“’Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38 NIV)
In the Bible, water is a metaphor for a number of things, but especially a symbol for the person and work of the Holy Spirit…
Wherever in the world there is no water, there is no life. People and animals die; vegetation shrivels. In the same way, the Holy Spirit is our only source of spiritual life and energy. This promised “water” keeps us from getting dry and crusty. Whenever we find ourselves becoming arid in our souls, it is due to a lessening influence of the Holy Spirit.
As Samuel Chadwick looked at the needy church climate of his own day, he discerned the real situation: “The remedy… is not in reproach and bitterness but in floods and rivers, winds and sun. The answer is in the demonstration of a supernatural religion, and the only way to a supernatural religion is in the abiding presence of the Spirit of God.”
The same holds true today as we look at the Body of Christ. The problem is not in our lack of buildings, Bible translations, preaching outlines, sound equipment, or financial resources. What we all definitely need is a fresh and abundant supply of the water that brings life.
How much does this wonderful water cost? Is there a spiritual supermarket where God directs us to go and buy it by the gallon? Or can we install a permanent tap and pay for it on a monthly basis? Listen to these truths from the book of Revelation:
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life’” (Revelation 21:5-6).
“'I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.’ The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:16-17).
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Fresh Power)
Read John 7:37-46.