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John 10:10b – [Jesus said,] I came that they might have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. (AMPC)

Having grown up on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, I'm somewhat familiar with ocean tides. Sometimes, we could swim easily, but other times, we had to walk a long way to reach the edge of the water.

In 1972, my husband and I visited Mont St. Michel, a medieval abbey on an island, a kilometre off the northwest coast of France. In those days, it was joined to the mainland by a simple road easily walked on. We were cautioned to pay attention to the tide, as it could cut access to the road in a matter of hours. Sure enough, when we arrived back at the causeway a bit late, the sea had already flowed across the footpath leading to the road. We had to scramble through the water to get back on dry land. This high tide, though, was nothing compared to the super tide, rising 14 metres high, that completely surrounded the island in 2015.

This super tide reminded me of something that I once read.

"Living at Flood Tide" is a chapter in the book, Too Soon to Quit, by George Sweeting. He writes of D. L. Moody, an enthusiastic, young American preacher in the nineteenth century, who built the largest Sunday School in America before he was twenty-seven, served as director of the YMCA in Chicago, and founded a large church. Despite these successes, Moody became dissatisfied with his life. Eventually, he had an encounter with the Holy Spirit. He yielded himself to the will of God, and He revealed Himself to him in such a rush of love, that he had to tell Him to stop. Sweeting relates, "Moody's dry spell was over, and he began to live at flood tide. 'I was all the time tugging and carrying water,' said Moody, ' but now I have a river that carries me.'" Relying on the Holy Spirit made the difference.

Luke 11:13 – If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (NRSV)

Living at flood tide means living under the influence (from the Latin inflowing) of the Holy Spirit, a rich and satisfying life.

We don't have to carry the water buckets of our own self-effort. Through His Holy Spirit, Jesus promises that "out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38b NRSV) until our cup overflows with the blessings of an abundant life.

Let's live an abundant life, a life at flood tide.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are the River in our lives, so that we can live at flood tide. We don't have to carry buckets of water; You carry us! Remind us to stay connected to You by reading Your Word and staying in Your presence, so that we demonstrate the abundant life to others. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Alive.

    Great reminder, Alice! Thanks, and God bless!

    Thank you for your devotion Alice, your words are inspiring.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional. Blessings.

    Thank you, Alice, I enjoyed your devotion today very much.

    Read your devotional this morning and can certainly attest to this message.

    Hi Alice,
    Sounds like you’ve done some very interesting things in your life.
    Thanks for today’s devotional. You gave me a new idea for a sermon. Thanks very much.
    Pentecost greetings to you and your family!

    Good morning Alice,
    Thank you for this devotional today. You have presented a very good analogy of the flood tide and the great abundances we receive by accepting the Lord into our daily lives. His loving care for us is never ending. Blessings for these writings you do.

    Hi Alice,
    I enjoyed reading your devotional, “Living at High Tide”. So many don’t even believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s refreshing to see those who do and aren’t afraid to promote this truth.
    God bless you as you continue to write for Him!

    Oh, my goodness, what an inspiring devotion you submitted!!! Thank you so much Alice. Just knowing we do not have to do the heavy lugging of water gives such peace and reassurance we are not in this alone.
    Thank you so much and praying we all can live the flood tide!!
    God bless.

    Dear Alice,
    Thank you for sharing this encouraging message. It is such an apt picture of our efforts, compared with God’s through the provision of His Holy Spirit. Reading this has been a welcome reminder and blessing.
    I hope you and yours are safe and well in Red Deer and that the return to more normalcy there isn’t far off.

    Good morning Alice,
    Yesterday’s devotional was also about connecting with our Holy Spirit. Sometimes I need to be prodded a little harder for God to get his message across to me. I know the Holy Spirit is with me, but I also have to be asking him to help me if I really want to have more of him in my life and he will “flood tide” me. Thank you for such an encouraging and positive message with a great picture of the ocean tides and what a difference they can make in the world and what a difference the Holy Spirit makes in our lives. Of course, I need to do my part and stay in the Word and stay connected to my Holy Spirit. May you continue to inspire others with the help of the Holy Spirit. May blessings be with you.

    Thank you, Alice, an inspiring devotion, living at flood tide.

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