A river always has tributaries along its whole distance, from the trickling water flowing from the open fields, into the small bubbling brooks flowing in worn ruts in the ground. The brooks flow into small creeks, some even developing small waterfalls as they empty into larger creeks that make up the watershed that has collectively developed over the course of time. The watershed is now emptying into a river basin that becomes wider and deeper, developing while history is being made of floods and overflows pouring forth from the rains that at times deluge the countryside.
This is a natural occurrence that we have all witnessed our entire lives, as news reports tell us of the damage and destruction that takes place as water has its way in nature. We tend to respect the power that is flowing forth, and back away from any destructive effect it may inflict upon us if we get too close to its power. We are wary of those possibilities. It is a normal response.
The water always flows to the river, while gravity is causing it to take the path of least resistance. Always downhill.
Does every flow of water always go downhill?
Trees and vines and plants draw water from the ground as the rain is deposited, and the capillary roots and the successively larger roots soak up the water and carry the water up the larger roots through what is called the phloem, the lining under the bark that is carrying the ground’s nutrients, as well as the water necessary to keep the trees or plants alive. It defies the effect of gravity upon the water. Now you may be asking, what are you driving at? Why the lesson in biology?
Unless the vine, or the tree, or the plants abide in, and depend on the roots in order to grow and bear fruit, they can do nothing but wither away.
But for you and I, the Lord Jesus Christ has a more profound means of abiding. Jesus says in the Gospel of John Chapter 15, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes, that it may bear more fruit..
“You are already clean because of the Word that I have spoken to you”
“Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”
“If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so will you be My disciples.”
No one would enjoy being pruned, for that means humbling ourselves before the Lord. We tend to try to take the path of least resistance. We tend to hold onto the ways that have been most comfortable for us. But we need to learn that God Himself will resist the proud, and give grace to the humble. Humble yourself therefore under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.
The power of God will flow freely through those who offer the least resistance to the flow of the Holy Spirit. He is pruning you for the sake of the sensitivity He desires of you, so you can walk in obedience to His Voice. He says to you, again, “If you abide in Me…”. This is for the purpose of highly sensitive obedience to the flow of the rain that is about to deluge your life. The rain is also called: “The Word That Is Sent.” This is the Word that says to you “Hereby are you cleansed by the Word that I have spoken to you.” This also the Word that is carrying forth the healing power of God that states: “He sent forth His Word to heal, and to deliver them from their destruction.”
There is now therefor no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.(Romans 8). Jesus also says ‘Whom the Son has set free will be free indeed.”
Now which way is the power flowing in your life? Is the power of God flowing around you while you wonder what’s going on? Or is His power flowing and carrying you along with the power of the River called “The Word That Is Sent”? Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord. The River is rising for the sake of your destiny in Christ. To know Him is to love Him.