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Overflow

by Bobbie Jean Merck

 

 
   

 

   
 

 

There

comes 

a

time

when

the

waters

are

over

our

heads.

 

~

 

It

is

a

place

of

trust,

and

it

is

a

place

of

surrender.

 

~

 

I

had

to

completely

know

that

I

was

not

carrying

the

anointing,

but

that

the

anointing

was

carrying

me!

 

      God spoke these three words to me: abundance, overflow, and fullness. Last month in the March issue we looked at abundance according to the Scriptures which includes every good thing for every good work we have been apprehended for in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
     The pathway to abundance is related to God's overflow and fullness expressed through the lives of His children. As we come into greater understanding concerning how these three words are related, we can make choices in our daily lives that will bring forth the abundant life Jesus came to give to us. Abundance actually begins with pursuing fullness in our relationship with God, which, as a cup that becomes full and yet continues to be filled will begin to overflow, which will ~ as it continues to overflow ~ create a state of abundance.
     Overflow is one powerful aspect of this three-fold cord. When God called me into His service, He spoke these words to me: "I am calling you to be a cupbearer in My kingdom. I am not asking you to give of your reserve, but of My overflow upon thee. As you stay filled to overflowing with Me, everywhere I send you the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dumb will speak, the lame will walk, cancer will go, and My people will be made free ~ by My overflow upon thee."
     The very essence of abundance is that which is produced out of an overflow. An overflow is literally that which is exceedingly over and above, more exceeding, excellent, and extraordinary. Until the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost came into us we were ordinary people. But when we are full of the Holy Spirit, we become extraordinary. We are extraordinary people! That is what makes the difference ~ the ordinary becomes the extraordinary when we get full to the overflowing measure with the Presence of the Lord, and then the abundance of not who we are, but of who God is begins to operate in our lives.
     The Word of the Lord to me concerning 2005 is JOY ~ the joy that comes especially with HARVEST!

     The Lord quickened Joshua 3:15 to me, and I began to meditate on the connection between overflow and harvest, "And when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were in the brink of the water - for the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest -" (The Amplified Bible). We are not speaking of a natural born overflow produced by human effort from existing resources, but of God's supernatural anointing of overflow. It is important for us to receive and move in the anointing of God's supernatural overflow, because this river will take us beyond our human capabilities into the realm of the supernatural.
     Through Jesus, you and I are become the living temple of Almighty God. The Holy Spirit is often symbolized by water that flows, and our God says of us, "Out of your belly shall flow rivers..." of life-giving water, healing waters! Ezekiel was caught up in the spirit and saw the spiritual temple of God. He saw waters beginning to flow from the temple. Overflow literally means "to flow as water flows." Read the description of this experience from Ezekiel 47:1-5, 8-9, 12:

 

      THEN HE [my guide] brought me again to the door of the house [of the Lord  - the temple], and behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple was toward the east; and the waters came down from under, from the right side of the temple, on the south side of the altar.
     Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around outside to the outer gate by the way that faces east, and behold, waters were running out on the right side.
    And when the man went on eastward with the measuring line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he caused me to pass through the waters, waters that were ankle-deep.
    Again he measured a thousand cubits and caused me to pass through the waters, waters that reached to the knees. Again he measured a thousand cubits and caused me to pass through the waters, waters that reached to the loins.
    Afterward he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the waters had risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over or through.
    These waters pour out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah (the Jordan Valley) and on into the Dead Sea. And when they shall enter into the sea [the sea of putrid waters], the waters shall be healed and made fresh.

    And wherever the double river shall go, every living creature which swarms shall live. And there shall be a very great number of fish, because these waters go there that [the waters of the sea] may be healed and made fresh; and everything shall live wherever the river goes.  And on the banks of the river on both its sides, there shall grow all kinds of trees for food; their leaf shall not fade nor shall their fruit fail [to meet the demand]. Each tree shall bring forth new fruit every month, [these supernatural qualities being] because their waters came from out of the sanctuary. And their fruit shall be for food and their leaves for healing.

