[b]OUT OF YOUR BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER [/b]12/10/2006
[color=orange][b]Joh 4:6 And Jacob's well was there. So Jesus, tired as He was from His journey, sat down [to rest] by the well. It was then about the sixth hour (about noon).
Joh 4:7 Presently, when a woman of Samaria came along to draw water, Jesus said to her, Give Me a drink--
Joh 4:8 For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy food--
Joh 4:9 The Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and a] woman, for a drink?--For the Jews have nothing to do with the Samaritans--
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God's gift and Who this is that is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water.
Joh 4:11 She said to Him, Sir, You have nothing to draw with [no drawing bucket] and the well is deep; how then can You provide living water? [Where do You get Your living water?]
Joh 4:12 Are You greater than and superior to our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well and who used to drink from it himself, and his sons and his cattle also?
Joh 4:13 Jesus answered her, All who drink of this water will be thirsty again.
Joh 4:14 But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.
Joh 4:15 The woman said to Him, Sir, give me this water, so that I may never get thirsty nor have to come [continually all the way] here to draw. [/b][/color]
[color=blue][b]Joh 7:37 Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!
Joh 7:38 He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39 But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor). [/b][/color]
[color=violet][b]Rev 4:5 Out from the throne came flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne seven blazing torches burned, which are the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit];[/b][/color]
[color=orange][b]Isa 11:1 AND THERE shall come forth a Shoot out of the stock of Jesse [David's father], and a Branch out of his roots shall grow and bear fruit. [Isa. 4:2; Matt. 2:23; Rev. 5:5; 22:16.]
Isa 11:2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him--the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord(The seven-fold Spirit of God)[/b][/color]
Brothers and Sisters, how few of us live in this place. What is even worse is how few really believe that these words are true! There will be people who will object to my saying these things but this truth is not generally taught and despite our claims, we just do not believe the words above.
Jesus tells us the VERY SOURCE of this Living Water will be INSIDE OF US! So why do so many claim we must go somewhere else to get filled? Why must we be filled regularly if indeed the very source is inside of us? Why do preachers teach that we are to pour out our lives (when that is even talked about) and then come back to be filled again and again? What happened to the source that is supposedly inside of us? Why do we need to go anywhere to listen from anyone (besides the Holy Spirit) in order to be filled?
When we begin to really believe what the Lord is saying in these verses, when we come into the place where they are true in our lives, we will NEVER have to go anywhere again to be filled for we will ALWAYS be filled and always be overflowing!
Jesus said it, why dont we believe it?>>>> [color=blue][b]Joh 4:14 But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life. [/b][/color]
Notice that it MAY not happen immediately, but it DOES happen, and that does NOT mean that it will take 20 or 30 years !! The Water (the Spirit) that Jesus gives becomes a Spring inside of us and we will NEVER be thirsty again! [b]NEVER!!! [/b]He says it twice! Then Jesus says that this Spring flows CONTINUOUSLY WITHIN HIM!!!! Once again we are told the SOURCE is inside of us, we should NOT have to GO somewhere in order to be filled for the very Source of that which we want to be filled is inside of us and it flows continually!
Is Jesus LIVING His Life inside of us or is He somewhere else? Are we NOT called His Temple?
[color=violet][b]Joh 2:19 Jesus answered them, Destroy (undo) this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.
Joh 2:20 Then the Jews replied, It took forty-six years to build this temple (sanctuary), and will You raise it up in three days?
Joh 2:21 But He had spoken of the temple which was His body.
Joh 2:22 When therefore He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this. And so they believed and trusted and relied on the Scripture and the word (message) Jesus had spoken. [Ps. 16:10.] [/b][/color]
[color=orange][b]1Co 3:16 Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God's temple (His sanctuary), and that God's Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]?
1Co 3:17 If anyone does hurt to God's temple or corrupts it [with false doctrines] or destroys it, God will do hurt to him and bring him to the corruption of death and destroy him. For the temple of God is holy (sacred to Him) and that [temple] you [the believing church and its individual believers] are.
1Co 3:18 Let no person deceive himself. If anyone among you supposes that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool [let him discard his worldly discernment and recognize himself as dull, stupid, and foolish, without true learning and scholarship], that he may become [really] wise. [Isa. 5:21.]
1Co 3:19 For this world's wisdom is foolishness (absurdity and stupidity) with God, for it is written, He lays hold of the wise in their [own] craftiness; [Job 5:13.] [/b][/color]
[color=blue][b]1Co 6:19 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,[/b][/color]
[color=violet][b]2Co 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness?
2Co 6:15 What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial [the devil]? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
2Co 6:16 What agreement [can there be between] a temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. [Exod. 25:8; 29:45; Lev. 26:12; Jer. 31:1; Ezek. 37:27.]
2Co 6:17 So, come out from among [unbelievers], and separate (sever) yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch not [any] unclean thing; then I will receive you kindly and treat you with favor, [Isa. 52:11.] [/b][/color]
[color=orange][b]Eph 2:19 Therefore you are no longer outsiders (exiles, migrants, and aliens, excluded from the rights of citizens), but you now share citizenship with the saints (God's own people, consecrated and set apart for Himself); and you belong to God's [own] household.
