Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Source

"He who believes in Me...
out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
John 7:38

A river touches places of which its source knows nothing, and Jesus says if we have received of His fullness, however small the visible measure of our lives, out of us will flow the rivers that will bless to the uttermost parts of the earth. We have nothing to do with the outflow -- "This is the work of God that ye believe..." God rarely allows a soul to see how great a blessing he is.

A river is victoriously persistent, it overcomes all barriers. For a while it goes steadily on its course, then it comes to an obstacle and for a while it is baulked, but it soon makes a pathway round the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, and presently emerge again broader and grander than ever. You can see God using some lives, but into your life an obstacle has come and you do no seem to be of any use. Keep paying attention to the Source, and God will wither take you round the obstacle or remove it.

The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never get your eyes on the obstacle or on the difficulty. The obstacle is a matter of indifference to the river which will flow steadily through you if you remember to keep right at the Source. Never allow anything to come between yourself and Jesus Christ, no emotion, or experience; nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source.

Think of the healing and far-flung rivers nursing themselves in our souls! God has been opening up marvellous truths to our minds, and every point He has opened up is an indication of the wider power of the river He will flow through us. If you believe in Jesus, you will find that God has nourished in you mighty torrents of blessing for other.

~Oswald Chambers


BrittLeigh said...

Wow! I've read that before, but it's been a long time, and it's so beautiful to see those words by Oswald Chambers intermixed with those gorgeous pictures. What a good way to bring the point home! Thanks so much for sharing that. I've been thinking a lot along those lines these days and I really appreciate that. Love you, Bethany!!


PS! Love all the pictures in your previous posts too! :D You and your siblings are so cute and sweet together ;)

Jacob said...

Hey, Bethany.

That Scripture verse is a great one! BTW, where'd you get the pictures?

Peace. --Jacob.

Anonymous said...

Often times when a trial comes up, we get discouraged and fall back. But Jesus gave us His sure promise that he would carry us through in times of struggle. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Each trial is a stepping stone that brings us closer to Him. We just need to trust Him and press toward the final goal of God's glorious eternity.

Dustynne Noelle~ said...

Hey Bethany,
Thanks for posting that. That is so encouraging to me right now!