October 30, 2015 by pastorjdo3
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:38
Jesus speaks powerful words to the Disciples. He shares with them the true source of strength and power. They have the teachings, they have the teacher, but they lack the power to accomplish the super natural. Their circumstances had improved! They were closer to the promise! They were empowered by the Word Himself! And yet, they were only informed and led. The watched in awe as Jesus performed miracles, learning from His walk, privy to insider information, wiser than most, because they were chosen by the source the receive revelation beyond the general teaching, yet still, they lacked.
The reality, they were still not completely aware of the how close they were, and just who they had been chosen to follow and receive. Jesus sets the backdrop for the fullness of the covenant that God was in the process of completing. God’s plan was not only to restore relationship with His creation, but to empower His creation to not only look like Him in regards to character, but in relationship to His power. God, the unselfish, generous God, not only would give mankind access to Him, and the authority accomplish through the name of Jesus, but would supply them with the same power to do even greater works than He himself did during His time on earth.
This power would give us the potential to do the extraordinary on earth! That power, The Holy Spirit.
Upon reading this passage, I saw the disciples as faucets, able to bring forth living water to any situation. The stood before me as vessels of potential, housing a power that could both erode and break through any situation. We too are faucets! We have this same power, but we are off! Our handles are set to block the flow of the Spirit. We harness its power, grieving it by locking it, and restricting it, causing that which is alive and active to sit in a dormant state. Our power is “standby”. Standby power means that it is connected to the power source, ready to be used, but not being drawn. Situation after situation can be handled by cutting on its power, but they remain unresolved because we will not open up and allow the Spirit to flow.
In my head, I saw a new bar of soap in the sink under a constant drip. I could see the physical change the next morning because of the drip. I imagined leaving the soap there not just under a drip, but under a constant flow. I could see the dent in the soap! Then I imagined standing back and opening up the faucet for maximum flow. I could see the not only the soap being impacted, but the sink being filled and the things on the sinks edge being saturated by the contact of the waters flow.
If only we would open up! If only our lives were just one constant flow. If only we could see ourselves walking in the Spirit, yielding to its power and to its lead in our lives. If only we could see ourselves, not on standby, cutting the flow on and or, or not drawing from its power at all! We could change not only our lives and circumstances, but we could change the world! There is a world waiting for you to connect and to utilize your power. Will you remain dormant? Will you keep your mouth closed? Will you stay in the confines of your home? Will you watch injustice? Will you walk in power and authority? Will you believe and will you flow?
We have too many people that believe and will not flow! Unlike the disciples in this text, we are not lacking! We are filled, but not willing! We need an army of believers that understand that they are armed with the greatest power ever given. More powerful than any nuclear device, our temples are filled with that which can cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead, restore families…. We need people that will flow!
The month of November for The Body Church will be the opportunity to flow! In faith, we are walking firm towards our destiny and God’s unfolding promise. For the first 21 days of the month, members of each Discipleship Group (DG) are begin asked to fast, drinking water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as denying themselves one item of their choosing. During this time, each Disciple is asked to fast, seeking God about whom they are to witness too, and how they can best serve in the community service projects. We know God will give you strength and the focus needed to get closer to him, as well as further discipline yourself to strengthen your faith walk. We also believe God will reveal to you the people whom the Holy Spirit has prepared for you to bare witness too. Be prayerful, and may the Lord continue to be your strength!