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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Waters to the Knees
Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. . . (Ezekiel 47:4)
When we first are saved we are in water to the ankles, that is, we have a touch of eternal life on our personality. Then we are to move forward in the water and learn to live by the Spirit. We are to lay hold on eternal life.
To live by the Spirit is to commit every decision to the Lord.
We get up in the morning full of energy if we are young, stiff and tired if we are old. The problems of the day hit our mind and we begin to plan or worry. It is right then the decision is made. Do we immediately look up to God and give him the day along with our problems? Or do we begin to scheme and think about whether we should do this or that.
The Lord loves to hear your voice in the morning. Keep looking to Jesus. Keep looking to Jesus. As you do the Spirit of God will envelop you. You may not feel anything but He will be there.
Pray about what you eat in the morning. Pray about what you wear. Pray about everything. Pray without ceasing. This is how you go deeper in the Spirit.
Some will say, "I can't live like that. I don't want to be straining all the time to look to Jesus." You don't have to strain. You keep breathing don't you? Prayer is like breathing. The issue is not straining over prayer it's where you are directing your mind. You either are looking to God in every situation or you are scheming and worrying.
When you don't have enough money look to Jesus. When someone offends you look to Jesus. When the world goes crazy look to Jesus. When you get very bad news look to Jesus. Get out there in water to the knees!
The worst enemy you ever will have is your own mind. Your mind is an enemy of God. God did not give us a brain so we could plan our day. God gave us a brain so we can understand Him and His Word. Commit your way to the Lord. Let Him direct your paths.
I am not suggesting you should walk around numbly waiting for the great puppeteer in the sky to manipulate your arms and legs. Use the brains you have in order to do what is in front of you but in the meantime keep looking to the Lord.
Looking to the Lord gets to be natural and easy after a while. But you have to keep working at it. Right, saints?
When you are in water to your knees you can churn around but it is not as easy as when you are ankle deep. You can even go back to the shore if you want.
But there is a Voice farther out calling to you: "This is the way, walk ye in it."
Do you want to go deeper with Jesus?