John 7: 37-39
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit has not been given, since Jesus had not been glorified.
Have you ever been in worship of God to the point that you are overflowing with weeping and crying because of the greatness of our God? Almost fifty years ago, my husband and I both were facing a deep brokenness in our relationship with God and each other. Thankfully after humble repentance, both our relationship with God and each other was restored. After any broken relationship, it is very hard to recover. This only comes with forgiveness, love and prayer. On Front Beach in Ocean Springs December 31, lost in prayer and praise of my Savior, in a prayer meeting to pray the old year out and the new year in, our minister spoke these words to me, “If you will just open your mouth, God wants to fill you with his Spirit.” After a quick thought, I decided to open my mouth. Immediately I felt a warm churning sensation in my stomach that traveled up, through my throat and out my mouth with a language that I did not know and had not ask for. In his mercy, God knew I would need a power greater than myself to face the circumstances of life ahead. I was thirsty; God filled me with streams of living water that overflowed. Thanks be to God!
Father thank you for the gift of forgiveness and the power of the Holy Spirit. Awaken us that we will be filled with your Spirit and will be your witnesses of your love and mercy to our world filled with darkness and sin. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.