A friend texted me last week, she said “Wish I could get that living water thing.”
Before answering I thought back to the time when I didn’t “get it” either. What did I do? How did I get from there to here?
How do we release the living water in our lives?
We begin by simply believing. We believe God, when he says that He (not we) is the centre of our lives.
I said to my friend, and I say to you, start by reading the word of God or listen to it online. Faith comes by hearing the word of God.
John 7:37-39 says,
On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, just as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water’ will flow from within him. He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.…
Next follow belief with action. Stop doing the obvious things that separate us from God. Empty out all the things that prevent letting God in. But don’t stay empty. Fill up! ‘Eat’ the food that God gives us in His word. The bible says, Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. The bible is food, for our empty bellies.
Revelation 21:6-7 says,
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
Next, we put our hope in the Lord who is the ‘Fountain of Living Water’ Himself. We don’t forsake Him.
Jeremiah 17:13 says,
O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake You will be put to shame Those who turn away on earth will be written down, Because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the LORD.
When the Israelites were living in the desert, after escaping the Egyptians, there was no water. So, God said to Moses, strike the Rock. Moses did and water flowed out of it. Jesus is also called the Rock. He is the cornerstone, our foundation. He is also the same fountain of living water that came out of the rock in the wilderness.
And if living water doesn’t come pouring out of the rock straight away, don’t give up. There is a drought in Australia at the present time, and with our farmers, we are believing for rain. If not today, maybe tomorrow. Every new day we need to get our faith on by reading the word, hearing and believing the promises of God. The bible says, we are not forsaken, so we do not forsake the one who is faithful to us. Even if he is taking his time, we can still search for Him.
Send down roots, deep roots under the desert to find the Living Water. Look for the artesian wells under the ground. Let the living water feed you, no matter what things look like above ground. Living water is full of new life and makes us flexible, (See the post Strong Roots, Flexible Trees for more about this idea in action.) and a well watered tree bears good fruit.
Revelation 22:1-2 says,
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
We keep coming back to Jesus. How? We read and re-read about Him, in the gospel stories, to build our faith and we pray. We pray that the Holy Spirit will come. We may begin in a spiritual desert, but as we believe, follow, hope and come to Jesus, our fountain, the water will come. It will pour forth.
My friend rang me this week and left a message to call her, she had something she needed to discuss. Later when I returned the call, she told me that she’d prayed about it instead. She’d put on the worship music and given it all to God. She said it was incredible, she couldn’t stop laughing and she’d felt the Spirit raining on her.
She said to me, “God is so good, I’ve always relied so heavily on other people, but God is so good! He had me laughing in the middle of a crisis!”
That’s living water.
John 4:10-14 says,
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
God does not lead us to water that will drown us, he leads us away from that kind of drink. He knows exactly the water we need. We are like sheep, who will not drink from running water, only from still water. God provides the kind of water that will restore us and refresh our souls.
Psalm 23: 1-3 says,
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
So, have you been restored by God in anyway? Have you found belief? Have you put that belief into action? Have you found new hope? Have you found new life? Have you met Jesus? Has he refreshed you?
If the answer is yes to any of these, then you have tasted living water. You get it!
The question is, I guess, are you a sipper? a guzzler? a paddler? a swimmer?
Because, you don’t really need to “get it,” as much as you need to get in it.
Be encouraged to drink living water today, and then dive in! Let it take you, wherever it is you need to go.
Lots of love,
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