The Flow Of The Spirit

September 11, 2016
by Nan St. Louis

John 7:37-39 – On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (NIV)

Water! It's funny how water can affect us. We moved to a small town that has a river running through it. There are two dams and a waterfall. We don't live far from the river, so when I take my dog out for a walk, which is three or four times a day, I am drawn to the river. My feet go that way. I love hearing the sound of the water going over the dam, or watching the water rushing over the falls. I've lived most of my life beside what I called big water: Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, and Georgian Bay. Water is comfortable, when it is lapping peacefully on the shore, but not so much when it invades our basement or inundates our property. Then, it can be scary and lead to panic.

The Holy Spirit, among other familiar images, is also referred to as water, living water. And much like water, He can be a wonderfully comforting and renewing presence in our lives. He can also come with force and shake up our world — which is not really a bad thing. We see the power of God at work to turn things on their ear and bring about wonderful transformation. I love it.

So I shall keep walking by the river — walking with the Holy Spirit, listening for the sounds and gentle nudges, hopefully ready for change as His living water flows over me, transforming me more and more into Christ's image.

As water is necessary for life, so the Holy Spirit is necessary in us to become Christ-like. Are you ready for Him today? Let's pray together:

Prayer: Life-giving Spirit, flow in me. Bring renewal, new life, not only to me, but to all around me. Amen.

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Nan St. Louis <nanstlouis1@sympatico.ca>
Durham, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing Nan.


    Thank you for your reading and study today.


    Yes, Nan, may God’s Holy Spirit flow through us like a river of streaming water. Thanks for writing this devotional. Blessings.


    Hi Nan,
    Good to read your devotion this morning. Water is so important to us and the Living Water certainly is.
    Trust all is well with you.
    Blessings.


    Hi Nan, What a lovely devotion. I grew up in PEI beside the shores of the Northumberland Strait and loved to go and sit on the shores and watch the ferries come in and would watch the seals and porpoises bob up on the water. There is something in the sound of water that soothes my soul.


    Dear Nan,
    Thank you for your devotional.
    Yes, water is an amazing thing.
    My mother grew up in a little town in Saskatchewan near a river. It was a good river for supplying them with fish to eat.
    Jesus always knew how to bring the basic things of life that everyone can understand into a conversation regarding eternity. What an amazing God we serve!
    (ON)


    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. The Bible verse (one of my favourite comfort verses) was helpful as I was scheduled for surgery this week. A word in season.


    Dear Nan,
    Thank you for the reminders of the images of the Holy Spirit and their meanings.
    Bring us out into the sunshine of Your love and forgiveness.
    As refreshing water when thirsty sounds and gentle nudges transforming me more and more into Christ’s image.
    the Holy Spirit is necessary in us to become Christ-like.

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