Nourish and Flourish
7 [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 Amplified Bible
33 Therefore having been exalted [a]to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth (as in water) this which you both see and hear. Acts 2:33
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 Amplified Bible
There are several places in the Word that the Holy Spirit is referred to as a type and shadow of water. I have listed only a few. It is so important to read the Word, meditate on it, and let the Holy Spirit bring revelation of it into our lives. We are told in Ephesians to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. Every single day, we need to be “refilled” from the day before. The more you give out, the more you need to take in! This is especially true of when I write. God cannot bring to my remembrance and use what I have no idea of. I have to be refreshed in order to bring forth a devotional that is not just necessary for me, but something others can glean from as well! I have to remain “full” of the Holy Spirit, my teacher, Whom I cannot do without!!
Notice in the scripture where manna from heaven is talked about. That manna was good for only one day. The next day they had to gather fresh manna all over again. It is the same with our walk with God. Every single day, it is necessary to “fill” back up on His word and His presence. It is like a decanter that holds cooking oil. I am sure you have seen them in the “kitchen” aisle of almost any store. You fill the decanter up with the oil and you pour it out to use as you need to. It doesn’t take long until you have to “refill” the decanter. Why? Because you have “poured out of it to be used”. The Old Testament is full of “types and shadows”! In other words, it is an object lesson foretelling of things to come in the New Testament. You can find all sorts of symbolism in the Old Testament. Mannna is just one of many symbolic references of the Holy Spirit and our growth and sustenance in God!
Notice in the first scripture it says, [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river… Where is this person planted? They are planted by the WATER which is symbolic of Jesus and the Holy Spirit! What is the result of being planted in this place? … it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit. Notice it doesn’t say it is planted by and be confident in the stock market. Notice it doesn’t say it is planted by and is confident in the economy. Notice it doesn’t say it is planted by and is confident in the government to take care of it. In fact, it isn’t planted by ANY person. BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO BELIEVES AND TRUSTS AND RELIES ON THE LORD! Who do I rely on? THE LORD!! Glory to God!! Then when trouble comes and the world is in turmoil I am NOT ANXIOUS AND FULL OF CARE! Why not? Because God will cause me to be nourished and flourish and I will continue to yield fruit. That is fruit in the spirit and fruit in this natural life. What is fruit for? To give nourishment, vitamins, and sustenance! When the world is in a panic over current events and times, we as Christians, are at peace and flourishing spiritually, emotionally, and physically! Oh, how true that greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world!
No matter what you see around you today, dear reader, know God is nourishing you as you spend time in His presence and His Word and He will cause you to flourish. We are no longer living a natural life when we are in Christ, but supernatural!! Go in peace and joy and minister what the Holy Spirit will do not only for you, but for others! Blessings to you, my precious reader!! See you soon!!