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Sep 06
2012
Misti McHatton

Rivers of Living Water

Posted by: Misti McHatton

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My Utmost for His Highest

He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water —John 7:38 

A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that, if we have received His fullness, “rivers of living water” will flow out of us, reaching in blessing even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 ) regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow— “This is the work of God, that you believe. . .” (John 6:29). God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others.

A river is victoriously persistent, overcoming all barriers. For a while it goes steadily on its course, but then comes to an obstacle. And for a while it is blocked, yet it soon makes a pathway around the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, only later to emerge again even broader and greater than ever. Do you see God using the lives of others, but an obstacle has come into your life and you do not seem to be of any use to God? Then keep paying attention to the Source, and God will either take you around the obstacle or remove it. The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty. The obstacle will be a matter of total indifference to the river that will flow steadily through you if you will simply remember to stay focused on the Source. Never allow anything to come between you and Jesus Christ— not emotion nor experience— nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source.

Think of the healing and far-reaching rivers developing and nourishing themselves in our souls! God has been opening up wonderful truths to our minds, and every point He has opened up is another indication of the wider power of the river that He will flow through us. If you believe in Jesus, you will find that God has developed and nourished in you mighty, rushing rivers of blessing for others.

As I was reflecting on this devotion today, I thought about how the Mississippi River started to flow upstream this past week due to Hurricane Isaac. I thought about how situations that we may face on a day to day basis…relationship questions, disaster, crisis, death of a loved one, work concerns, and even life in general…sometimes seem to cause our “river” to flow upstream. The interesting thing about the Mississippi River though was that although it was “flowing upstream” the upwards flow was only the storm surge traveling faster than the normal downward flow. The downward flow continued. As the storm settled, things righted themselves and “peace” returned to the river.

Such it is with us in our lives as we face trials daily. The storm may rage and cause things to look like they are going upended…but the reality is that our source, Jesus Christ, is consistent yesterday, today and tomorrow. As we focus on that, we can identify what the storm surge is in our lives, deal with the fallout yet remain peaceful.

Hebrews 6:18-20 says: “These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. These things encourage us who came to God for safety. They give us strength to hold on to the hope we have been given. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong. It enters behind the curtain in the Most Holy Place in heaven, where Jesus has gone ahead of us and for us.”

I love the phrase, “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong.” Such a beautiful picture of how God holds us and sustains us in our times of trial. 


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Sandie Sangster
Thank You Jesus, You are the same-Yesterday-Today-Forever
by sandie.sangster@christianemergencynetwork.org on Thu, 06 Sep 2012 - 16:12
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Sandie Sangster
Thank You Jesus, You are the same yesterday-today-forever!
by sandie.sangster@christianemergencynetwork.org on Thu, 06 Sep 2012 - 16:12
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