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John 7:37-39 - On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
As I was praying over what God wanted for us in the coming year two words kept leaping into my spirit. Overflow and Outpouring.
Last year our theme was Deeper, Higher, Wider and Further. I believe that describes what happens when you follow a river and what happens when you choose to go with God spiritually.
Overflow is what happens to a river that begins to fill its banks and outgrows its natural boundaries. The only way that happens is when it rains and the amount of rain coming in is greater than the capacity of the banks of the river to contain it.
Overflow means that there is plenty for you and more than enough to share with others. There is so much to share that you don’t even think about what is leaving you because there is so much there that there is not enough of you, to contain it all.
When Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, He was speaking of the work that the Holy Spirit would do in and through a life that was Filled with Him. Jesus was telling the disciples that they would be so full spiritually that it would impact every area of their life and the lives of the people they came into contact with.
After the disciples received the in filling of the Holy Spirit, they went on to change the entire world. The impact is still felt today.
I believe that we are entering a new season of spiritual overflow.
The Spiritual always affects the natural. While the two are separate in many ways they are intrinsically intertwined. If you try to separate the soul and spirit and soul from the body, you can’t do it. That is like trying to separate the wet from water.
Many Christians are looking at the world around them and seeing the proliferation of sin and wondering if anything good can come.
All around us people are breaking man’s laws and God’s laws. The more the laws are broken the more that we see people are broken. Whenever sin increases the grace and unmerited favor of God also abounds. Someone needs to hear what I am saying. I believe that we are entering a season of an outpouring of the grace and mercy of God upon our lives that will be amazing as the Holy Spirit flows through us.
The Bible says that Rivers of Living water will flow through us.
First of all, Jesus called the work of the Holy Spirit in our life a river not a lake. River’s flow. Lakes collect. It is amazing how a river stays full even while it is flowing and giving out. Rivers are always moving; they are not stagnant. The dead sea is dead because it is always collecting and has no outlet. Jesus promised that He would fill us with the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit would be moving in and through our life. We are not just something that the Holy Spirit is to fill we are a vessel that He is to flow through.
A lot of people are empty even though they are so full. The reason for that is we are not meant to be a lake; we are meant to be a river.
The secret to being full is found in allowing what the Holy Spirit has filled you with to flow into others. A river overflows not because it is empty but because it is so full that it is looking for an outlet. What God is doing in you will eventually be something that He uses to impact others. The Holy Spirit is designed to flow through you, where it transforms you and it blesses those around you. Someone needs to hear this. The Holy Spirit in you is not just enough He is more than enough to fill you and to use you to bless others.
The Key to overflow is found in giving. The reason that many people withhold from God is they believe that it will leave them with less. I have found that when you give everything to God not only are we not left with less He gives us more than enough.
When we give everything that we are to God and hold nothing back we release what is blocking our path and release an overflow of His favor and provision for everything in every area.
Luke 6:38 - Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Just as God withholds no good thing from us. We need to understand that it is as we allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us that we experience a CONTINUAL filling. Proverbs 11:24-25 - There is one who scatters yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. 25 The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.
You can never out give God. The more you refresh others the more you will be refreshed.
Part of what rivers do is remove dead things.
If you have ever looked at a flowing, overflowing river part of its purpose is to purify. Dead things get caught up in the flow and moved out of the way. When rivers are not polluted by man, they have a way of filtering the water and keeping it pure which brings life to everything it touches. When the Holy Spirit flows through us it brings with Him purifying power. When the Holy Spirit moves don’t be surprised to watch Him do a sweeping purifying work. I believe that part of this overflow will be a purifying sin removing, getting rid of every dead thing work of God.
Rivers stir things up. One reason some Christians are hesitant to flow with and over flow with the Spirit of God is they are afraid of what it will stir up. Rivers move the sediment out of the way and build new things. You can’t build without stirring up some things. I believe one of the things God was speaking to my heart about overflow is that when a river is moving, things that used to be hard to move now get moved easily. If you have ever seen a flood, it is amazing how everything from cars, trucks, houses – really anything that is obstructing the path of the river is now easily and almost effortlessly and almost violently swept out of the way. I believe God is saying to us that as we allow the Spirit of God to flow through us and overflow into the world around us that those things that used to seem like incredible obstacles are going to move with little to no effort on our part.
I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart – Take the limits off of God. We need to quit trying to control the way the Holy Spirit moves through us and just go with the flow and surrender ourselves to Him. Someone needs to hear this – if you will release control, you do not need to fear chaos because God is in control. I want to say it again we need to take the limits off of God. He is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think. Often people are accused of small thinking.
It’s not that most Christians are small thinkers they are just natural thinkers. What is within our ability to think, see or dream of.
Just know that God has a much higher way of thinking. Something happens when you allow the Holy Spirit to flow though you. You stop thinking and asking in a limited way and start to know HIS WAYS that are exceedingly, Abundantly above all. –
I am excited about what God has for us in the coming year. Thank you for joining in on these 21 days of prayer and Fasting.
You are dearly Loved
Pastor Marvin & Dawn