Today's Quiet-Time Bible Notes. May 23rd, 2017

Full of the Spirit Life ... John 7.37-39 says: "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 from within him. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified." ... When you're thirsty you drink something. You drink it deep down into your stomach. You don't gargle with the water and then spit it out. When I've climbed mountains, you get thirsty and need to drink, even when it's cold. We need water to live otherwise we would die in 3 days. This is a great example of if we want to be full of the Spirit's life and how much we need this. We have to drink deep, really deep. When you are desperate for a drink, you don't go out to a shoe repair shop and ask for a can of coke. No. Because although that may be amusing, it may not be very successful. Same with the life of the Spirit. Jesus says you have to come to him and drink. You can 'drink' (take in) any old thing, but Jesus says that we need to go to him as only he can truly satisfy the kind of deep thirst we all have inside of us. Jesus is the only place where this amazing passionate, creative, full, God-filled life flows from. Jesus and Jesus alone. If you come to Jesus, you get streams of living water flowing from you - in word, action and thought - you change to be more like Jesus and get the most full life. Nothing else will compare or truly satisfy ultimately. So we need to go to Jesus, no matter what the cost. If you were desperate for a drink in the physical you'd do anything. With Jesus, the tap never runs dry. So, are you up for it? Ask Jesus to fill you with his life, his abundant life and fill you with his Holy Spirit.

-- Myfishbites