THURSDAY 4TH MAY 2017
TOPIC: STREAMS IN THE DESERT
TEXT: John 7:37-38 “On the last day, the climax Of the festival Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, Anyone who is thirsty may come to me,Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart….”
Rivers of living water not bottles, but rivers-fresh,lively,sparkling, abundant, and unending. Some people live for what comes out of a bottle…but Jesus wants you to experience a fresh, vibrant , ‘river’. Television provides life’s highlights for millions of people — just watching others live, or pretending to live, even for children, who have forgotten how to play. Remember, people are always “going to live” but only after things change, after working for hours, when they have money, or when they get married, or retire, or go on holiday or whatever. Jesus came to give you life now. No waiting- wherever you are, whatever you are doing. He makes life live.
He’s the new water, new wine in Luke 5.God wrote his plan for Israel in the wilderness, across a blackboard forty years wide. The Israelites did not have to drink stale, flat water from skins — the Lord opened bubbling streams from the rock. The Temple drink offering was a celebration in memory of that wilderness water. Jesus, however, gave it a new and glorious meaning, a symbol of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. That symbol is a precious reminder for you today that God has made a provision in your life of fresh, lively, sparkling, abundant, unending waters of refreshment and restoration. Let that river flow in
MEDITATION: John 10:10; Isaiah 58:11
Numbers 11; Ps. 48; Isaiah 1; Heb. 9