The Overflow

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Overflowing

FaithCassidy ShooltzComment
The water that I [Jesus] shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.
— John 4:14 NKJV

Time for a heart check….

As a Christian woman; do you overflow with Christ's love? Does the way you act radiate with Christ-likeness?

Oswald Chambers has a great insight on this:

The picture our Lord described here [in John 4:14] is not that of a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. Continue to “be filled” (Ephesians 5:18) and the sweetness of your vital relationship to Jesus will flow as generously out of you as it had been given to you. If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame- something is obstructing to flow… We are to be fountains through which Jesus can flow as ‘rivers of living water’ in blessing to everyone.
Overflowing

Is there anything in your life that is “obstructing the flow” of living water in your life? There have certainly been times that I have had to evaluate my life. Beyond that there have been times I have asked the Lord to cleanse me of anything in me that would not be pleasing to Him (shouldn’t we always be asking the Lord to do so?). In my own life, I have found these things to hinder my relationship with the Lord:

Not spending enough time in His word and/or in prayer. How can I expect to be spiritually strong if I do not take time for spiritual nourishment?

“Hidden” rebellion. Disrespecting parents or other authorities in “small” ways.

Trying to gain a certain reputation (pride). Have any of these thoughts influenced you - “I want to seem like that godly girl who is sweet, popular, and outgoing.” “I need to act smart around them.” “If I dress like this, everyone will love me.” “Posting this selfie Facebook will totally get their attention.” Worldly thinking will never produce the fruit of the spirit in our lives.    

Ungraciousness. Snappy remarks to a sibling who yelled at you, giving your opinion to everyone all the time, acting like you deserve better than you have received-are all examples of ungraciousness. Each one of us has fallen short of the glory of God, yet He is willing to pardon every sin. We have been shown grace in the most amazing way, will we not show grace to others?

Are you overflowing with Christ-likeness today? If not, what is obstructing the flow?