February 26th 2010

Tap Into The Source Of Life

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”

John 7:37-39 (KJV) 

We went to visit our son and his family in the Republic of Ireland at the end of the cold spell in January. The newspapers were full of the severe weather—coldest spell for years, temperatures of minus 12°C and the water crisis. 

Water crisis in the midst of heavy snow and then rain?! Yes, because people were leaving their taps running in an effort to keep their water pipes from freezing. The moving water would prevent it freezing. 

The Holy Spirit is likened to water in many places. We read in Revelation 22:17 of the ‘water of life’. 1 Corinthians 12:13 says, “By one Spirit are we all baptised into one body…and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” We are urged to drink and we will never thirst again! And that this water will be in us a well of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:13-14). 

The Holy Spirit is not just meant to fill us up, but to move in and through us. This will produce love, peace, joy, goodness and all the fruit of the spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23, that flow out of a Spirit-filled life. 

1 Thessalonians 5:19 speaks of ‘quenching’ the Holy Spirit. If we ‘turn off the tap’ or stop it flowing, then we ‘freeze up’ and become inert and inactive. Christians are metaphorically the network of pipes through which the Holy Spirit flows out to a thirsty world. 

Don’t turn off the tap. Tap into the source of Life. 

Prayer

Make us a channel of your peace, Father in Heaven, as your Holy Spirit flows through us to bring the Water of Life to a thirsty world.

Amen 

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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