Speak to the Rock
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | August 1, 2017Numbers 20:7-8 (NKJV) “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.’”
If you live in a desert, water represents life itself. Without water, human existence is impossible. After delivering Israel from Egyptian bondage, God led them into the desert where there was no water. It was a test. When the people cried out for water, God brought water from a rock. The first time God told Moses to strike the rock. The second time God told Moses to speak to the rock. In doing so, the rock would yield its water to meet the people’s need.
There is a spiritual principle here that God wants us to learn. In 1 Corinthians 10:4 Paul tells us that the Rock that followed Israel was Christ. God had not led Israel into the wilderness without that Source going with them. The water that they needed was in that Rock. In fact, there was a river in that Rock! While the people saw only a rock, God saw a river! As in Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones, all that was needed for life to be released was for a man of faith to believe God and call things that are not as though they were.
The Rock of Christ dwells in every believer. All that Christ is dwells within us. Consider that for a moment! We can minister to the sick because the Healer dwells within us! We can be effective witnesses because the Evangelist dwells within us! We can be effective pastors because the Great Shepherd dwells within us! We can prophesy the word of the Lord because the Prophet dwells within us! We can be effective teachers because the Teacher dwells within us! We can fulfill the Great Commission because the Apostle dwells within us! Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Christ within us is waiting to burst forth as a mighty river to satisfy the needs of people around us. That river is the River of the Holy Spirit.
How is this “River” released? It is through our declaration of faith. Although the Rock of Christ dwells within, we can die in our need unless we draw from the supply of Christ. We must release the “River” from this Rock! How? We do as God instructed Moses. We must call forth a release of the unseen realities of Christ within us. As we do, the rivers of the Holy Spirit begin to flow out of us.
Unfortunately, Moses became frustrated with the people’s complaint the second time around. Instead of speaking to the Rock, he struck it as he did the first time. In the same way, we can get focused on the flaws in others and strike out in an attempt to force the character and nature of Christ to come out of them. Rather than try to force change in others, we must begin to speak to the Rock of Christ’s potential within them. The Rivers of the Holy Spirit will begin to flow when we stop striking out at others and start declaring a release of the potential of Christ within them.
Problems are real. However, the “real” problem is not the “problem” itself but our lack of faith in the Source who dwells within us. Jesus is the answer to every problem. He is the Source to meet every need. He is also the Source of what others need. Don’t focus on the flaws and weaknesses in others. Don’t strike out at them. Speak to the Rock and release the River inside!
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, I thank You for the Rock of Christ that dwells within Me. I look to Christ who lives within me and declare a release of the River of the Spirit. I declare, “Soul, you WILL yield to the life and nature of Christ. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I open my heart as a channel for Your Spirit to flow as mighty rivers of living water to this world. I declare this in Jesus’ name. Amen!”