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We must Learn to speak the truth always, whether it is convenient or not. Because the Bible says in John 1:17.

The Law came through Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. In other words, we were looking at 2 things there. Grace and truth. Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. We have received grace through Jesus Christ, so we must also exhibit his nature, which is truth. Please listen to this.

1 Pet 3:10 says “he that will love life and see good days.”… The equivalent of this scripture is seen in Psalms 34:10.

1 Peter 3:10
[10] For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

Thanks for joining the class once again. You may be wondering how this relates to the theme which says Come, Drink. We’re going to see that in this sub-series, that talks about deaths at the river.

Here’s our anchor scripture for this sub series.

Ezekiel 47:2-5
[2] Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northwood, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

[3]And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.

[4]Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.

[5]Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.

When I was talking about speaking the truth. It’s one of the ways of knowing how deep a Christian is. The fruits of the spirit manifest in you to the degree of your depth in God. How much you surrender to His spirit is how much of his gifts and fruits he will impart you with. It’s how much of his presence you will experience in your day to day life.

We’re looking at depths in God. So today’s class can be titled.

THERE ARE DEPTHS.

We may all be at the river, with our mouths dipped into the river drinking, but we are at different depths. When you get to a river, at the bank of the river, as a first timer, you may want to stay away from the water, you don’t want the water to touch your feet. Gradually, you’re encouraged by others, you move close, you step into the water and the water reaches up to your feet and ankle. Then as you stay longer, you move further into the river.

People who are scared cannot go deep into the river. Because the further you move into the river, the higher the water rises on your body. At a time the water will be at your knees, then at your waist, then finally, it overwhelms you and you swim in it.

Please check out Ezekiel 47:3. Ezekiel refers to a certain man bringing him to the river to experience all these things. That man is God’s angel, representing God himself.

Ezekiel 47:2 says,

Then brought him out of the way of the gate northwood, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

You see that again, we come to the river, the waters. Hope you still remember our series anchor scripture is still John 7:37. If any man thirsts. Remember also we had said earlier that sometimes when you get to the river and you’re thirsty and famished, you don’t even wait to start drinking, you just throw yourself into the river and you get soaked and drenched.

Here in Ezekiel 47:3, we see the very first depth. The ankle level.

[3]And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.

Let’s explain that. Recall also that the river signifies the totality of God in our lives. We need to understand that there are depths at the river. We are not all at the same level. I’d like you to understand that you’re not running the same race with any other Christian. So, do not copy and follow blindly. Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12, in the last verse, that we should cover the best gifts. Then he follows quickly in chapter 13 verse 1 that the best gift is love.

Romans 11:33 also confirms that there are depths.

[33]O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
This tells us that there are depths.

“From Glory to glory” as stated in 2 Corinthians 3:18 also proves to us that there are depths we can reach as we behold God through His word. From Glory to glory means, from level to level. From one stage to another. So when you give your life to Jesus, you’re at a level. Your goal is to go deeper and deeper into God’s grace. You must not be stagnant. As you go deeper, it requires more sacrifice on your part.

Also in 2 Cor 2:9, we see an evidence that there are depths.

Bible says

[9]But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

In other words, there is something He has prepared for you that you’ll not be able to take possession of if you do not proceed and go deeper and deeper with Him. If any man thirsts, let him come u to me and drink. When you come to the river, and you stay at the bank, avoiding the river,then at a time you want to feel the excitement, you move further into the water. There are many people at the river, hence the varying degrees of manifestations we experience with Him.

There’s even a scripture that says “draw near to God and he will draw near to you” – James 4:8. How much of his help and grace you will experience in your life is a function of how much you surrender every aspect of your life to him. For example in your marriage, your business, etc. You are still running your business as a professional and not a steward if you will not surrender every corner of your life to him. The degree to which you surrender is the degree to which you will see him manifest in your life.

How about your health? Do you listen too much to people? These days, everyone claims to be a coach. They just want to teach you something, many times, they haven’t even practiced or experienced what they’re teaching.

Be careful not to listen to all of them, otherwise you’ll be confused and lie focused. You may even be tempted to lose focus on what God is saying.

I tell you, there are depths. You must understand that you are at a level. You just identify the level you are and make frantic efforts and consistently move further into this river. The river is Jesus himself. Hallelujah.

The question is who is leading us further and farther this river. When you just gave your life to Christ, everything looks rosy and all of that. Of course it is rosy, but there’s a price to pay to go deeper. There is always a sacrifice to make. You stay awake, because you want to fellowship with God. You go hungry hungry and fast because you want to deny yourself and hear from him. You sacrifice your comfort, your time, because you want to work for Him.

Your flesh demands that you retaliate when people talk at you, but you can’t talk back. People take you for a fool, because you chose not to get angry, yet you make them understand that you’re a fool, for Christ’s sake, you want to even get them saved through that.

This teaching is supposed to help us move deeper and deeper into the river as we drink from him. Let’s go back quickly to Ezekiel. Ezekiel 40:2-4 shows us who is leading us. God himself. Ezekiel kept saying ‘and he brought me’. Who is that ‘He’?

Ezekiel 40:2-4
[2]In the visions of God brought him into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

[3]And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

Now, let’s proceed to look at those depths. There are 4 different depths . Your aim is to move deeper and deeper from one depth to another.

THE ANKLE LEVEL

In Ezekiel 40:3, we see the first depth. When you get to the river, your feet barely touch the water. When you make the first move, the water then moves to your feet area, touching your ankle.

3]And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.

Let’s explain the ankle or feet level. Ephesians 6:15 helps us, let’s explain scripture with scripture. Talking about the feet level.

Ephesians 6:15
[15]And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

In other words, this ankle or feet level shows us that our very first reaction to our salvation is our excitement to tell others. That is evangelism. That’s what the Samaritan woman did upon finding the saviour. In John 4:28-29, she ran into the city and told everyone. When you accept Jesus, you’re excited. The joy of salvation overwhelms you and you want to share it with as many people as possible. But sadly, many of us have not even exercised that joy of salvation.

Can you remember the date you got saved. Were you excited, what did that excitement provoke you to do? Did you share the good news? Are you still excited now as you were that day? It’s not too late, you can begin now. That’s the first depth, it’s where to begin. That’s the very first level. You must not hold your joy and keep it to yourself. Spring up on your feet and tell others. Hallelujah.

Are you exercising the joy of salvation? Pick up your phone and tweet the grace of God upon your life. Post of God’s grace on social media, sing the grace of God for people to hear and receive Jesus like you did.

If you haven’t received Jesus, here’s my own testimony to you. Say Lord Jesus, I’m ready to receive your grace. I’m humbled you died for me. I repent of my sins and I forsake them. I accept you as my Lord and saviour. Thank you for saving me, In Jesus Name. Amen.

I congratulate you for your new found joy. Don’t hesitate to start sharing it from today.

And until next time when I come your way again by God’s grace. Keep using the Elapino App, bye for now. Amen.

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WHAT’S YOUR DEPTH? (For there are depths) – Ezekiel 47:2-5 | LESSON 15 | DAVID ADENIJI

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