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What Goes in Must Come Out

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit….” John 7:38-39

I have read, heard and even talked much about the need to go to God for living water—that we are thirsty and need this water to slake our thirst—but somehow I have missed this verse. Streams of living water will flow from believers? From within us? And this living water is the Holy Spirit?

We come to Jesus thirsty and drink. As we drink, what we drink—living water, the Holy Spirit—flows out of us. We are conduits. Pipes. The Holy Spirit then, does not just pour himself into us; he also flows out from us. Does he? Does he flow out from me? How? And how would I know if he was or not? How would others know?

Might this have anything to do with what I was reading in the Bible last night? “These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Mark 16:17, 18

Father, I want to be a conduit for your Holy Spirit. Fill me up, keep me filled and keep on filling me so that what you pour into me will pour out to others.


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