September 2, 2010

rivers of living water, John 7:38

"Rivers of Living Water"
Original Artwork
24"x36" acrylic on stretched canvas


  1. For those of us who abide in Christ, we are broken bread and poured-out wine to nourish others in our walk in life.

    Water was not meant to stay in the cup. Bread was made to be broken and to feed others. The body of Jesus was broken on the Cross to give His life for those who believe in Him.


    "Nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord." 2 Samuel 23:16

    "What has been like water from the well of Bethlehem to you recently - love, friendship, spiritual blessing? Then at the peril of your soul, you take it to satisfy yourself. If you do, you cannot pour it out before the Lord. You can never sanctify to God that with which you long to satisfy yourself. If you satisfy yourself with a blessing from God, it will corrupt you; you must sacrifice it, pour it out, do with it what common sense says is an absurd waste.

    "How am I to pour out unto the Lord natural love or spiritual blessing? In one way only - in the determination of my mind. There are certain acts of other people which one could never accept if one did not know God, because it is not within human power to repay them. But immediately I say - This is too great and worthy for me, it is not meant for a human being at all, I must pour it out unto the Lord, then these things pour out in rivers of living water all around. Until I do pour these things out before the Lord, they endanger those I love as well as myself because they will turn to lust. We can be lustful in things which are not sordid and vile. Love has to get to its transfiguration point of being poured out unto the Lord.

    "If you have become bitter and sour, it is because when God gave you a blessing you clutched it for yourself; whereas if you had poured it out unto the Lord, you would have been the sweetest person out of heaven. If you are always taking blessings to yourself and never learn to pour out anything unto the Lord, other people do not get their horizon enlarged through you."

    --"My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers

  3. Awesome water of LIFE! Fullness, His well never runs dry. :)
    Well said Tim! It is when we pour it out and give it away that we are blessed. I love Oswald Chambers!

  4. "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'"
    John 7:38

    This living water in John 7:38, and in this painting, is the living water that pours forth from my belly. This living water doesn't come from me but from the Throne of the Most High. Only when we receive the gift of the One who was poured out can we then be poured out for Him.

    It is an act of worship, whether we are serving others or before Him in prayer. It is still worship, it is still a pure and holy sacrifice to Him. And He is well pleased with our weak expression of worship to Him, knowing that in our weakness His power is perfected!

  5. Wow, so nice. My I post your picture on facebook? (I've just created a page for facebook named Rivers of Living Water, where I am thinking to encourage Christians by verses, thoughts...)


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