OUT OF YOUR BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER (John 7:38)
River – an abundant flow of water. When a river “comes down” nothing can stand in the way of its force…All barriers in the way are removed
The word River as compared to:-
1) A waterfall – a steep descent of the water of a river
2) A lake – large mass of stagnant water surrounded by land (barriers to the limit of the water)
3) The Sea – a relatively large body of salt water completely or partially enclosed by land
The significance of the number 4 in the Bible.
- The Great River Eden was parted into four heads. (Genesis 2 10)
- The fourth Day God created the firmament of Heaven to create Day and Night (Genesis 1 10-19)
- And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree (Revelation 7:1)
Point to note in your personal home, each room has 4 corners.
The 4 rivers which flowed from Eden is used in the Prayer Life of the Born Again Believer
1) Ask – The River Pison (Genesis 2 :11)
2) Birthing, Intercession – The River Gihon (Genesis 2:13)
3) Spiritual Warfare – The River Hiddekel (Genesis 2:14)
4) Fruitfulness – The river Euphrates (Genesis 2:14)
The history behind each River….
1) Pison – Increase, Wealth, Prosperity and Provision…Asking in Specifics. Rivers give direction so needs can be met. Stop praying the same prayer over and over “Write down your request, take it to the altar and Watch God work it out”
2) Gihon – Powerful Element which washes over things – Intercession (areas, people, things in your life). River of Prayer, prayer from your heart (1 Samuel 1:13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken).
Gihon flows into Ethiopia. Based on the location and distance between Eden and Ethiopia this river is a mighty force, a powerful rush of water, a rushing stream bursting forth. Representing the Blessings we can access once we activate this river in our life. Another significant point, Ethiopia is surrounded by Salt Mines. Salt is a very powerful message in the life of the Believer which was another message preached by Apostle Selma Ballosingh at City Sanctuary.
3) Hiddekel – Rapid Water, rough and fast moving current. This river flows to Assyria. The Devil hates when we activate the flow of this river as it takes over the Demons territory, it overwhelms Demons and the principalities of evil. Based on history and the location of Assyria this land was founded by Assur and Nimrod and was built on Demonism & Paganism – Spiritual Warfare. Praying in the authority of Christ…prayer for Nations, Cities, Territories, prayer for the Will of God to be established.
4) Euphrates – Fruitfulness. This river produces the fruit of the Spirit. Also referred to as The Great River (Joshua 1:4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates. Revelation 16:12 -Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates.) Darkness which tries to keep us bound up will by removed as Worship flows from this river.
This river has a 2 fold Purpose:
(i) Personal Growth – consecrates your life as a Christian. Stabilizes the Christian life…the essence and foundation of our relationship with God.
(ii) Fruit for Ministry – action in the Kingdom
When we lack Communion, Fellowship and Intimacy with God these rivers will run dry and without it we create a haven and breeding place for evil spirits. (Revelation 16 12:14 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and[f] of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.)
God has given you a whole arsenal of weapons to activate. Call upon his Name, apply the Blood over any situation. Clothed in the full armor of God, no evil can have victory over you. Declare in your life “I am a Supernatural Being”