Friday – September 27, 2019 – How To Contend For the Blessing of the Next Generations
John 4:14 (NIV) but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 7:37-39 (CEV) 37On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted, “If you are thirsty, come to me and drink! 38Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you, just as the Scriptures say.” 39Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit, who would be given to everyone that had faith in him. The Spirit had not yet been given to anyone, since Jesus had not yet been given his full glory.
The reason these concepts of a well and water is so important is because of the symbolism that wells, and water represent. Wells and water flowing from deep inside you are often a type of the work of your comforter, the Holy Spirit.
Just as wells of water were essential to sustain physical life, the work of the Holy Spirit is essential to sustain spiritual life, but the Holy Spirit does much more than simply sustain life. He brings an abundance of blessing and provision into your life. If you lack water, you will die physically. If you do not have a personal experience with the Holy Spirit you will be dead spiritually.
The way that this is accomplished is very basic. It goes back to the concept of faith. If you have faith in Jesus, He will make you into a well from which life-giving water flows forth. People must constantly drink of Heaven’s well if they are to survive spiritually. When you quit drinking you quit living. It is for this reason that every generation must experience the work of the Holy Spirit. We cannot live off what another generation experienced. There must be generational well digging. It is the story of Abraham’s wells and the story of Isaac’s wells. It is the story of one generation digging wells and the necessity of the next generation digging wells. Isaac re-dug Abraham’s wells, but they were stopped up by the enemy, forcing Isaac to dig his own wells.
Implied in the text of Genesis 26:12-15 is how the water from the wells was used. Of course, the water was used to drink, but it was also applied to the crops that were planted. The crops, once they were harvested, produced food to be eaten. In the same way that wells and water symbolize the Holy Spirit, bread symbolizes the Word of God. For life to flourish, bread and water are necessary. For your spiritual life to flourish, you must experience the water of God’s Spirit as well as the bread of His Word. It is through His Spirit and His word that God provides all that you need for this life and for the life to come.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for helping me understand that when I battle for other generations I need the help of the Holy Spirit.