Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Out Of The Belly, Flowing The Rivers

This post belongs to a series and in the previous posts we have talked about how the living water in heaven has come down to the world, and how he has gotten for himself a body through which he would pour out himself to fill the whole world with life. We have also mentioned how individual Christians receive the living water as it gets settled in us, and how we must learn to constantly draw from the water in us, until the whole of our being be filled with life. And now we must move on to the last topic of this series.

"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. He who believes in Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.'” (John 37-38).

It is not enough to have the living water filling you with life, we must also desire to see the life flowing out of us in rivers of living water. As a Church we are the vessel for the rivers of living water and the world must come to experience this living water through us. The water must gush out of us filling everywhere it touches with life.
"And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” (Eze 47:9-10, 12).

The water must flow out of us and give life to our surrounding environment. This is who we are, we are the vessel through which the rivers of living water would flow, we would never be fulfilled until this life is flowing out of us. As a Christian you will never truly experience the fullness of the Christian life until you learn to let this life flow out of you. I use to think the Christian life is simply about you and your relationship with God. But if you continue to drink from this life and have yourself filled with life you will not feel fulfilled. The life that you are filling yourself with needs to also go out of you and touch others. You will continue to experience this frustration and restlessness in your spirit until you learn to allow the life flow out of you in rivers of living water. Water cannot be trapped in a place, it continuesly looks for ways to flow out. The living water in you is looking for ways to find expression and touch the life of others.

You must let it be free, release the life in you, let it flow freely and you will enjoy satisfaction in your Christian life. Paul said we feel more blessed and happier when we blessed others (Act 20:25). The most happy Christian are those who are being a blessing to others. But do not seek to bless others by the flesh, the flesh can only produce dead works and giving people death will do them no good. You must learn to draw from the life in you and let it, by the Spirit, flow out in rivers of living waters. God has called you into that fellowship of pouring out life to the world. He wants you to join Him in His mission to pour out life into this dead world. You will never enjoy the fullness of relationship with God until you learn to fellowship with Him in this area. Come to the Father and let Him teach you how to pour out the Son in rivers of living water, that the world might come in contact with the Life.

This post belongs to a series, and here's the full series:
Christ Is The Living Water
The Well Springing Into Life
The Vessel For The Rivers
Out Of The Belly, Flowing The Rivers

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