“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” – John 7:38
What is The Living Water Jesus Promised?
What does this mean when Jesus said we can have living water flowing from within us? Water refreshes and is a source of health to our bodies. Jesus told the woman at the well that whoever drinks of this water would never get thirsty again (John 4:14).
In the Old Testament, Jeremiah twice tells us that God’s people had committed the sin of forsaking God, who was the spring of living water (Jeremiah 2:13 & 7:13). In the first passage, he adds that the people not only turned from the Lord, but they dug cisterns that could not hold water. He lets us know that there are others things we look to in order to satisfy our longings.
John tells us that this living water is the Holy Spirit (John 7:39). He is the gift of God that Jesus promised. He is the spring of living water.
How Do We Access This Living Water?
If the Holy Spirit is the living water and each Christian has been given the Holy Spirit, how come many of us are not experiencing His refreshment and purpose?
Paul tells us it is possible to quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). He surrounds this statement with instructions on practical living. He urges us to live in peace with others, to help those that are in need, do good and reject evil, be thankful, among other things.
What I take away from all this is if we want to be in the flow of this living water, we must chose to do those things that honor God. As we chose to live for Him, He gives us what we need to accomplish that goal.
Ultimately, God loves our faith in Him. As we hold onto the promises He has given us, even as universal as He will protect us and He will provide for us, He will give us what we need to revive our faith in Him. God is faithful and He will do those things He has promised you (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
We are descendants of Abraham by walking by faith and not by sight (Galatians 3:7-9). The living water God gives us is not a list of rules but access to a relationship with God. It is such a wonderful promise and blessing abiding in this living water. Let’s strive to continue to draw up that living water He has placed within us.
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