Written by His Grace,
Kevin K. OíConnor
Main thought: to explore the joys of living water available to everyone that thirsts.
Streams of Living Water
Whoever believes in me, as[ 7:38 Or / If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me. / And let him drink, 38 who believes in me. / As] the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." (Whole Chapter: In context: )
Streams of Living Water! What a beautiful picture and notice from where it flows, from within. Only those who have experienced the death of self-pride at the feet of Christ will experience such joy. This water is not one that is stirred up by our own efforts, activities, or words, but is that which is birthed by the Holy Spirit in the innermost parts of our heart. And notice how these thirsty souls get to Christ, by just allowing them to, ďlet him comeĒ, and ďlet him drinkĒ.
There are those who think that they are responsible for birthing many souls into the kingdom of God but, the way i read these verses is that it is already ingrained in our hearts to return to the source from which we came; Romans 1:18-20 18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. And some more beautiful scriptures that testify to this truth; Psalm 19:1-6 1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.†
We must be careful not to get in the way of those who hunger and thirst for life by presenting them with a form of righteousness that denies the heart of righteousness which is a living loving relationship with Christ. Notice the following scripture where there are two groups appearing to do godly works and yet only one group is truly doing so; Philippians 1:16-17 15It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.
Oh how the heart of God desires to spend time with us and us with Him. How His love begins anew each day for each one of us to partake of Him; Lamentations 3:22-24 22The LORD'S (1) lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, (2) For His compassions never fail. 23They are new (3) every morning; Great is (4) Your faithfulness. 24"The LORD is my (5) portion," says my soul, "Therefore I (6) have hope in Him." The handiwork of Godís hands depicts the depth of His heart. Man has yet to see the end of it and that is the kind of love that awaits every heart that hungers for a living, loving relationship that is endless and bountiful. And many of us, instead of seeing the heart of the artist get our hearts wrapped around his work and neglect His heart. Or, we lose ourselves in the study of what He said and totally miss what He is saying. It is not the quantity of Godís Word in our heads that matter, but the quantity of His Word in our hearts.
Oh how we think that we have to perform a certain way or with such an intensity for God to hear us and yet, He is the One Who is already talking, all we need to do is take time to listen; Who among you will give ear to this? Who will give heed and listen hereafter? (Whole Chapter: In context: ) And another beautiful verse that shows how God speaks to us; 1 Kings 19:11-13 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? His voice is so tender and weíre usually so stressed and worked up we hardly ever hear it unless we learn how to still our hearts within His presence.
The power of God is expressed through His might but the tender loving kindness of God through His gentleness. How He loves to show Himself powerful to those who know Him in His gentleness. How sad it is for those who must see the miraculous before they know Him in His gentleness. These are usually the ones that lack depth of character due to their inability to see with their hearts more clearly than their eyes. No wonder our Lord told doubting Thomas in the NASB John 20:24-29 24But (36) Thomas, one of (37) the twelve, called (38) Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples were saying to him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see in (39) His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, (40) I will not believe." 26After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, "(41) Peace be with you."27Then He said to Thomas, "(42) Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing."28Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" 29Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? (43) Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed."
I believe there is a deeper level of relationship for those whose sight of faith surpasses the sight of the eyes And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who [Heb 7:19] comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Whole Chapter: In context: ). There is a beauty and depth of faith that reasoning will never comprehend.† Such are ones that the Heavenly Fatherís heart searches for because He delights in pouring of Himself into those the Streams of Living Water. Our response should be to freely give as we were given to NASB; "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour [Mark 4:24] into your lap a [Ps 79:12; Is 65:6, 7; Jer 32:18] good measure--pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." (Whole Chapter: In context: )
There will be those who say that they donít have much so they wonít give much. To those Godís Word says, you donít have because you donít ask and when you do ask itís only for selfish reasons; James 4:1-3 1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? 2You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. How very sad it is for those who think that Christ came to save them from their sin so that they can go right back and live therein.
Streams of Living Water not droplets await those who will listen to the heart of God and not settle for a ho-hum relationship with Him. If weíre not experiencing the Streams, we need to start looking within our own hearts for there is One Who set aside the splendors of heaven and Who laid His life down and then picked it up again so that each and every one of us can live in Him and He can live in us.† Relationship takes two. He has already committed ALL of Himself and held back nothing from us. What are we doing in response to that kind of Love?
Heavenly Father, teach us how to spend time with you, listening to Your Word so that we may hear your heart speaking to us and enter into those Streams of Living Water you have for each one of us. In Jesus Glorious, Wonderful Name, Amen.
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