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The river of life or the forest of affliction?

Posted by appolus on January 4, 2016

Many years ago the Holy Spirit showed me two groups of people. There was a river and it had a current , the strongest part being found towards the middle. On either side, dense forest, almost jungle like in its density. There were some who had entered into the river, not up to their ankles or knees or waist, but fully immersed, no longer standing on their own two feet, but being taken down the river by the current. Then I looked and saw there was another group. Headed down the river no doubt, but on dry land on their own two feet hashing and slashing their way in exhausting efforts to beat a path through the dense forest.

The river was God and the Holy Spirit was the current. The forest was this life and the efforts to make forward progress was the flesh. I wonder, are you floating down the river or maybe you are on the banks of the river blasting your way through by your own efforts, thinking those efforts are virtuous. Perhaps even throwing rocks at those who have found the current of God and who never seem to tire? This year, find the river of life and immerse yourself in it and allow yourself to be taken where it will take you.

9 Responses to “The river of life or the forest of affliction?”

  1. immo51 said

    Thank you for sharing brother. What a blessing it is to have brothers in Christ as yourself to share God’s blessings with. Satan wants us to think we need this or that to prepared for the ride of the Holy Spirit, but as a child, we must have faith and jump in. How wonderful a gift from God that He allows us to completely trust in Him and go where and when “The Helper” calls. Peace to you through Christ Jesus brother until we join in with the “living creatures” singing “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come.”

    • appolus said

      It is indeed a wonderful gift, it is a place of rest, a running but not growing weary a walking and not fainting, a mounting up with wings as eagles. I look forward to the day of singing ” Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come,” with all the saints around the throne……………….bro Frank

  2. afchief said

    Thanks for the sharing this. As I leave in a few minutes to have another biopsy in my urinary area I need to let the Holy Spirit just lead and guide me through this. Pray for me brother, that all is negative.

    • immo51 said

      My prayers go out to you!

    • appolus said

      Amen Afchief, He will lead and guide you through this. I pray that you will be strengthened in your inner man and that fear would be bound from your heart and mind. Lord bless the body of my brother and fill him with your Spirit……………….bro Frank

  3. Tim said

    Would you mind clarifying (in brief) where Paul’s admonitions to crucify the flesh and making the (considerable) effort to “bringing one’s body under subjection” fit into the scenario of “rest”. Anyone who has attempted to bring one’s flesh under submission (even by supposedly “walking in the Spirit”) understands what an apparent “fight” that can be … especially when considering certain Christians that are trusting God presently to deliver them from immediate addictions such as drugs, pornography and such like! It’s difficult for such ones to grasp a hold of just “floating down the river” without any effort on their part.

    • appolus said

      Hi Tim , the Scripture reads 1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. This Scripture comes on the back of the running the race analogy. Paul says in verse 25 “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.”

      A runner who wins a race wins the race because he was temperate in all things and practiced or trained every day. No runner would ever win a race if he sat around all day and smoked cigarettes and ate hamburgers. We are like runners and the Holy Spirit has enabled us and endued us with the power to win the race, if indeed we are Baptized in the Holy Spirit ( this of course is the key) Once we have been empowered, it is incumbent upon us to ” stay fit,” so to speak, stay close to God, abiding in Him. Paul is telling us to be temperate in all things. Going back to the middle of the river analogy, there is nothing stopping anyone from swimming ashore and getting back on our own two feet and begin to thrash our way through the jungle again. We must be aware of our position in the river lest we find ourselves once more on the banks. It requires a diligence and an abiding in the Lord. If we are not diligent and if we are not abiding in the Lord and in His word then we are in danger of drifting away from a nearness to His heart. As we drift away, our own hearts will grow cold and distant and powerless. And when that happens, we are vulnerable to temptation in a way we never were when we remained close to Him. It is a vital act to understand the condition of your heart and make the condition of your heart the priority of your life.

      As far as being addicted to drugs, God delivers from drugs. When we commit our lives to Jesus in Salvation we are delivered from these destroying addictions. If you know someone who is addicted to hard drugs like heroin and cocaine and meth and so on, I would have to challenge their salvation. As for pornography, this is, for the most part, an intimacy problem and the answer lies with Jesus first and brokenness and obedience. We must find the heart of the Father in intimate relationship, we must find a willingness to serve God rather than to serve ourselves, we must encounter the living God in His manifest presence and we must do all of these things before we ever even arrive at the river itself. If we have not done these things or experienced these things then we would be hopelessly lost in the middle of this dense forest that represents the world or the flesh. I hope brief reply helped Tim…………bro Frank

  4. suez said

    Hey Frank, I found this old post. I haven’t gotten anything from you for a long time. Is everything alright? Let me know please, Sue Cordes

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