11 September 2018

Living Water

“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’”
John4:10 (NKJV)

As I was having a refreshing shower, the thought occurred to me: what is water? It is two atoms of Hydrogen and one atom of Oxygen, H2O. Sea water is H2O +NaCl, Sodium Chloride, which is salt. God designed it. Water is everywhere surrounding the globe, reminding me of Noah’s flood.

Drinking water quenches our thirst. There are many other uses of water we take for granted. Mankind has polluted the seas and rivers and lakes with plastics and many other pollutants. It is a tragedy, but there is a bright future for this planet and mankind in God’s coming kingdom.

Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman said, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst…will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13-14). The woman was thinking of natural water, but Christ was referring to the Holy Spirit as we read in John 7:37-39, “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 has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” How vital is water for our every day living? How much more is the need of the Holy Spirit for our spiritual survival every moment of our daily life? The difference this makes is death or eternal life in glory with Christ Jesus evermore, for we have assurance of eternal life in Him.

Let us thank God for providing water to quench our thirst, but much more for graciously supplying the Holy Spirit, the Spirit not of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. He wants to give His Spirit freely to those who ask, for we are His children, whom He loves with the same love as He loved His Beloved Son. There is a comforting Scripture in Revelation 22:1, “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Praise God Who daily loads us with benefits and every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Psalm 68:19).

Prayer
Abba Father, blessed be Your name, who fills our lives with Your Holy Spirit that we may glorify You and exalt Your Holy name. For You are Reverend, the Eternal Sovereign God in Heaven. This is my prayer and desire and I ask in Jesus’ name, as we glorify Your name forevermore.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

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