Eph 2:20 You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.
Eph 2:21 In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. [/b][/color]
How many verses do we need to tell us the same thing, that WE are the temple of God and HE lives inside of us? If indeed HE is living inside of us, why do we think it necessary to drum up worship, praise, by emotionalism and the gathering together of those who claim to have the Living God inside of them to be filled once more? How can we gain more of the source if the very source is the ONE who lives in us?
[color=blue][b]Eph 5:16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
Eph 5:17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.
Eph 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. [Prov. 23:20.] [/b][/color]
I have been taught by a number of people that the verses above are in something called a continuous present tense; meaning that we are to be continually filled continuously with the Holy Spirit. Folks, that is EXACTLY what I am talking about. If we are truly being continuously be being filled with the Holy Spirit, why is it that we need to go someplace to get filled? Rather, we should be gathering together as FILLED people and seeing the VERY MANIFEST PRESENCE OF GOD in our midst.
If that were to happen, I guarantee that we would not be partying; we would be on our faces in abject repentance. When was the last time any of us saw something like Ananais and Sapphira happen in our midst? Brother and Sisters, those people DIED because they LIED to the Holy Spirit in His very presence. Do we honestly think that the same thing would NOT happen today if He showed up in the vast majority of our meetings? Do I need to remind anyone of the lies and deceptions that have been brought out in recent years in the leadership in many different congregations? And there have been worse things, abominations have even been brought out in the open and when has ANYONE seen somebody fall dead by the hand of God?
The ONLY way to always be filled with the Holy Spirit is to have the VERY SOURCE of the Holy Spirit Living inside of us. This is the same promise Jesus gave us in John 14.
[color=violet][b]Joh 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever--
Joh 14:17 The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.
Joh 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.
Joh 14:19 Just a little while now, and the world will not see Me any more, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.
Joh 14:20 At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you.
Joh 14:21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]
Joh 14:22 Judas, not Iscariot, asked Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself [make Yourself real] to us and not to the world?
Joh 14:23 Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
Joh 14:24 Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but [comes] from the Father Who sent Me. [/b][/color]
This is how it happens my friends. Jesus tells us exactly what we are to do. IF we love Him WE WILL OBEY HIM and THEN Father God, Jesus, AND the Holy Spirit WILL MAKE THEIR SPECIAL DWELLING PLACE INSIDE OF US! If they live inside of us; IF their HOME is in our spirits, then explain why would we ever need to be filled again? This explains the scripture that speaks about Jesus being closer than a brother. It explains everything so clearly, yet many will refuse to accept it, they will deny that it is true. Their lives and their thinking are shown clearly in John 14:24.
It IS actually that simple. The gospel IS SIMPLE. BUT, no one ever said it was easy! In order to live in this place, we MUST deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Jesus in the same manner as HE followed the Father while on the earth. Phil 2 says the same thing.
[color=orange][b]Phi 2:5 Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
Phi 2:6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,
Phi 2:7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
Phi 2:8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
Phi 2:9 Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,
Phi 2:10 That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Phi 2:11 And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [/b][/color]
This is how we are to live our lives. This is what we should be preaching. ANYTHING LESS is another gospel! There are many other gospels out there today. Almost all of them cater to the wants, desires, and even lusts of men and women. They promote worldly attitudes while at the same time attempting to disguise those lusts in religious words and phrases. Even the world sees right through the façade. If it was not so tragic, it would be funny that most of the ones who are really deceived by these gospels, are the ones who claim to be children of God. Unfortunately, most of them have been so inoculated against the True Gospel by a false gospel that they refuse to ever believe it possible that they are deceived.
I return us to the words of Jesus>>>>
[color=blue][b]Joh 14:23 Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.[/b][/color]
[color=violet][b]Mat 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].
Mat 16:25 For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].
Mat 16:26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?
Mat 16:27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory (majesty, splendor) of His Father with His angels, and then He will render account and reward every man in accordance with what he has done. [/b][/color]
The TRUE Gospel includes the punishment of those who do NOT obey.
[color=orange][b]Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves. [Ezek. 22:27.]
Mat 7:16 You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration].
Mat 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.
Mat 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name?
Mat 7:23 And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands]. [Ps. 6:8.] [/b][/color]
Notice this my friends>>> It is NOT who believes correctly or even speaks correctly that will be saved, but rather it is ONLY those who Obey the Lord Jesus Christ and DO the WILL of our Father in Heaven. Many will claim to be Christians on the Day of the Lord, BUT ONLY those who actually OBEYED HIM will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
We may not like to hear this, but it IS what Jesus said!
The Only way to live like this is to truly be the temple of God where the fullness of the Godhead dwells within us and it is He who empowers us by the Holy Spirit to walk in obedience. I pray we all will come to the place of absolute surrender, absolute consecration, and total sanctification so that He does dwell, make His home, in our spirits, never departing. Then the RIVERS of Living water will perpetually flow from our innermost being continually and the Glory of the Lord will be seen in and through the lives of those who walk JUST LIKE JESUS!
A bondslave in Christ Jesus, Dirk