River of Life
For as long as I can remember, what I do now is related to what I believe or the perception I have of who I am ( who I believe myself to be) and who I think others want me to be…
Sometimes it is a positive reaction, sometimes a negative reaction to other peoples thoughts about me. There are times when I act in a way opposite to what people want, or I strive to be what they want. Confusing isn’t it?
Let me explain. I remember my dad once saying that I had “Delusions of Grandeur” when I was in my twenties. Quite a tough comment to hear. That comment would affect me for years to come, not only the emotional hurt it caused but the way in which it would drive me to prove that comment wrong and alternatively force me to question the vision God gives me for my life, inevitably leading to moments of self-sabotage.
Anybody experience that before?
I have, for so long, allowed my environment and people and situations around me, to form who I am and my beliefs about myself.and so often I want to fight against this tendency and force myself on my environment, which often doesn’t work.
Take the natural development and growth of a river. A river is formed by and forms the landscape around it…. a river can be free flowing, gushing or stagnant. A river can either bring life or sickness. Our lives are like a river, formed by our past, people and situations in as much as we affect people and situations around us.
But life happens. and the environment usually plays a bigger role in our development and who we become more than anything else. A flash storm leads to debris cluttering up the river. A Life crisis brings pain, hurt and “baggage” that messes up our ‘Life-Flow’. Or, challenges you face become so insurmountable that you go around the obstacle changing your “life-direction” in the same way that a river changes its direction when the ground doesn’t give way. So often this changes the “life-giving” characteristic of our lives flow.
There is a third way. Gods way….
Jesus said “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10). and “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ (John 7:37–39).”
In Revelations 22:1 we read about the River of Life –
” Then the angel[a] showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life[b] with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.“
Gods Spirit flowing through us as living water, bringing healing, life and nourishment to our thirsty souls. Wow. I want that, but how do I access it?
Its easy to speak,preach and teach about God’s Living Water, but when I’m struggling with life and its challenges and the effect on my “Life Flow”, what do I need to do practically?
Jump into the River of Life – Gods Living Water and God’s pipeline. Gods Word and prayer.
Take time to reflect on, pray over and declare Gods word in your life. read it. think it. speak it and pray it. yes, sounds complicated and too spiritual but its not.
There is power in Gods word. Prayer connects me with God and His Spirit. And the more time I spend in Prayer and His word, the more I see Christ in me. The source of life to me is not my old life, or the lives of others but God Himself changing and transforming me through His word and His Spirit.
Who or what is the source of your ” Life River” ?
When we allow God and His spirit to flow through us , His Living Water, we bring Divine life to people , to situations, to life itself – we discover Living Water refreshing and nourishing all of who we are!