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The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was flowing from the south side.
As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. He asked me, "Son of man, do you see this?"
Are you praying that you might have more faith? Do you want to let go of the bottom and let the stream of God's Spirit take you? Are you tired of all the theory of the Christian life, and want to see the power of God flowing in reality in your life?
Last night I listened to a wonderful talk by Mike Pilivachi, encouraging us to have faith and take our feet from the bottom of the river. One story he used to illustrate stepping out in faith, was of someone standing high on a diving board, above a swimming pool that was empty of water. The person said to God, "Lord, if you fill the pool I will dive", to which God answered, "Dive first, and then I will fill the pool." That is faith. It is spelt R.I.S.K.