There is a spiritual river in life that can be fully discovered through the love of Jesus Christ. Like any river there is a main channel which is fed from the inner springs of God. There is a natural flow of grace within the living water that soothes the soul. As there is a mighty power in the flow of the river.
Man constructs dams to serve there own purpose and it is when these dams do not allow the water to flow that algae will begin to grow. For man made lakes require something else of man to keep them clean but the rivers of life are purified as they flow down stream.
It is when the springs meet that the bubbles begin to leap and as they learn to flow as one without the restrictions of man we begin to witness the hand of our Creator in this beautiful land….Amen
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke1:41
James A. Harrison
1 Corinthians 3 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is (anything), but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.
The forward motion of the gears within a clock can teach us many different spiritual elements of time. Throughout the Holy Bible we learn over and over where nothing was ever accomplished until the people were in one spirit and in one mind. As we continue to compare the gears of a clock to the body of Christ we can witness all different shapes and sizes traveling at different speeds and in different directions but all serving the same purpose in the Kingdom of God.
Here is where many get hung up in time. Due to the expansion of the gears within the clock many fail to expand in their position through sacrifice which teaches us that we are to decrease at times for others to increase. This lack of proper expansion within the body is often caused by pride or simple lack of trust within God. The Lord teaches us this very lesson in the anatomy of the human body which He created in the formation and expansion of new cells but due to the blindness of man they often operate as gears within a clock that won’t move.
Learning to operate within the natural progression of time requires communication in love as we learn to merge and operate as one without judging another. Many churches wonder why they are struggling to fill their pughs or struggling to hold things together and the answer is simple. They have created a box or a clock that just operates in the motions of time with little to no life being shown in Jesus Christ. This same thing can take place in our homes and in our careers when we just go through the motions of time without any substance behind our words and actions.
Time is a very valuable resource in order to build relationships and to maintain an understanding. For without an understanding there is no relationship and there is no relationship without an understanding. May I encourage you this morning to step out of the box with Jesus and watch what takes place as you experience something new. There is a peace beyond understanding when we quit fighting to hold on and learn to place our trust in the hands of the Lord as He carries us forward in His time….
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” 2 Peter 3:9
James A. Harrison