This journey of words, begins with the book of Exodus 15; the children of Israel are now out of their bondage in Egypt, because of God’s covenant with Abraham: [Genesis 15:5-6, and just so you know, there’s more to what is seen there that will be discussed in later writings by the grace of God]. Exodus 15:22-25, the Israelites went into the wilderness of Shur, three days[the number for new life or resurrection] and found no water. Now, the name, “Shur” has two meanings in Hebrew; the first meaning is, ‘to be raised’ and the second meaning with a slightly different accent placement, is “Shor” which means, ‘Ox or Bull’. Both these pictures represent the Lord Jesus Christ, because, under the law, the people of God needed to bring a bull or a sheep for their sacrifice to God and just as on the cross, Jesus took the place of the sinner having done no sin; same way the animal is burned at the altar by the fire of God’s fiery judgement having done no sin. The difference between Jesus and bulls is that the fire always consumed the sacrifice, but Jesus was scourged, that by His stripes we are healed and then He went to the cross, took the FULL payment of ALL the world’s sin and lived. He took the full judgement of God’s wrath and the curses and condemnation and lived. It was not the nails that kept Him on that cross, it was His love for us. It was a great sacrifice, but God the Father spared not His own Son that you and I might have life, and have it more abundantly. Jesus did not come to make bad people good, He came to make dead people live. And not only did Jesus Christ carry our sins and sicknesses, we received His righteousness permanently as a gift of grace. Under law they had limited righteousness because animal blood can only cover sins, but under grace, Jesus Himself is our righteousness by faith and since He can NEVER be unrighteous, once we believe in Jesus Christ, God sees us as righteous for God Himself is the justifier of the ungodly-Romans 4:5. Now, Exodus 15 verse 22 says, “So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea(a picture of baptism and death with Christ); then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days and found no water.” First of all, it is important to know that the Old Testament is a shadow of the substance of the New Testament which is all about Jesus. You can say it like so; the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. You must realize, the whole bible is about one person; The Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the real water, not the natural water that they lacked in Exodus because Jesus had not yet come, was given on the third day when Jesus was raised from the dead and talked with the disciples headed to Emmaus going away from Jerusalem. So, what is this water? Water in the context of this text and in many places in the bible refers to the word of God. In John 15:3, Jesus said to His disciples, “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” Which means the word is what cleanses. Now realize this doesn’t refer to salvation. Because the children of Israel have already passed through the Red Sea, leaving Egypt a picture of the world behind and have now entered into the wilderness of Shur which is, ‘the wilderness of being raised’ or ‘the wilderness of resurrection.’ This is not the promised land, but the start of their wandering with God.
On the third day after Jesus was raised from the dead, His discouraged, frustrated and confused disciples were walking away from Jerusalem which was then known as the place of the gathering of God’s people, to Emmaus which is seven miles away(Luke 24:13-27). Jesus has died and is risen, but they don’t understand the gravity of it, they don’t really know the One who died and the beauty of what He has done. In Luke 24, on the third day, two disciples were walking and talking to Emmaus, then Jesus appeared, and said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” Why were they sad? They didn’t understand the finished work of Jesus Christ. Their focus was Israel as you would see in Luke 24:18-24. To them, Jesus was simply a means to an end; salvation for Israel. And this is what us happening in the body of Christ today. People get saved by grace, then they start living life as if they’re alone, and uncared for. Therefore, becoming frustrated, bitter and confused towards God. Or on the other hand, relying on the methods of the world for blessings only God can give. For example, working yourself to the bone, and doing the necessary caloric calculations, only to one day end up with a terminal condition. GOD DID NOT SEND THE AFFLICTION. The book of Galatians has this to say in regard to that. You have fallen from grace whosoever among you seeks to be justified by the law(mans efforts, righteousness of self, self improvement based on fleshly and worldly wisdom), they have fallen from grace(Jesus’ wisdom, discernment, righteousness, holiness, health, prosperity, shalom because of the cross; a perfect man, performed a perfect sacrifice). These disciples were supposed to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit, but lacking faith and wisdom, they were walking away from Jerusalem; hence their confusion. What then is Jesus’ answer to all this? It can be seen in verses 25-27, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” The answer to the foolishness and unbelief in the body of Christ is to expound even from the Old Testament things concerning Jesus. Seeing Jesus is the answer to any