Water flowing in and out

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John 7

37 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. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

For those of us who have enjoyed the living water of the Lord Jesus we read this and cry, “Yes, Yes, thank you Jesus for coming into my life and bringing your wonderful water of life!”  We who were dry and thirsty from the sin of this world and the cravings of our own flesh have come to enjoy the Savior’s water of life.  I see those around me still trying to find water as they go to church, do their religious duties, and live their lives in emptiness without the Savior. Then I thank God who has reached into my heart with His word and with His grace and has quenched my spiritual thirst giving me His reasons for life and fullness of joy in Him.

Look again at the words of Jesus.  Not only does He say that He will give us of Himself to drink but he continues to say that He gives us His water to flow from us.  A stagnant pond is not a life-filled pond.  Algae begins to cover it, the foliage takes over and before long nothing can live in it.  A healthy pond has water coming in and water going out.  The continual ebb and flow keeps the pond alive and healthy.  So it is in our Christian lives.  When we accept the Water of life but never speak of the Savior, we never know the joy of His flowing water.  When we take in from God but never give out to others to meet their needs for Christ’s sake, we are not healthy in our spirit.

This is a great picture for us to pay attention to.  A healthy Christian man or woman is one who is constantly giving out the life of Christ.  By serving others the Water of Life we are replenished with fresh water.  The ebb and flow of the Spirit keeps us clean and fresh in spirit.  There should be no Christian hoarders for we all should be Christian givers letting the Holy Spirit flow in and out of us at all times.  “As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to those of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

Last night we, the men’s Bible study, had a great study on prayer.  Do you really believe that when you pray in faith believing that God will answer your prayer?  If you really believe this you would pray more.  This came out last night and we spent some time looking at the Word and at our own prayer habits.  What we believe about prayer directly affects the amount of our prayers. 

Bobbi will be at church today at 9:00 – 1:00 working on VBS decorations.  Anyone who can come help will be a help.  “Anyone” means anyone who can trace, color or cut.  There is a mountain of work to do so the more who show up the more that can be done. 

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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