Friday, September 2, 2016

The Giver

'If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink. He that 
believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of him 
shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the 
Spirit, which they that believed on him were to receive: 
for the Spirit was not yet given; because Jesus was not 
yet glorified.' (John 7:37-39

Here we find out who is the Giver of the flow of such
refreshment and life. An old saint by the name of
T Austin-Sparks says this about God's intention for
His people:

'God's intention is that the Holy Spirit should be as
'rivers of living water.' That is the mind of God. 
Anything other than that is either short of, or contrary
to, the mind of God. In a certain sense, the whole Bible 
is gathered into this: God's thought and God's mind is 
that which is meant by rivers of living water. That is, 
what we may call the 'givingness' of God. God is set 
forth as one who desires to give, whose inclination is 
to give, and to give abundantly. That is the simple, 
basic fact about God, to be taken hold of by faith.'

Reader, I have but touched the surface of the awesome
abundance we have in God. His very nature is that of
a giver. He gave His only Son as a love offering on our
behalf. He gives to us His Holy Spirit that we may be
filled with God, His thought and mind.
'We have the mind of Christ.' (1 Corinthians 2:16)
What a God we serve!

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