problem you have. And how do you see Jesus? By spending time in the word, asking the Holy Spirit to teach you, revealing only Jesus Christ, for the Holy Spirit loves seeing Jesus glorified. The Holy Spirit only came after Jesus was glorified, and back with the Father. If you can quickly recall, before all this happens in Luke 24:13-15; the disciples were walking and talking, and then Jesus drew near to them, and the bible says, “their eyes were prevented from seeing Him,” which means Jesus did not want them so see Him in person yet as in the Upper Room(Luke 24:36-49), but He wanted them to see Him first in the word. That’s why after He listened to their complaints, He pointed out the issue as stated above and what followed was the solution to the problem which is; And beginning at Moses, and all the prophets, even the Psalms, He(Jesus) expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. This what it means to see Jesus daily. He doesn’t have to come down and heal you, even a preacher doesn’t have to lay hands on you at a healing meeting of whatever magnitude. Just as you are hearing the word of Christ daily, getting into Jesus centred devotionals, and above all getting into the word of God in your local church that preaches grace, as well as at home, you start to see the length, width, depth, and height, of the love of the Lord Jesus Christ for you. Now reason with me, if you are so sure God loves you, and you know ALL your sins are forgiven, because of the once and for all perfect work of Jesus at the cross, because Jesus became sin for you now as you have believed in Him, you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore Ephesians 3:17-20, can avail to you because the last part of that verse is claimed and quoted out of context. That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love [God’s love for you not your love for God. Ref 1 John 4:10], may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height, to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Then after understanding by revelation, for example reading this or reading the book of Romans or the Psalms and you see how tender His love is. At that moment you are so convinced He will answer anything you ask. Even though not instantly; being there is need for endurance which produces patience, and patience, character, and character, hope. (Ref Romans 5:1-5). Your heart is full of faith without you having to start looking at your faith in numbers. For the Holy Spirit shed the love of Christ abroad our heart whenever we declare what Jesus has done. For example, one has a headache and when they pray they do, “soft prayers” that require 35 amount of faith. Now, for something like cancer you pray, “hard and long prayers” needing 150 amount of faith. I exaggerate, but you get the point. In all of Jesus’ life, and even the apostles, they never strained to get answers from God. Jesus knew God as Father, and operating out of the bosom of the Father, flowing with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, since being God, still became a Man. A God-Man. Spotless, perfect, indescribably magnificent. He is a Man among men. He carries constantly, the fragrance of Heaven, because He is always in the bosom of the Father, knowing the heart of the Father. He came to die, nobody could take His life. He loves us with all He had. Therefore, if Jesus as a man needed the Holy Spirit, and a consciousness of God as Father, to operate here on earth, how much more we? When this love becomes more than just a bible story, but instead a reality that you live in, that you are seated together with Christ in Heavenly places, and it is of God’s doing that you are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and holiness or sanctification, and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30. This is your foundation, be bold in the Lord, because of His never ending love and super abounding grace. YOU ARE LOVED! BE GLAD! COME TO YOUR FATHER BOLDLY! PRAISE JESUS!
The people of God in Exodus 15:22-26 did not have the word of Christ which is the living water that cleanses the mind and body, because as we walk through life, although we are saved, we are surrounded by carnality and sometimes they affect us negatively. Therefore, the Lord’s remedy when we have lost focus and forgotten that our whole life is in Christ is to see Jesus. That’s why when the children of Israel got to the water of Marah, it was bitter. Yes this happened naturally, but the Old Testament is a type of the New Testament. It was lacking Jesus and the cross which makes the word of God enjoyable or sweet. Now reason with me; how often have you tried to read the word only to receive condemnation, uncertainty and guilt? The word of God that is supposed to satisfy your thirst and wash you of the deposits of this life is now making you even more stressed. What is the scriptural remedy? It’s in verse 25 of Exodus 15. “So Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast the tree into the waters, the waters were made sweet.” WOW! The remedy to draw with joy from the word of God’s salvation is to put Jesus and the cross(the tree) in it. And remember, the idea of drawing water (Isaiah 12:3), is an Old Testament language. Under grace it’s even easier. Jesus said, “COME UNTO ME AND DRINK!” Whenever we come to the word, see the Lord excited to teach you and impart wisdom to you. Wisdom is the principal thing. The reality is, the theme of the bible since the fall has always been