Monday, April 24, 2017
UV 2262/10000 The Flow
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7 v 38
Psychologists state that the average human is said to be always in a fight or flight mode like any other animal. People do good to those who do good to us and try to hurt those who hurt us. We repay only those who are weaker than us and ignore the acts of the stronger or more powerful. We are fear and stimuli, passion or emotion –driven not faith and principle-driven. We are like flotsam and jetsam being driven in different directions by something or someone much larger and more powerful than us over which or over whom we have no control. Even the relationship with God is reactive: if good happens, we are thankful and glad and bitter and unthankful if anything bad happens in our lives. But the person who believes in Jesus is in a flow mode, not a reactive mode of thought, feeling and action. Several beneficial streams of thought, feeling and action flows from him continually. His thoughts about the Lord are in a continual flow. His feelings of joy at being saved by Jesus, ransomed and redeemed are continually flowing from deep within his heart. His good deeds following the example of Jesus are not in fits and starts but consistent and continuous. His communication or his words are flowing out of the depth of his heart and are sincere, wholesome and life and faith –enhancing.
The flow of the Holy Spirit in us leads to nine tributaries branching off from within our souls: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. These are the streams that flow below the altar of worship in our souls. These are unceasing and always bubbling forth, blessing, touching, leading, inspiring, healing all who come in touch with us. The internal spiritual rivers flowing in us cleanses, sanctifies, edifies us.
The changes that happen in us are not superficial, cosmetic or emotional. The flow of the Word in us imparts knowledge, wisdom and understanding that is not of this world. The Lord uses His word to change the course of our lives, the direction of our growth and the course of our minds according to His pleasing and eternal will. The flow mode of our being implies that we are not in a reactive mode but in a creative mode of being. It enables us not to repay back in the same coin whatever harm or hurt someone causes us. The flow mode is the flow of God’s grace and love and power to seep through our lives. The creative mode also means that there is always a flow of thanksgiving, praise and worship rising up from within us to the Lord. The flow perspective implies that everything that happens has some eternal value. Some movement forward towards our ultimate destiny in Christ is happening all the time, every moment and every day of our lives.
Prateep V Philip