Plunging Into The Deep

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KEY TEXT
Ezekiel 47:1-12 (RSV)

V1- Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.

V2- Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side.

V3- Going on eastward with a line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water; and it was ankle-deep.

V4- Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water; and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water; and it was up to the loins.

V5- Again, he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.

V6- And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he led me back along the bank of the river.

V7- As I went back, I saw upon the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other.

V8- And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea, the water will become fresh.

V9- And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms will live and there will be very many fish; for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.

V10- Fishermen will stand beside the sea; from En-gedi to En-eglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets; its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea.

V11- But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt.

V12- And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of tress for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.

Human has a tendency to stay in the shallow side of life.

We dare not plunge into the deep for that would mean losing control of ourselves. Because we want to stay on the safe and controlled side of life, we become shallow in our experience and encounters of life.

My favorite sport is swimming and I love to swim in the deep. The first time I visited Boracay 30 years ago, I was not only mesmerized by its pristine white sand beach but also the deep clear sea. I would swim from the shore to the deep and just let go and be buoyant on the water. There are so many beautiful things you can discover when you plunge into the deep. It is easier to swim in the deep than in the shallow.

And so must we do so in the spiritual realm. During the last Spiritual Emphasis Week, Ian Peter prophesied to our church that God wanted us to plunge deeper into the river of the Holy Spirit –into the realm of the supernatural.

Our key text that we have just read talks about this of God. As with many of the prophetic passages in the Bible, our key text deals with the nation of Israel. Ezekiel is speaking of the time when the Lord returns to this earth and established His Kingdom and reigning for 1000 years. It is during the Millennial Reign that God will bring healing and restoration to Israel. A RIVER OF GRACE AND BLESSING will flow from the throne of God throughout the Promised Land of the Lord to His people.

The prophecy though given to Israel, has also a practical application for us as well. The river of God is now flowing out from the throne of God to many Churches today and I am convinced that the principles that Ezekiel discovers concerning this river of God are relevant for us today too. From the key text, we can see the will of God – that He does not want us to play safe by staying in the shallow and predictable spiritual experience but He wants us to plunge deeper into the river of God so that we can see and live out the supernatural life that He has intended for us.

This morning, I would like to share a prophetic message for our church, entitled -“PLUNGING INTO THE DEEP.”

Under this topic, I would like to bring to your attention 3 major things about this river of God in Ezekiel 47:1-12:-
• The Glory of the River
• The Growth of the River
• The Gains of the River

(I) THE GLORY OF THE RIVER
V1- Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.

V2- Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side.

The first two verses of our Key text deal with Ezekiel’s first glimpse of the river. With this first glance, he discovers much about this river which is a type or picture of the HOLY SPIRIT.

• ITS PRESENCE
V1a- Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east)…

The waters are seen coming from below the THRESHOLD OF THE TEMPLE [the house of God]. This is a reference to the Holy Place within the Temple, the place where the Ark was – where GOD’SPRESENCE DWELT. The waters originated at the Throne of God.

James 1:17- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

The water here represents the Presence of the Holy Spirit which originates from the throne of God.

Notice also the water flow from BELOW the threshold of the temple. “Below” implies HIDDENNESS. Only those believer who have a strong, hidden and secret life of coming before the throne of God daily, shall see the WATERS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT [presence and anointing of the Holy Spirit] flowing out of their temple [lives].

Application: The presence that we are experiencing every Sunday during the worship is actually the Presence of the Holy Spirit and He flows down to us from the throne of God to this Temple of God. If you want to see more of the anointing and the presence of God flowing out of your lives personally, you must cultivate a hidden and secret life of coming before the throne of God every day. How is your devotion today? Have you been seeking God lately? Have you been coming to the throne of grace daily?

• ITS PURITY
V1b- and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar.

The waters began at the Throne and flowed through the ALTAR, the PLACE OF SACRIFICE. The waters came through the Cross, through the provision that Christ made for all as He gave Himself a ransom for humanity.

The waters began at the Throne and flowed by the ALTAR. That was the source for this life-giving flow. There were no tributaries or “feeder” streams coming into this river. Christ alone is the source of our salvation and hope that is given through the Spirit. THE SMALL STREAM OF BLOOD THAT FLOWED FROM HIS PRECIOUS SIDE BECAME A RUSHING RIVER OF LIFE!

• ITS PROGRESSION
V2- Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side.

The waters were not contained. They made their way eastward on a continual flow. THE GOSPEL TRUTH AND THE MOVING OF THE SPIRIT CONTINUE TO FLOW IN OUR DAYS AS WELL. It will never be stopped or hindered.

Application: We can’t contain the presence of the Holy Spirit here in this church. We have to let it flow out of our church. We have to get the presence of the Holy Spirit to people outside of this church. We have to get the gospel out from this church to people out there in the Philippines and even abroad. Let the presence and the gospel flow out eastward – to those that need the rising sun of hope in Christ and His gospel. The presence of God and gospel must progress outside and not hoarded or contained within this church.

(II) THE GROWTH OF THE RIVER
As Ezekiel gazed upon the river, what started as a stream from below the threshold of the Temple became a RAGING RIVER as it flowed. The growth of the river reveals the STAGES OF LIFE within the Christian journey and the LEVEL OF SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTERS with God.

• WATER TO THE ANKLES
V3- Going on eastward with a line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water; and it was ankle-deep.

This is a picture of our first encounter with the Lord at SALVATION- the moment we first step into the life giving flow of His saving grace. I rejoice for the day that I stepped into this glorious river of salvation and left the dusty, lonely path of sin behind. Have you stepped into the water with Jesus?

Many have made the decision to step out in faith into the waters of salvation, but they have never gone beyond ankle deep water. MANY ARE STILL WADING IN THE SHALLOW.

Ankle deep water is also another picture of our SUPERNATURAL WALK with regards to this church.
Looking at the way the Lord directed our church after the crisis 4 years ago, we all could see how the Lord has supernaturally led and directed us in this supernatural walk of faith without any covering and support of a Spore sending church. “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of our lives” (Psalms 37:23). Etab could walk this far from 2012 till today is due to the divine grace which God has energized our feet in this journey of independence. God used the crisis to plunge us into the SUPERNATURAL WALK OF FAITH with Him, where, like the children of Israel in the forty-year wilderness, our shoes, food and clothing [basic needs] have well been provided and preserved by Yahweh. This walk after our break away from Spore is indeed a supernatural walk.

My testimony: On 16 July 2016, God quickened a verse to me about this supernatural walk our Church has entered in with Him 4 years ago -“They will come with weeping [in penitence and for joy], pouring out prayer [for the future]. I will lead them back; I will cause them to walk by the streams of water and bring them in a straight way in which they will not stumble, for I am a Father to Israel and Ephraim [Israel] is My firstborn” (Jeremiah 31:9-Amp). Recall all the weeping we all had had in year 2012 after our break away; consider all our prayers for our uncertain future during those times. Yet, please also recall how God had caused us to walk by the streams of water in the form of spiritual refreshing, financial provision, favor and grace of God. The Father’s protection and provision were always there with us because God remembers we are still the Firstborn in mission from our ex church. And during the last four years, it was God who had kept us in a straight way in which we never stumbled in the area of doctrinal error. Etab didn’t stray into any hyper-grace doctrines or prosperity gospel or oneness doctrine. Our Father kept us straight in our walk and doctrine. Church – we still here today because of that supernatural walk directed by Father God Himself.

4 years ago was the start of a supernatural walk but it was only ankle deep and the Lord did not want Etab to remain just in the shallow realm of a supernatural walk. He wanted us to go deeper.

• WATER TO THE KNEES
V4a- Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water; and it was knee-deep.

