Rivers of Life

Many of us have watched a young child play and made a comment about their boundless energy. It seems children never tire. Yet, when we observe them over the course of the day, we see them eventually wear down. In some cases, they simply collapse somewhere for a nap.

How would you like to have that type of energy? Many of us have said we would love to have it. Would we really? Do we really want to have so much energy we simply cannot sit still? Do we want so much energy we may not even be able to focus?

I truly enjoy watching hummingbirds from spring to fall as they fly around our house. We put out a couple feeders and typically have a half-dozen of them. They are fascinating to watch. They buzz around and seem to be in constant motion. Sometimes, they buzz right past your ear. They are the only bird that can fly backward. Amazing! But I don’t think I want that type of energy either.

You see, there are times when I like to be able to sit down with a good book and simply relax. I believe God put a need within us to relax, allowing our minds to slow down. I believe it is in those times we can and should focus on God. It is when we can relieve ourselves of the stress and pressures of life.

Yet, there is an endless flow that I do want in my life. It is the endless flow of living water, or the Holy Spirit, Jesus promised. It is the Holy Spirit who guides us, provides us with insights to God’s will, and who interprets God’s Word for us.

In our modern, civilized, and scientific culture, we have forgotten or pushed aside the Holy Spirit. Our faith wanes and we are worse off. No, we should not completely discount science. After all, God gifted scientists with an innate ability to think through problems logically and curiosity for knowledge. On the other hand, we must trust in the blessing of the Holy Spirit to be our moral guide. He is the intermediary that instructs us on God’s plan for us. Without His guidance, we stumble through this life blindly.

God promised the Holy Spirit would be given to those who believe in Jesus, those who commit to following Him. He didn’t promise a trickle, but rivers of Him. God promised and endless supply of the Holy Spirit to be our guide, helper, and advocate. When will we take Him up on His offer?

I pray we all commit to God. I pray we accept His offer of an endless supply of the Holy Spirit. I pray each of us will listen for His guidance and live by it. Commit to Jesus. Believe Him. Trust Him. Accept the Holy Spirit in your life. Listen to Him. Abide by His guidance.

John 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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