1 Samuel 11, Romans 9, Jeremiah 48, Psalm 25

1 Samuel 11:6 
"The Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and his anger was greatly kindled."  Under the influence of the Spirit of God, he led the nation to deliver Jabesh.  In Judges, "the Spirit of the LORD was upon" Othniel and Jephthah; the "Spirit of the LORD clothed" Gideon, and the "Spirit of the LORD rushed upon" Sampson.  Just like Saul, each of these men was strengthened by the Holy Spirit to fulfill God's purpose in destroying the enemies of Israel.  

In Numbers 11:17-29, the LORD took some of the Spirit that was on Moses and placed it on the seventy elders of Isreal chosen by Moses to delegate his responsibility to the nation.   Also, when Balaam blessed Israel, the Spirit of God was upon him in Numbers 24:2.

The LORD God in Ezekiel 36:37 promises something new, "I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules."  Instead of the Spirit being on those chosen by God, His Spirit would dwell in them.  

Jesus restates the promise of Ezekiel in John 14:16-17, "I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, who the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." Previously Jesus described the Spirit of Truth in John 7:38-39 like this: "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'  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."  

Therefore, once Jesus is glorified, returns to the Father, those who believe in Him will receive the Holy Spirit, who will dwell in them forever.  Jesus describes them as those whose "heart will flow rivers of living water."  Jesus described the living water to the Samaritan woman in John 4:9-14 as "The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."  

So the gift Jesus promises those who believe in Him is the eternal Spirit who brings eternal life.  The description of flowing rivers and water welling up seems to indicate this is not water solely for personal consumption but is to be shared.   

Isn't that exactly what we see in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit fills the house where those who believed in Jesus were gathered in prayer?  The Spirit fills them and the living water flows.  They begin to proclaim Jesus in various languages which the Spirit gave them.  From this outpouring of living water, three thousand souls were added to the kingdom!  

When I consider the Holy Spirit is living water flowing out of me not just God's Spirit on or with me, it convicts me about restricting His flow.  As a believer, the Holy Spirit should flow like a river through me, not an occasional trickle.

Holy Spirit, understanding this causes me to realize how I have quenched Your activity through me.  I recognize the work you are doing to me, and I am thankful.  I do believe You are conforming me to the likeness of my Lord and Savior.  But I know the work You desire to do through me is being stifled.  Please forgive me.  I want You to fulfill Your purpose with me by flowing like a river, not an occasional drip.  

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