This refers to the PRAYER LIFE of the believer. It is a picture of a believer’s first step into deeper waters with the Lord. Cautiously they step into the deeper water, but THEY HAVE NOT YET GONE BEYOND THEIR COMFORT ZONE. They begin to feel the effects and the power of the river but they have not yet surrendered completely to the river.

This is vital and necessary aspect of our journey with the Lord. If you have never waded out into knee-deep water, you need to step out and feel the power and drawing of the river. You need to become comfortable with waters up to the knees and develop a STRONG PRAYER LIFE.

Application: How is your prayer life with God? Could it be that today you could not experience any supernatural power of the presence of God due to the failure of your knees to bend before God in prayer?

Waters to the knees is also a picture of SUPERNATURAL WORSHIP. Let’s look at this with regards to our Church. It was due to the raging war against our church by our enemies that we were forced not only to go down on our knees in prayer but also to learn the higher way of spiritual warfare, which is WORSHIP. During the last four years, the Lord taught us on the importance of HIGH PRAISE [focusing on the worth of God in our worship and not on petition or our needs]. God taught this church how to align our worship with the angelic worship -“Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to wreak vengeance on the nations and chastisement on the peoples, to bind their kings with chain and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgment written! This is glory for all his faithful ones. Praise the Lord! (Psalms 149:6-9). “In Judah [praise] God is known, his name is great in Israel. His abode [dwelling place; tabernacle] has been established in Salem [peace], his dwelling place in Zion. There he BROKE THE FLASHING ARROWS, THE SHIELD, THE SWORD AND THE WEAPONS OF WAR” (Psalms 76:1-3).

It was the Lord who led us into this supernatural worship because He saw we were besieged by vicious and violent enemies armed with all sorts of weapons to bring Etab down. It was the Lord who taught us to use this supernatural weapon of worship to defeat our enemies.

Lately, all of you can sense the distinct and manifested presence of God during our Sunday worship services. This is another leading of God to this water to our knees.

What are the uses of this presence of God? What can the presence of God that is released upon us do?
“When the Israelites escaped from Egypt – when the family of Jacob left that foreign land – the land of Judah [praise] became God’s sanctuary, and Israel became his kingdom. The Red Sea saw them coming and hurried out of their way! The waters of the Jordan River turned away. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs! What’s wrong, Red Sea, that made you hurry out of their way? What happened, Jordan River, that you turned away? Why mountains, did you skip like rams? Why, hills, like lambs? Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob. He turned the rock into a pool of water; yes, a spring of water flowed from solid rock” (Psalms 114:1-8 NLT).

This is what God revealed to me in my devotion on 27 September 2016:- When Etab becomes a sanctuary or tabernacle of Yahweh like Jacob, through Judah [praise], the presence of Yahweh will dwell in us and among us. This presence is the Kingdom presence of God and it will affect the following:

1) The Red Sea of IMPOSSIBILITY of our lives will hurry out of their way.
2) The River Jordan – HINDRANCE TO OUR PROMISED DESTINY AND CALLING will turn away.
3) The Mountains and hills – OBSTACLES OF OUR LIVES will skip away like rams and lambs.
4) The earth- the INFERIOR REALITY OF THE VISIBLE WORLD [like your poverty and sicknesses] that we are in – will TREMBLE at the presence of God.
5) The rock – ALL THE HARD CIRCUMSTANCES OF OUR LIVES will yield or pour forth refreshing waters of blessings, flowing from the spring of water [which is the Holy Spirit].

This is what the presence of God could do for you. This is why God is leading us to this knee deep water – this supernatural worship so that we can triumph in this spiritual warfare and conflicts of life.

Now I am in no way belittling the need and power of prayer or worship but we need to go beyond the knee-deep waters to the deeper things of God. We need to get into:

• WATER TO THE LOINS
Verse 4b-Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water; and it was up to the loins.

Loin is defined by the dictionary as “the parts of the body between the hips and the lower ribs, especially regarded as the seat of physical strength and generative power.”

The loins speak of STRENGTH AND POWER. Those who have waded out unto the loins have developed a STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD. Their lives are beginning to be controlled by the power and direction of the Lord. This is a special place in the Christian journey that few ever reach.

When a man stands in water up to his loins, half of his body is hidden in the water. Those looking on see more of the water around him than they do the man himself. His life is beginning to reflect the Lord.

When at this point, the river is beginning to have control. Strong currents may move those who are loin deep a few feet at a time. We are beginning to be carried by the current of the river but we are still close enough to the shore and our feet are still on the ground.
God is beginning to control our lives at times but we still have not made it deep enough that we can’t turn around and go another direction if we choose.

Application: Believers who are standing in the water to the loins are those who are very strong believers – “having girded their loins with truth” (Ephesians 6:14). They are the standing saints –able to stand strong in any spiritual battles. They are those who fall seven times but rise again [resilient]. They are very focused Christians, not easily toppled from their faith because they are very girded in the truth which is the word of God and sincerity. They have a strong connection to the Lord. They have strong endurance in the Lord and for the Lord. They have a strong grip on all armors of God by the power of God.

And that is how the Lord has been leading this church – to have our roots growing deep downwards in the Lord so that we can be strong believers. That is where we have the Simple Discipleship Church (SDC) paradigm coming in – to help us form small groups to disciple each and every one of us to become strong in the Lord.

E.g. In my Discipleship Journey Cell Group (DJCG), I was so happy to hear that one of my members is beginning to read the Word of God which she had great difficulty in the beginning but all my cell members were so patient with her – they listened to her, counselled and prayed for her and now she is putting her roots down in Bible reading.

Waters to the loin is also a picture of SUPERNATURAL FRUITFULNESS.

Genesis 35:11 (KJV)- And God said unto him, I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins.

1 Kings 8:19 (KJV)- Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name.

God not only is leading this church to produce strong believers but also FRUITFUL believers. God is releasing His Holy Spirit to cause a SUPERNATURAL FRUITFULNESS to come upon Etab.

Etab will NOT be a church whose ministry is “as useless as grass on a rooftop, turning yellow when only half grown, ignored by the harvester, despised by the binder” (Psalms 129:6 NLT).

Instead God decrees for Etab that we will have a five-fold restoration. On 24 August 2016, God gave me a prophetic rhema for this church:- “But I will restore the flock of Israel to their own pasture. They will graze on Mount Carmel and the land of Bashan. They will eat until they are full on the hills of Ephraim and the land of Gilead. When that time comes, no guilt will be found in Israel. No sin will be found in Judah. For I will forgive those of them I have allowed to survive. I, the LORD, affirm it!” (Jeremiah 50:19-20 NET). Then the Lord reiterated this prophetic promise to me again for Etab on 31 August 2015- “Rule and feed Your people with Your rod and scepter, the flock of Your inheritance who dwell alone in a forest in the midst of Carmel [a garden land]; they shall feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. As in the days of your coming forth from the land of Egypt, I will show them marvelous things.” (Micah 7:14-15 Amp)

In these two devo, God revealed His 5-fold plan for Etab:

1) Our Flock will be restored to our pasture
God told me in Jeremiah 50:8-13 that even though plunderers plundered our ministry in 2012 like a wanton-like heifer – eating away our grass, neighing like stallions, shooting at us with their skilled arrows, yet God would preserve Etab and restore us back to our own pastureland. This was already fulfilled in 2013 when God not only gave us this new land and new Church building but also this congregation. Our church shook in 2012 and we lost a few members but not that many as to decimate us into pathetic attendance.

2) Our flock will be feeding on CARMEL
Carmel means “plantation; fertile fruit garden; garden land.”

In other words, the DNA God gave to this church is a fertile, fruitful garden. You may receive a big plot of land as inheritance from your father but it may be a wasteland just like how Solomon bequeathed King Hiram with a useless land. But not your King Jesus. His inheritance for us is a GARDEN LAND – not wasteland or useless land but a garden land – having the DNA to bear good fruits and beauty.

3) Our flock will be enjoying the BASHAN blessing
Bashan means “fruitful”.

Our flock will be enjoying fruitfulness.

4) Our flock will have the measure of the firstborn like Ephraim.
Ephraim means “double fruitfulness”.

The measure of fruitfulness for this church is DOUBLE FRUITFULNESS.

5) Our flock will be watered perpetually
Gilead means “perpetual fountain”.

God will send the Holy Spirit as a perpetual fountain to water this garden land of Etab in order to maintain its freshness and fruitfulness.

This is the SUPERNATRUAL FRUITFULNESS that God wants for us and we have witnessed in this year especially the perpetual fountain of the Holy Spirit and the fruitfulness among many DJCG and ministries of this church. Glory be to God!!!!

• WATER TO SWIM IN
V5- Again, he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.

Here Ezekiel experiences waters that are over his head. He has reached a place in the river that is impossible to stand in. ONE CANNOT WALK THROUGH THESE WATERS. This is where we all ought to desire to be with the Lord. Waters this deep have definite effects on those who are in them.

• SURRENDER
When at this point, one has completely surrendered to the power and direction of the river. He is no longer in charge of His direction or destiny. He has resigned to allow the river to take him where it will.

Application: This is the direction the Lord is now leading this church to – to take a plunge into the deep supernatural realm where we have surrendered to the power and direction of the Holy Spirit.

• DEPENDENCE
At this point in the river, one is completely OUT OF CONTROL. They have reached a place beyond their ability to take charge. They are depending solely on the waters to carry them where they need to go.

Application: God is leading us to this level where we allow the Holy Spirit to take us where He will – whether in the area of faith; the operation of the 9 gifts of the Spirit; evangelism and even in missions. Why are we making this trip to Phnom Penh? Because we are taking this plunge into this supernatural mission endeavor for the Lord. It is led by the Holy Spirit – pushed by the Holy Spirit to branch beyond the shore of Philippines.

• SANTIFICATION
At this point one is completely saturated by the water. It has covered their entire being. It has permeated all of their clothing and they are completely wet. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF ONE WHO HAS BEEN FILLED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD. His life is consumed with the Spirit and He is now directing their path. EVERY PART OF THEIR BEING IS SATURATED WITH THE SPIRIT.

That is the kind of deep plunge the Lord is leading us where we are supernaturally endued with power on high. Let thy kingdom come!

(III) THE GAINS OF THE RIVER
When the Spirit begins to flow, He will bring about:

• HEALING
V8- And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea, the water will become fresh.
The river that flowed to the sea would bring healing to the waters of the sea. MANY ARE FLOATING IN THIS SEA OF LIFE THAT NEED HEALING. The Spirit has the power to heal all that ails humanity. He is able to heal the broken hearted, broken homes, and broken lives.

• RESTORATION
V9- And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms will live and there will be very many fish; for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.

This river restores life to all that inhabit its waters. WE DESPERATELY NEED THE RESTORATION OF THE SPIRIT IN OUR DAY. Many are in need of the life giving flow of the Spirit. We need restoration among our churches. Believers need to be restored unto a right relationship with God. Our nation needs to be restored unto a people who will seek God and live for Him. The Spirit has power to do that.

E.g. Look at how God has restored what was taken away from us 4 years ago. Many of you have seen in the Facebook how Pastor Toh Nee bought a brand new Nissan 4×4 pickup in Manila and roro it back all the way from there to Iloilo City. He flew to Manila on 17 November 2016 at 8 am and arrived with the new car at Iloilo City on 18 November 2016 by roro at 10.30am. Glory be to God!!!

• CONVERSION
V10- Fishermen will stand beside the sea; from En-gedi to En-eglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets; its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea.
The river will restore the bounty of the waters. Fishermen will once again find their nets full as they cast them.

Would you not agree that we need a moving of the Spirit in our day? Week after week pastors and churches cast their net for the lost, but we often come up empty. The solution for the needs in our day concerning the conversion of sinners is a moving of the Spirit of God. WE NEED HIS PRESENCE AND POWER IN OUR SERVICES ONCE AGAIN.