                                                                                                                                           The Amplified Bible

     I see in this chapter of Ezekiel progressive increase from the waters of the Holy Spirit flowing down to us, into us, and then through us. First, the Holy Spirit within us heals our broken heart, heals our wounds, delivers us from sin and the works of the flesh ~ all that is "putrid." It started at the ankles, up to the loins, then became as waters that he could not pass over (vs. 5), but they were waters to swim in. There is a marvelous truth in this ~ when we start with the Lord we are up to our ankles, and as we continue to walk with God and know Him more, the flow increases to the loins. We can, even in this place at the ankle and loin level "swim" with God, putting our efforts to work with God. But there comes a time when the waters are over our heads ~ the Spirit of the Living God draws us out into the overflow - over our head.
      It is a place of trust, and it is a place of surrender where we learn to yield and flow with Him and we float upon the waters of Almighty God. These rivers of living water are to flow out of us to influence people, places, and circumstances! Note that everywhere the river flowed, everything it touched received healing and life. There was also a great harvest of fish in it. It is harvest time and souls will be harvested for the kingdom of God!
A practical application of this marvelous secret of God's supernatural overflow is demonstrated in something that occurred during a ministry time in Sweden. In Sweden they told me, "You are the only one that comes and lays hands on the people, and we love that."  At that time, there were about 2,500 in the morning service!  When that time came, there was only one way I could do that. I could not do it with the water to my ankles. I could not do it with the water to my loins ~ I had to get into the waters of the Holy Spirit over my head and float. I had to completely know that I was not carrying the anointing, but that the anointing was carrying me.
     To receive help and strength for that to be manifested, I asked for one leader to walk on my left and one to walk on my right. There were times my physical body would begin to say, "No more."  But I encouraged myself in the Lord saying, "I float, I rest, and the river of God carries me." That anointing quickened right back up to overflow!  I could literally feel Jesus at my right shoulder ~ it was me, but it wasn't me, laying hands on the 2,500 'til all was done.
    The answer to overwork is overflow. I had known that burn-out comes when one does not keep the power of the secret place, but this is a new dimension. We can run to where the river starts. "There is a river that flows from the throne of God," as that wonderful song tells us. We do not have to be exhausted, overworked people. We can stay in the overflow 24 hours of every day, as we learn how to receive and stay in the presence of our heavenly Father.
     The four basic meanings of "over" include: 1) going across or beyond a certain physical point; 2) surpassing; 3) running over and flowing over the brim; 4) excess. God's living examples recorded in the Word related to the dynamic wrapped up in "over" include when Israel went beyond the wilderness to the Promised Land. The waters of the Jordan ran over the river banks in time of harvest ~ our flesh is as the bank, but as we stay overflowing in the Holy Spirit, there are no limitations, for it overcomes the boundaries of flesh! Excess as related to the word overflow is superabundance, as when the offerings for the temple were so great in King David's time, the priests had to tell the people to stop giving, there was so much excess! Also, as Solomon's wealth surpassed all others.
    As we continue to meditate on these definitions in relation to the operation of the Spirit of God within us, carrying us into realms inaccessible by human effort, overflow becomes something we ought to hunger for more and more! In Ezekiel it reads that he could not pass over those waters, but God began to minister to me that in the overflow of His Spirit, the overflow itself enables you to "pass over." I looked up that word "over" in the Hebrew and it means "to penetrate."
    As God is releasing this word "overflow" to us NOW, I see that we will penetrate realms that we have never penetrated before ~ into realms of darkness by the overflow of Almighty God, by the anointing, by the river of God. You will penetrate into mysteries, into secrets of God that you have never seen before! Revelation will overflow. It means "beyond." You will go beyond anywhere you have ever been, and as Ephesians 3:20, you will manifest going beyond what you ask, think, imagine or dream.
     "Over" also means "to go forward" with no backing up, no reverse. God has not given us armor on our backside ~ for we are called to go forward, and we are not turning back. The army of God can spread like a flood ~ and the army of God will spread like a flood in America!
    "Over" includes the concept of "movement in relation to a stationary object." As we participate in the overflow, that which will not move can no longer remain an obstacle in our way, but we literally are carried over it or around it, but it blocks us no more!
    Joshus 1:5 says, "No man shall be able to stand in your presence all the days of your life." This was an anointing given to Joshua by the Lord. This meant that no man was able to successfully oppose him. When God is on your side, and you are on God's side, no man can successfully stand against the plans and purposes of God in you. We are in that time!
    Under Moses leadership, all the people had to do was to follow. Full provision was supernaturally made for them, but as long as they were under that type of leadership as expressed in Moses ~ the people did nothing but wander around, murmur, and complain, often getting into excesses. But God's time for change came. Under Joshua's leadership (and we are not talking about old leaders dying off - but about times, changes, and seasons in God's economy) the people were required to go and to apprehend for themselves the promised land, fighting the good fight of faith and saying, "This is ours and we are not giving it up nor letting go of it."  That is the difference under the one anointing versus the other anointing.
     You are going to have overflow, overflowing because it is harvest time. Souls are going to be reaped, family members are coming in, neighbors are coming in, and awesome things of the Lord are happening.
     No man could stand against the Church successfully in the Book of Acts. Today, for those that have an ear to hear, the Body of Christ is waking up to be as they were in the Book of Acts. Acts has given us a picture of overflow that became God's abundance! There were no apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors or teachers that left Jerusalem in Acts Chapter 8. It was the lay people ~ the members of the Body of Christ ~ that went forth doing the work of the ministry and causing ears to open, legs to grow back, eyes growing in and all kinds of things. Devils were set to flight! That is abundance, that is overflow, and that is the fullness of Almighty God.
 


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