Living Water

Have you ever been so thirsty it seemed you had cotton in your mouth? Have you been so thirsty you could hardly speak? Did your throat feel like the Sahara Desert? Is your soul thirsty today?

We all get thirsty from time-to-time. There may even be times when we have nothing to drink for a couple hours or more, making us very thirsty. For the most part, we all drink often throughout the day, alleviating thirst.

If you are a runner, you know the need to drink. This is especially true if you have run a marathon. You know you need to drink while running. Replenishing the water in our bodies is very important. Perhaps that is why there are watering stations every two miles along a marathon course.

If you are a construction worker, working out in the heat all day, you know you need to stay hydrated. This is especially true on those ninety-degree days with the sun beating down on you. But it is also true on those thirty-degree days in the dead of winter.

Much as our bodies need water to rehydrate ourselves, our spirit’s need the life-giving water of the Holy Spirit. Without the constant flow of the Holy Spirit in our spirit’s, our spirit will become dry and crusty, ready to crumble under any pressure from evil.

Jesus stated we would have rivers of the Holy Spirit flowing through us. How does this happen? It happens when we believe in Jesus. It happens as we open the gates of our spirit to allow the Holy Spirit to flood us.

The river is not merely water but living water. It is more precious than the blood that flows through our veins. The gift of the Holy Spirit is part of the promise Jesus made stating He came to give us abundant life (John 10:10).

It is by the Holy Spirit that we are guided through the maze of life with all its twists and turns. The Holy Spirit is our encourager when the going gets tough. He is the One who tells us to hold on when we are pushed to our limits.  He celebrates along with us during those moments of achievement.

I pray we all believe in Jesus. I pray we open the gates to allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us. I pray each one of us listens to the guidance provided by the Holy Spirit. Believe in Jesus. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you. Listen for His guidance. Live the abundant life.

John 7:38-38 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.”

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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