• CONVICTION
V11- But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt.

The river would not heal the swamps and the marshes. THESE ARE A PICTURE OF THE PLACES WHERE SIN ABOUNDS. Surely you would agree that our world is filled with swamps and marshes. These places will be given to salt (uselessness)

• ABUNDANCE
V12- And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of tress for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.
The river will ensure fruit and abundance for those who dwell around it. The trees will not fade and their fruits would be abundant.

CONCLUSION
Wouldn’t you like to experience the abundance of God once again? Wouldn’t you like to see lost sinners saved and the church growing and maturing in the Lord? If this is to happen and it can, we need to plunge deeper into the supernatural of the Holy Spirit. Don’t just dwell in your shallow supernatural walk with God. Don’t just stop at your salvation. Don’t just pray. Go deeper. Go deeper into the worship. Go deeper into the supernatural fruitfulness. Plunge into the deep waters of the Holy Spirit. Surrender to the Holy Spirit. Depend on the move of the Holy Spirit. Then He will flow out through us using us to bring healing, restoration, conversion, conviction and abundance to others.

My Testimony: There is going to be a supernatural anointing coming upon our church through the river of the Holy Spirit. This river has started to flow a few months back and it will get deeper and deeper and only those who dare to plunge deeper with the Holy Spirit will see the realm of signs and wonders. Our pick-up is the first instalment of God’s restorative work for us personally. And God spoke to me, “More to come! I shall also restore both of your salaries that you lost 4 years ago; your honor; the cutting edge of this church and the attendance of this church.”

The following are the PROPHECIES FOR THIS CHURCH which God has given to me as rhema at different times of this year and I want to declare them by faith to you as a church:

Restoration of our Cutting edge (12 Oct 2016)
Zechariah 10: 3-5 – For the LORD of Heaven’s Armies has arrived to look after Judah [etab] his flock. He will make them strong and glorious, like the proud warhorse in battle. From Judah [from praise and worship] will come the cornerstone, the tent peg, the bow for battle and all the rulers. They will be like mighty warriors in battle, trampling their enemies in the mud under their feet. Since the LORD is with them as they fight, they will overthrow even the enemy’s horsemen.

Restoration of our honor (28 Sep 2016)
Zephaniah 3:18-19- I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals; you will be disgraced no more. And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you. I will save the weak and the helpless ones; I will bring together those who were chased away. I will give glory and fame to my former exiles, wherever they have been mocked and shamed.

Restoration for abundance (20 Sept 2016)
Isaiah 51:14-16 (NLT)- “Soon all you captives will be released. Imprisonment, starvation and death will not be your fate! For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar. My name is the LORD of Heaven’s armies. And I have put my words in your mouth and hidden you safely in my hand. I stretched out the sky like a canopy and laid foundations of the earth. I am the one who says to Israel [etab], ‘You are my people!”

Restoration of our attendance
Zechariah 10:8- I will signal for them and gather them in. Surely I will redeem them; they will be as numerous as before.

Restoration of our beauty (14 Sept 2016)
Isaiah 35:1-2 (NLT)- Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the LORD will display his glory, the splendor of our God.

PROMISE OF GOD’S FAVOR (18 Nov 2016)
Ezekiel 36:8-11 (RSV)- But you O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel; for they will soon come home. For behold, I AM FOR YOU and I WILL TURN TO YOU, and you shall be tilled and sown, and I will MULTIPLY MEN UPON YOU, the whole house of Israel, all of it; the cities shall be inhabited, and the waste places rebuilt; and I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited AS IN YOUR FORMER TIMES and will do MORE GOOD TO YOU THAN EVER BEFORE. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

PLUNGE DEEPER INTO THE SUPERNATURAL! The deeper you plunge, the more gains of the rivers you shall enjoy!!!

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PREACHED AT ETAB ENG 1ST SV ON 20 NOV 2016

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