There is a pressure that many are feeling in their walk with the Lord, but not because of an attack from the enemy. This pressure is being caused by our own confrontation with Truth.
I had a dream 2 weeks ago where some men were laying a huge blue water hose down a tunnel. It was made up of different lengths and it was said to be a very difficult, if not impossible, job. When it came together, however, the hose bulged and water came gushing out at the end. Everyone rejoiced in this accomplishment and breakthrough.
But then, the water started to slow down. Something was wrong. I went up and found one of the men’s foot tangled in the hose. He had gotten it tangled around his foot and his circulation was being cut off. I needed to do something quickly to release the pressure. Without destroying the hose, I was able to prick a small hole and the pressure subsided.
In Scripture, water often symbolizes the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26), salvation (I Peter 3:21), cleansing (Ezekiel 36:25) and renewal (Hebrews 10:22). When God gave Moses instructions to build the Tabernacle, blue was the color of the priest’s ephod (Numbers 39:22), the tablecloth on the table of His Presence (Numbers 4:7) and the cover for the lampstand (Numbers 4:9). In other words, blue often symbolizes holiness, righteousness and revelation of God’s presence.
Many believers have been praying that God’s truth would prevail in this season of so much compromise and spiritual ignorance. We have asked that His manifest Presence would come and live with us, to bring the realities of heaven to earth. We have been praying that God’s Spirit would be poured out with power to cleanse us and bring restoration and revival to our families and cities. As the prayers of the hungry and desperate have gone up, heaven has been listening and has begun to release the power of God’s Spirit.
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground. I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring and my blessing on your descendants.” (Isaiah 44:3)
However, the power of this truth also has the potential to be a stumbling block to some.
“I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line. Hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place.” (Isaiah 28:17)
There is only one way into God’s presence and that’s the way of holiness – a righteous life that lives by the Truth. Though the gift of salvation is freely given to all who come, the path of the righteous is narrow (the tunnel in the dream). “…wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14).
As we ask for God’s Spirit to be poured out, we must also be prepared for the changes that must accompany it. Our walk must change and our paths will be different from many around us. There are lies and ungodly beliefs that must go and if we do not stay centered in Christ that very Truth that is meant to bring us new life and power, will cause us to stumble – even offended. We have the choice whether or not to obey the Word of God that comes forth or to dismiss it. If we do not heed God’s direction, we will stumble and become entangled in our own ideas of what is right. We will be cut off from God’s life-giving truth and feel the pressure on our soul.
It will be tempting to simply discard the revelation He wants to show us in order to relieve the pressure (cut off the hose). But we cannot allow our own discomfort to rule. As we allow His Spirit to do the delicate heart surgery that’s needed, He can direct our steps and show us the way through.
Know that the pressure you may feel, at times, is a good thing. It is God’s way of getting our attention and drawing us to Himself in order to let the Living Water of His goodness and glory pour forth from our lives. Decide now to stay unoffended by that Truth.