River of Life…

Ezekiel 47:1-12

Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.

3 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4 Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 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. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.

7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. 9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. 10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

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Water, the giver of life, wherever it flows there is life, food for life and healing. The fruit will not fail and the leaf will not wither.  The fruit for food and the leaf for healing.

“…Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”…”

This spiritual water flows from the temple. We receive life from our relationship with the Lord and that life bears fruit that does not fail.

“…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law….”  Galatians 5:22-23

This reminds us of  the fruit of the spirit:  love, kindness, gentleness, joy goodness, peace, longsuffering, self-control and faithfulness.

“…Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail….”

This fruit will not fail.  Let us bear this fruit and may it bring life to those who cross our paths.  This fruit is desperately needed at this time, following the elections.  May those who carry the name of believer or Christian show this fruit in their demeanor and interactions with the rest of society so that they do not fuel the erroneous image of ‘Christian’ so prevalent  today.  May this river of life flow out of us to those around us.  Blessed be the name of the Lord God Jehovah.

Click on picture and worship with Don Moen; River of Life

Another site with a post along the same line of thought:

Nature’s Scroll at:  http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/natures-scroll/

The debt of love…

Romans 13:8-14

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,”  “You shall not covet,”  and if  there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
We have a debt that remains after receiving Christ, that is to love one another.  All other debts are cleared.  He who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.  Christ came to fulfill the law and his love was the driving factor in enduring the cross for our salvation.  Love does no harm to its neighbor.  All the don’t(s) fall into a column of harm to someone, self or other.  When we focus on how to best show our love for one another, the list is taken care of.  Focus therefore, on what to do rather than what not to do.  “…love is the fulfillment of the law…” Take away:  Ask ourselves do we show love to those who cross our  paths, or do we show judgment and condemnation requiring a set of behaviors that love and a relationship with the Lord will correct. What is the world-view of Christians and how can we change that to show genuine love as given by the scriptures?

Pass it on…

Acts 9:32-43

 Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda.  There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed.  And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

 At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them.  Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.  But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.  Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner.

 How beautiful are the feet…the messenger brings the life offered by the Creator.  The honor and glory go to the Lord, but gratitude is also due the messenger who is faithful and obedient to be used by the Lord.  Peter was a fisherman.  Did he ever think he would be a holy man used by God to bring the message of deliverance and life to his fellow man?  We too can be used. We can be found faithful and obedient.  We can step outside the box we put ourselves in.  It is an honor to be used by God for His purpose.  Pass it on…share what we have.

One who shares…

Acts 3:1-10

 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.  And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.  Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

 “What I have I give…”  What do we have; are we giving?  “In the name of Jesus…”  We possess the same love, same teaching, the same spirit.  Are we spreading it to others who cross our paths?  Not only was the one crippled affected, but all in the area, all who knew him and knew of him were affected and received the knowledge of what God can and will do.  Faith exercised, faith practiced, and ears listening to the Holy Spirit’s prompting shared what they had and God was glorified.  This is still the case today.  When we share what we have and know, the ‘cripples’ we are not aware of can receive healing and freedom from bondage.  Those crippled by fear, abuse, pain, lack of knowledge, poverty can all receive what they need to live a life free from bondage.  We may be the one who shares just what they need.  Listen to the voice of the Spirit, share what we know and have, see crippled souls set free from their bondage.  Be the hand that reaches out and lifts the one who is brought down by circumstances to their feet.  Then stand back and watch them leaping, walking, jumping for joy. Or join them…

Sharing a song we sing at school most every day.  As I read the scriptures this morning it came to mind naturally.  There is a touching story that goes with it.  It was posted by, uploaded by on Jan 12, 2008


Here is a song that’s also known in our family as Jessica’s song. Jessica is our daughter, and she has cerebral palsy and is unable to sit up by herself or walk or even talk intelligibly. She loves it when I sing this song to her. A friend of ours who wishes to remain nameless wrote the last three stanzas. I don’t know who wrote the first three stanza or the original melody.

Peter and John went to pray.
They met a lame man on the way.
He held out his palm
And asked for an alm
And this is what Peter did say:

Silver and gold have I none,
But such as I have give I thee;
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
Rise up and walk!

And he went walking,
And leaping, and praising God!
Walking, and leaping,
And praising God!
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
Rise up and walk!

A cripple was I for I’ve been
A captive to habits of sin.
I prayed God to help me in getting my way,
And this is what Jesus did say:

The things that you ask are to small.
They really won’t help you at all.
There’s pardon, and peace, and victory
For all who abide in My love!

Now I’m walking and leaping,
And praising God!
Walking and leaping,
And praising God!
There’s pardon and peace,
And victory for all who abide in His love!

Question, listen, share…healing’s begun

Luke 24:13-35

 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles  from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”

Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

And He said to them, “What things?”

