We're going down to the river
Down to the river, down to the river to pray
Let's get washed by the water
Washed by the water and rise up in amazing grace
-- Jordan Feliz
Here in Alabama, the mention of water might take someone to summer and the thought of swimming pools, fun at the lake, fishing, running under a sprinkler, throwing water balloons or drinking from the hose. Still others may simply think of a big glass of water quenching their thirst. Water can definitely quench our physical thirst, but it also plays a role in our spiritual thirst.
Throughout The Bible, water is used to symbolize the word of God. Ephesians 5:26 says, “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word…” As our body longs to be hydrated, so does our soul. A long drink of water can be felt throughout the body. Time spent in the word of God can also be felt throughout the body, but in a different sense. As we pour His word into our hearts, it will overflow into our attitudes. Philippians 2:5 states, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” If we are filling ourselves with Him, it is going to show in every aspect of our lives. We will walk like Him and talk like Him. We will seek to live like Jesus and desire to share Him with others.
Our prayer for the opening scene is that you see and hear our Heavenly Father throughout. The costumes, dances, lights and music are all beautiful, but allow your focus to remain on Him. During this scene take the time to ask yourself a few questions:
- Who is Jesus? (John 3:16, 1 Peter 2:21-23)
- What did He do? (1 Peter 2:24)
- Why does that matter? (John 3:16, 1 Peter 2:24b-25)
Have you been washed by the blood and accepted Christ as your personal Savior? Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Today is the best day to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. Cry out to Him and admit you are a sinner…we all are. Tell Him you believe He is the Son of God and He died on the cross for our sins. Confess your faith in Him as Lord and Savior. Repent of your sins and turn from them. Jesus loves YOU!! Allow yourself to be washed and cleansed daily by diving into His word. Through His Cleansing, you will Rise Up in Amazing Grace!!!!