salvation. God’s heart has always been grace. He put Adam and Eve in an oversized garden, and for them to exercise their free choice, He instructed them to not eat from the Tree of knowledge of good and evil; a type of the law. Do’s and don’ts, right and wrong. Jesus is the Tree of Life that Adam should have eaten from, but he ate from the wrong tree and fell. And now, Jesus, that Tree of life had to come and die as a Man, that by His death He would defeat him(the devil) who had the power of death, and has had footholds in our lives to cause harm(John 10:10). That’s why once man fell, God doesn’t really look at creation, His focus is on salvation through Jesus Christ. Also reading every verse from the lens of grace, asking the Holy Spirit to teach you, and never forsaking your local church where grace is preached. The people of God who followed Moses complained and were angry and bitter. All these are the results of bitter water or bitter words from the bible. Further solidifying this point is a verse that will be continually referred to; Ephesians 4:29-31, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it might minister GRACE to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice.” This is very interesting. All the negatives listed below, are the emotions unbelievers hold towards God because they are alienated in their mind, thinking God is against them or out to get them. That is a big lie! God loves people. His very nature is love, and that is why John 3:16 is a famous verse. It talks about the intensity of God’s perfect love, and the proof of it in sending His only Son; The Lord Jesus Christ to die in place of the lost and spiritually dead. That through His death and resurrection, they might receive the God kind of life, for we are one with Christ, and justification before God. But for you child of God, to be feeling that way and exhibiting that nature, it is a clear indication that you have been drinking bitter water. And from the well of bitter water in your heart, you draw and speak bitter words that do not edify those who hear you including yourself. How can a believer say things like, “God wants you sick” or “God uses sickness to discipline” or “God called you home before your time for whatever erroneous reason” or even believing and saying that “you can lose your salvation.” All these are corrupt words that do not edify anybody and cause people to be self conscious and sin conscious instead of Jesus-conscious and righteousness by faith conscious. Therefore, if your words are not edifying(building up), then they are tearing down, and that grieves the Holy Spirit. Profanities and things like that are wrong yes, but that’s not the context of these verses. This verse is saying, if you are not ministering grace, you are not edifying anyone and are therefore grieving the Holy Spirit. What was the response of Job when his friends were blaming him and tearing him down with their words? He was bitter and angry. He was self conscious and therefore frustrated. Until Elihu spoke, and made it about God and not Job, he was then silenced. Grace removes boasting and pride before God, because our salvation, walk with God and all things concerning our new life; is in the Lord Christ glorified, and magnified, seated at the right hand of the Father. We have access to all blessings by Him, in Him, and through Him. Therefore when you are sick, get the word of healing from the wells of salvation in Christ and say them over yourself, as well receiving the Holy Communion along with your medication, pray in tongues over your situation knowing you and the Holy Spirit and taking hold of the problem together. He gives the utterance, you choose to open your mouth and flow. Prayer in the Spirit is the most powerful prayer, becasur you can be listening to anointed grace messages, and praying in tongues. That’s double edification! Hallelujah! Go to your local church and be encouraged by your leaders, and fellow family in the Lord being anointed with oil, breaking bread and wine with joy to the Lord. The corporate anointing when we assemble together is of greater magnitude, that’s why a good prayer to pray is; wisdom to be a blessing to my church. God blesses those who take care of the church. Anyway, drink the sweet water of Jesus Christ, the word made flesh, and be refreshed. In hard and difficult seasons, if someone who is supposed to be feeding you revelation of Jesus and expounding on Jesus comes and starts saying, “it’s because of your past sin that this is happening.” Question, do those words give you hope? Are they sweet words? Yes we as humans we do stupid things at times, but it’s because people do not know how much they’re loved by their Father, and have not received the gift of no condemnation in Christ(Romans 8:1 NASB) that they don’t have the power to ‘go and sin no more.’ You have to reveal Jesus Christ and His grace and truth, before you can see changes in people and yourself. Romans 6:14 says, “sin shall have NO DOMINION over you, because you are not under law, but under grace.” Which means that under LAW which is focused on mans works, mans obedience, and mans flesh, sin WILL have dominion. But under GRACE which is ALL about Jesus Christ and the cross, His salvation, His life and everything He did, sin is defeated; chains are broken, people are set free, sick bodies are healed and God blesses His people freely. Why? As a believer, you received the gift of righteousness in Christ and everything else is added to you.
