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Water Rising

Ezekiel 47:1-2
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 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.

  • Water Rising
  • Water
  • Ankle
  • Knee
  • Waist
  • Covered

Ephesians 3:14-19
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ezekiel 47:7
7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other.

Trees

1. Do not despise small beginnings.
Paul E. Tsika, “Sequoia Size Success”
“A good seed is a word, a pattern, a vision, a picture, an idea for changing creation to conform to God’s design. A bad seed is a word, a pattern, a vision, a picture, an idea for changing creation into a state of confusion against God’s design.”

William Wilberforce
“Things great have small beginnings.
Every downpour is just a raindrop;
Every fire is just a spark;
Every harvest is a seed;
Every journey is just a step because
Without that step there will be no journey;
Without that raindrop there can be no shower;
Without that seed there can be no harvest.”

2. We must be rooted in community.

Psalm 133

Be real with one another by:

  • building relationships that are healthy.
  • being supportive and encouraging of one another

3.  Roots must be established over time.

Ephesians 3:17
“that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height.”

Ezekiel 47:8-10
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.”

Fruit

All kinds of Trees
Every month
-Fruit for food
-Leaves for medicine   

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;

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