On Sunday, Apostle Jessie Sackey gave the message, which was titled “Moving Deeper Into The Spirit” and drawn from Ezekiel 47:1-9.
He pointed out that New Testament believers must not restrict themselves to reading the Bible or giving testimonies about the goodness of God. They may experience the same supernatural encounters like believers during the times of the Old Testament, that is, having visions and experiencing miracles.
Apostle Jessie likened the picture in Ezekiel’s vision to modern day believers, as we are “the temple of the Holy Spirit”, and the water flowing from the temple is a symbol of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39). The Holy Spirit is meant to fill people, not buildings.
To remain in the picture, after some effort (walking 1000 cubits), the water was ankle-deep. This may correspond with a newly born-again believer’s spirituality. Such person may see the kingdom but unless filled with the Holy Spirit, not enter into it (John 3:3-6).
After some more walking, the water became knee-deep, representing growth but still feebleness (1 Corinthians 3:16, Hebrews 12:12, 1 Peter 2:2). Another 1000 cubits farther on, the water became waist-deep. With half of the body submerged, believers may move between being spiritual and being in the flesh, like Peter (Mt. 16:17; 16:23).
Being fully submerged, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including healing, must be active in us. Only the fear of what people may think of us may hinder us to apply the gifts of the Holy Spirit, because at a certain stage, the water would carry a person. (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16-17).
God does not change, and so the spiritual things believers are to encounter are still the same as in the Old Testament (Mark 16-20). As much as pastors give guidance, every believer must be ready and expect the Holy Spirit to do something through their life – saving souls! Come to church for no other reason than to seek God and to do the will of God.