We Can Experience “Rivers of Living Water”

The Jews had numerous festivals and each festival was designed to commemorate some event in the history of Israel. One such festival, was the Festival of Tabernacles, or booths. Moses initiated this festival to commemorate the years Israel wandered in the desert During this festival, the Jewish people live outdoors in booths or tens.
During this festival, there was an unusual custom. At the foothills of Mt. Moriah, below in the city of David, a spring called Shiloach flowed. The spring has always had spiritual significance for Israel because it is the original source of Jerusalem’s water. During this festival a priest would descend to the spring and would fill a flask with water. After doing so, the priest would take the flask and ascend the mountain. Upon entering the gate called the Watergate, there would be celebration. The prophet Isaiah said, ““With joy you shall draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). So, this was a time of great spiritual significance for Israel.
With that background in mind, Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. On the last day of the festival, Jesus stood and said, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”The “rivers of living water” Jesus was referring to was the Holy Spirit.
So, question for all of us… do you have rivers of living water flowing from you your heart? If you have believed in Christ for salvation you have the potential for it. I say that because lots of people say they have believed in Christ but may not be experiencing this.
Today, if you have believed in Christ for your salvation, the Holy Spirit lives in your heart. The Holy Spirit wants to give you joy… peace… indeed, “rivers of living water.” You can experience that today. Join me in allowing the Spirit to give us rivers of living water.

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