Friday, September 7, 2012

Fountains of Blessings

Water Fountain 2012

The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life John 4:14.

 Remember that song?

I've got a river of life flowing out of me! 
Makes the lame to walk, and the blind to see. 
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free!
I've got a river of life flowing out of me! 

Spring up, O well, within my soul!
Spring up, O well, and make me whole! 
Spring up, O well, and give to me
That life abundantly.

I've got a lot of goals lately.  A new school year has begun...and it's almost like New year's to me. So in effect, I have some New Year's resolutions.  One of them is to stay at the that rivers of life will continually flow out of me.  Today's devotional isn't talking about a peaceful river or simple stream, but a gushing fountain. We are to continually stay at the source-Jesus Christ and drinking of the Holy Spirit.  We are not to do this with selfish motives (poor thinking: if I follow Jesus...I will be personally blessed) but we do it because it's the right thing to do and we are to be a blessing to others.

If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame— something is obstructing the flow. It's a daily check...not always easy to do. It takes diligence and work.  Like getting regular physical exercise (which is also one of my resolutions).  What's blocking my flow, Lord?

Here's an entire paragraph from Chambers today because I cannot put it any better:
We are to be fountains through which Jesus can flow as “rivers of living water” in blessing to everyone. Yet some of us are like the Dead Sea, always receiving but never giving, because our relationship is not right with the Lord Jesus. As surely as we receive blessings from Him, He will pour out blessings through us. But whenever the blessings are not being poured out in the same measure they are received, there is a defect in our relationship with Him. Is there anything between you and Jesus Christ? Is there anything hindering your faith in Him? If not, then Jesus says that out of you “will flow rivers of living water.” It is not a blessing that you pass on, or an experience that you share with others, but a river that continually flows through you. Stay at the Source, closely guarding your faith in Jesus Christ and your relationship to Him, and there will be a steady flow into the lives of others with no dryness or deadness whatsoever.

I hope you will both join and encourage me on my journey.  I'm noticing that people are viewing this blog and so far, my sister is the only one that comments.  Please feel free to add to the comments here.

Happy gushing!

Photo source: By Wen95, via Wikimedia Commons: This is what I'm talking about, folks!  A Gushing fountain in England.

1 comment:

  1. Lately I feel like nothing more than a trickle. I miss the days when the spirit flowed.