Water; for most Americans is resource of abundance, so much so that we turn on the spigot without a thought. A readily accessible drink of clean water seldom occurs to me as a thing for which to be grateful. Can you imagine walking for 30 minutes to a well and carrying water from that source back to your dwelling? There are millions of people in our world who do just that. In some cities, particularly on the African continent, even the municipal water supply is unreliable, unavailable for days at a time.
Water is critical to our life! A person can survive weeks without food but the human body starts to shut down in 3 days without water. We are more than 60% water. It lubricates our joints, flushes toxins and waste out of us, and is a key to health. Perhaps next time you take a long drink of fresh, clean water you will offer God thanks for the supply.
Jesus spoke of ‘living water’ in His sermons and talks. John tells us about an encounter with a woman whose soul was parched. She had tried to find life in multiple relationships, knew something of spiritual matters, but was still thirsting. As the Lord Jesus conversed with her at that well in Samaria, He said “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14, NIV) Her response makes me smile. She was eager to find this source of water so she would not have to make the trek to the well every day. How natural her desire. But, when Jesus redirected her to spiritual truth, she found eternal life, a soul-satisfying drink of the Spirit.
Do you love the Presence of God with an intensity similar to the thirst you feel on a hot Summer day? Do you even recognize the thirst, or do you sense some longing, only to try to satisfy it with stuff, with entertainment, with achievement? “Come and Drink!” Jesus invites. When we raise our hearts to Him, turning our face to Heaven, He promises a refreshing drink of the Spirit. In worship, in expectation, we find Him. The Psalm paints a vivid picture for us. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1-2, NIV)
On another occasion, “Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit.”) (John 7:37) How I love this promise. Not only will the Spirit quench my thirst, He will make me a fountain from which a thirsty world can find refreshing. Yes, those who are dying, alienated from the Lord, who are slaves of their lust, greed, Self, or stuff – can come alive like a desert that blooms with life after a rain – when the Spirit is poured into their lives.
Would you join me in praying to drink of the Living Water and then to become a source of renewal in this spiritually barren world? There are many who are consumed with hate, whose love for Self is so all-consuming that they are like a hot, dry wind. Let’s make it our heart’s desire to be the people who overflows with the water of the Spirit. Ah, may our Christianity make us much more than just ‘nice’ people. May He make us life-giving, vital, creative, holy, and beautiful sources of Life!
The preacher, Joel, said that a day would come when God, the Holy Spirit, would live in us! “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29, NIV)
We live in that time! This is the age of the Spirit. On the day that the Church was born, after Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, the Spirit fell and those who received Him were ecstatic, speaking in unknown languages, and rejoicing with such abandon that some accused them of being drunk. Peter explained – “this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.” (Acts 2:16, KJV)
Christian friend, we need renewal of the Spirit, to drink deeply of the Spirit. Will you pray today for His overflow in your life?
Here is a word from the Word. “Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18-20, The Message)
Oh, Lord, give us of the blessing of Your Spirit that we may be refreshed and overflow with your life-giving water. Amen.
(a beautiful song, a prayer, listen at this link)
There’s nothing worth more that will ever come close
No thing can compare You’re our living hope
Your Presence, Lord.
I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone
In Your Presence, Lord
Holy Spirit You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory God is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your Presence, Lord
Your Presence Lord
Your Presence Lord
Oh God how we love Your Presence Lord
Let us become more aware of Your Presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness (Lord)
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