Today's verses are John 7:39: "Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. My child, I had just taught that whoever believes in me that out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.  When anyone believes that I am God's Son who died for his sins, my Holy Spirit eternally enters his heart and dwells there.  Note that my presence isn't like a stream of water.  It is like rivers of water, gushing, flowing, to give living water.

This powerful presence had not yet been given then, for I had not gone to the cross and been raised from the dead.  Only after having been glorified in my resurrection and ascended state before my Father in heaven could the Holy Spirit be sent and poured out on my children everywhere.  Only after my work of salvation had been completed, presented to my Father in heaven after my resurrection and ascension, could the overflowing life of the Holy Spirit be given to my children who believe.

Please note this does not mean the Holy Spirit was not at work before my resurrection and ascenstion.  The Holy Spirit was at creation, brooding over the waters, forming this world to his intent.  The Holy Spirit was also present in the lives of God-followers before I came to earth.  However, it was most often to help empower these people to a specific task to which they'd been called by my Father.  He was not permanently given to them.

My child, it's different for those who believe in me.  If you trust me, I've entered your heart, permanently and powerfully.  I have baptized you with fire, burning away your sins.  Inwardly, I am conforming you to my image, making your life look like mine.  Love replaces apathy.  Forgiveness replaces bitterness.  Patience replaces anger.  Kindness replaces being on edge.  Gentleness replaces pride.  Joy replaces discouragement.  Courage replaces timidity.  Faith replaces fear.  Hope replaces despair.  Peace replaces anxiety.  Self-control replaces self-indulgence.  Cooperation replaces strife.  The focus on me is replaced by a focus on others.

My child, I came to give you life and to give it to you abundantly.  My very life indwells your heart like rivers of living water.  If your soul feels parched today, I will flow my living water to you.  I want to overflow your life's boundaries with who I am!  I will give you everything you need today to face whatever problem you may be facing.  Don't fear anything.  My powerful presence is available to you through the Holy Spirit.  He is your guide and counselor today.  Because of him, believe that I am with you.

You can trust me today.

 

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