#419 - RIVERS OF LIVING WATER - (19/8/21)
During this LEARNING TO HEAR series I’m taking a different approach to these devotionals. I want to us work harder at searching the scriptures for ourselves. We will use the ‘Come to Jesus Daily’ method below to help us with this. It’s well worth the hard work involved!
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." (John 7:37-38)
I’ve included my reflections on today’s text below. However, I encourage you to pray and spend time reflecting (writing can be helpful) using the 5 questions below before reading my thoughts.
i. †GOSPEL - 'Gaze on the cross'- What does this text reveal about salvation through Jesus?
ii. UP – What does this text say about God – His worth, character, attributes, will, promises…?
iii. IN – What does this say about me, the church and how we are to relate? Is there a promise to believe, command to do, attitude to have, something to avoid, is there forgiveness to seek or give?
iv. OUT – What does this say about my community and mission?
v. DO - This has two components. Firstly, list as many possible ways that you can think of that one might apply the text (actions or attitudes). Secondly, hear - Pray about how the Holy Spirit is leading you, specifically, to respond.
To be saved, we must come to a point of spiritual thirst. The Holy Spirit awakens a need for God in us and we come to ‘believe’ in Jesus. By the Spirit, we are born again - regeneration. On the back to this, we then live a new kind of life which is directed by the Spirit - an overflowing of ‘rivers of living water flowing from
Jesus spoke out in a loud voice to the crowds about the most precious gift that He was offering to them. Jesus is compassionate and generous. Jesus wants us to be satisfied in Him. Jesus promises to give the life and power of the Spirit to us.
You and I are promised satisfaction by living water. If we have believed, we know God, we are new creations, we have everlasting life and we need never thirst, but do we thirst? Are we missing out on Jesus’ promise through lack of faith? Isaiah promises us,
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58:11)
Have we failed to heed the words of this proverb,
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)
Come, then, let’s drink together afresh from Jesus. He stands at the door and knocks today. He comes with unlimited resources of spiritual refreshment.
Jesus’ words resound down to us. His voice still calls the thirsty to spiritual life in Him. God promises,
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.” (Isaiah 44:3)