John 7:37-39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
The overflow of salvation is indicated by rivers, not streams or mud puddles, but rivers. There is a correlation between the Holy Spirit and rivers being taught in this passage. Running water is being used to paint a picture of the work of the Holy Spirit within the the life of the believer. Once a person drinks, there will flow through them rivers of living water.
The first principle of importance is the word “flow.” I cannot help but think how many rivers that once flowed freely have been dammed up by sin. In some cases we have allowed the sin of bitterness, unforgiveness, addiction, and anger to create dams that hinder the flow of the Holy Spirit. It is not that the river does not exist, but it has been dammed up so that it cannot flow to certain areas of our lives. Rivers that flow become power sources of power, energy, and resources. By damming up the work of the Holy Spirit it reduces the ability to generate power. The one thing needed today is power, not might or ability but God’s Spirit.
The second principle is the aspect of “living water.” Out of our lives should flow “living water,” life producing water. The Holy Spirit is a river of life that flows out of our lives. There is a song that says “I have river of life flowing out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. Opens prison doors and sets the captive free.” What flows out of our lives should bring life into a world of death. People refer to the believers as people of light, but we are also people of life. We are no longer dead in sin, but we are alive unto God. There is living water flowing from us, life producing and life sustaining water flowing out of our lives into that of the world.
It is so vital that we allow God’s Spirit to flow freely throughout our lives. God did not intend for us to live in stagnant water. He did not intend for us to live with small portions of water. Clint Lewey said this, “I don’t want to live with a travel size water bottle, brother, give me rivers.” So today let’s go see a man, the man Christ Jesus, and let rivers flow.