Prospectors in the days of building the American west often found themselves in dry places. To remain alive, they had to find sources of water. But all water is not good water — there are some water sources that are tainted with minerals and others that are stagnant. In other words, they needed to find clean, pure, or flowing — that is, living water.
Just like the prospectors needed living water, the world, today, needs Living Water. Jesus showed us not only that He was living water (John 4:10) but that because we live in Him, out of us would flow the same Living Water as from Himself!
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. ’” (John 7:37-38)
How do you know when living water is present? When love is present! Love is the first fruits, or evidence of living waters flowing from you. You cannot flow living waters from your heart (or belly as the KJV puts it) without love.
Therefore the living water flowing from you becomes loving water – because it demonstrates the love of God! Loving Water is a Person, is a Product, has a Purpose, is a Possession, and is found in a Place.
For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13)
Living waters is a person and that person is Jesus. Jesus told us that we must abide in Him (John 15:4-7). Who abides in a house will reveal the condition of the house. If the house is well kept and maintained, you can conclude that the person who abides in the house cares about the house and takes pride in the house.
Now, we can’t make Jesus any better by living in him but His Spirit and His Word living in us makes us better.
One thing I’ve noticed is that folks who are at peace spiritually generally look good from the outside. It’s the evidence of someone who cares deeply living inside!
Now, you may have heard me say “we’re all cracked pots” to illustrate our frailty. However when you understand your brokenness, you understand you are maid to FLOW living water, not CONTAIN it! We are to be CONDUITS and not CONTAINERS!
If Jesus’ love rules the inside of you, what you demonstrate to others will be loving waters to them.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:22-23)
When you talk about the product of living water, you’re speaking of the Fruit of the Spirit . Just like there is no harvest without rain, there can be no fruit without living water.
Notice here the past tense of verse 23 — “have crucified.” The Fruit of the Spirit is the forensic evidence that your flesh is crucified with Christ’s!
That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:26-27)
The primary purpose of the living water is to clean – or renew – you. Living water cleanses all who come in contact with it. The problem is that some folks like to stay dirty – like “Pig Pen” in the Charlie Brown cartoons. Living Water emanates first from the Word of God. Next it comes from the Holy Spirit. Once they get in you and begins cleaning you up from the inside-out. The living water also cleans your spiritual pipes. You cannot flow out what you retain!
Living water also refreshes. Just like a cool drink of water on a hot summer day refreshes you, living water is refreshing to those who hear it! Have you noticed that Good News puts things in proper perspective? You may have been having a bad day but your perspective of Jesus changes it – or, even better, someone else may be having a bad day and the living water flowing from you changes their day
Living water also restores. Jesus took us when we were at our most decrepit and restored us as sons and daughters of God. Jesus came and restored us to the level of power and authority we were given at creation! (Ephesians 3:20)
When you experience the renewing, refreshing, and restoring of living waters and share it with others, you manifest loving waters!
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” (John 4:10-15)
Jesus not only said that living water would flow from us but that He’d give it to us. Now God’s gifts are without repentance (Romans 11:29), so what He gives you, He will never take back!
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)
Living water is a place of peace.
It is a place of provision.
It is a place of protection.
Living waters flow smoothly like a stream, not like a rapids. Living waters bring safety. Living waters become loving waters when they come gently – not like from a fire hose.
Living water is your inheritance – you’ve been made a joint heir with Jesus.
Living water is your power – the same living water that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you!
And though it is yours – and yours to keep – it must be shared with others to demonstrate that it is, indeed, loving water!
© 2014 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)