Living Water

“Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never thirst again…the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” John 4:14


Good morning Clyde’s Chapel and surrounding communities. This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us be glad and rejoice in it.
John 7:38 says,. “The one who believes in Me…will have streams of living water flow from deep with him.” The Amplified Bible translates this passage: “He who believes in Me…From his innermost being shall flow continuously springs and rivers of living water. But He was speaking here of the Spirit, whom those who believe in Him were afterward to receive.”
Are our lives truly like this? Do fresh springs flow out of us day after day? If not, why not? The answer is simple — there can be no outflow unless there is an intake. This is the rhythm of the Holy Spirit — intake and outflow. If there is more intake than outflow, then the intake stops; if there is more outflow than intake, then the outflow stops. Listen to what I’m saying folks, the doors open inward to receive, only to open outward to give.
When we come to talk about life in the spirit, we are not to think in terms of a reservoir which has only limited resources. Life is a channel, attached to infinite resources. The more we draw on these resources, the more we have. There is no danger of exhausting one’s resources. We do not have to hold back — for the more we give, the more we have.
Living on the overflow is what many of us lack today. A sign could be put up over our individual and collective lives saying, “Life is Limited.” According to Jesus’ promise, however, when the Spirit comes, life is unlimited: “From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” Not rivulets (small brook or stream), not trickles, not brooks, not streams — but rivers. Rivers!! Now, listen to me very careful neighbor, the Living Water of Jesus Christ is the only Water that will quench thirst. Men have two thirsts: a physical thirst and a spiritual thirst. You see folks, the stagnant waters of the flesh are such things as lust, immorality, drunkenness, and pride. These waters never quench the thirst man desires. They are like salt water, they only make a man crave for more and more. Let me give you five resources…[1] The living water comes from Christ. He and He alone is its source. [2] The living water keeps a man from ever thirsting again. [3] The living water is “a well of water” placed in the man. Note; in him.. [4] The living water springs up and continues to spring up and bubble, flowing on and on. It is ever in motion. [5] The living water springs up into everlasting life. It will never end.
Let us pray: “O God, help me to link my channel to Your infinite resources. Flow through me until I become a flowing river — no, and overflowing river. I thank You for dying for us on an old rugged cross. Thank you for your precious blood to cover our sin. In Jesus Precious Name I pray, Amen…

Dr. Kenneth Benton

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