“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 did Jesus mean when he said that we can have living water flowing from within us? Water refreshes and is a source of health for 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 also sought satisfaction from other things that couldn’t quench their 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, why do many of us not experience His refreshment and purpose?
Paul tells us it is possible to quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). He emphasizes this by providing instructions on practical living. He urges us to live in peace with others, help those in need, do good, reject evil, and be thankful, among other things.
What I gather from all this is that if we want to be in the flow of this living water, we must choose to do those things that honor God. As we choose to live for Him, He equips us with what we need to accomplish that goal.
Ultimately, God cherishes our faith in Him. As we hold onto the promises He has given us, such as His protection and provision, He will provide us with what we need to revive our faith in Him. God is faithful, and He will fulfill the promises He has made to 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 drawing from the living water He has placed within us.
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