• on October 19, 2018

Rivers Of Living Water

John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” It means that when you come to Jesus to drink, you don’t just get a single drink, but you get spring, a fountain, a well. Rivers of water will flow because a River-Maker is in you, you will never have to search again for a source of satisfaction for your soul. Every river that needs to flow for the joy of your soul will flow from Jesus. When you come to him, you get Him and He never leaves. In order to come and drink, you must believe in Jesus. In order to continue to drink you must continue to come in faith to Jesus. He is the source of the fountain that wells up inside of faithful believers. It is not from an earthly Jerusalem that the living waters flow but it is out of the dwelling place of Christ which is in the consecrated hearts of transformed lives. When a believer comes to Christ and drink he not only slakes his thirst but receives such an abundant supply that authentic rivers flow out of his inner being. The Dead Sea is so salty that it contains no fish or plant life. What accounts for this unusual condition? There are absolutely no outlets. A great volume of water pours into this depression from the Jordan, but nothing flows out. Inlets plus no outlets equals a dead sea. This law of nature may also be applied to the child of God, and it explains why many believers are unfruitful and lack spiritual vitality. It’s possible for some people to attend church, study the Scriptures, and continually take in the Word as it is preached from the pulpit and electronic media, and yet seem lifeless and unproductive in their Christian lives. Such individuals are like the Dead Sea. They have several “inlets” but no “outlets.” To be vibrant and useful believers, we must not only “take in” all we can, but we must also “give out” in service to others. Indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we possess the “water of life” and can be channels of blessing to those in need. From hearts of love, let us pour out to others what we have first received from God. If we do, we will never become Dead-Sea Christians. So we must keep on drinking from Christ, if He is going to meet the needs of others through us thus we must ever be opening the connection and drink from Christ by abiding in His Word otherwise we will quench no inner thirst, of ourselves or of others. Jesus did not promise a trickle or a stream or a flow, He promised a river and the Holy Spirit is like the mighty rushing river that produces life wherever it flows. May we experience the awesome life giving power of the Holy Spirit in our life and ministry in Jesus name?

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