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Lyn Cooke Christian Blog and Commentary

Rivers of Living Water

  • Lyn Cooke

    Lyn is a wife, mother and yes, a former beauty queen.  But don't let the title fool you, she's just a country girl at heart.  And that heart is for women to get into the Bible!  Lyn has a zeal for God's Word that is contagious. She has written and taught Bible Studies for over 10 years.  Lyn is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.  She writes at www.confessionsofaformerbeautyqueen.com.

     

  • 2013 Sep 07
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Have you ever felt like you have nothing else to give? Dry to the bone. I've been feeling like that lately. I read these words from Oswald Chambers a couple of days ago and I realized, God doesn't promise that we will feel like "rivers of living water". He promises that, in fact, we will be.  I'm counting on this! Believing God's word and not my feelings. I'm believing that He flows through me regardless of my circumstances or my feelings.   

He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.   John 7:38 KJV

A river touches places of which its source knows nothing, and Jesus says if we have received of His fullness, however small the visible measure of our lives, out of us will flow the rivers that will bless to the uttermost parts of the earth.  We have nothing to do with the outflow - "This is the work of God that ye believe…" God rarely allows a soul to see how great a blessing he is.

A river is victoriously persistent, it overcomes all barriers. for awhile it goes steadily on its course, then it comes to an obstacle and for a while it is baulked, but it soon makes a pathway round the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, and presently emerge again broader and grander than ever. You can see God using some lives, but into your life an obstacle has come and you do not seem to be of any use. Keep paying attention to the Source, and God will either take you round the obstacle or remove it.  The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never get your eyes on the obstacle or on the difficulty.  The obstacle is a matter of indifference to the river which will flow steadily through you if you remember to keep right at the Source. Never allow anything to come between yourself and Jesus Christ, no emotion, or experience; nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source. 

Think of the healing and far-flung rivers nursing themselves in our souls! God has been opening up marvelous truths to our minds, and every point He has opened up is an indication of the wider power of the river He will flow through us. If you believe in Jesus, you will find that God has nourished in you mighty torrents of blessing for others.   

                                                                    Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest