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Living Water

 

Satisfaction from the Spirit Living In Us

 

Paul wrote in 1 Cor 3:16 The Holy Spirit is inside every one of us that is a believer.

 

 16Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

 

 In 1 Cor 6:19-20 Paul says...

 

 

19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

 

In a very similar way Jesus spoke these words to His disciples on the night before He went to the cross...

 

John 14:16-17 

 

16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

 

The Holy Spirit lives IN everyone that is truly born again. In Romans 8:9 we see that if you don't have the Spirit in you then you are not a child of God.

 

 9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

 

We are certainly not perfect and we are going to sin and do things that God will not be very proud of us for doing but that does not mean that the Spirit is not inside of every one of us. If you read 1 Corinthians you see that they had a bunch of problems. The church was divided. The believers were immoral. The list goes on and on but Paul is still telling them that they are temples of the Holy Spirit. We are all temples of the Holy Spirit. We are the temple.

 

The glory in the temple is the Holy Spirit forming Christ in us.The Holy Spirit dwells in every child of God but in some He is packed back in a dark corner somewhere. He is not allowed to take possession of our own spirit. The Holy Spirit desires to be in control of every part of us, spirit, soul, mind and body but we have the ability to force Him into that corner and keep Him there. He will only come to the front if we allow Him to.

 

That is why I think that some of us don't even think He is in is. But whether you are aware of Him or not, He is there just waiting to help you and to do all those things that we know He can do if we will take a back seat and let Him come to the front. What a great thought it is to realize that He is in me no matter what. That He is with me every step of life's journey. Though every trial. Every time that we are scared. Every time that we are in trouble. Every time that we fail. He is with us and is waiting, ready and able to pick us up if we will just let Him. We don't have to pray and ask for Him He is a gift from the Father and the Son. Turn to John 4.

 

We obviously do have a part in this equation. It is our part to recognize He is there. It is truly glorious to let Him loose inside you. I am still so far away from where I hope to be but every little bit I give up to Him is a glorious thing. If we give Him complete control of the body He already inhabits He will do things that we can only imagine. Let Him have control and see if what I'm telling you is not the truth.

 

The indwelling Spirit is a source of boundless satisfaction and the key to life itself. Life the way that God intended us to live it. Let's look at

 

John 4:14 

 

14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

 

Jesus is talking here to the woman at the well. She had said to him in verse 12...

 

12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"

 

Just like we are sometimes...maybe most times... she could only see in the natural. All she knew is that Jacob had given them this well and she could not imagine that there would be a well greater than this one. She was wrong. How many times are we guilty of the same thing. We just couldn't imagine that God might have something so much greater than what we see in front of us. That God might have something for us that we have never even considered. Something so glorious that we haven't even dreamed of it.

 

The Jesus answered her and said in verse 13...

 

13Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,

 

That is the way it is with everything of this world. No matter how much we drink we will always thirst again. No earthly water ever really satisfies us. We might drink at the fountain of wealth but it will not satisfy us for very long. We might drink at the fountain of fame but it's satisfaction will soon be gone. We might drink form the fountain of every worldly pleasure, even the fountain of human love will not satisfy for long. We will always thirst again but as Jesus said in verse 14...

 

 the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life

 

That spring is the Holy Spirit Himself. Let's look at John 7:37-39 

 

 37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

 

This is an amazing thing that was going on here. Christ's timing is no accident. He chose this particular time and this particular place for very good reason. Stay with me here and I'll show you what I mean.

 

Jesus was at the Feast of the Tabernacles. At this great feast, water was poured out on the last day at the altar to remind everyone of the water God miraculously provided for a thirsty Israel in the wilderness. When they poured this water out they would quote...

 

Isaiah 12:3 

 

3 With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.

 

Hmmm....water from the wells of salvation. Interesting words Isaiah had there weren't they?

 

The water used in this ceremony had been drawn from the pool at Siloam. The same pool that Jesus used to heal the blind man in John 9 . The pool at Siloam is very significant here. The word Siloam means "sent". The pool at Siloam obviously is a direct representation of Jesus the sent one. The pool is filled by a spring coming from outside the city and flowing into it. That stream is called "Gehan". Gehan means "bursting forth". Making any sense now? The sent one is bursting forth. Jesus did not care one bit that He was interrupting their religious ritual and it was certainly no accident that it was on this last and greatest day of the feast.

