John 7:37-39 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”
How we praise God for the gift of His Holy Spirit living in us, causing streams of living water to burst forth in dry wastelands. He is our abundant outpouring of life and love. He flows so naturally in our innermost soul. We are alive, overflowing with life, because He lives In is. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for sending your spirit to inhabit our souls and fill us with life everlasting.
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
God is forever our Father, holding us, shaping us, molding us into the children He wants us to be, by His divine, unconditional love. We do not create ourselves. We are clay in the Potter’s hands. God does all the creating, shaping and sculpting. Remain soft and pliable for the Potter to mold you into His beautiful, beloved creation!
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, the veil between us and the Holy of Holies is torn, and we can enter into God’s presence through the power of His Spirit in us. Oh, what joy awaits us when we enter His presence! What lasting peace, what tender love. Pause in prayer, thanking God for His provision in Christ for us to experience abundant joy in His presence.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Storms are a precursor to cleansing and renewal. When Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us from our sin, the earth shook and the rocks split (Matthew 27:51). In the midst of our storms, and the burden of our sin, may God’s indwelling Spirit remind us of Christ’s sacrifice to cleanse and purify our hearts. He hears His children’s prayers for restoration and healing, and answers with His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:13 For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves
Sometimes our burdens are so overwhelming, we need to ask God to rescue us. God loves to be our Rescuer. Because of Christ, we’ve already been transferred from the dominion of darkness to the Kingdom of Light. Let us live in the light and come to Him for our rescuing.
Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
When your old way isn’t working, turn to God. He wants to do beautiful new things in your life….things like new vision, eternal hope, inner peace and real joy. His Presence makes a way for you to experience true freedom. His way is the flower river in the desert, the springtime blossom on the barren branch. He is your God of new beginnings.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
God transforms us by renewing our mind. His Spirit is the transformer. As we pray to surrender to the healing work of His Spirit, and humbly accept His renewal of our minds, we are transformed from our selfishness to desiring God’s will. And we know His will by seeking and obeying the truth in His Word. Just as God transforms the barren, wintry branch into springtime blossoms, He beautifully renews our minds through His Spirit and Word.