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Living Water

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “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. John 7:37-39a

1. GET IN THE FLOW. God’s flow is life-giving; it’s deep and beautiful. When Jesus offered the Samaritan woman living water (John 4:10), He looked past ethnic, gender, and religious divisions. He knew her condition and offered her eternal life. He knew her sin and was there to forgive her. The Holy Spirit never changes and the New Testament truths are for us today. Jesus is calling out to all of us, inviting us to partake in His flow.

2. DON’T CHOKE THE FLOW. In order to keep pipes from freezing, it’s important to always keep the water flowing. Unforgiveness and worry can stop up the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we forgive and repent, we push the reset button, removing the blockages. To cure stagnation and let living water flow through, you can continually lift your voice in worship and praise to God. Pray in the Spirit as you go about your day. Get in the habit of quoting scriptures out loud all the time.

But whoever drinks of the water that I [Jesus] will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. John 4:14

3. INVITE OTHERS INTO GOD’S FLOW. God has given you the ministry of reconciliation, and Jesus is reaching out through you to a lost generation and to those who have never experienced God’s love. God didn’t design us to be reservoir containers but channels with outflow to reach this dry, parched world.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Jesus, I thank You for Your living water available in my life. I watch over my heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23). I forgive anything I have against anyone so that my Father who is in heaven will also forgive my transgressions (Mark 11:25). I repent of any sin or worry and ask You to forgive me, God. I ask for Your amazing river of living water to flow in my life every day. I love You, Jesus. Amen!

flow, verb
To stream or well forth. To issue or proceed from a source. To proceed continuously and smoothly. To abound in something.

Copyright © 2017 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Flow.”

Heart Life

Friday, August 26th, 2016

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 NKJV

1. A PROTECTED HEART. Tending to the hidden person of the heart is very important in this hour. The devil will try to discourage you; so take control of what you allow to influence you. Shake off bitterness, unforgiveness, and strife and diligently guard your heart.

2. A STRENGTHENED HEART. God’s Words are life to your heart. Take time to strengthen yourself in God’s Word and listen to what He is saying – ponder a chapter and meditate on it until you understand it and it gets planted in your heart.

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:20-23

3. AN ACTIVATED HEART. God’s Spirit will activate your heart so that you can spring forward into His plans. The prophet Elijah faced limitations like you and me; yet when the Holy Spirit came upon him, he outran a chariot (1 Kings 18:46)! It’s not by your strength or power, but by the help of the Holy Spirit. So remain “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58), and let God’s rivers of living water flow continuously and abundantly from your heart to a thirsty world.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! (Psalm 57:7). I am sowing to the spirit and I will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:8).

flow, verb
To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity. To proceed steadily and easily. To be abundant; teem. A continuous output or outpouring (noun). I will be strong and let my heart take courage, as I hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24).

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Flow.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

How to Get Refreshed

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “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.’” John 7:37-38

GET FILLED. When you get dehydrated, you drink water. When your gas tank is empty, you fill it up. When you get spiritually drained, tap into God’s living water to drink and be refreshed. Read God’s Word. Pray in the Name of Jesus and connect with God—and you will get results (John 14:14).

Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. Isaiah 12:3

OVERFLOW TO OTHERS. God wants us to operate out of the overflow. If you feel like you are stuck in drudgery, realize that God has His hand on your life for something bigger—not just for self-fulfillment to quench your own thirst but for rivers of living water to flow from you. When God’s living water flows, you step out of the natural into the supernatural; out of your own limitations into God’s overflow to reach many others.

You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; You greatly enrich it. Psalm 65:9a

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
I hunger and thirst for righteousness and I will be filled (Matthew 5:6). I draw near to Jesus and drink of His living water and then rivers of living water will flow from my innermost being (John 7:37-38). The Lord will continually guide me and satisfy my desire in scorched places and give strength to my bones; and I will be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail (Isaiah 58:11).

o·ver·flow, verb
To flow or run over the top, brim, or banks. To be filled beyond capacity. To have a boundless supply; be superabundant.

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Overflow.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “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. John 7:37-39a

Living Water. Jesus gave us the imagery of rivers to put us in touch with the power of the Holy Spirit. God designed us not to be reservoirs containing water, but to be gushing torrents of living water expressed through our prayers, through our random acts of kindness, through our combined work as a church body.

Fresh Water. When you read Ezekiel 47, you’ll find amazing river imagery showing that where the river flows, everything grows. Everywhere the river goes, it will bring life. Every dry place where the plan and purpose of God goes, it will bring change and healing.

Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.” Ezekiel 47:8-9 NKJV

Drinking Water. Jesus said, “Let anyone who thirsts come to Me and drink.” He will meet those needs in your soul that can’t be satisfied by any other thing. Next time you are dry and parched, take a ladle from the rivers of salvation. The Savior who saves, the Healer who heals withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11).

Pray this Prayer:
God, fill me with Your Holy Spirit today. I pray that I don’t just have enough but that I have overflow—that my life is a fountain of fresh living water. Freely I receive, freely I give. I thank You that I am designed by You. You knew I would be alive in this moment to fulfill Your purposes on this earth. Help me to be led by the Spirit. I pray any mental fog would lift and that I would have clarity about what You want me to do. I love You, Jesus!

riv•er, noun
A large natural stream of fresh water flowing along a definite course. Any abundant stream or flow.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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