Episode 3 of GOING DEEP AND HIGH
I have just released a new song called “Bubble Up.” What’s that about? What is this bubble up, is this a new drink? No! It’s the Holy Spirit, of course. Jesus said those who believe in him would be like a gushing fountain of life!
That truth is what inspired my song, “Bubble Up.” It’s a song with a happy, childlike kind of feel to it. which is fitting because it takes the faith and humility of a child to lean into the amazing truth that we are containers of a never-ending flow of living water.
Your perception of yourself is a game-changer. How you see yourself determines what you do in this present moment, and how you relate to others and to God. What we BELIEVE about who we are makes a huge difference in daily life. What you take takes you. According to your faith, so shall it be. (It’s not just your faith, it’s the faith of Christ working through you).
The context of this great saying of Jesus was the last day of an annual worship festival in Jerusalem. Jesus stood and said in a loud voice to a crowd of people, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.”
The result of drinking this living water is: “…rivers of living water will flow from your innermost being.” In other words, the fruit of the Holy Spirit will pour out of you – peace, joy, patience, gentleness, kindness, words of wisdom and knowledge.
In a hot, arid climate like Israel, Jesus’ metaphor of the believer as an ever-flowing fountain was powerful. Water was a scarce and precious resource. Jesus’ audience must have been puzzled when Jesus’ said to THEM a gushing fountain flowing from YOU! Reminds me of when Jesus said to a crowd of 10,000 or so, “YOU are the light of the world.” Jesus saw the POTENTIAL in people. He saw the GOD-GIVEN goodness that all of us carry.
They were probably thinking, “man, I am so thirsty right now!” How can I possibly be a conduit for gushing spiritual water? This is one of those “for those who have ears to hear” moments in Jesus’ earthly ministry. He was talking about an UNSEEN and ETERNAL REALITY. Remember, the unseen world is more powerful than things you can see with your eyes.
The imagery of good things from God bubbling up out of us is found in many scriptures:
Wisdom is a deep well of understanding opened up within you as a fountain of life for others…” Proverbs 16:22
“Words of wisdom are like a fresh, flowing brook— like deep waters that spring forth from within, bubbling up inside the one with understanding.” Proverbs 18:4 TPT
“A man of deep understanding will give good advice, drawing it out from the well within.” Proverbs 20:5 TPT
As you give praise and thanks to God, the bubble up begins:
“Our hearts bubble over as we celebrate the fame of your marvelous beauty, bringing bliss to our hearts. We shout with ecstatic joy over your breakthrough for us.” Psalms 145:7 TPT
Throughout the Bible, metaphors such as rivers, fountains, water wells, and oceans, are used to describe God’s love and power. And here, Jesus makes it specific – YOU are the conduit of that beautiful refreshing stream.
Paul reiterates Jesus’ teaching when he said: “You are the temple of the Holy Spirit.” That means both the individual and the gathered body.
Here is how that verse is translated in the Passion Translation: “Don’t you realize that together you have become God’s inner sanctuary and that the Spirit of God makes his permanent home in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 TPT
The old temple, the physical Old Testament building, is no longer the place where the Holy Spirit lives. Now, the address of the Holy Spirit is YOU. You are the architecture of God’s dwelling on the earth!
When you need help, where do you find God? Where is the Holy Spirit? Is he “out there somewhere?” He is everywhere. Most importantly, he is inside of you as a constant resource.
When you need God to help you do something, do you have to wait until you can feel the Holy Spirit before you do something challenging? Or do you connect with him as God-in-you, God-joined-to-you, God-one-with-you? You don’t have to wait! He is permanently in you and part of you, gloriously entangled with your human spirit.
(Of course there are many times we wait on the Lord, and listen). I’m talking here about a basic way of seeing yourself.
Don’t default to seeing yourself like a paper cup with a few ounces of living water inside. We’re selling ourselves short to think like that! You are not a cup with a tiny bit of HS living water in you. You are not connected to a stream that sometimes runs dry. You are IN the river. God is the river. And you are a tributary of that river!
The Holy Spirit is never weak within us. We of course often feel weak. Do like Paul, rejoice in your weakness. It’s just a pointer to his strength. As we align our view of ourselves with God’s view, we cultivate spiritual fruitfulness. As we drink voraciously from God’s well of goodness, the reality of his life becomes more and more visible to us and to others.
The prayer “Holy Spirit Come” is an important prayer—an ancient prayer originating in the early centuries of the church. This prayer rises from an understanding that God will at times send a special empowering of his Spirit. I see this prayer as one side of a coin, the other side being the importance of being aware of the constantly abiding Holy Spirit.
If we see ourselves as people who contain a reservoir of living water, we will live with faith and expectancy. We will be less anxious. We won’t feel a pressure to perform because we’re already joined to Christ. We will have a natural boldness like Peter did when he encountered a lame man on his way to a prayer meeting at the temple (Acts 3). Peter didn’t have to invite the Holy Spirit to come. He was walking in the Spirit and knew when the time was right to speak a word of faith to the lame man to rise and walk.
Let’s make this practical
I encourage you to make a habit of remembering who you are. You are a reservoir of Holy Spirit. So, when your anxiety begins to rise, calm yourself and affirm the truth of God’s presence in you. Say to yourself and God, “I am a temple of the Holy Spirit.” “I have access to the mind of Christ.” “I have the prince of peace living in me.”
We need to be constantly “wading into the waters” of the Holy Spirit. I love the Passion Translation version of this verse: “Remain fully immersed in this God-shaped new person from above. You are created in the image and likeness of God.” Eph 4:24 Mirror Study Bible
How do you stay immersed? One way is to pray in tongues, another is to consume a lot of living water through good teaching, another way is to worship. Worshiping God opens up a door to heaven: “When I’m near you, my heart and my soul will sing and worship with my joyful songs of you, my true source and spring of life!” Ps 84:7
Remember to keep thanking God for the fountain of life that is always flowing through you!