You see, Jesus did not talk about how bad they were in Luke 24. Yes He rebuked their unbelief and lack of wisdom, but He loved them so much and drew near to them. He enjoys being close to His people. And that further solidifies that verse that says, where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst. Two disciples talking about Jesus, even though they don’t fully understand everything their communal conversation was Jesus and His death on the cross. And even though they did not have it all together, He still drew near. Jesus loves being around believers. We are His family. Unlike under the law, only the High Priest once a year can go into the Holiest of holiest where God is, but under grace we can come BOLDLY to the throne of grace anywhere and at anytime. Why? The blood of Jesus is of eternal value compared to the blood of bulls and goats in the Old Testament. The blood of Jesus has taken away, all the sins of the world! God is not angry with the world, the position of His heart is that they should come home and be saved, because they are already forgiven. The prodigal sin in Luke 15 was already forgiven by the father, but he had to come home to be restored; to be saved. The world is forgiven, but NOT saved. That’s why Jesus expounded to the Jews of His day about His sufficiency, salvation, love for them and God as their Father. He revealed His heart of grace and satisfied the thirsty souls with sweet water. And what makes the water sweet? The centrality of Jesus Christ and the cross in the word that is spoken and heard. There was no fresh revelation of Jesus, that is why the Israelites in Exodus 15 complained. Although seeing the great miracles and power of God in Egypt for their sake, they still complained because of water. As if God couldn’t bring out water in dry places. This goes to show that the fire, the earthquake and all the great moves are not what melts our hearts to receive God’s love or change our minds(repentance) towards God, but it’s the word of His grace; the still small voice and His awesome goodness towards us. Hence, if you don’t have time for the word of Christ, and are ensnared by social media, the internet, with the myriads of information out there, you’ll be depleted and even though a believer, your life can become characterized by unbelief. Why? You’re not daily seeing Jesus in the word. It’s those who don’t have a fresh revelation of Jesus that says things like, “the days of miracles are over, healing is past.” Believers like these are feeding on deceit and are therefore speaking deceit. GRACE AND TRUTH, came by Jesus Christ. Jesus healed, blessed and took care of people all to show us His and the Father’s heart. Because, if healing and being prosperous is wrong, then the Lord did us an injustice. But NO! Healing and all the blessings of salvation in Christ, are YES AND AMEN! To all who believe. But to believe, you have to know the One who spoke those words and His heart of love for you. God is good and God is love. When you are not feeding on Jesus Christ and His name is only present at the end of you prayer and nowhere else, no wonder you don’t have faith and are feeling far from God. How does faith come? Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. This double hearing in the greek connotes; continual hearing. Question, is the word of Christ characterized by condemnation or acquittal? Righteousness or sin? Love or fear? The book of Galatians says, faith works by love. When you believe the truth that Jesus loves you, and God your Father loves you, believing a miracle to come your way is easy. Why? You know who spoke that word of healing, restoration or whatever you are believing for, you know His heart, and your heart is full of His love for you that comes as a revelation, as you spend time in the word, as well under the preaching of your leader in your local church where grace is preached. And even though grace is preached to the fullest extent, pray for the church, and pray to be a blessing to bring grace to the church. No more mixture of grace and works. Let me ask, do you really know who died for you? It was God in human flesh! The Son of God! God said to Abraham, “take now your son, your only son and sacrifice him at the place that I will show you.” Now imagine with me how devastated Abraham must have been to hear those words. Abraham trusted God nonetheless, and us knowing God’s heart, He was never going to take the child because every human being born has sin in their blood, except one; Jesus Christ. God spared Abraham the pain, that He did not spare Himself. Jesus at the cross who knew no sin, did no sin, and in him was no sin, took on Himself all the sins and diseases of the whole world and received the FULL judgement for them. Therefore, confess always, “I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST, THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION FOR ME IN CHRIST, GOD LOVES ME EVEN IN THE MIDST OF MY WORST SIN” These are all true realities under grace. The more you identify with your new identity, ‘As Christ is so are you in this world,’ the more you present the attributes or fruits of that identity. If you keep saying, “I am sick, I am useless, I am a stoner, I am a smoker, nobody cares about me” you start to unconsciously produce the attributes of this and they are always negative and sinful. And the truth is yes God is not counting sin against you, but if you put your hand in fire, it will still burn you whether you are saved or not. Jesus has settled the issue of sin in terms of making a way out of the slave market of sin and death, by His blood. Jesus was so severely punished that no man can fathom the depths of pain, anguish and sorrow both Him and the Father endured. Yet, He went through it. He went through it for you and for me. