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W.A.T.E.R. - Rivers

 Willingly Accept Truly Eternal Rivers

Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.
John 7:38

Years ago, at my workplace, we had plants that I watered regularly. One of them was on a high shelf, so it wasn’t easy to judge the amount of water I was pouring into it.  The day came when a sudden gush of water spilled over the edge landing directly on the fax machine below!  Before I could divert the flow, it was flooded. Watering a fax machine does not yield good results! A fax machine is not designed to hold water. 

The rivers of living water spoken of in John 7:38 figuratively refer to the Holy Spirit who effectively operates in and through each believer. Do you believe that we were created to be fit vessels for living waters?
Be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). A call for continuous action on our part.
What blocks the flow of living water?
Not being connected to the source. A water hose has to be connected to a faucet.  Am I guilty of neglecting the one source that can fill me to overflowing with living waters to be God’s love, compassion, and grace for others? Absolutely. How often I find myself desperately going to others wanting them to fill my emptiness?  I seek to be satisfied from those who are also empty, demanding they give me even a little drop to quench my insatiable thirst.
Fear blocks the flow.  I say I believe God, but do I really?  Do my thoughts, words, and actions reflect my trust or distrust?  Guilty.
What about a hardened heart calloused by deceit? Or unwillingness? Guilty.
Oh, how I long to be a fountain, receiving and then pouring out for others’ refreshment!  The paradox is that it’s possible to be a life-giving vessel in spite of our flaws and brokenness! Yield to the incomparable power of God. The power of the Holy Spirit allowed to flow in our innermost beings is the same unlimited power that resurrected Jesus’ dead body to new life!  And this resurrection power is available to all followers of Christ.
Willingly Accept Truly Eternal Rivers – the choice is ours.
Heavenly Father, I thank You for Jesus and His words of life for all who believe.
Karen Sims

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