Did you come thirsty this morning? Looking for a cool glass of encouragement? I do too. Every morning I come to this well of the Spirit to see what new treasure I might find. This morning I found another.

What streams of living water could Jesus be taking about here? This same word picture is described in Isaiah:

“For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants and My blessing on your offspring.”  (Isa 44:3)

When we put our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we are baptized in the very real act of immersion in water, we receive His gifts, namely, remission of sin (that is, we are justified before God as if we never sinned because we are purified through the blood of Jesus), we receive the gift of eternal life (starting at that moment, a life more abundant and more fulfilling than before), and we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. We cannot earn this gift. It is freely given. He comes and dwells within us, so that we become a life-giving stream of water for others. We aren’t intended to be a dam for the presence of God, but a flowing stream, so that others may cool themselves in our presence. That is an amazing gift of God, in which we may participate in His holy work.

Jesus invites you today to join His work by faith, so that you have have the same effect He did upon others, being gracious and kind, but also firm in your conviction of good and right. Would you be a stream for the presence of God? Would others be thirsty for that holy presence in you?

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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