The River of God

By: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne

Publish date: 09/16/2018

Foundation Scriptures:
Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. 2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. 3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. 4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. 5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. 6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. 7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. 9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. 10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. Ezekiel 47:1-10 KJV

1. There Is a River.
a. Psalm 46:4 KJV — “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.”
b. Psalm 23:2 KJV — “…he leadeth me beside the still waters.”
c. Psalm 65:9 AMPC — “You visit the earth and saturate it with water; You greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water…”
d. Revelation 22:1 AMPC — “Then He showed me the river whose waters give life, sparkling like crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” 

2. It Is a River of Life.
a. Ezekiel 47:9 AMPC — “…everything shall live wherever the river goes.” 
b. It’s a river of joy.
c. It’s a river of peace.
d. It’s a river of healing.
e. It’s a river of deliverance.
f. It’s a river of protection.
g. It’s a river of provision.
h. It’s a river of grace.
i. Isaiah 48:18 AMPC — “Oh, that you had hearkened to My commandments! Then your peace and prosperity would have been like a flowing river…”

3. You Determine How Deep You Want to Go.
a. Verse 3: Ankle deep.
b. Verse 4: Knee deep.
c. Waist deep.
d. Verse 5: In over your head.

4. How Far Will You Go?
a. God will never force you — the decision is yours —how far will you go?
b. Ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep, or in over your head?
c. Jump in to all that He has for you.
d. The choice is yours.

5. The Well and the River.
a. Salvation.
b. John 4:13-14 KJV — “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
c. Baptism in the Holy Ghost.
d. John 7:37-39 KJV — “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”

6. This River is for Everyone.
a. Acts 2:38-39 KJV — “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
b. Repent and be baptized. 
c. You will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
d. The promise is to you — and your children.

7. Receive This River Today.