I don’t have much time to blog today as I have to prepare for a class I’m teaching tonight, but I just wanted to quickly share some things beginning with John 7:38 (Amplified).
He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water… He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified…
In Acts 2 we see the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the believers gathered in prayer. Peter said of this event, “this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh…” (KJV). So we are not still waiting for the Holy Spirit to come. He came like a rushing mighty wind and sat upon the believers in Jerusalem that day.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16, KJV)
The Spirit of God lives in you and He wants to come out as rivers of living water that bring life to the situations you pray over and speak over.
Now let’s look at an interesting passage in James 3 (KJV).
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similtude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Apparently, we can’t use our mouths to bless God one minute and tear down people the next and expect fresh, sweet water to flow through us in our prayers and our words.
Yes, it says no man can tame the tongue, but that doesn’t mean God can’t. Romans 6:13 says, “Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members… to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to… life, and your bodily members… to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness” (Amplified). We can yield our tongues to Him to be used as tools of righteousness.
In Psalm 141:3-4 (Amplified) David prayed, “Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. Incline my heart not to submit or consent to any evil thing or be occupied in deeds of wickedness.”
The Bible tells us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. What you are thinking on and meditating on will get in your heart and it will eventually come out of your mouth. In Proverbs 4:23 (Amplified) it says, “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.”
So here we see the importance of guarding our hearts so that these springs of life can flow. If we guard our hearts in the love of God, then His Words and His Spirit can flow from us and bring life.
Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139, Amplified)
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind soul and strength. Love your neighbor as you do yourself. Then when you speak and you pray rivers of living water will flow from you to meet the needs of others.