damage to a person.
According to the world, when a person has an enemy, he should strike back as hard as possible, harder than he was struck. One has the right to get revenge upon the enemy. No love or care should be shown, because of the damage the enemy had done.
Solomon states that one should give food and water to the enemy as needed. In doing this one will get a reward from God.
Helping the enemy in his time of need goes against the standard of the world. The world sees that when the enemy is down, then it is the time to strike that much harder and destroy him.
However, since God is love and He wants every one of His followers to show the same love He shows them to others, one should show love to His enemy. Showing love is caring for the person in his time of need.
It is not difficult to provide a little food and water to one in need. This is a live demonstration of God’s great love to the believer, being shown to the enemy.
This can also cause the enemy to realize the error of his ways, maybe causing a change. God will also reward the one who cares for his enemy.
Just like the rest of the world, you will have some enemies. There will be some people who are out to hurt or destroy you. You have a choice as to how you will react to their attacks.
You can be like the world and strike back and hate them. Or you can choose to be like Jesus and show love.
Jesus showed you great love for you when you were His enemy by dying on the cross for you. God is not necessarily asking you to die for your enemy, but to just give them some food and water in their need.
How are you caring for your enemies?
I pray today that you will know the love God has for you and all people; that you will show God’s love to your enemies; that God will guide you in helping out your enemies; and that your care to others will be a demonstration of God’s love to them.