He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:38, KJV)
Jesus made the astonishing statement above that those who believe on Him as the Scripture has said, out of their belly shall flow rivers of living water. What are these rivers of living water? What does it mean to have these rivers flow out of our belly?
The next verse explains further:
“But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified ” (John 7:39, KJV)
The living water Jesus was referring to is the Holy Spirit. What about the flow of rivers out of the belly of a person? Let me quickly remind us of what I taught a few days ago about the supernatural. We engage the spirit or supernatural world from the natural perspective on two dimensions: experience and expression. Experience means your “personal experience” in the natural realm of your body and mental/emotional faculties. The second dimension is that of expression. It is the ability for us humans to give natural expression to spiritual virtues in the realm of the flesh(i.e. natural). Therefore what is spirit and invisible can become visible in the flesh, that is, become perceptible to the natural senses or natural mental faculties. This is expression. For example, your words give expression and make known the invisible thoughts in your heart. This process by which the invisible and intangible virtues of the spirit come out of a person to become expressed to those around is what this flow out of our belly(spirit) means.
God wants you to give expression to the Holy Spirit. His power is inside of your spirit. You can experience it personally, and that is wonderful but not sufficient. He wants that power to be EXPRESSED through you, that is the flow out of you, to those around you. When you lay hands on someone and they become healed, you have just given tangible expression to the invisible power of God. A river of power has just flowed out of you! When you choose to love that neighbor who is seems to be unlovable, you have just given expression to the invisible character of God in you. A river of agape love has just flowed out of you! There are many rivers, of power, wisdom, joy, peace, and even financial prosperity! You have believed in Jesus so by your rights and privileges in Christ, rivers of living waters are meant to be gushing out of your belly!
Read more: Drinking from the river of God’s pleasures!
I understand there is a lot I have attempted to condense in the short devotional above. Have you understood the concept of a river flowing out of you? Can you explain it? Please re-read the devotional above as often as necessary to absorb this truth completely.
Apply the Word
You are loaded. Allow those rivers to start gushing out of you!
Ask the Lord to help you a source of an unending supply of water to a dying world around you.