STREAMS FROM EDEN
By Bill Burns
In a recent word the Lord said that we, the Church, are entering into a time period in which He is going to teach us to rule over our hearts. If we are going to rule in the midst of our enemies, then we must first rule over our hearts.
He then spoke this word to His church: "Out of Eden flowed four rivers. Your heart is even like Eden, for it was planted in the likeness of Me. Out of your heart there flows four streams. These streams can bring either life or death to you. They represent the body, the soul, the spirit and the opposition whose name is Satan. The fact of whether you are living according to the dictates of the flesh body or if your battle is in the soul and you desire soul life, soul ministry, soul survival where your desire is to see things in the realm of the soul which will cause you to seek a place of comfort. But if you live in the stream of the flow of the spirit, I can minister to you by the Holy Spirit. Or, you can have open doors allowing the enemy to rule over your life. It is all up to you. It is My good pleasure that you rule from the realm of the spirit. There are four riverheads; there are four options. Because I have given you free will, you get to choose which stream to live in. I would have you live in the stream of the spirit. The flesh brings death, and the soul brings carnality. Satan brings destruction. Choose which stream you will drink from and live in. Free will gives you the option."
In Genesis chapter two the Word tells us that God formed man from the dust of the ground, and then He planted man on a piece of ground called Eden. The word "Eden" means pleasure or delight and represents the good ground of our heart.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
The Father gave us life that comes to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave us living water through the Holy Spirit. Jesus said it this way in John 7:37-38 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." This flow of life is the river that comes out of Eden, which is the river of life.
Genesis 2:10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads.
Three of these rivers, the Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates represent the streams from Eden, which bring bondage to God's people. These waters run through the land of Cush (Ethiopia and Egypt), Assyria and Babylon. These countries represent places of captivity and bondage to Israel (God's people). In the word that the Lord gave, He likened these three rivers to the bondages of the body, the soul (carnal mind) and the devil.
The Pishon, which means a free-flowing river of increase, represents life in the spirit. This is the stream from Eden (heart) that God would have us to stay in and live from. The Pishon emcompasses the whole land of Havilah, which means circle and is representative of eternal life. The circle is complete in Christ, who is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end of the kingdom of God in which we live.
The scriptures tell us that there is gold, bdellium and onyx in the land of Havilah. Gold represents the good ground of a pure heart and life lived in the presence of God. The Ark of the Covenant was overlaid with gold and is symbolic of God's heart towards His people. The onyx stone was found in the breastplate of the priest, which was worn over the heart, and it symbolizes our position with God.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Bdellium is like a resin gum that, when compressed by heat, becomes a jewel ... as when our hearts are purified by fire.
Malachi 3:17 "They shall be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him."
Havilah represents the ground of a pure heart out of which the treasures that God has given us are brought forth.
Luke 6:45 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
If we live in any one of the other streams from Eden, we will produce evil treasure, that which comes from the flesh, soul and Satan.
We are in a time when the Lord desires to teach us to rule over our hearts. If we allow Him to do this work in us, then we will stay in the river of His Spirit, which is the river of life. And, this is wisdom: "Keep you heart with all vigilance, and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life." (Proverbs 4:23 Amp.)