John 7:38, “ Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
On the last and greatest day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the Jewish priests would go to the Pool of Siloam and draw out water, to pour over the altar in the temple, to symbolize the outpouring of God’s favor upon their lives (Isaiah 12:3). While everyone was watching the water run down the steps of the temple, Jesus said whoever would believe in Him would have rivers of living water flow from within them.
The people were probably shocked to hear Jesus’ words because He was making the fulfillment of God’s promise about Himself. If Jesus were not God in the flesh, His statements could rightfully be considered blasphemy. However, Jesus (God, the Son) used the water as an illustration of the rivers of living water that He would give His disciples when they received the Holy Spirit (John 7:39).
The person of the Holy Spirit is the abiding presence of God, the Father, and God, the Son, in the believer’s re-born soul and spirit (John 15:23). He is the source of the rivers of God’s love, power and joy that flow, in us and through us, to a dry and desolate world (Isaiah 43:19).
Today, you’re not only to be filled for your needs, but also to be overflowing with God’s presence and power to meet other people’s needs. The rivers of the Holy Spirit will bring spiritual refreshment, power and prosperity to all who call on the name of Jesus. Our heart cry should be that of Tasha Cobbs when she sings, “Fill me up till I overflow. I want to run over. I want to run over!”
Make time, today, to pray and ask God to fill you with the rivers of the Holy Spirit to not only meet your needs, but to overflow through you to meet the needs of others. The Holy Spirit has enough refreshing water for everyone’s emotional needs and spiritually dry places. Let the rivers of God flow in Jesus’ name!
Is the Holy Spirit flowing through you today?
- Ask the Father, in Jesus’ name, to flow His rivers of living water through you, today, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Pray for God to use you to bring His presence with you wherever you go.
- Look for opportunities, everyday, to be a “water hose” for Jesus and let the rivers of God’s presence flow!