There are times when the Lord will give me a Word straight out of the Holy Scriptures where I needed to transfer out into the world in order to write it. But, there are other times when the situations and circumstances of life will run me into the Word where the storage bins are kept. This is the case of turning to the Source where it is all stored and yes, my cup runs over. Once you tap into this Source of flowing waters you cannot contain what God sends because it is so, so much. It is an endless continuous stream because God is Almighty, all-powerful, endless, infinite, and the ALL contained in ONE. If you will open your hearts and minds to Him, He will measure out a portion to you that you are capable of consuming. He doesn’t even mind if your cup runs over because it will spill over into others that might not have heard of the good news yet. The Spirit of God is undeniable and will not be confused with other powers once He draws you near.
On an early Sunday morning, I took a nice walk just as the sun began to rise. It was as though the Spirit was right there with me walking beside me. It helped to have my headphones on playing one of my favorite gospel singers, Mary Alessi, who was singing a song, “There is a River.” I could feel the presence of God and it was so strong that my mind and body could barely contain what was coming through me. I could only thank God for revealing His Spirit to me in whatever form I felt, but as one that writes all the time these days, I wanted to quickly get back to my computer so I could share the experience. To me, this was a case of life running me back to the scriptures to see where this was coming from and here is where I was being guided.
The reason I knew it was God is that earlier, during the middle of the night I could not sleep so I decided to read scripture, John, chapter 6, to hear the words of Christ and feel comforted. In verse 35 it said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” Ironically this notion of receiving something from heaven, from God, or from Christ was pouring through me from my experiences. I never know quite what the Spirit will inspire me to write but I attempt to get my head out of the way so the message comes from the Spirit rather than from me. It takes practice but it seems to be getting better with time. It has become an overflowing stream that keeps on running and I am not about to stop it for fear that it will not return once stopped. So that is the back-story to the essay you are now reading.
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:27-28
“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4: 13-14
This notion of living waters is something that is offered to us by God but getting to that point requires only that we desire what God has to offer. It is free and abundant but you only have to really want it. God does not hold back what He has because there is no limit to what He has. We were actually created as objects of God’s unending affections so why would He deny us what He created us to receive? The only thing that separates us from the love of God and the love that is in God is us. With that stated we must be willing to be conformed into righteousness because Holiness will not be poured into unholy vessels. The good news for us is that we are not responsible for transforming ourselves. We are only responsible for giving our permission to be transformed and then it shall be done for you by the power of God.
Ironically I just read another passage last night in 2 Corinthians 5:17-19. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” So we don’t do this transformation… Christ does it, but it is something that you need only desire for it to happen. That leads to another issue that many confront. Why is Christ the only way back to God? Christians do not have a problem with this but there are others that do. What woke me up during the middle of the night is that I wanted to read John 6:44-45
“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.” That is a very affinitive statement and exclusive as well. Christ made it crystal clear when He said later in John 14: 6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” What that says to me personally is that God has found me and points the way that I am to go. So, that is what I shall do. But, ‘does that mean that God will not allow others entry into His kingdom unless they come through Christ?’ Quite frankly this is none of my business because it is not my creation and I don’t set the rules of creation. Though it is admirable to wish everybody could share the love of God, they must want Him just as you want Him in order to receive what He has to offer. I simply yield to God Almighty.
This flow of living waters is available to all but not all wishes to receive it because they want to create their own rules and do what they want to do in spite of being told otherwise. God ain’t mad at them… He has all the time in the world, literally, but humankind does not. Therefore if you find your cup running over with the Spirit of our Lord that is a good thing. If someone next to you happens to get wet standing next to you… that is also a good thing because they will more than likely thank you later.
Here is a link to the song I was listening to. I don’t think the singer will mind me sharing it because it is on YouTube. https://youtu.be/T2W5yfcifmQ -Selah!