Sermon Notes

The Mighty River

Pastor Tim Parsons

Psalm 46:1-5
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

There is a river that symbolizes Gods favor and blessing that can enrich our lives greatly when we plant ourselves by its stream 

Ezekiel 47:1-5
1 The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side.
3 As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. 5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.

God used this vision of restoration to communicate to the Israelites that blessing and life would follow when they reoccupied the temple. 

In this vision Ezekiel was taken along the stream in the same interval of about 1,500 feet. Each time he did, the water got deeper. 

**The deeper you go the more you experience**

**Are you ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep or all the way in with God?**

**There is a refreshing that comes in His presence!**

Jeremiah 17:5-8
5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes.  They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. 7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

**Have we placed our trust in the Lord and planted our roots in Him?**

2 Corinthians 5:16-21
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

He’s a God of reconciliation and no matter how bad it may feel, Jesus offers us a new start today 

Ezekiel 47:6-9
6 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?”
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8 He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.

The River flows into the dead sea where it gives life to a location that is impossible for life to exist in.

Because of the minerals and salt, fish and aquatic life can’t live in the dead sea. 

Not only is it dead waters but the shore of the dead sea is earths lowest physical point on dry land. 1,400 feet below sea level. 

It’s the lowest point on Earth you can travel to and still be in open air…

And just like in verse 9 when it says “where the river flows everything will live” -When you live in Gods presence everything that is dead comes to life 

And just like the dead sea shore being the Lowest point on Earth, you could be in the lowest point in your life spiritually and new life is still available to you in Gods presence! 

**Jump in the river!**