John 7:38-39 (NIV)
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
What does it mean that there will be “rivers of living water” flowing from within? Do you ever take a nugget of truth from the Word of God and just mull over it? Joshua 1:8 tell us to “keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” What is the outcome of such a process? “Then you will be prosperous and successful.” It’s true. I have experienced such the outcome of the process by which knowledge becomes wisdom and its positive attributes in my life outside of the Kingdom. That’s right. I have applied knowledge obtained in the Word of God that has produced positive worldly outcomes. It is sound wisdom. It has the power to right our life into a pattern of continual success and beneficial outcomes. Godly knowledge gives us everything pertaining to life. (2 Peter 1:3) Even though faith seems illogical and hope elusive, the knowledge that is given to us has tangible benefits when applied properly to our life. This requires taking a practical look through the Word of God rather than always making it theological. In fact, I believe the more practical our approach to truth and godliness, the more complete is the river that runs through us.
Living water is produced by the Holy Spirit. What does He use? He uses our life and the Word of God to create a flowing source within us. To think that the Holy Spirit is going to inhabit our heart and change everything without anything from us is ridiculous. It is the process by which we take the knowledge of God that we are born with…yes born with…and turn it into wisdom. We were given godly knowledge in Eden. Eve chose to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. Upon doing so, she forced a choice to be made between good and evil that humanity just is not equipped to make. The tree of life was then barred from us to allow a sacrifice to be made, a perfect and sufficient offering, not only for the original sin but every other transgression born of human enlightenment. The Knowledge of God given to us from that moment on is in constant opposition with human nature infiltrated by sin and rebellion. Two radically different things offered in just one partaking. What will you choose today? I hope it is life.
Genesis 3:2-5 (NIV)
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Take a deep breath. There is some heavy theology going on in this moment of time. When the Lord created us it was with a plan from beginning to end. (Jeremiah 29:11) He recorded every single day before you were born. (Psalm 139:16) He even hid Eternity in our heart to give His Children unfair advantage or at least that’s what I think. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Why didn’t Eve choose the Tree of Life? She had a portion of it in her already. She wanted what she did not have. The struggle is real. Godly knowledge turned to wisdom fueled by faith and confident hope makes us unstoppable. It also gives the ultimate choice between good and evil or life and death. The power is in our choice. Choice came from the Tree of Knowledge.
Before the incident in the Garden of Eden, we did not have to choose life because humanity already had it. Full power and dominion over the earth. All things under our complete and binding authority in control. We wanted a choice and boy oh boy did we get it. With the picture painted, let’s take it home to our heart. We ate from the Tree of Knowledge. His Divine Power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us… Knowledge is power. It is the current of the living water ready to rush through us. The Living Water that Jesus spoke of begins in the Garden of Eden and carries us through life into Eternity to live in His Presence forever.
Revelation 22:1-5 (NIV)
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Genesis 2:8-10 (NIV)
Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.
The river noted in Genesis which culminates in God’s Kingdom in Revelation is the living water that runs right through us. It is the Knowledge of God which is driven by His Spirit. We have the capacity to contain and become a conduit of living water if we pursue the Knowledge of God and turn it in to wisdom through application. We can experience the Glory of God described in Revelation when take hold of the Truth and become practical in its application. There is divine power and healing in the overflow of God’s Power in our life. Are you allowing the Living Water to flow through you today? Or is there something holding you up?
John 4:10-12 (NIV)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
Where can you get this Living Water? Jesus goes on to tell the woman at the well, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) In the Name of Jesus, I break down every wall and dam in the Body of Christ so that the Spirit and Truth may flow freely through us. We have decided our doctrine and defined our religion. Some live by the Truth. Others strictly by the Spirit. Until we release the flow of Spirit and Truth in our own lives and allow it to run free and unrestricted through the Body of Christ knocking down every barrier, wall and obstruction to overtake us, our lives, families, homes, jobs and churches we will never experience the Divine Power that the Lord prepared for us and allows us to access through salvation.
Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
Does the Truth have a place in our life? What is Truth? The Word of God is Truth. Jesus is the Word of God wrapped in flesh. To accept Jesus Christ means fully accepting the Word of God. Any restriction we place on Truth in our life keeps Jesus from that area. Fear of the Lord is beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:6) Without a real and relevant perception of Who God really is, we will never understand the faith and hope that we have in Him nor will we ever be able to find our way back to Him. The Knowledge partaken of in the Garden was godly. The choice is whether or not to accept it as the Law of our life. We cannot just be readers but doers. We cannot be talkers and not walkers. It is Truth that defines who we are and what we are capable of as Children of the Living God.
I Corinthians 2:12-16 (NIV)
What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The Holy Spirit is released to us through Jesus. We now have the Mind of Christ that takes God’s Word and allows us to apply it to our life effectively. I was saved at just eleven years old. I was taught that the Holy Spirit was essentially a “silent partner” in my life. The Book of Acts was not even opened but the Book of Hebrews worn thin. We were to have faith. Faith without truth is just as impossible as trying to apply Truth without the Spirit. I tried and failed for years. When I came back to the Lord and received the Holy Spirit, it all changed. Every nugget of Truth fell into a firm foundation of faith as Christ became real to me. His Spirit began to produce fruit that allowed me to survive and even thrive in trials and troubles rather than continuing to withdraw from my ever present help in time of need. To lack the Truth or the Holy Spirit does not allow us the knowledge to turn to wisdom or the power to change within.
Psalm 34:8-11 (NIV)
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Knowledge is power. It is life. His Spirit takes godly knowledge and applies it to the production of spiritual fruit in our life that feeds our soul. Our soul will never prosper and seek life until it is fed by both. It is the only way a true worshipper who fears the Lord arises from our broken and faulty human state.
We all know John 3:16 and some know John 3:17-18, too. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” If we want to make complete the knowledge that was only tasted of in the garden, it requires pursing knowledge. Not just any understanding, but the divine character of God. He sent His Son to us. His Son who was the Word wrapped in human flesh. When He died, it was Jesus’ flesh that was consumed leaving only His Spirit. He rose from the grave and handed us the Keys to His Kingdom. Those same keys taken when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden barring them from life. The Tree of Life is now available and accessible again. It is simply a choice to know God and walk in His Ways a choice effected by our choice to desire knowledge. When we seek godly knowledge through Jesus Christ and make it the wisdom that guides us, we are allowed to enter the Kingdom again. We also are able to bring the Kingdom to this world as Living Water from Eden to Eternity begins to flow through us and saturate the world.
It all comes down to our choice. “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” We asked to have the freedom to choose, now it is up to us to make the choice. The thing about truth is that you can never go back to believing a lie because ignorance is gone and so is its bliss. You have been given godly knowledge from Eden which makes Eternity up to you.
Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV)
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
I am reminded today of the river running through me. It is my choice to feed it what I will. Will I infuse it with Truth, His Spirit and allow wisdom to decide its flow or will I pollute it with things of lesser power. Will I allow the worries and cares of life to restrict its flow? Will I allow sin to clog it up? Will I choose disobedience that will divert the flow? Will I choose comfort and complacency which will cause me to become stagnant? The River of Life running through me should flow from Eden to Eternity. I must get out of the way. When I do, I will prosper as my soul does. Not only that, but every other person I come in contact with has the potential to grow from its overflow. The River running through me is watered by the Word, and filtered by His Spirit. Let your Living Water flow through me today Lord!
Psalm 46:1-4 (NIV)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.