Summary: There are tremendous blessing waiting for us in God but we must be willing to move out
Somebody needs to tell your neighbor: I’m going somewhere I’m in transition.
This river speaks of progression
Tell your neighbor: I’m making progress.
I’m not everything I want to be but I’m making progress, I’m not where I want to be but thank God I’m not where I used to be.
I’m not at z yet, but I’m not at a either (I’m somewhere in between) But I’m on my way.
This river went from ankle deep, to knee deep, to waist deep, to a river that you could not cross over, waters you had to swim in.
I just stopped by to tell somebody: You ain’t seen nothing yet, (I’m on my way) you can sit around on the bank, or you can splash around in ankle deep water, but I’ve already made up my mind if there is more I want it.
I just want to tell somebody right now, you are going to make it, you may have hit a rough spot, and it may seem like you’re going to drown, but I came to tell you, you’re not going down, you’re not going under.
God has invested too much in you to let you throw in the towel or to let you drown.
I’m prophesying to somebody right now who is in a hard place, and the devils telling you it’s not worth it, you’re not going to make it.
But I came to tell you (it’s going to get better) sometimes on your way to the honey you will get stung a few times, but it’s worth it.
There are some things that you are struggling with right now (in a little while you’re going to look back and say, I can’t believe that was ever an issue with me)
Tell your neighbor: I’m going somewhere
The ankles speak of an end to the old, but not really anything new happening yet.
Or we could say: Saved but still wrestling with sinful desires, saved but not too sanctified, saved but still selfish, (everything is about me)
In the water (but just barely)
In the water (but still in control)
In the water (but still got a bad temper)
In the water (but still have issues with anger and unforgiveness)
In the water but still watching things that feed the old nature
In the water but still listening to music that stirs the old desires
In the water but still living by the desires of the flesh
You can tell folk who are stuck in ankle deep water, the water is always muddy around them) because they’re always stirring something up.
They’re always murmmering and complaining about something.
It’s too cold, It’s too hot, it’s too loud, It’s too bright, it’s not bright enough, the seats are too hard, the seats are too close together.
The preacher is too long winded, The communion juice is too sour.
People who are stuck in ankle deep water get jealous when other people get blessed or promoted.
someone gets promoted in the church and instead of being happy for them, they form a stay at home committee.
then they come walking in sunday morning with (I bet you missed me attitude)
No we didn’t miss you with that attitude because you just muddy up the waters every where you go.
Tell your neighbor: You better (Take another Step)
The next level is the Knees: The knees speak of worship, prayer, humility.
Here the attention begins to shift from self to Jesus, no longer worshipping the dictates of the flesh, now seeking to please God.
The important thing to note is: The deeper you go in the river, the less flesh you see.
The deeper you go in the river the less control you have
The deeper you go in the river, the stronger the influence of the rivers current becomes.
The deeper you get in the river, the farther you get from the shore.
The deeper you get in the river the less pull and influence the things of this world has on you.
Go ahead and (Take another Step)
The third level the river reaches the waist:
In other words he progressed to waist deep water
The waist (the loins) Speaks of the reproductive powers, it speaks to the fact that as the children of God we should go beyond just being saved, and even worshiping God, we should also be reproducing ourselves, (In other words, Jesus reproduced himself in 12 disciples, we also are to reproduce the Christ life that is in us, in others.
I believe that every child of God,should progress to the point that they are mentoring others in the faith.
Notice Ezekial was being led into this progressive revelation and experience of the Spirit of God.
With this in mind you realize that it was Ezekials choice.