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Rivers of Living Water

Rivers of Living Water

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:38

On last Tuesday, a few people were given the opportunity to see a “river” of water flowing from the front doors of the church.  It’s not the first time the church has gone through that kind of experience.  We all hope that it might be the last.

I do not think that is what Jesus meant in this verse from the Gospel of John, but perhaps it does represent a visual of what He did mean. 

First, we cannot survive without water.  Our bodies, our existence, requires that we have water.  In the same way, our existence in eternity with God depends on our “drinking” of the Holy Spirit.  This “water” satisfies our parched places.  With this “water” we shall never thirst again.

Second, water cleanses.  We take baths.  We wash our cars.  Water washes the outside of our houses, our windows (and I suppose the inside of the church).  Water cleanses and purifies.  The water Jesus speaks of has a cleansing and purifying nature.  Through grace and mercy, we are forgiven.  Our slates are wiped clean.  We do not have to carry around the “dirt” of this earthly existence.  Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior introduces our spirit to the Holy Spirit, and we are made clean.

Third, water has a force and a power that can’t be ignored.  When water gets high enough, it will flood any area quickly and, cannot be diverted or held back unless we try to intervene.  And when we do try to intervene, we soon learn that our efforts are no match for what nature will do.  We are promised the same power that Jesus had when we “drink” of the Holy Spirit.  That is a power that cannot be stopped and cannot be diverted, unless we refuse to let the Holy Spirit into our lives.  We still have a choice to make.

What is exciting about this analogy is, just as that water literally flowed from the “belly” of the church, the Holy Spirit is alive in this church.  Rivers of water do flow from those who have been obedient to hearing the Word of God.  Hearing from God requires a person to decide what they truly believe about God, and then act accordingly. Hearing from God requires a person to make adjustments in their lives, some of which are costly to themselves and those around them. 

The last time the church building flooded, the church made some adjustments.  The entire sanctuary was turned around and enlarged.  New flooring was put in.  But as God provided the way for these changes, He also provided an opportunity for the church to trust Him.  His Spirit was alive and refreshed all who labored to bring about the changes, both the physical changes in the building and the spiritual changes in the people.

What is God going to do this time?  There’s only one way to find out.  His Spirit is still alive, so Trust Him, seek Him, and walk in the refreshing, cleansing, life giving, and life sustaining power of His “water.” 

© 2019 Charles A. Kalkomey

June 9, 2019

You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet!

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

Acts 1:8 is the key verse in Acts. The instructions here are simple – we are to be witnesses to others as to who Jesus is and to God’s love. But we don’t have to do that on our own. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to abide in us. And through the Holy Spirit was have the power, Jesus’ Promised Power to be the witnesses we are called to be.

Many people don’t realize the power they have been given. Even those who know of God’s blessings and have experienced the power of God working through them can become complacent and content. A person can feel that God has been good to them, but not grasp what else God has for them; how much more God wants to bless them. But with the Promised Power, there is so much more we can and will do. If you will trust in Him, you will realize – You haven’t seen anything yet!

He had spent so many long years walking across this earth.
So many things had the Spirit done through this man’s birth.
He knew he had lived a long life that had been truly blessed,
But he began to feel there’s something out there that he had missed.
Then inside of him he felt the Spirit begin to move, begin to flow,
Saying “You haven’t seen anything yet. There’s more for you to know.”

She had a good family and had all she thought she’d ever need.
There was nothing that held her down; by the Word she’d been freed.
But she knew there was a hole in her heart, and it slowly begin to ache.
There came a shifting in her soul that she didn’t know how to take.
Then inside of her she felt the Spirit begin to move, begin to flow,
Saying “You haven’t seen anything yet. There’s more to you I’ll show.”

The preacher thought back on all his years and the things he had seen.
Many of the flock were lost, some were found, many more left in between.
He thought of all the things God had done through those many years.
Remembering how God had been there through all the joys and tears.
Then inside of him he felt the Spirit begin to move, begin to flow,
Saying “You haven’t seen anything yet. Get ready for where you’ll go.”

Has what’s God’s done in your life left you content, wanting no more?
Do you hear the sound of doors closing and think nothing’s left in store?
But there’s another level for you that God has and wants you to know.
His Promised Power that He gave us all is still waiting to help you grow.
Open you heart and allow the Spirit to begin an to move, begin to flow,
Saying “You haven’t seen anything yet. Take My Hand and let’s go.”

© 2019 Charles A. Kalkomey
May 26, 2019