REVIVAL Series: Mist River Rain By Pastor Philippi
Part 4: THERE IS A RIVER 11-22-2015
The Challenge of Change
God is shifting us from a mist to a river, from just enough to more than enough. A lot are happy with just enough. Anytime there’s change people get uncomfortable. Change is movement, change causes friction, friction causes heat, and heat causes fire.
We are like a child going through the weening process. We’re trying to move the child from easy eating to a new method because it’s necessary so they can eat food to get to the next level and grow. The baby wants to stay on milk, then stay on the baby food. The only reason a baby likes it is because it doesn’t know better. The only reason you don’t want more is because you haven’t tasted it. Don’t judge my experience from your lack of it.
In Genesis 2:6, 8 God formed Adam, then he placed him in the garden. First God will form you, then He will place you. Some of you are in the forming process and some are in the planting mode, getting ready to bloom and bear fruit.
Formed in Low Places
He planted a garden watered by a mist. The mist started collecting in low places. There’s not a lot of water in the mountain top. He gets you where you need to go in the low places. A seed can only grow in the dark. No matter how low you are, a river is headed your way. Water is trying to find you. The mist formed the river and then it split and made four rivers (Genesis 2:10).
Moving to Swimming Waters
Psalms 46:4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. (NKJV) We aren’t just talking about heaven, but about what He is doing in your lives today. If you are a river that is not connected, then you’re a mud puddle, you are cut off doing your own thing. When you have flow, you have a river.
Ezekiel 47 talks about water flowing from the temple. The further out it goes the deeper it gets. It went from ankle deep, to waist deep and then became swimming waters. Many of us want to know where the floor is. A lot of us want to be that way in the spirit. We don’t mind some blessings. Some just want to sit on the river bank and put your feet in the river. He wants us to get in swimming waters where the only thing holding you up is the water you’re in. You have to learn how to deal with the water. We need to learn how to move in the deeper things of God.
THE FOUR RIVERS OF GENESIS 2 (Genesis 2:10-14)
The Pison River – Spreading and Increasing
The river in Ezekiel got deeper further out. In the natural that only happens if there are other water sources. When other rivers pour in it gets deeper. This is supernaturally getting deeper. Some try to look like they’re deep, but they’re just in a hole. Some are bringing their own garden hoses. You can’t add to what He is doing, but in the flow it will get deeper and wider.
There was gold near this river. How do we get gold in the river? In the high places there is gold, in services where God is moving. Then in low place you’ll have what you need in God.
John 1:16 For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift. AMP There is an increasing that is about to happen.
Gihon River – Bursting Forth
It is as if a dam broke and it flooded everything. We are not just increasing or breaking through, God has flood waters. John 4:14 Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst — not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” (The Message) You won’t ever run dry. Get that in your spirit. Psalms 105:41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; It ran in the dry places like a river. (NKJV) The Israelites were in the desert. You have to have a lot of water for a million people. A river literally came out of that rock.
Hiddekel River – Quick Work
Are you ready for a quick work? Would you like to see our church double? You might have to sit in another seat or park further out. God is going to do a quick work. Isaiah 48:3 “I have declared the former things from the beginning; they went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. (NKJV) If God declares something it’s going to happen. If God commands a blessing it will come to pass. He is going to do it suddenly. God rarely moves quickly, but He always moves suddenly. When it happens, it happens.
Euphrates River – Fruitful
John 7:37-38 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (NKJV) Refreshing waters. In Ezekiel we think about the river coming from heaven. Do you not realize you are the tabernacle of the Holy Ghost? You are the source of the river!
It’s like the town that was so dry they were praying for rain. One woman came with an umbrella and people wondered about her. Get ready for the move of God, get ready for living waters to be coming out of you. What does that look like? Whatever that looks like. Whatever He has called you for He will equip you for.
Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. (NKJV) Don’t live in the past. Quit waiting for something that used to be. God is going to do whatever it takes. The weening baby is throwing tantrums because the methods change. And we change the methods to reach the new generation. Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (NKJV) Why would there be a road in the wilderness when no one has ever gone there? God is going to take you where you’ve never gone before. God is making a road in the desert. Jerusalem is the only ancient city in the world not built on a river. Even today people usually build near water. The Jordan is miles away. Yet it has become the center of three world religions. God is making a road and making rivers in the desert.
In Ezekiel it said wherever the river went life springs up. You don’t have to know what it looks like, just get in. Say, “God, I’m willing, whatever it looks like or sounds like.” Get in the river of God!
GRASPING YOUR IDENTITY
There is a way that is the right way to go. When you take that right path is not when it becomes evident, but the evidence is before you ever begin. I, God, will secure your steps beyond what you realize. If the kings heart is in the hand of the Lord (Proverbs 21:1), how much more all those who fall below that ranking? Do you think that I am only interested in kings? And have I not called you kings and priests (Revelation 1:4-6)? Do you not know what I have called you to, and what I have called you to be?
You underestimate yourself, because you look at yourself through your own eyes and not through Mine. Your vision is clouded by your past and others. “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Which vision do you believe is more real, or more accurate? If I have called you worthy, if I have called you holy, if I have called you Mine, then why would you think of yourself in any other terms than that which I have proclaimed? I do not only proclaim it in My word, but I proclaim it in the heavens. And if I proclaim it there, why would you not agree with it here? On earth as it is in heaven is not just a phrase, it is what I want. And in many ways it is reality. But until you grasp My authority you will live beneath your means and more importantly beneath who you are. When you understand I Am The Authority, you will no longer quibble over what I have said. Will you not agree with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?