August 4, 2016. Devotions.
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (Joh 7:37-39 NKJ)
Now the Philistines had stopped up all th…e wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth. (Gen 26:15 NKJ)
God wants to pour His Spirit, not on you, but out from within you. The image we’re given by Jesus is a river flowing out of the heart. Immediately I’m thinking of the different rivers ranging from those that just quietly meander along their course, like the Mississippi, broad and long, to rivers like the Colorado, powerful, whitewater rapids. The Mississippi might not be as spectacular as the Colorado, but it gets where it’s going. The Colorado, on the other hand, has been dammed, diverted and syphoned off, so that now it barely makes it to the Delta in Mexico.
Some people are just the same as the Colorado. They start out strong and powerful, but they allow the enemy to steal, kill and destroy, so much so that they are in danger of drying up before that reach the end. Better to be full, deep and wide, taking the time to get where you’re going, but when you get there, unlike the Colorado, you will be broader, deeper and full to capacity. Let the river flow!