Dear GTH Friend, this is the Year of being ROOTED! In Part Three of this series, we will study a timely Word by RN Founder Prophet Shyju Mathew on the manifestation of God in our life! If you missed Part One or Part Two, just head over to Guarding the Heart to enjoy!
Psalm 1:3 (ESV) He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
When you read this, do you picture a tree in the forest? On a prairie? Or perhaps you have discerned that tree is in the spirit realm? Often the natural has a parallel in the spiritual. For the things in the Spirit, the way God reveals Himself to you, is the way you will receive Him.
Different aspects of God were revealed in different times to to people throughout the Scriptures.
For Abraham, God demonstrated Himself as Jehovah Jireh, the LORD Who will Provide, when a ram was offered for Isaac on the altar (Gen. 22:14). God revealed Himself as Jehovah Rapha to Moses, the LORD Who Healeth, when He healed the waters of Marah (Exo. 15:26) and then, Jehovah Nissi, The LORD our Banner, after Israel supernaturally defeated the Amalekites (Exo. 17:15). King David closely knew the Lord both as His Shepherd (Ps. 23) and His Protector ( 2 Sam. 22, Ps. 59) and lived thankful for this grace until his very last breath.
For each individual, their revelation of God was the manifestation of God in their life.
When Abraham discovered God as Jehovah Jireh, the wealth of Abraham incredibly multiplied. When God revealed Himself as Jehovah Rapha, the Israelites received healing from the Healing God they had faith in. Now is God both the Healer and Provider, our Shepherd and our Protector? Oh, yes! Yet to each person’s revelation, this becomes their manifested reality.
If you study the strength and success of this tree in Psalm 1, you may notice it is not planted by a river, but this tree is planted by the rivers (KJV). When a tree is planted by a river in the natural realm, there is a definite possibility of this river drying up. Yet the reason why this tree is not limited to seasons, is that this tree is not rooted in a natural river, but this tree is rooted at spiritual rivers. So we need to ask the question, how can we be planted by rivers?
The Word of God always holds the answer.
This God Whom we serve, He is not a man. His language is different! When the Spirit speaks through a man, that man’s language of writing is different, because all Scripture is inspired (2 Tim. 3:16), expressing the character of the True Author. So then, as we focus on the Author, we must ask, why does He refer to rivers?
In Isaiah, chapter 41, verse 18 the Lord God says, “I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” God is speaking through Isaiah, and He is saying, this is the promise that I am going to give to me and to you:
“I am going to give you rivers! I am giving you streams! I am giving you fountains!”
This God whom we serve is not limited to one, nor limited to a little. He deals with much! He deals with plenty! That is Who He is, our abundant God! When God Almighty made the planets, He did not make just one (Isa 42:5). When the Lord God made the stars, He did not make just one! ( see Job 9:9) When God created, you will see, even with Adam and Eve, He commands them to “Multiply and replenish the earth”(Gen. 1:28). This is the nature of God!
So where are those rivers? How do we find them?
The Rivers are found at the place of our encounter with God.
Every time the Voice of God comes an encounter is released and that encounter gives each of us a location, a God-breathed location of a river, where no matter how exhausted we are, no matter how far we have been, if we return to that place of hearing God, if we can come back to that place of the now Word of Heaven, the spoken Word of God, there, we will find rivers of life, just as our Lord Jesus promised, in John 7:37-38:
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
May today be the beginning of many rivers, as we encounter our God, in the Rivers of the Spirit of God and may our thirst for more of Him, be just the starting place of this abundant life in the Father who loves us!
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