They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.Psalm 36:8
Just like I recently wrote about in my post about the Two Mountains, there are two other choices awaiting the people of God and the people of the devil. To choose God’s mountain is to choose God’s river. To choose satan’s mountain is to choose satan’s river. We will be examining the two rivers, but let us start with the righteous choice, God’s river of life and truth.
God’s river is a river of pleasure. It feels good to do what is right in God’s eyes. Satan’s river is also a river of pleasure, but that pleasure is found in doing what is evil and sensual. We must forsake satan’s river of lies and be well watered with the river of life which flows from the throne of God. His Word is that river. His Word flows by the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s river is a holy river of love and life. It deeply satisfies like no counterfeit river can. When we receive the in grafted Word of God, it bears fruit in our lives. Fruit full of water, the truth of God’s Word. We shall be abundantly satisfied from this river of life.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.Psalm 46:4
The river of God makes us glad, makes us happy and joyful! It is a holy river fit for a holy city called New Jerusalem. The people of God, both OT and NT combined are this city called New Jerusalem. Notice that the river is broken down into smaller streams, each containing the life giving power of the main river. When we share the Truth with people, we are sharing a stream of the Word of God, which when combined with the witnesses of other saints, together joins again into a mighty river of God, the complete and total witness of God’s Word.
Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.Psalm 65:9
The river of God is full of water! It is a mighty, powerful, wide and deep river filled with all kinds of life and truth. It refreshes the soul just to think about the treasures that are in this river. The river has enough water to supply all kinds of fruits from all kinds of righteous trees. The river is the source of all life. No matter how much is taken from it, it still is full of water. Just like the miracles of Jesus multiplying the bread and the fish, there is always more left over. We cannot exhaust the goodness of God. It keeps flowing and flowing and flowing from the heart of God, through His people, the church, the body of Christ. Let the goodness of God flow through you and you will see that it will multiply without taking anything permanent from you.
For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.Isaiah 66:12
Here God is speaking of New Jerusalem, the holy city of God, the people of the most high God. He will extend peace and glory. Because the river of God is a river of righteousness, it necessarily produces peace in our lives when we partake of His righteousness and live righteously ourselves. This is glorious, when we walk in God’s ways. This is for both the natural Jew and natural Gentile, so that they may become the true spiritual Jews with circumcised hearts. The Holy Spirit is that Spirit of glory that flows like a river or a stream. Let the glory of God be upon you by His Spirit as He flows in love and mercy to mankind.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.Psalm 1:1-3
Because the righteous man or woman of God meditates in the Word of God day and night, he or she is like a mighty, strong tree planted by the rivers of water. The Word of God are those rivers of living water that Jesus spoke of. Without the water, there can be no fruit. We are the trees of God, designed to bear good fruit of holiness and righteousness. We are meant to absorb the Word of God, the water of God. As the tree is strengthened, it matures naturally and becomes of fruit bearing age. The fruit on the tree is not for us. It is for the nations to partake of. Let your light shine so that people may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Let them pluck your ripe fruit and enjoy the pleasures of the kingdom of God. We were made for the service of God and mankind, just like a tree. We will not dry up, for we are fed continually by the Word of God. Let us keep our ears to the Bible, so that we may have food to feed those who come to us.
He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.Psalm 78:16
The river of God flows out of the Rock of Jesus Christ. He is the stone set at naught by the builders. It may seem impossible that life would flow out of a rock, but this is no ordinary Rock. Christ is the living God, the son of man, sent to minister to the needs of mankind and of God. He is the ever giving, ever living Rock and it is His life that flows like a river. The strength of the Rock produces the mighty strength of the river of God. Remember that all good things flow through Jesus Christ. He is the beloved Son in whom God the Father is well pleased.
Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.Proverbs 5:16
The River of God is meant to be shared freely with others. Share it at work, share it at home, share it in the streets, share it in the dark, dangerous places. It is a River but also a Light, shining forth the glory of God and flowing with the glory of God. Selfishness has no part in the River of God. God is not willing that any should perish without the life giving power of His mighty River, His mighty Word, His Son Jesus Christ.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.Isaiah 43:19-20
Even in dry, barren places where there is no life, there is still hope! Because there is a mighty River, flowing with life and hope to all nations. All nations were made to drink of this ONE river, in unity of the Holy Spirit. We were made to be ONE body of Christ, ONE body of believers. Notice that you have to be a child of God to drink from this River. As soon as a sinner forsakes the nasty, polluted waters of satan and turns His heart to Christ, He takes His first drink of the living water that flows in the river of God.
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)John 7:37-39
Those that come to Jesus and are Born Again are automatically made ready to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is He who gives life satisfying Words of eternal life. The Spirit is He who glorifies Jesus Christ. The Spirit is He who transforms a life from darkness to light in the power and authority of Jesus Christ. We really need Jesus and we need to obey Christ’s command to be filled with His Holy Spirit, so that we may flow love and mercy and truth to the nations.
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.Revelation 22:1-2
The river of God flows from His throne, from the mouth of God and of Christ. It is an effortless flowing. God is giving Himself away to His children with all of His heart. It is a pure river of life. There are no lies of the enemy in this river. There is no death or decay in this river. Jesus is the tree of life that is on both sides of the river, in easy access to any sinner that wants to be set free from the curse of sin. We are the twelve fruits. God (3) is multiplying Himself in the world (4). 3×4 is twelve. God multiplies His goodness through His Spirit filled people. The leaves on the tree are for the healing of the nations. This is not some future end times period. This is available right now to all people, everywhere. God just needs us to be faithful witnesses and take the streams of this river with us everywhere we go. Bringing with us Truth and life and power and goodness and healing and deep satisfaction to all that partake of it.
And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.Ezekiel 47:12
We see another picture of this mighty River in Ezekiel. The trees reproduce food for the nations, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The fruit is eaten but it is not consumed, for it is an ever fruitful tree! That is our life in Christ! We can give away the fruit of our lives, the fruit of the Spirit, and not be consumed, for new fruit is already on its way! Again, the leaves are for healing medicine. The Word of God is our spiritual medicine to the healing of all things, physical and spiritual.
The river of God is full of all good things. It is pure and undefiled. One must forsake his or her life of sin and be reborn as a new creature in Christ before he or she can drink of the waters of life in this river. The river of God is full of fish! Those ex-sinners that have been caught with the hook of Truth and are now God’s fish, swimming freely in the wonderful waters of His Word. There is a counterfeit river, however, which we shall now look at.
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.Revelation 12:15-17
There is an unholy river of lies flowing out of the mouth of the serpent, satan. He is trying to have the woman of the New Testament church be carried away with His flood or river of lies. It is a defiled river, having all manner of fornication and lusts and adulteries and perverseness. Every wicked thing is found in his river. It is a river of death. Warning! Do not drink from His polluted waters. They promise life but spiritually they are death and decay. Only fools and the gullible people drink from his spurious fountain of putrid, foul lies. The earth, the world is the one feeding on his lies. The true bride, the pure and holy woman of God is no longer drinking from these polluted streams of so called water. God calls us to come out from among the world, be separate and He will receive us and give us living water to drink. In the natural, who would drink the putrid, black, disgusting water? Nobody! It is rejected for the filth it is! So likewise, spiritually reject Satan and his river of lies and death. The end of his river is the lake of fire. The end of the river of God is eternal life in the new heaven and new earth.
So there you have it. Two rivers. One of life and one of death. Choose you this day who you will serve, God or the devil. Once you choose God and His ways, never ever stop walking in His holy path of righteousness. The devil will not give up and will keep trying to deceive you with his lies. Hold fast to the things Christ teaches and do not be moved. Drink freely of the waters of LIFE and you shall never thirst again. Amen.