Monday, November 25, 2013

THE RIVER



The River is here
Help, It’s under me.
The RiVer is here
Oh no, it’s in my house
The rivER is here
OMG, it’s filling my rooms
The River is here
Look, it’s afteR my heart
The River Is here
What? To giVe me a supernatural life!
I’m so Thankful the RivER is here.
       Pensacola Helene


My name is De Pendent, but my friends call me De. I want to tell you about a friend of mine, named Ezekiel. I met him once while walking in a vision. Ezekiel told me he was also a visionary and there was a book dedicated to his life’s work. He said he had purposely come to visit me. 

“Do you know of my work he asked?”

“Yes, I know about many of your stories.”

“Do you know about my vision regarding the River from the Temple.”

“Yes, I know that one very well.”

“What do you know about Temples?”

“In my time I know that temples represent people.”

“In my day they were tents and actual temples. They had to be built and erected with specific instructions from God Himself. We had to follow them to the every detail. Do you know why?”

“No.”

“Because, once they were finished the River would fill those temples and we personally were able to witness the Glory of God.”

“Wow, how blessed you were to witness that in your day.”

“No, Dee, you are the blessed ones. In your time, once people of the Way are prepared they are now filled with the River and the Glory of God rest upon them and flows from their lives.”

“I don’t see many people in the way you describe them.”

“Well once the Way is prepared within the Temple, it’s up to each prepared person to welcome the River by responding through obedience.”

“I don’t understand.”

“Well, each time the person obeys the River’s instruction, the river flows more and more into that temple. Continued obedience is the payment that’s due and sacrifice that each person makes. Then comes the overflow and God’s glory is witnessed upon that temple. Everyone around them will be able to see it; just like we did back in the Old Temple days.”

“In my vision, you know I saw the River coming into the Temple, but you saw the Water flowing from the temple. Why do you think I saw the opposite?”

“I think many People of the Way, in your times, think the River starts with them. The River must always apprehend the Temple first, or it will simple be a temple; nothing more and nothing less.”

“What do you mean by apprehend?”

“Take loving possession of the temple. The temple must willingly exchange itself for the River’s possession.”

“Most people don’t want to give up possession of themselves.”

“That’s because they are under the impression that it’s an “equal” exchange. What the River offers is so much more that what the temple is giving up. It’s like exchanging a dollar for a billion dollars. The temple gets an immediate benefit once it releases itself to the River. It is the temple’s choice.”

“So the temple must choose to give possession to the River.”

“Yes, the amount of God’s Glory upon the temple is reflective of the amount of possession the temple has given up.”

“Maybe that’s why many of the temples in my day, Ezekiel, are not as glorious as the temples in your day.”

“Maybe not, but I would give anything to be a temple in your day. You have so much to be thankful for. I can’t even imagine the River apprehending me personally, taking possession, and letting me make him Glorious upon the earth.”

“What would you tell the people of my day?”

“What would you have told the people in my day? The one thing about the River is Love, Mercy, and chances. Because the River is longsuffering, your people have another chance to give up possession of their temple in exchange for the Glory of God. In my day, I must admit we received so many blessings for preparing the temple and giving over possession to the River: fellowship with God, food, shelter, protection, guidance, prosperity, peace, rest… I could go on and on…but I must go”

“Thank you for visiting me Ezekiel.” Ezekiel gave De a hug and disappeared from her vision and she woke up.

De Pendent now understood her vision. She had been like Mr. Smith who wanted his roof fixed and was told by the repairman that it would cost $1000.00. He only gave him $600.00 to start. Once the repairman fixed $600.00 worth, he came for the rest of the money, but Mr. Smith kept giving him a dollar here or a dollar there.

 In the meantime, the part of the roof that was not fixed began to rot, and was starting to affect the new roof. The repairman told him if he didn’t simple pay the whole amount, it was going to end up costing him more. The repairman knew, without a doubt, Mr. Smith had the money. Eventually, the old roof began to rot away the new just like the repairman said.

De had been living off the River’s blessings for many years, but had still withheld what was justly due and she was starting to experience rot or lack in parts of her life (Proverbs 11:24-25).

So De went to the River where she found Grace waiting for her and paid what was owed of her life. Immediately she felt restored and her life has never been the same. 


She was now Ezekiel’s temple and the River flowed from her life to others in a way that made a spiritual and social difference.


De Pendent has a lot to be thankful this Thanksgiving Holiday and the feast she will enjoy starts with the River. She hopes your does too!!