Out of your belly will flow rivers of living water

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He that believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.”

(But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him were about to receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37-39

Does this characterize our lives?

I mean, when people meet us do they say, There’s rivers of living water flowing out of him!?

There is the principle of THIRST here : If anyone thirsts… It’s a Holy thirst, created by God, which draws people to Jesus.

Similarly, what governs WHERE the rivers of living water flow out of us to? They flow to the thirsty. Not to the self-satisfied.

This has been my experience in relating to people, both believers and unbelievers : that the “river” flows to the thirsty.

Therefore, often, there is no river flowing out of us to others.

It depends on the situation. Yet, there should always be a river of thanksgiving flowing out of us to the Throne of God.

This principle and this phenomenon, of rivers of living water flowing out from us, is the basis of HOW the church and Kingdom was always meant to function.

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10 Responses to “Out of your belly will flow rivers of living water”

  1. Mark Finger Says:

    My wife has a fellowship to go to now (women’s meeting) at 7:30 on Thursday nights. She has to travel about 12 miles to get there: I am praying that she will want to consistently attend, as it will be a great encouragement to her.

    I have determined to 1) pray and 2) act … in order to come into greater conformity with Christ’s example as it relates to the His great commission … hoping that this will raise up new fellowships around us … praying for an increase in fellowship … but not just for ourselves … but that others would walk in a desire for true, biblical fellowship … and be an example in such.

    These are the rivers that are flowing out of me …

  2. ianvincent Says:

    Agreeing with you in prayer for these things.

  3. Jamie Says:

    I pray your wife will be blessed through this group, Mark. And that she finds special friendships and fellowship that will be lasting. Bless you both!

  4. ianvincent Says:

    Amen.

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    John 7:37-39
    (37) Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
    (3 8) He that believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.”

    There is the principle of THIRST here. It’s a Holy thirst which draws people to Jesus.

    Similarly, what governs WHERE the rivers of living water flow out of us to? They flow to the thirsty. Not the satisfied.

    This is daily my experience in relating to people, both believers and unbelievers : the “river” flows to the thirsty.

    Therefore, often, there is no river flowing out of us. It depends on the situation.

  5. catrina Says:

    Hello all…Great posting…I highly encourage you all to check out my page here, with many testimonies of Gods GREATNESS! =) Love,Catrina

    http://www.myspace.com/lightning_in_a_bottle

  6. ian vincent Says:

    Hi Catrina,
    Thanks for dropping by sister.
    I was blessed to read your daughter’s vision on your site.

    http://so-in-love-with-jesus.weebly.com/index.html

    It stirs up our spirit to read these testimonies.

    Just a thought or a caution : Some people are more excited about visions than they are with the actual words of the LORD Jesus. I’m not suggesting you are like that, i just felt to say it.

    For example, you quote Mary K. Baxter’s testimony of a visit to hell. Even IF Mary fantasized it, it wouldn’t matter to us, bcos Jesus has already described hell in the gospels, and also in the Revelation, in many places. See what i mean? And whatever is ‘added’ to Jesus’ description, i would not believe it.

    Please extend my invite to your husband to visit this blog as well and to share what the LORD is teaching him.

    Bless yas mightily in Jesus name,

    ian

  7. ian vincent Says:

    bump

  8. Susanne Phillip Says:

    I got a prophecy that rivers of living water would flow out of my belly. Exactly what does that mean?

  9. Mark Says:

    This is true of all believers [because we receive the Personal guidance of the Holy Spirit and are vessels through which His ministry flows and works], even as Christ prophesied and explained long ago (John 7:38-39):

    “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (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.)” [words of Jesus]

  10. ian vincent Says:

    Hi Susanne,

    Yes as Mark has quoted, this is the promise of Jesus to all His followers. It’s not something which one would prophesy over another, as if it were something limited to only a few believers.

    The belly means your innermost being, your inner-man, the real you which is inside you, your spirit.

    Out of the deepest part of your being (not the surface) will flow a river. It flows to God and to others.

    The “river” part speaks of the fact that it is something empowered by and has it’s source and supply in God Himself. Not something you can work up with emotions.

    “River” or rivers also speaks of constancy and permanence.

    If you have been filled with the Holy Spirit, then you will know what i mean.

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