River Of Life: It’s Breadth And Depth


Tuesday Octeober 18, 2011

In the summer of 1977, I had the privilege of going over to Israel and spending about a week in Jerusalem. It as wonderful to walk where Jesus walked and performed His miracles. It was awe-inspiring to visit the place where Jesus was crucified and was buried. I saw where Jesus took the disciples fishing on the sea of Galilee and where He fed the 5000. It truly was a wonderful trip that I would encourage everyone to go on.

One of the more interesting places was the old temple location inside the old city wall. There was the east gate that was shut and won’t be opened until the Lord comes back again. I mention the east gate because Ezekiel talked about it in the passage I read this morning. “The man brought me back to the entrance to 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. 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. (Ezekiel 47:1, 3-5 NIV). The water coming from the temple represents the life that the lord brings to everyone who is connected to Him. What is interesting about this passage is that the longer you soak your roots into the river, the deeper you can go and it will continually bring more and more depth to your life as you soak your life in the living water. Some only go to ankle deep water and never allow the water to support them. The challenge is to continue to move to deeper waters so that we become dependent upon the water to support our very existence.

On this journey, keep stepping deeper and deeper into the water of life to get your guidance, support and direction from it.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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