Flowing from the Heart

timingOn the last and most important day of the feast Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from that person’s heart, as the Scripture says.” Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit. John 7:37-39

There are no mistakes in God’s timing. There’s nothing unintentional about his Word. What God does and when he does it is purposeful.

John records Jesus speaking on the last and most important day of the feast. The timing is significant. Jesus stood and spoke in a loud voice. The delivery was significant. What he was about to say was important, and Jesus wanted everyone to hear. The subject of his promise was “anyone.” His inclusion is significant. No one is left out of “anyone.” He spoke about something familiar to everyone: thirst. Everyone has experienced thirst. Everyone seeks to quench thirst. Jesus also spoke in declarative sentences. He often used questions to teach. Through the answering of questions, Jesus wanted people to process the content of what he was teaching. He wanted people to draw parallels of common, everyday life into spiritual lessons of faith in order to challenge growth. In this case, he spoke with authority as he delivered a promise. He wanted everyone to understand the important truth of what he was promising.

What he promised is the Holy Spirit. The entire, brief promise he delivered is purposeful. It’s intentional. And it’s about the thirst-quenching Holy Spirit. Jesus spoke where, when and to whom he spoke in order to deliver a promise about the Holy Spirit. It was significant – not only to those listening that day but to us today.

What do you believe about the Holy Spirit?

What significance does the Holy Spirit have in your faith and, specifically, in your daily life?

God gives us himself in the Holy Spirit to reside within us to guide, encourage, and convict us. The Holy Spirit equips us to live out our faith every moment. The Holy Spirit is living water: nourishing your faith. But you must listen, yield, and obey.

Live It. Tie a colored ribbon around your wrist as a visible reminder through your day to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Avoid rationalizing why you should respond in certain ways. Instead, trust God’s guidance, acknowledging you’re giving the Holy Spirit authority in your life.

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