Rivers of Living Waters

Sat, Apr 13, 2024

John 7:38 (KJV) “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

Over the last couple of days, I’ve sung and reminisced over a song by Prospa Ochimana, Out of my Belly done about 2 years ago. The word ‘belly’ used in the King James Version also means innermost being, heart or inside. The waters represent the life, salvation and Spirit released into us when we receive Christ.

2 Kings 2:19-23 tells of a town whose waters had killed and poisoned the land. Although the city was well placed, the waters were bitter and unproductive to the land. The waters of a city determine its prosperity.

The elders of the city, being wise, visited newly ordained Elisha to share their distress. Elisha knowing what the problem was, asked for a new bowl with salt went straight for the source of water and poured the salt into it. According to God’s word, he declared that the waters would be healed and would no longer cause death or barrenness.

Jesus knowing the repercussions of bitter waters to the world, declared that those who believed in Him would produce living waters.  In John 4:14, He declared that they would be a well-spring of living waters. They would continually produce life, joy, peace in the world. 

Today, our hearts and innermost beings are our springs and sources of water. Without Christ, it is impossible to produce waters that well up to eternal life. We produce the waters in our speech and actions. We act and speak out of who we are.

In Matthew 15:18-19 (NIV) Jesus says “It is what comes from the heart that defiles a man!”

In the same way, the city was defiled by the unclean waters leading to death and unproductivity, we are defiled by what we say and do. Like Elisha, we need to cleanse the source of our river- our belly, our heart and our innermost being. Christ is the only one who can change our inner man through His cleansing blood.

It begins with a belief in Jesus and a living relationship with Him built on prayer and the word of God. We then become the salt of the earth, bringing healing and restoration to a dying world. Just as the city was healed because the waters were healed, so are our speech and actions, when our hearts are healed.

We speak out of the abundance of the life inside of us. As we pray, we are releasing life into the earth. I encourage you right now, to inhale the presence of God and exhale life into a dying world through prayer. In this way, out of our bellies shall flow rivers of living waters.

God bless you


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