Revelation Series – Chapter 22: 1-5

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel who was sent to bring the great revelation to John showed him a river of the water of life. The river was flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb, who is the source of all blessings. It is written that we have been blessed with all blessings in heavenly realm in Christ Jesus. Without Jesus in our lives, we can’t experience the abundance of the blessings that may be surrounded us like river. If the origin of those blessings is not Jesus, they will never satisfy us fully. Its the river that flows from the throne that quenches our thirst. Pray that the Lord reveal the origin of the blessings that you may have in your life. Sometimes, our own desire and pursuit bring us blessings that could be disastrous in long term. Refuse to take anything that the father has not planted for your life and you will be blessed.

The tree of life is on each side of the river, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month and its leaves are for the healing of the nations.

When we walk with the Lord and drink from the water that flows from his throne we turn into fruitful trees that bear its fruits for the nourishment of the body of Christ, not just that, even when the fruits are still maturing, the leaves that we bear in our union with the Lord act as medicine for the souls. Leaves are the first sign of growth of a tree. Leaves that are fresh and green attract others to the tree. Leaves are the sign of our passion for the Lord that never runs out, Leaves show our first love for the Lord that others feel while we talk to them. We need healthy leaves to live the life of an ambassador of Christ. Christ makes his appeal through us that shines through the passion with which we speak about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Leaves reflect our youthfulness and child-likeness that run to proclaim to the perishing world, the way Samaritan woman ran to the village to tell others about Christ. Our passionate testimony can bring healing to the nations! Guard your spiritual fervor.

Where the fire of passion is, there is no place for anything else. There can not remain anything that is not God sent. No curse can stay to those who are living a life that is full of passionate love for Christ, since they have made Christ their Lord and Saviour. Where the throne of Jesus is, there can remain no other throne or principality or power! When the servants of the Lord look at the face of the King, His name will be written on their foreheads. If you want to change your destiny, your future, your situation, your life you don’t need to do anything, just look up!  Look up to the place where the throne of God is! Look up to the face of Christ that washes away sin. The moment we change the focus of our heart and start looking at the face of Jesus, He begins to change our mind. We need to take the first step by looking up and revival will follow that will shake the world in Jesus name! Those who have received the name of Jesus will also be given the authority to rule with him.

 

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Revelation – Chapter 4

A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.[a] Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”[b]

And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”[c] And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.” 

Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts.”[d]

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[e] just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

The Lord promised rest to his people. And it’s the desire of our heavenly father that we may enter into God given rest. But since God’s rest is based on the promises of God, we can’t enter into the rest of God, unless we have faith in God. But some of you might say that we have faith in God through his Son Jesus Christ, but is our faith based on our experience with the Lord or someone else’ experience or testimony. Testimonies rejuvenates our faith walk but we need to experience God daily in our lives in order to remain in faith. We need to tell the Lord his great works, we need to remind the Lord that he is covenant keeping God and we need to speak to ourselves that God is good and his goodness continues through all generations. We need to give our own testimony to ourselves daily so that the spark of faith remain ignited and become fiery fire that will attract many to the Kingdom of God. Lets remain in faith by daily confession of our faith to ourselves so that we may enter into God’s rest.

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Whatever God has spoken will come to life into the life of the listener. Let’s be careful how we listen to the word of God. Whenever the word is preached, it is Either for the encouragement or the admonition of the Church. Let’s be diligent and eager to hear what the Lord is saying. If we receive the word of God with open mind and heart and ask the Lord to do his work through the word in our lives, we will begin to see great revival among us.

Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

The Lord is aware of human weaknesses and he has given us strength of the overcomer in Jesus. We have been given a High Priest who has all authority in heaven and on earth! Let’s call the name of Jesus today and start walking in victory!