Sunday, October 4, 2015

the river of the Holy Spirit...


What an honor and a blessing!  LifeLetter Café selected me to be a featured contributor on a recent “FindIt Only Here On Friday"…

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Beth Willis Miller, M.Ed., writes articles on a variety of topics to inspire and encourage others. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, blogger, and works in church ministry. Beth shares articles at beth willis miller’s blog where she is a Bible Gateway Blogger Grid Member. Beth is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.” Her Café exclusive “The River of the Holy Spirit” can be found below…BUT FIRST…the Café thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader like Beth Willis Miller has herself been encouraged in her own faith recently. In her own words…

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

I experience the River of the Holy Spirit flowing through me as I pray God’s Word…

Thy will be done—Matthew 6:10
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.
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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…

Down the mountain the river flows, and it brings refreshing wherever it goes. Through the valleys and over the fields the river is rushing and the river is here. The river of God sets our feet a-dancing, the river of God fills our hearts with cheer, the river of God fills our mouths with laughter, and we rejoice for the river is here. The river of God is teeming with life and all who touch it can be revived, and those who linger on this river’s shore will come back thirsting for more of the Lord. Up to the mountain we love to go to find the presence of the Lord, along the banks of the river we run. We dance with laughter giving praise to the Son.



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15 comments:

  1. Beth this is so powerful and wonderful I am copying it into my prayer journal and will pray it for myself.

    Thank you !!

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    1. Mary, it is a blessing to know that you are encouraged by my sharing what the Lord has used to refresh me...many blessings to you ❤️

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  2. I love it. And I love that song! There's no other place I'd rather be than in the river of God!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Mary. I so agree with you about this song...very uplifting! Many blessings to you ❤️

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  3. Beth
    I love The River is Here. Down the mountain the river it flows, it brings refreshment wherever it goes - that's exactly what we are called to do.
    Following you from Playdates,
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. Janis, thank you for sharing...I so agree with you, that song reflects my experience, it really resonates with me, too! Many blessings to you ❤️

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  4. What a fantastic image! I love the references in Scripture to water, and the way God promises to refresh our soul, to make us a watered garden.

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    1. Thank you, Michele! I so agree with you. God really pours out His love and blessings on us, doesn't He? Truly, all is grace...many blessings to you ❤️

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  5. Beth, Thank you for sharing such a lovely, heartfelt, God-centered post on the Holy Spirit's work in us.

    I loved your Word picture of Jesus being in the green pasture of the 23rd Psalm and bringing our concerns to Him there, (where it is peaceful) and I loved the Word picture of a person we are interceding for, passing their hand into the hand of Jesus.

    Thank you for such an edifying and encouraging post that was truly written like a Psalm.

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    1. Karen, your kind words truly touched my heart ❤️ you are so attentive and specific with your words of affirmation and encouragement it feels like a warm hug from my Heavenly Father...thank you! many blessings to you ❤️

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts! I loved the scriptures you used. I love Psalm 23!

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    1. I so agree with you, Debbie, Psalm 23 is wonderful! Thank you for stopping by...many blessings to you ❤️

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  7. I love tracking the Spiritual markers along my path so reflect on all the Lord has done and is doing my life :) #RaRaLinkup

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    1. Amen, Sarah...it is such a blessing to look back and see that God has been there all along, truly all is grace...many blessings to you ❤️

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing! I have been thinking too about the Holy Spirit being as a river. I love your imagery and tips.

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