This is a great reminder from Darren Canning (posted on The Elijah List
yesterday) that it is praise and thanksgiving which brings us out of darkness into His glorious light.
"This is the Hour of the Coming Waters! How You Can Become a Conduit of It in Your Lifetime"
Darren Canning, Ontario, Canada
In a recent dream I was standing on the edge of a great lake in Canada. I was astonished to see that the waters had receded so far that the shoreline had moved by hundreds of feet. I heard somebody in the dream say, "The waters have gone down by 150 feet," and they said this with a lot of fear as if the waters were gone forever.
As I was standing there, I was aware that this fear was in many hearts, so I said to the people near me, "Don't worry, these waters will be replenished. They shall come again."(Photo by Lillis Boyer "Come to the Waters"via elijahshopper.com)
I felt that the number 150 was significant and was somehow pointing to Scripture, so I went to the Bible and read Psalm 150. The passage was quite interesting, and I believe it is a key to the coming rise of the waters of the Spirit.
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in His sanctuary;
praise Him in His mighty heavens.
Praise Him for His acts of power;
praise Him for His surpassing greatness.
Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise Him with the harp and lyre,
praise Him with timbrel and dancing,
praise Him with the strings and pipe,
praise Him with the clash of cymbals,
praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
How to Replenish the Waters in Your Life
If we want the waters to be replenished our focus must be always and only on God. We must not look at the drought that is in the land or the people that are not worshipping Him. We must continue to focus on the God that took out Goliath and the God who split the Red Sea. He is the God that opened up the tomb and raised Jesus from the dead. He is the God that showed up in the upper room and filled the 120 with His holy presence so that they would become witnesses to the ends of the earth.
Our life must be a life filled with praise so that even when dark times are in our land, and even when it seems that the darkness is growing darker, our focus is on God and not the darkness at all. We need to fear and worship God above all things. Our hearts must move toward Him: to the God within the Holy Sanctuary, to the God of the mighty heavens above, to the God who acts with great power and who fears no one. When our meditation turns toward Him, then the problems of this world will fade away.
I was watching a film recently about Josephine Bakhita who was made a saint because of her devotion to Christ and love for people. She was born in the Sudan in 1869 and was captured as a slave. Her masters often beat her. At one point in her life she rarely went without an open wound on her body because of the cruelty of her masters. By the grace of God she made it to Italy, and in 1890 entered a convent where she spent the rest of her life serving the Lord. (Photo via Wikipedia)
She was once asked by a student what she would say to her captors if she had the chance. She replied, "If I were to meet those who kidnapped me, and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands. For, if these things had not happened, I would not have been a Christian and a religious today."
This kind of praise and this kind of heart will never be enslaved in this present darkness. This is the heart of those who have truly overcome in Christ.
You Can Become a Conduit of the Waters in Your Lifetime
We must praise Him, and then we must continue to praise Him, and then we must praise Him some more. You will face many sufferings in this present life, but when you do, then do as the Apostle James said and "Consider it pure joy...whenever you face trials of many kinds" (James 1:2), because this will help you to overcome each trial.
As you practice praise at all times, and not just when it is convenient, the waters will return and many will be touched by God through your life as they were touched by God through Bakhita's life. Even though she was a slave and had every right in the natural to be bitter and hate, she chose the way of love. She became a joy to many people, helping them to reach the place of intimacy with Christ in their own lives. She helped replenish the waters in her own time. We need to be that conduit in ours.
says, "Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."
These rivers are accessed through praise. (Photo by Robert Bartow "River of Gold" via elijahshopper.com)
If I have learned anything about these waters in my own life, it is that as I look to my God my situation always changes. No matter what I face and no matter how difficult it seems, when my face turns to my God I am set free.
I remember many times when it felt like I could not make another single step because of the hopelessness in my heart, but when I turned my eyes upon Jesus and looked full into His wonderful face, my own slavery ended. Peace would come sweeping over me and tears would rush down my face as Jesus entered more deeply into my reality.
I have been blessed to have had a ministry that now has touched thousands of lives. It is not me that these people are longing to see, but God. As I point Heavenward toward Him, then He manifests Himself to the people, and the same God who healed and delivered me, delivers and heals them.
As Psalm 150 shows, the key is always praise; and what seems fitting to me is that this is the last Psalm and it points Heavenward, to the eternal sanctuary, to the God of wonders, and to the God of all power. The waters will be replenished as we worship Him in all things.
And it seems certain to me that this is the hour of the coming waters when the great disparity in the earth will be repaired, when the tides of this present darkness will be turned back as the Church rises into its destiny, spreading the love of Christ abroad to many hearts.