April 24, 2020
Ezekiel 47: 9 (NET) “Every living creature which swarms where the river flows will live; there will be many fish, for these waters flow there. It will become fresh and everything will live where the river flows.”
Every believer should experience from within him will flow rivers of living water because the Bible says so (John 4: 10-14, 7: 38-39, 1 Corinthians 3: 16). And all who interact with the river of living water from within our hearts should interact with the Divine life that makes them changed! Just like someone was in a dark room and suddenly someone else came and turned the light on in the room! Darkness instantly vanished!
For a moment, I asked the holy spirit, why we rarely see that become reality and living testimony of believers’ life? There are so many people interact with believers but why their life remains the same? No life transformation happened! There is no flow of living water that touches and changes people’s lives.
The Holy Spirit brought me to study from the Word, why is the flow of living water in the lives of believers clogged? What is blocking it? Whereas that is the Divine aspect that distinguishes us from others.
1. The aspect of holding anything against anyone/ grudge in the heart.
Matthew 5: 43-45 (NKJV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Matthew 6: 14-15 (NET) “For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.”
Matthew 18: 21-22 (NASB) “Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”
The verses above clearly emphasize that if our hearts continue to keep things against others, then automatically the quality of our relationship with the Father will be disturbed! Even make us ‘living in the sins we created’, and clog the flow of living water in our hearts!
The devil and this evil worldly system are continuing to ‘train’ and imprint us into a person who stays live in sin – keep taking into account others mistakes, storing up disappointment, hatred, and bitterness of those we consider guilty or responsible for unfairness we experience.
Trust me, as long as we keep the grudges and negative emotions in our hearts, then there will never be any flow of living water we will have. Everything will be clogged, our hearts will be drought, our hearts will become even harder and certainly lead to spiritual death!
There is no other alternative, make sure the spirit of repentance works again in our hearts! Do cleanse our hearts. Immediately forgive those we think has hurt us and forget the grudges, disappointments or any resentment. Ask the Holy Spirit to help us become like the heavenly Father who has also forgiven and forgotten all the mistakes we have ever made. #ILoveGod
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Ps. Steven Agustinus
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