Day 23 - the Holy Spirit brings power and life
In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).
John 7:37-39 (NLT)
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
The Jewish feast that Jesus is celebrating here is called Sukkot. It occurred after harvest and was a time of rejoicing in how God provides for His people. Water was a scarce commodity in the middle east. Living water, which was provided through natural rivers, streams and rainfalls was especially precious because people were dependent upon it. Living water was then a symbol of life in contrast to the stagnant water of cisterns and pools and dead seas.
Each day of the feast water was poured out as a symbol of God’s provision of life to His people. As it was poured the people would praise and worship God for His goodness. On the last day this ceremony reached it’s climax with much pomp and circumstance and loud, joyful praise. This is the same day that Jesus stood up and cried out, “I provide living water. If anyone is thirsty let them come to me!” What a huge claim Jesus is making, and John clues us in on what Jesus is really promising. Those who believe in Him will receive the Holy Spirit. That promise is still true for us today. Jesus also gives one of the most beautiful pictures of what having the Spirit would mean for us. It’s like a heart bursting with life, a heart with living water flowing from it, and not just one stream, but rivers plural. This is what Jesus says having the Spirit will be like.
How would you describe your heart? What needs to change in order for you to experience the kind of heart Jesus is describing here? How do you think having the Holy Spirit brings that about?
Are there thirsts or longings that your soul has? Confess to Jesus any places other than Him that you have been turning to for life as sin. Confess your desire to be done with them and turn to Jesus for life. Express to Him how you need Him to satisfy your thirst today. Thank God for His Spirit and invite the Spirit to make your heart a fountain of life.