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus(Romans 6:23). Only believe in your heart what Jesus has done for you, and be made righteous, then confess with your mouth, and you are saved, and sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption. Once you’ve received the salvation Christ came to bring, you are now and forever a son/daughter. With full and unrestricted access to the presence of God, for the blood of Jesus has washed you so clean that you have God in you, in the person of the Holy Spirit. And now from the wells of salvation, you drink because Jesus is the substance of our salvation. His name means salvation. As we do this, the other blessings are received with joy and thanksgiving in you heart at the great cost to the Father, and how easy for us it is to receive FREELY! Isaiah 12:2-4, paints a beautiful picture. “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘for YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation’ therefore with joy you will draw water, from the wells of salvation. And in that day you will say: ‘Praise the Lord, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted.” These verses give you an understanding of what is supposed to be the life of the believer. Jesus’ name in Hebrew, “Yeshua” means salvation. Therefore when you say, ‘I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST” you are drinking what Jesus has drawn with joy from one of the wells not “well” of salvation, and the name of Jesus Christ is exalted as it should always be. Whenever you say, “By His stripes I am healed”, you are declaring His work, in being struck countlessly for your healing, and are therefore giving Him the praise as the source of your healing. When you are seeing Jesus in the word daily, you are no longer depressed, frustrated, and defeated. You live life out of the victory of the cross. You are seated with Christ in heavenly places and it’s of God’s doing, not yours. Realize your eternal security which is just one well of salvation and move on to the other wells of salvation and enjoy ALL that your beautiful, and wonderful saviour died to give you. If you read your bible without Jesus and the cross being the lens by which you interpret, you start to draw with sadness, frustration and anger from the wells of salvation, and this ought not to be so. GOD IS A GOOD GOD! HE CANNOT LIE! Believe Him, for He loves you. And what to do when you feel unloved? Look at the cross. Never judge God based on your circumstances, always judge God, and His love from the cross. You are not the one being punished, or bleeding or completely naked. Jesus will not have gone through all that if His love for us is superficial. We are truly and unconditionally loved! The best part is that, in Isaiah 12, verse 1 says, “O Lord, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and you comfort me.” Yes before Jesus came, God was angry at mankind, because of the wickedness, evil and all manner of obscurity in the world. But on the other hand, God is love, and in punishing us to the full extent of our evil we will not survive, and He won’t appear loving to us. The solution? Jesus at the cross. Not an angel, nor a mere man, but the God-man. God’s own Son bore the FULL judgement of God’s righteous anger against all lawlessness at the cross, and now God who turned away from His own Son, because of our sins which He was carrying as He hung at the cross, turned towards us with grace, love and all manner of favour. The blood of Jesus has given God a righteous foundation to express ALL of His love to mankind who accepts what Jesus has done for them, and come to Him knowing He is their Father. Your sins did not get away, they have been punished at the cross forever! HALLELUJAH! God is good!
I will conclude part one of this series with this verse. Psalms 22:31, “They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, That He has done this.” Psalms 22, is a messianic Psalm, and it ends with the words to be spoken for the salvation of mankind. Jesus has borne ALL your sins and diseases in His own body at the cross, and when you believe in Him you receive His righteousness. It is because God is a thrice holy God that sin has to be punished and it has been. Therefore we say, ‘He has done this!’ or in the words of Jesus Himself, “IT IS FINISHED!” Child of God all the goodness of God’s heart are now yours by faith. Refuse to be an unbelieving believer and start seeing Jesus today. Whether it be through listening to anointed messages, spending time in the word or Jesus centered devotionals, daily feed on revelations of Jesus, and never forsake gathering together with your local church, and praying for your church. That’s how you grow, and the more you receive the more you can be a blessing to other believers and unbelievers. Those who are stiff-necked and reject the grace of God are fruitless, because under law; the ministry of death is characterized by abounding sin, fruitlessness, depression and frustration. But under GRACE!… Hallelujah, you are in the ministry of life, bearing fruit to God, to the glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and you are a blessing wherever you go, because who doesn’t like fruits?
Resting on the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ at the cross, and the faithfulness of God our Abba.