What an honor and a blessing! LifeLetter Café selected me to be a featured contributor on a recent “FindIt Only Here On Friday"…
Recently, God has refreshed my faith with a new visual image of the Holy Spirit flowing like a river through me, through my family, and through my church. What if the Holy Spirit is like a river, constantly available and flowing?
As John 7:38 states, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
What if our job is just to jump in the river? When the Holy Spirit is in us and we are in the Holy Spirit, how do we connect and live in the flow of the Holy Spirit at the present moment? I ask myself, “How’s your spiritual life going? Am I growing more or less irritable these days? Am I more or less easily discouraged these days? In what ways do I demonstrate the “L-effect”—taking what I have received from God vertically, and extending it horizontally to people in my everyday life?”
“Today's Find It Only Here On Friday"...
"The River of the Holy Spirit” by Beth Willis Miller
Not my will, but Thine, be done—Luke 22:42
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.—Psalm 23:1
Each morning, and throughout the day, when I pray, I picture Jesus, my Shepherd, in the green pasture of the 23rd Psalm. I take whatever concern I have, or person for whom I am interceding by the hand. I walk out to the meadow, the green pasture, and I place my concern, or the hand of the person for whom I am interceding, in Jesus’ hand…knowing that He is sovereign, He loves me, and He loves the person for whom I am interceding more than I do. He has a plan, a hope, and a future for each of us. I walk away, thanking God for how the river of His Holy Spirit is flowing through me and how He is at work in my life and in the lives of those for whom I am interceding. I experience His peace. Praying as Catherine Marshall prayed, “Lord Jesus, I trust You, You know what You’re doing, I relinquish my will to Yours.”
In prayer, I ask God to reveal to me the spiritual mile markers in my life…broken places, hurts, disappointments, accomplishments, and joyful times. The river of the Holy Spirit helps me see that God had been there all along and His grace is sufficient. I have learned that the Hebrew concept of time is like a person rowing a boat. We see where we have been, we back into the future. I can clearly see that God has been there with me all along. I am not stuck in the past. Flowing with the River of the Holy Spirit, I am rowing into the future, moving forward, proactive, with my focus, my mindset, on God, who is sovereign. He sees the end from the beginning. Morning after morning in my quiet time, I bring myself back to the Cross of Christ. As I bow before Him, I experience anew His mercy and grace, as I sense His blood dripping over the Crown of Thorns pressed into His brow, onto my heart, covering all my sin—past, present, and future. I get up from my knees wearing His Robe of Righteousness as I face the day ahead…rowing into the future.
“My determined purpose is that I may know Him, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly.”—Philippians 3:10
Lord Jesus, without You, I can do nothing. May the River of Your Holy Spirit so flood my soul--the seat of my emotions, and my body--my fleshly desires and appetites, that only You remain and I remain in You. My determined purpose is that I may know You, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, recognizing, perceiving, and understanding the wonders of Your Person more clearly and more strongly. I am resting in Who You are and who You say I am—blessed, accepted, adopted, chosen, redeemed, forgiven and loved with an everlasting love and underneath are Your everlasting Arms. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.
After my post appeared on the LifeLetter Café’s “Find It Only Here On Friday,” a writer friend, Susan Chamberlain Shipe, replied to my post with a comment asking if I had heard the old hymn by Andy Park, The River of God (The River Is Here) I listened to it here for the first time and heard such sweet lyrics and rhythm to the visual image God has been using to refresh me. Take a moment to listen to the sweet rhythm of these lyrics and see if you experience the refreshing flow of the river of the Holy Spirit…
Philippians 3:10…that I may know Him
Romans 12:1-2…flawless…transformed by the Spirit
Romans 12:18-21…overcome by a Good, Good Father
9 word studies from Romans Chapter Eight…
12 word studies from Ephesians Chapter One…