The Holy Spirit is Like Water
We’re in a series on the Holy Spirit, and this week, Pastor Michael Ingham shared how Holy Spirit is symbolized by water.
Great video clip about charity:water. This story is about a lot more than one changed life. Scott Harrison brings water and health to the nations. As his spirit is restored, he brings water to the world. (He also mentions, in the video, Mercy Ships, which is another great organization bringing relief to people because of God’s grace.)
Holy Spirit Represented by Water
When Israel was the desert, Jesus was represented by a rock, and Holy Spirit the water that flowed out of it.
“Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” – Numbers 20:8, NKJV
… and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. – 1 Corinthians 10:4, NKJV
But that’s not the only reference.
From there they went to Beer, which is the well where the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.” Then Israel sang this song:
“Spring up, O well!
All of you sing to it—” – Numbers 21:16-17
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’ ”
Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation. – Isaiah 12:2-3, NKJV
“… but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” – John 7:38-39
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. – Revelation 22:1-2
The Philistines Plug the Wells
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him. Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth. – Genesis 26:12-15
The Philistines are anti-God, so they stop up the wells that God provides for His people.
Anti-God forces alive in the world today:
- The world
- The flesh
- The devil
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. – Galatians 5:19-21, NKJV
The influences of the world, our enemy in the spirit, and our flesh* – always in the process of submitting to the Holy Spirit within us – plug the wells of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
*Yes, us. We do it to ourselves sometimes. Be responsible for it. Own it.
How to See the Holy Spirit in Your Life
Three things clear the wells:
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, – Colossians 3:8-10, NKJV
Pastor Ingham shared a story about his own mistake as a young Christian. When he submitted to God to fix it, he was given the following instructions:
- Get on your face before God.
- Fast and pray.
- Study out and understand the fear of God.
- Study out and understand repentance.
God delivers His people, and we rejoice that He is always faithful to do so.
Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. – 2 Corinthians 7:9-11, NKJV
Giving in to sin repeatedly creates a stronghold in us, and we sometimes need help from our brothers and sisters in Christ.
… in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. – 2 Timothy 2:25-26
Maintaining the Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Life
There are four keys to maintaining the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in your life – to keeping the wells open:
- The Word
Not just the printed word on the page, but the printed word filled and made alive by the Holy Spirit.”… you are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” – John 15:3, NKJV(brought to maturity by) … the washing of the water with the Word. – Ephesians 5:26
- Worship – It is warfare and it is intimacy.
- Praying with the Spirit – Jude 20 says it builds up our “most holy faith,” and 1 Corinthians 14:14 declares that “if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays.”
- Sharing the water
I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother. – Philemon 4-7
Photo cred: Krystian Tambur