It is a rainy Georgia Monday. I was thinking that soon the spring rains will begin so that all of the earth will be nourished. I was also thinking about how that a lot of rain changes the landscape. Have you ever noticed that when the rain comes down really heavy it causes streams of water to flow quickly over the landscape? The quickly moving water sometimes washes the land away to change the appearance of what was there before the rains came! This is truly why the Lord sends refreshing rains to us. To change us and to wash away the former in order to bring in the new rain of his Presence!
Yes that may seem a little deep for some of you, but many times in the Bible the Lord refers to the water, Living Water, wellsprings, or the rains as his Presence. When He floods us with His presence we are changed! I know some people will immediately tune me out or stop reading this altogether. I understand, because if we are all honest, nobody relishes or likes change. Usually we do not even seek change unless we become so miserable with our circumstances that it drives us to look for something different. However, God is a God that is constantly moving and in order to “flow with Him” we need to let the rain of His presence sweep over us and change us so that we can move with Him.
But you may be asking why? Why must I change, didn’t God call me just as I am. My answer is yes He did call you right where you were, but He never intends for us to stay the same. When you received the Lord, your spirit man was changed immediately this was the born again experience. You became a brand new creature on the inside! However your soul,which consist of your mind, will, emotions, and intellect did not get a new birth, and neither did your body! In order to live in the purposes and perfect will of God we must according to Romans, present our bodies a living sacrifice unto him and be willing to change.
Romans 12:1 (KJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We are earthen vessels that were created to contain the Presence and the Life of God. We receive the Living water flowing from God to sustain us. However, His word speaks of a river of Living water, this is the overflow of rain that I am talking about. This overflow in our lives is to minister to others. The Lord wants our lives to touch other people who are desperate for His presence. I want to be used in that way! When my life is over on this side of Heaven, my prayer and my hope is that I did what the Lord purposed for me to do on the earth.
Yes I know that this blog for this week may seem “preachy” but in the world we live in today, the landscape of everything that I’ve known to be safe and secure is being challenged. My place of safety which is the Lord has never changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is a refuge for those who seek Him! . I feel an urgency to encourage at many people as I can to seek the Lord while He may be found and get into His river! Nobody loves you or longs for your company more than He does!