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You are the River!
A few years ago, when I went to Women on the Front Line, God cultivated a fresh understanding in my faith life. Notably, it was the idea of “life by the river.”
Late, I studied what it was to be in the river.
Then recently, God began to show me that a natural part of this progression is that His intent for us is to BE the river. Rivers flow. Rivers go. We flow in harmony with Him and we go into the world bringing the love of God with us as we go.
It is a progression. I reviewed verse 8 seeking God for a deeper insight into that Word. Jeremiah 17:5-6 reflected life APART from the river. Verse 7 shows us the joyful anticipation that comes when we shift our trust to God. So now my proximity to the river becomes important in five ways…
1) He shall be like a tree;
2) Planted by the rivers of water
3) That brings forth fruit in her season
4) And her leaf shall not wither and
5) Whatsoever she doeth shall prosper.
So I ask myself “How can I be like the tree?” There are many characteristics of trees. Trees have roots. Trees have leaves. Trees have branches and so on. But the characteristic we will use in this example is a tree is fixed. A tree is fixed in place. What does that look like in scripture?
Psalms 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. KJV
Psalms 108:1 O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. KJV
Psalms 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. KJV
So just from the first point (1), as I apply this Word and put it to work in my life, I realize that in order to BRING FORTH FRUIT, in order to NOT WHITHER, and in order for everything I do to PROSPER—I MUST FIRST BE LIKE A TREE “BY THE RIVER.”
I must become fixed. I have to be fastened securely in my position in God. Now I can see how my connection with God as a fixed tree is the starting point. I study the scriptural basis for being fixed and trusting. And indeed, such was the case when “the river” word was launched in 2016, it was a season of my becoming settled and fixed in my trusting God at a time of testing. In late 2016, I was separated from my ex-husband and in the early stages of a LONG divorce. In that window of time, God taught me yet again to trust him.
I sought the Lord over that word, “he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water.” I applied that word over specific areas of my life. Some of you know my story (my testimony); that long arduous divorce, resulted in my having three properties entering foreclosure at one time. The being “fixed by the river” Word was released to me in the midst of that season. 2016 was season one.
My lesson from “by the river” was ‘be fixed and trust in the Lord.’
Yes. The circumstances were hard. There were extreme financial difficulties, car issues, property issues, no job. It was ugly. But the Word was released in that season to activate faith. By trusting God, I saw him do amazing things. The Lord pulled me out. I found a job in 48 hours. I watched God modify three mortgages literally in 90 days. I mean the Lord stabilized all of that stuff, got me out of it. Who does that besides God? That was Season I.
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