Deserts Turned Into Gardens

July 18, 2013

Friends,
In Isa. 41:17-20 God says that for those who search for water, panting in thirst, He will come to their relief and make rivers flow on barren heights and give springs in the valleys. He promises to “turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.” (v. 18) He promises to “put in the desert” lovely trees and “set pines in the wasteland.” (v. 19) He says He will do this great wonder so that people may see and understand that only He could have done it. (v. 20)

Is the Lord speaking about the physical land of promise only? No, He is also speaking about the spiritual Kingdom of God that is within all of His followers. (Luke 17:21)

How do we live our lives in this glorious and beautiful “Kingdom of Power” (see 1 Cor. 4:20) –the One in which its citizens are daily participating in God’s divine nature and walking in His divine power? (1 Peter 1:3,4 // 1 John 3:9) We do so by waiting on Him to baptize us with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5) When He, through His grace, does so, we will have His power. –Power to evangelize (v. 8 ), power to say “No” to sin (Titus 2:12 // 1 John 3:9), and power to live in courage, confidence, trust, love, self-control, and self-discipline. (2 Tim. 1:7) It is an infinitely delightful place to be! For it is a dwelling that is surrounded by the Amazing King of Creation!

But how do we wait on the Lord for the blossoming of this Kingdom within us? We do so by meditating on His Word, listening to His Spirit within the Word, and by putting into practice what we are taught. We love, we go, we make efforts, we pray, we praise, we obey in everything, and… –we sing. We sing songs of thanksgiving and exaltation to the Lord. When we do this, His power comes. His Spirit of power –power for everything we need in order to be godly and pleasing to the Lord– fills us up to overflowing. As we extol the Lord, His Spirit wells up within us and “streams of living water will flow from within.” (John 7:38) The man who whole-heartedly (truly / genuinely) believes in Christ, meaning that he also believes in His Gospel and words, will make these things a habit, and from this habit he will grow in power. –Power for everything needed to be mighty and joyful in Christ.

Let’s look at how Ps. 68:4 so fantastically puts it: “Sing to God, sing praise to His name. Extol Him and prepare the way for Him who rides through the deserts –His name is the LORD– and rejoice before Him.” There it is: Exalt God in worshipful song and this will lay down a path for Him to ride through the dry places and make them come to Life and flourish in beauty. We will then rejoice before Him even more.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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