My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Then he brought me back to the door of the house; and behold, water
was flowing from under the threshold of the house toward the east, for
the house faced east. And the water was flowing down from under, from
the right side of the house, from south of the altar.
(Ezekiel 47:1 NASB)
He brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate by way of the gate that faces east. And behold, water was trickling from the south side.
(Ezekiel 47:2 NASB)
“By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of
trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not
fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the
sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for
(Ezekiel 47:12 NASB)
“The city shall be 18,000 cubits round about; and the name of the city from that day shall be, ‘The LORD is there.’”
(Ezekiel 48:35 NASB)
And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”
(Luke 2:49 NASB)
We all have choices that we can make about life and about where we
want to dwell and/or spend our time. A common theme runs through the
Old and New Testament texts here regarding the house, for this is no
ordinary house, but it is the house of God. Ezekiel's words are
prophetic and become echoed in the final chapters of Revelation where we
see the water coming from the Temple of God in which God has come down
to earth to dwell with men. The waters represent the Holy Spirit who
flows from the very throne of God, providing all the nourishment which
is needed for life, for sustenance and for healing. The little boy
Jesus understood all of this. He lived in the moment but he also lived
in all of time and when he went to Jerusalem he was at home, for he was
in his Father's house. He was instantly drawn to the comfort of knowing
this was the dwelling place of his daddy -- and it foreshadowed the
possibilities of what were to come for all of humanity.
Just about a year ago we moved from our home in Indiana to Ohio.
Our oldest daughter had been living in England. Little did we know how
much this move would trouble her -- for no longer did she know where
"home" was. She didn't know what "home" looked like, or whether there
was a bedroom there that would be hers. Somehow she just needed to come
and experience "home" and to know that this was her parents' home. A
few months ago we brought her "home" so that she could see and
experience this new place in which we were living. Her response was
interesting. When she walked in the door she said she instantly
felt at home -- because mom and dad's stuff was there. The familiar
pictures were on the wall. Her bed was in the bedroom. Hanging out
with dad and mom was like it normally was -- because it didn't matter
WHERE the house was -- it mattered that it was dad and mom's house.
That's what made it home.
We are all invited to come home to the Father's house. It is a place
in which he will make us feel very comfortable -- where he will supply
all of our needs -- and healing for all of our wounds. We ARE his
children and as such, we are welcomed in his house. The problem is that
many of us seem to think that we are too busy to come home and hang out
with him. We seem content to live in a lost world with its
accompanying sense of bewilderment when all the while home is waiting
What are we missing out on when we're in the wrong home? The very
waters which flow from the house of God -- the presence of God
experienced in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit flows from
the throne of God and empowers us to live our daily lives. The Holy
Spirit brings us comfort in our time of trouble. The Holy Spirit brings
healing to our hearts and souls and wounds which have been inflicted
upon us from the world. All we have to do is go home -- and dwell in
the Father's house.
Lord, thank you for the promises and peace which come from your house. Amen.