At the time of this writing, the NC Outer Banks are being battered by the waves and wind of an approaching Hurricane Earl. I do hope and pray the damage will be minimal. We have all seen pictures illustrating the devastating effects of such a terrible force of nature. The power released in a hurricane is 200 times the electrical generating power of the entire world. One scientist estimates that a hurricane can release power equivalent to more than 11,000 Hiroshima nuclear bombs (Manuel Garcia, Jr.).
It’s hard to imagine anything on earth more powerful than that. But there is power greater than a thousand hurricanes, a million hurricanes, greater than an infinite number of hurricanes … and that power is inside you.
Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water (John 7.38).’”
The phrase, “rivers of living water,” might cause one to envision a relaxed, pastoral scene with a healthy stream of water moving quietly through the countryside between flower-laced river banks. That’s certainly a nice thought bringing a sense of peace to a troubled soul. But the “rivers of living water” Jesus referred to is the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit moves, He most often does so very quietly, bringing little attention to Himself, but He moves in universe-transforming power.
Think of it! Jesus was saying, “He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me]” (Amplified Bible) – this person, you and me, will have the Holy Spirit moving out of his or her being as mighty, continuously flowing rivers of living, life-giving, life-changing power.
In a recent devotional about John 7.38, Oswald Chambers was quoted…
Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.”
As a Christian, we are to deliberately allow the incredibly powerful life and love of Jesus Christ to flow out of us to others. This is done through the Holy Spirit. A fruit tree or vine is defined by the fruit it bears. We are required to be fruit-bearers, i.e., fruit-givers. (John 15.4-6).
1 Corinthians 13, the Love Chapter of the Bible, clearly states that if we do not bear the fruit of love, we are only making noise, we accomplish nothing, and we receive nothing of value – no matter how hard we labor. But bearing the love-kind of fruit, must be alive and ongoing in and through us.
Our spiritual life cannot be measured by success as the world measures it, but only by what God pours through us— and we cannot measure that at all. (Chambers)
God the Father desires the Holy Spirit to move through us. He wants the Holy Spirit to pour through us to others in the form of patience, kindness, totally lacking in envy or boastfulness, pride or rudeness, selfishness or anger. He desires forgiveness and a seeking for good and truth to pour forth from us in all we say or do or think. “Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13.8).”
No matter how bleak your present or hopeless your future, love never fails.
Love never fails.