Hello Fam! So sorry for not posting for the last couple of Thursdays. As you all can relate, life got busy, and trying to play Superwoman caught up with me. I look forward to giving you an update in the very near future as to why I was pulled away. In the meantime, let’s pick up where we left off.
We’re in the middle of the Walk the Word series, a word study on the word “LIFE” as outlined in the Word. That was a mouth full. I confess, this has been a little more difficult than I expected. Not that I couldn’t find scriptures on life in the Word, but rather, the whole Bible is about life. Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). He is life.
When I say that, I can feel some of you cringe. The world is comfortable with having one God. But when we name Him…when we say that the one God is Jesus, they recoil. They say that it’s small thinking to say that such a big God has only one way to reach Him. They say its religious arrogance to suggest that Jesus or Christianity is the only way to the Heavenly Father.
Are you “they”?
It isn’t small thinking. My big God made a big sacrifice to save me. He let one Son die so He could have many sons. The Father in Heaven gave everything so that we could have everything. To disregard Jesus as the path is to disregard God’s sacrifice. To ignore Jesus demonstration of love on the cross is to assume either you didn’t need salvation or to say you can save yourself.
We see many people in the world who have “abundance”. But they aren’t necessarily living abundantly. They have no peace in their success, their wealth, and they don’t know how to use their access or influence. But we can have abundance and live abundantly. Rich in spirit, wisdom, health…and things.
Maybe that is where I should have started this series. It’s impossible to have an abundant life, as referenced in John 10:10, apart from Him.
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ John 7:38
Living water. What is living water?
A few years, I took the children to the Bahamas. We stayed at a resort widely recognized for its grand pool. I’m chatting with one of the resort employees, and he says he would not get in that pool. He said that the pool water was stagnant, that the water is rarely changed, and that the hotel simply dumps more chemicals in it as a means of “purifying” it. Gross, right?
On a trip to Costa Rica, we went to a saltwater pool. The pool was continually cycling through new filtered ocean water. I don’t know the mechanics behind this, but the result is “fresh”, not stagnant saltwater.
Many of our lives are like the pool in the Bahamas. Stagnant. We’re saved, but our lives do not flow rivers of living water. How can that be? The word says, “Whoever believes in me…out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Well, my question to you— are you using a filtration system? Are you stretching yourself in Christ? Are you choosing to see things fresh and anew through Holy Spirit’s eyes?
How are you filtering your religious traditions, your belief system, and your past??? Are you flushing your spirit man with a fresh Word daily? How about a new experience daily?
“If you’re not living on the edge, then you’re taking up too much space.” UNKNOWN
I think that should be scripture. Abundance lives on the fringe. It lives with risk. It lives in the present. God does not reside in safe places. He is the safe place.
Are you willing to abandon the familiar to explore your world through God’s eyes?
This week’s WALK THE WORD WORKSHEET PT 3 encourages you to do just that- to explore, to filter your heart and mind so that the rivers of living water will flow through you. So that life, The Life, can flow through you.
Let’s get started! Open the WALK THE WORD WORKSHEET PT 3 now.
SCRIPTURES REFERENCED ABOVE
John 14:6. NIV. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 10:10, KJV. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.