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The River of Past, Present, and Future

Updated: Nov 8, 2022


God has carved out a river in BAM International to be a source of Worship, Word, and Spirit to the Region!


Isaiah 43:18

I Had a Vision of the Lord as He lifted me above a river...




Questions for Discussion:

  1. How did the vision I had from the Lord help you to see the past, present, and future?

  2. Has sitting in the past or even the present stolen your time from seeing the future?

  3. Give an example of how you have recognized that you have been sitting in the past.

  4. Why must we learn to sit in heavenly places on a consistent basis?

  5. What are the seven phases in a complete cycle of history?

  6. And of course, what was your aha moment?

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Pastor Aaron Riley
Pastor Aaron Riley
Nov 13, 2022

  1. How did the vision I had from the Lord help you to see the past, present, and future?

One part that really stood out to me was the past. If we are thinking about the past, talking about the past, then that is where we are at, "in the past." As long as we are in this seat by the river, we will be sorrowful because we will constantly be missing God's grace as He sends things down the river. Then, if we are only focused on the present, which I have been seeing myself do a lot lately, than we will counting on someone else to tell us what God is going to do, just like Elder Christy sa…


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1. How did the vision I had from the Lord help you to see the past, present, and future?

-It helped me to see it from God's perspective. He knows what is coming downstream from up ahead, and He wants us to know about what is ahead of us before it is right in front of us.


2. Has sitting in the past or even the present stolen your time from seeing the future?

-Yes


3. Give an example of how you have recognized that you have been sitting in the past.

-I can see how I have reminisced on things of the past. I've always been one to enjoy listening to stories of the past. But I see how…


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Elder Christy
Elder Christy
Nov 10, 2022

1. How did the vision I had from the Lord help you to see the past, present, and future? It helped me to see how easy it has been to simply look at what is right in front of me from a very limited perspective or downstream at what already was and think I actually "know" something when in reality I was never really seeing far enough upstream to be ready often enough for what God is doing and will be doing. I was relying on my leadership to know what is coming and hoping to catch up instead of being one that could see as well and lead others. Now I can see the importance of actually knowing what'…


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Elder Christy
Elder Christy
Nov 13, 2022
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Absolutely Nate! I am not in any way suggesting being able to see and somehow be so spiritual all on my own. It's about being able to see so that I am in step with leadership and can lead as well. When we are in step together, how much greater it is.

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Nate, I love your "Rabbi" perspective when you said: "One thing leads to another... Even looking upstream or downstream you may not be able to see very far if there is a bend in the river. The only way to get the whole picture is to rise above and take it all in. Seeing the results of what happened, what it's doing right now, and what it will lead to. Your vision helps me see that my little brain box and vantage point can only ever do so much, I'm only in a sliver of time on the river. But God is above it all. Always has been, always will be. It's available for me to seek and sit with…

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Rev. Ryan, I love your statement: "When looking towards the future, we see the present time before it happens and can prepare before the future becomes the present. Your statement: "When I focus on the present, I react to the present instead of responding to the present." This is a great perspective. We should be acting instead of reacting. Yes, we don't pray enough which results in missing the opportunity of what God wanted to do. God forbid we miss the next phase because we are in the past or even the present. Great Post. In His Service, Bishop Bill

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