“‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:37b-38
I had an opportunity to go to Mozambique with a team to serve widows and orphans at Iris Ministries.The food we ate was no different than what was regularly served to the people at the base, children and adults alike. It consisted of a sweet roll and tea for breakfast, white rice and red beans for lunch and white rice with red beans slopped on top for dinner with maybe a blackened chicken wing or a fish head. Yes! That’s right a fish head, eyes and all. Needless to say, there were days when I did not eat. For some of the children who came in from the village, they received only one meal, and this was their only meal of the day. Many of them would scoop the rice into their clothing and take leftovers off of anybody’s plate to bring back to their families. When we had arrived at our rooms, each person received a case of water bottles. They were nothing like any here in the states. They were huge like our big bottles of soda only not quite as big around. We carried them with us throughout the day and often did not put them down because they would be stolen from us. Water was a very precious and scarce commodity. The water became very warm and for me was not very refreshing at all.
The children would come up to us and tilt their heads back and make fish lips and point to the water (they did not speak English, and we did not speak Portuguese). We would pour water into their mouths being careful not to let the bottle touch their lips. It is an image I will never forget. The weather was very hot and dry, and I found myself thirsty all the time. I have been hungry, but I have never experienced thirst like I did on this trip. It could not be quenched. My thirst overpowered my hunger.
The Lord began to impress upon me about Holy Spirit, how we are to hunger (eat) for His Word and thirst (drink) for Holy Spirit. Living Waters are active, moving and refreshing. Holy Spirit is also referred to as the new wine. Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation but be filled with the Spirit.” Be filled, to be drunk and inebriated with the new wine, to be saturated with insatiable joy, contagious joy, and power. The new wine speaks of the New Covenant. Who is Holy Spirit? He is not an “it” or a “thing” but the third person of the Trinity. Father Son and Holy Spirit take counsel together in the courtrooms of heaven. Holy Spirit was before the beginning of time. His purpose is to reveal Jesus. He is His presence. He is my helper, teacher, and comforter. He illuminates the Word. He gives me boldness and power. He convicts me of sin and wrong doing and refreshes me. He ignites passion in my heart and makes me come alive. He releases gifts in me for others. He is often forgotten about or ignored, and therefore we grieve Holy Spirit. The Word commands us to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire. We need Holy Spirit activity in our lives. How thirsty are you? I encourage you to get to know Holy Spirit and watch as rivers of living water flow from your innermost being as you fulfill your destiny and purpose in life.
Prayer Starter: Father I thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to empower me and help me live my life for You. Awaken my senses to be more aware of His presence in my life, His still small voice, and those gentle promptings so that I might be more obedient to You. Let a fresh hunger arise in me for Your Word and let my inner soul thirst after your Spirit. Awaken my heart today and pour out Your Spirit upon me I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen