Quenching My Thirst

May 27, 2020

Read John 7:37-39

“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” ’ Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Reflect

What did Jesus mean when He said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”?

When Grandma hands us a Bible and says, “Read this,” she means well, and her heart is in the right place … yet for most of us, merely reading just doesn’t work. Our guilty conscience kicks in, and we know we should do it—but we usually don’t.

For me, the word study often got in the way. I’d either rush through my so-called “quiet time” (usually because I felt too busy to take the time to study), I’d skip opening my Bible and read other people’s thoughts about Scripture, or I’d pick-and-choose my way through God’s Word, cramming verses into my head—almost as if I were preparing for a test. (These approaches are quite pathetic when you think about them, yet they are a reality for so many believers!) Reading Scriptures this way left me exhausted and frustrated—anything but refreshed. And I certainly wasn’t growing spiritually.

Now I’m learning how to see the Bible in a whole new way. Instead of approaching my devotional times with solely an information-gathering mindset, I seek Jesus in the Bible. I come to Him and drink. I engage Scripture … looking for connection, relationship, and spiritual transformation. This enables my heart and soul “to be penetrated by an intimate word from God.”

As I receive passages of Scripture, I …

… “listen” intently to God’s personal message to me; I do it relationally, rather than seeking only to learn more about Him cognitively.

… allow Scripture to become an instrument of God’s control rather than a tool that I control to accomplish my own goals.

 
Pray

Lord Jesus, I want living water to flow from my heart. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word, grow my faith. Amen.

 


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What did Jesus mean when He said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”? His heart is filled with pure goodness and the truth about life, so every word he speaks is life-giving and is intended to bring freedom and satisfy the needs of the souls of men. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks; therefore a man's words reflects his heart - the seat of his passion, values and beliefs.
I Hunger and Tirst for Richousness!!
For the Holy Spirit to come, Jesus has to be glorified first then Holy Spirit come and abide with us.
DEAR ABBA FATHER;JESUS PLEASE ENABLE ;ACTIVATE;THE HOLY SPIRIT INTO OUR BODIES;SOUL;HEART;MINDS;EVERYTHING;ETC;IN MY LIFE & ALL MY FAMILIES LIVES;UNTIL YOU RETURN;INCREASE OUR FAITH;THANKYOUJESUS!@1
Enjoyed reading this. I have so many things to get done, but if I don't take time to have a closer relationship with the Lord by studying His Word, I will not be able to overcome Satan's temptations.
Reading the Bible verses aloud (even if it seems awkward) personifies who we worship. Our God is an awesome God who desires our hearts to communicate with Him. Thank you Lord Jesus!
Thank you for your example of how we all usually read the Bible. Yes let us all be filled with the living water and drink deeply. Thank you Jesus.
Lord, please allow me to put you first and foremost I in all that I do. Please quinch my thrist for knowledge of you and how I can implement your ways into my everyday life.
Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit!
Lord my heart thirst after You... fill me afresh with Your living water🙏🏿🙏🏿🤲
I want to follow you Lord. Let me be your follower once more. This I pray. Amen
Thanks God for is words 🙏
There is a fullness in Christ of grace for grace, and the Holy Spirit dwelling and working in believers produces strong desires after spiritual blessings which nothing else can satisfy. Lord, I thirst, give me living water!