A Bit More Than We Think

”The angel showed me a river that was crystal clear, and its waters gave life. The river came from the throne where God and the Lamb were seated. Then it flowed down the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river are trees that grow a different kind of fruit each month of the year. The fruit gives life, and the leaves are used as medicine to heal the nations. God’s curse will no longer be on the people of that city. He and the Lamb will be seated there on their thrones, and its people will worship God.

Rev. 22:1-3, CEV

 John has a remarkable thing happen to him; he is given a perspective that others have sought diligently to have.  However his is quite extensive without any ’embellishment or elaboration’.  He sees, not imagines, the creativeness of God.  The things that are happening are quite exceptional, yet cohesive.  A river that is mighty, flowing from the throne.

This particular river brings ‘life’.  Whatever it touches, it makes it alive.  Giving life is a tremendous work of God.  We can only stand back and wonder.  The river flows down ‘main street’. There has never been anything like this. Living in the bleak shadows, our hearts and minds have been starved of any real beauty.

We look and see trees on the bank of this special river.  Leaves are being pulled off. These leaves are bringing healing to the peoples of the the earth.  The fruit of each tree brings a comprehensive work of healing deep within.  There is nothing but blessing coming from these trees.

This seems like a fanciful dream, but it is reality profound.

I think that most exceptionally, there is a lifting of the wrath of God.  The specter of being judged is eradicated.  There is no sense of lostness, or damnation.  There has been a release from that bitter darkness.  Life rolls out without the impediments of sadness, sin or doom

“There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’  

Romans 8:1

Some of us have struggled a great deal.  The ‘blackness’ has definitely tried to destroy us.  We’ve come through, aware of the bleak despair and living in despondency.  And yet God comes prepared, bringing His spiritual ‘bulldozer’ to clear the way.  It’s funny, but these things at one time seemed permanent, and forever attached to our spirits.  But He thinks otherwise.  We now have fully become His possession.

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About Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, epilepsy, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alaska.
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3 Responses to A Bit More Than We Think

  1. Amy says:

    It seems as this darkness IS destrying me or is destroying my faith. Time after time after time this anxiety and depression overtakes me. One minute I’m alright and the next I’m I’m leaving church because I can’t stand to be with ppl…I’ve been a Christian for 22 years and this is getting worse instead of better. It is robbing me of any will to go on.

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    • Biddy says:

      Dear Amy
      I so understand how you feel. I feel the same. God will help us keep going. We have an identity in Him that is so beautiful if we could but see it. He has bought us the identity of swans and we think we are ugly ducks. But Amy you are a beautiful beautiful swan created by God the Highest Authority in the universe. No-one else can express back to God what He has put in you. You can’t ever be replicated. You are unique. And you are needed. God Himself needs you to demonstrate to the watchers of the universe what He Has created in you as one facet in a diamond to show His handiwork. It is in Ephesians 3.
      Keep on keeping on Amy. He will uphold you. He loves you as none other.

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