Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Outpouring

UV 2904/10000 The Outpouring
For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:
Isaiah 44 v 3
It is only the spiritually thirsty, those who have no confidence in their flesh and total confidence in the Lord and His word who will be quenched. His word both quenches and satisfies the thirst for eternal life, for hope, for mercy, for grace, for love. He pours His anointing as a flood that rises upon dry and parched land, causing a spring of joy, a river of life to course out from there. He pours out His spirit upon those among us who long for His touch, His filling, His enabling.
Our cup is not like that of the optimist- half full or like that of the pessimist- half empty but it is overflowing with joy at His presence, joy at our personal relationship with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. We neither fight nor take to flight but remain still like dry land in pouring rain. We absorb every drop of blessing that He pours on us, thankful for everything and anything that He blesses us with, not taking anything for granted or casually. He causes our ‘seed’ or our ideas, efforts, projects, plans, offspring to grow and flourish for His glory by His grace.
In this uni-verse, He promises to send us the showers of blessing, the early spring rain as well as the seasonal rain of blessings. As we see our seed growing, our hearts will rejoice and know that it is the Lord’s doing, not our own merit or wisdom or ability that has caused it to grow, multiply and be fruitful. He turns our tears into laughter, our weeping into rejoicing, our inadequacies into the sufficiency of His grace, our weaknesses and failures into His strength and fulfilment. He replaces the natural law of as you sow, so you reap with the supernatural law of abundance, “as He sows in us, in and through our lives and our children, so we reap”. When dry souls bear hope, when the dry ground of our lives runs with streams of living water which is His words, it is not natural, it is not unnatural but it is spiritual and supernatural. We move from man’s economy of scarcity to God’s economy of abundance, from man’s polity of injustice, cruelty and hardship to the kingdom of God , the reign and rule of love, from man’s society of the superficial and unequal to God’s society of humility, equality, dignity and nobility.
Prateep V Philip

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