So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!  Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”  And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.  But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”  So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”  And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

 Jesus began with a question and allowed them to tell their story and in so doing unload their burden.  He then began to speak to them God’s words, from Scripture, words explanining  their own story.  There was enough comfort coming from the sharing they wanted more from him.  And with the breaking of bread, in sharing a meal, which is moving into a more intimate relationship with someone perceived as a stranger, they recognized him.  And the sorrow turned into joy.  Jesus is ministering on a personal level here rather than to crowds.

 We ask, we listen, we share, we enter trusting relationships and sorrow turns into joy.  The healing has begun.

Say thanks…

Luke 17:11-19

 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you. ”

 “…ten lepers stood at a distance,…” a sign of respect and consideration. ” …One of them…” returns to say thanks. ” …except this foreigner…” someone from a group of people despised by the Jews.  Initially they showed respect and consideration, standing at a distance.  But upon their healing, only one forgot self long enough to come back and say thanks.  The others continue, we can only guess, full of their own joy.  Do we forget to say thanks, so full of our own joy?  And the one who came back was of a class of people despised by the Jews!  Outside the camp…outside the inner circle of those blessed by God with His truth..and yet like a child, responds to the love shown him.

 “…’Your faith has healed you. ‘…” it lies within us, the ability to receive from the Lord what we need.  God gives the faith, we exercise it.  And in all things give thanks.

What is work?

Luke 13:10-17

One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!

 But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.”

But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water?  This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.

What is work? What is bondage?

 Jesus did not say to dishonor the Sabbath, neither did he even address the issue of work or not.  “Hypocrites!” is what he said.  How can one impose a restriction upon another that they do not keep themselves?  We call this bullying.  It smacks of oppression from a source that is looked to for release from oppression.   Jesus places  high value upon the life and quality of life of a woman, a believer.  One held in bondage and seeking to be set free.  We say we are about the Lord’s work; better to say we are about the joy of doing what the Lord asks.  Is what we do a joy to us?

Go in peace…

Luke 8:40-56

Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.  And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house,  for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone.  She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter  said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!”  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.”And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.”  And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child.  And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.”And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

 One comes believing Jesus can heal his daughter.  As they make their way to his daughter he is provided with evidence of the healing power within  Jesus.  And then that faith and belief is tested when told his daughter is dead.  Continuing on, encouraged to not falter but to continue to believe, they witness the raising of the daughter.  Then they are instructed to not tell what has happened.  Do not sensationalize what God provides, rather give thanks.

 We believe, we are tested, we have evidence of His power and we continue to believe.  When we receive we give thanks, give glory to God.  It should not become a tale for a tabloid.

 Jesus told the woman who was healed to go in peace.  End of story.  When something as spectacular as a raising from death occurs we want to tell and retell and the story tends to grow.  Rather, as Jesus said, give thanks and go in peace.

First responders…

Luke 5:27-32

 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”  And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

And leaving everything,…Jesus called; Levi responded, completely.  When we hear the call how do we react?  Do we have things to fix first, things to complete and put in order?  Or are we able to drop what we thought we were going to do to follow His call? 

 First responders hear the call to service and drop what they are doing to go.  They go to those in need of their assistance.  The call comes from the unhealthy who are in need of someone to  help them move toward health.  We, like Jesus, our first responder, can be ready to drop what we are doing to respond to the call for help.  Are we in a place where we can hear the call?  Are we willing to respond?  Have we been willing to sit at His feet and learn from His Word?  Are we equipped to do the task?  Are we found faithful?


Luke 5:17-26

On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus,  but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”  And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”  When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts?  Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.”  And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God.  And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

 Persistence paid off.  Faith brought results.  Responsibility followed.  All praise went to God.  And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. Jesus demonstrates the confidence to be had in God.  He goes straight to the heart of the message He brings.  …your sins are forgiven you….He has the power to forgive the sins committed and heal the illness it can bring. He knew the hearts and minds of those come to judge and addressed it directly.  He did not walk away; he did not allow it to hinder the work of God. 

 The friends of the paralytic were persistent in their seeking the Lord. Their faith brought results.  The Lord was able to do His work in their lives and the life of their friend.  We seek; we find.  We ask; we receive.  Then comes the responsibility.  …rise, pick up your bed and go home.”…a simple task?  Not for a paralytic!  Obedience brought healing and praise went to God.  We receive and with the gift comes responsibility.  Do we obey?  Are we found faithful? 

What is our task?  Our task upon receiving forgiveness of sins is to share what we receive with others.  Share the Word of God, share the message of forgiveness.  Share the message that when you seek you find, when you ask, you receive.  Share the love of God with those who cross your path.  Go into all the world…  How do we give back to those who give for us?  How do we return the love and fellowship of our fellow believers?  Do we just receive?  Or do we pass it on?  Or do we return that gift in like kind?  The people received from the Lord and returned Praise to God.  …they glorified God …  What does that look like for us?