 

2 Chron 7 

 

The Feast of the Tabernacles was held every year in the 7th month. In the Hebrew it is the month of Tishra. The 7th month coincides with September and October now. The Jewish new year is in March because Passover is in March. That is the first month that the Israelites were free. This feast actually began back in Exodus some 1400 years earlier. Then it was called the Feast of Ingathering. It was the feast of the harvest. Basically it was like Thanksgiving. Then in Leviticus 23 the name the Feast of the Tabernacles first appears. But it is all the same feast. A feast held at the end of the growing season to honor God for what He had done through the previous year.

 

In 2 Chron 7  at this very same feast in 959b.c. Solomon had finished the temple and this was the dedication of the temple. During the last day of the feast the temple was filled so full with a cloud of God's glory that the priests could not even enter the temple for the ceremony.

 

 1 When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. 2 The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it. 3 When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying,
       "He is good;
       his love endures forever."

 

What is really happening here has nothing to do with Solomon himself. It had every thing to do with the new temple coming into being. Remember the verse we began with today?

 

1 Cor 3:16 

 

16Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

 

The temple represents us. The glory coming to Solomon's temple is such a way that it filled the temple so full of God's glory that they couldn't stand to continue the ceremony is about us. It's about now. It's about a new thing that God is doing right now, right here. The temple is being filled to the top with God's glory. God wants us to be filled with His glory, so full of His glory that we will stop our religious rituals and see Him for who He really is. That we will see that revival is not coming, it is here and we are the ones that are bringing it into being.

 

In Haggai 2 the same festival is being celebrated in about 516 b.c. Hag 2:9 says..

 

9 'The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty."

 

 

The Lord says, The glory of the house to come is greater than the glory of the former house. We ARE that later house. The Holy Spirit forming Christ within us IS that greater glory.

 

Now, lets go back to that feast in John 7 

 

On this greatest day of a great feast, on that has been celebrated by the Jews for nearly 1500 years, Jesus stands up right in the middle of it and says "look at me!!!!!!!" Let them come to me and drink and they will never thirst again. He chose His moment very carefully. He chose this moment to have the maximum impact on them. He chose this moment to have the maximum impact on us. Jesus interrupts them and says look at me. I am the one that has flowing waters that truly will cleanse your sins and fill you with peace and joy and glory and wonder beyond your wildest dreams.

 

We are no different than the Jews at the feast. We need Jesus to stand up and say "Wait minute. Look at me. I am the one. Your religious rituals don't mean a thing to me. I don't want your religious rituals, I want you and if you will only come to me and drink you will never need another thing. The peace you so desperately seek, the calm you so desperately seek, the fulfillment you so desperately seek is already inside of you if you will just let it out."

 

The Holy Spirit is the only thing that will fully satisfy the one who receives Him. I spent so long trying to fill that space with cars and houses and businesses and friends and money and on and on and it never satisfied my thirst. Oh, it would for a time but soon I would be searching again. Nothing can satisfy the thirst but Jesus and nothing can fill us with Jesus but the Holy Spirit.

 

Quote from R.A. Torrey's Book The Presence and Work of the Holy Spirit.

 

"The Holy Spirit fully and forever satisfies the one who receives Him. He becomes a well of water within him, springing up, ever springing up, into everlasting life. It is a great thing to have a well that you can carry with you; to have a well that is within you; to have your source of satisfaction not in the things outside yourself but in a well within and that is always within and that is always springing up in freshness and power; to have our well of satisfaction and joy within us. We are then independent of our environment. It matters little whether we have health or sickness, prosperity or adversity; our source of joy is within and is ever springing up. It matters comparatively little even whether we have our friends with us or are separated from them, separated even by what men call death. This fountain within is always gushing up, and our souls are satisfied. Sometimes this fountain within gushes up with greatest power and fullness in the days of deepest bereavement. At such time, all earthly satisfactions fail. What satisfaction is there in money or worldly pleasure, in the theater or the opera or the dance, fame or power or human learning, when some loved one is taken from us? But in the hours when those that we loved most dearly upon the earth are taken from us, it is then that the spring of joy of the indwelling of the Spirit of God bursts forth with fullest flow. Sorrow and sighing flee away, and our own spirits are filled with peace and ecstasy. We have beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."

 

Isaiah 61:3 

 

 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
       to bestow on them a crown of beauty
       instead of ashes,
       the oil of gladness
       instead of mourning,
       and a garment of praise
       instead of a spirit of despair.
       They will be called oaks of righteousness,
       a planting of the LORD
       for the display of his splendor.

 

My father-in-law was a great man of God. A great Baptist pastor. When he went to be with the Lord a couple of years ago, these words hit close to home with me. I shed a few tears but more than anything I was smiling. I didn't dwell on him being gone. All I could think about was him being with Christ and how he would never hurt again. How he would never have to worry about a leg that didn't work quite right or a hand that didn't work quite right. I could only think about praising God for just being God.

 

instead of ashes,
       the oil of gladness
       instead of mourning,
       and a garment of praise
       instead of a spirit of despair.

 

What R.A. Torrey is saying is that if we will just allow Him, the Spirit can make us independent of the world around us. Our peace, our joy and our pleasure will have little to do with what is going on around us instead of everything to do with it like it does sometimes now. We won't need the cars or the money or the whatever to fell like life is good. Wouldn't that be great? Why are there so many Christians that don't feel that way? Why are there so many that depend on the world for peace and pleasure? There can only be 2 reasons. Either they have never truly received Him or they have him choked in a corner. We certainly have the ability to put a cap on the well. What a sad thing. I lived my life that way for years but I promised God that I never will again. Inside of us is a well but there is more than that. The one that is going to bring complete healing and complete restoration to all the earth is inside of you right now. There is a river. A river flowing with Christ Himself and His unequaled glory. Are you letting it flow today or do you have it dammed up?

 

There is another place that talks about a river of life. It is in...

 

Rev 22:1-2 

 

 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

 

The word for water of life in Rev 22 are the same exact words used in John 4 in the original Greek. Hydôr "hood door" and for water and zoe "zoo a" for life. The same river that John saw in Revelation is inside of every one of us in this room that know christ as Savior and Lord. Let it out. The river flowing in Revelation and the tree beside it is for healing and restoration of the nations. That is what Jesus is calling us to do now. To heal and restore. Christ is calling us to share what He has given us. Get to the place where you let the Holy Spirit and His flowing river not only fill you but flow out of you to fill those around you. You do that by letting the Holy Spirit do His work of forming Christ within you. We spend so much time asking God to heal this person or to do this or to do that. Perhaps God is telling us that it is us that should be able to do it. Why aren't we filled with the Spirit like they were in Acts 2. Why aren't we performing these miracles Why aren't we healing the sick? Why aren't we prophesying about the future? Why aren't we doing all these things through Jesus's mighty power and in His mighty name?

 

God showed me that we as His children are like a jigsaw puzzle He is creating. The Father is seated at a table. On that table is part of a jigsaw puzzle. There are only a few pieces. All of the pieces that are there are put together but the puzzle is up side down. I can't see what it is. Next to the puzzle pieces is more cardboard and one by one the Father is cutting and forming the pieces to fit perfectly with the ones that are already in place. He won't let me see what the puzzle is until all the pieces are made and fit together. The pieces that are already together are some of us. The pieces being formed are some more of us. Which one are you? Are you already in place or is God still forming you? Perhaps you don't know or you think you are not in either place. If that is you, pray. Pray for God to help you become just the right piece of the puzzle. I don't know what the puzzle looks like but I know what it is. When all the pieces of the puzzle are formed and the Father turns it over, it will be true revival. Revival like this country has never seen before. Don't be left out. Don't be left behind. God can and will form you into the perfect puzzle piece but not if you are not willing to become like Him. Not if you are not willing to give up everything that is in you that doesn't look like Him. You must let Him identify all the junk in your life so it can be cleansed. In this journey to revival, there is no baggage allowed. He will do it if you will let Him. Please let Him do it. Do not fear conviction. It is a glorious thing. Embrace it and you will see what I'm telling you is the truth.

 

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