April 25, 2022
Flowing in Jesus
essence, Christianity is a supernatural
flow of divinely empowered life, a river
of the Holy Spirit - a flowing in Jesus.
How do we get there?
John 7:37-39, Jesus gave us some simple,
spiritual, sure instructions: "If any
man thirst, let him come
unto me, and drink. He
that believeth on me, as the
scripture hath said, out of his heart
shall flow rivers [or rivers
shall flow] of living water. This spoke
he of the Spirit. . ." This
text reveals four uncomplicated steps to
flowing in Jesus.
First, we must "thirst." A strong word,
thirst implies one is totally
dissatisfied with his (or her) dryness
and simply must have water.
Historically, thirst has driven men to
extreme measures. Spiritually, it is
thirst, and thirst alone, that drives
the Christian to living water. If you're
not thirsty for more of God, this piece
is not for you. Stop reading now and go
on trying to satisfy your spiritually
insatiable soul with the things of this
fallen, material world. If you've
already discovered that won't satisfy
you, read on.
Second, we must "come unto me." Christ
alone is the source of the spiritual
water He offered. When pierced on the
cross, physical "blood and water" came
bursting out of His side (John
19:34-35). And fifty days after His
resurrection, the spiritual water of the
Holy Spirit burst out of heaven - from
Him! - and gushed down on His followers.
Peter affirmed Jesus was the Source /
Dispenser / Minister of that mighty
Baptism with the Spirit (Acts 2:32-33).
We "come to Jesus" initially in
repentance and salvation; and, in a
second work of grace, we "come to Him"
to receive the Spirit's fullness. But
after this, we must continue coming - to
Him, not religion, good works, or even
church activities per se, but to Him.
Every day. Especially in the morning
hours (see Matthew 6:33).
Third, we must "drink," or receive
infusions of Christ's supernatural life.
We drink by unhurried time in His
spiritually moisturizing presence,
lovingly communing with Him, praising
Him in song, ministering to Him with
thanksgiving, and praying with
understanding and in the Spirit. But we
also drink in more of Jesus by reading
and pondering His Word. We touch the
incarnate Word by soaking in the
inscribed Word. We need God's Word for
our souls as often as we need water for
our bodies. There our spiritual roots
tap into invisible rivers of the
Spirit's water that flow through the
Scriptures, as Psalm 1:1-3 reveals. The
man meditating in the Word is like a
tree rooted by a river; thus, the river
of the Spirit's inspiration flows
through the Word.
Fourth, we must "believe on me." This
involves continuing to believe in who
Jesus is and everything He said with
childlike faith. Even spiritual rebirth,
the Baptism with the Spirit, and
countless Bible studies are worthless
and lifeless without ongoing faith.
Every day we must choose to renew our
God-confidence again. Believe in Jesus'
person, promises, and prophecies anew.
In every trying situation. With every
difficult person. Every time
contradictions confront us. When we stop
believing Jesus, we stop living.
After these four simple steps, we may
"flow." Ah, what a beautiful, soothing,
peaceful word: flow! It
envisions a river being driven by a
constant, invisible current. Nothing
placed in a river needs to generate its
own power. It just flows, naturally,
effortlessly, overcomingly. From beneath
and behind, the current powers the
river, and everything in it, forward.
Always forward. Day and night. Sunshine
or clouds. Whatever bad actors and
threatening circumstances crowd the
river's banks, it doesn't matter, the
current is there, strong, steady, sure,
undefeatable. Always flowing on!
And that, my friend, is Jesus' concept
of the Christian life! We are not to
crawl, trudge, hop, or try to stand tall
in our own limited human strength. Every
minute we are to let Him power us. And
let His Spirit be our current - flowing
through the Word, flowing into our
hearts, flowing out in our lives, and
empowering us with a steady spiritual
energy no adversary or adversity can
stop. We just flow over every obstacle,
or around it, and keep moving forward
with Jesus. Always forward.
We flow through every day, with inner
gladness whatever our outward sadness.
We flow through all our work, however
arduous, doing it wholeheartedly, as a
love offering to Christ. We flow in our
relationships, easily getting along with
people who are not easy to get along
with. We flow in faith, believing Jesus
is sufficient for people with
unbelievable problems and needs.
We flow in hope, expecting better things
where there is no natural reason for
hope except Jesus' promises. We flow in
forgiveness, forgiving the most
unforgiveable injustices, because, well,
Jesus said to! We flow in God's love,
showing patient kindness toward those
who are neither patient nor kind toward
us. We flow in God's peace and joy,
though surrounded by turmoil and gloom.
We flow in
steady worship, regardless of our
circumstances - in thrilling mountaintop
experiences, mundane valley days, and
painful pits of persecution. We flow in
intercession, as believer-priests daily
pleading the names of needy ones on the
altars of our lips before our attentive,
heavenly High Priest. We flow in
self-examination, quickly confessing and
turning from all sins before they divert
us onto the riverbank and halt our
We flow in ministry, as messages from
God come flowing down the river and we
just pass them on through preaching,
teaching, and counseling. We flow in
fellowship, seeking and enjoying time
with fellow believers with whom we share
the river and its Source. We flow in
missions, taking the Word and ways of
the Source and His river of life to
thirsty people in dry, distant places.
We flow in miracles, as the Spirit's
invisible current, by our commands of
faith in Jesus' name, forces visible
sicknesses, infirmities, and demonic
bondages to leave troubled lives.
the Spirit's current never diminishes,
we never stop flowing in these and other
Why live the frustrated life when you
can live the flowing life? Why fail when
Jesus yearns for you to flow? And why
study the flowing life without
experiencing it? Friend, this is the
true nature of the amazing Christian
life available to us all. The Source
Himself said so. And His instructions
are simple, spiritual, and sure.
So, stop walking and falling, and
walking and falling again, all because
you're trying to walk in your own
strength. Stop hopping from one
excitable religious experience to the
next. Stop crawling through your day
spiritually exhausted for lack of living
water. Do exactly what Jesus said:
"Thirst," "come," "drink," "believe,"
and "flow"! Flow in the Spirit. Flow in
Jesus. Flow the rest of your life! Until
the Source comes to take you home.
Flowing in Jesus,