Jn.7:37-39 – On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
THE RIVER REVIVAL
Recently I did a broadcast with Pastor Terrence and Pastor Chandler about revival. The question that was posed to me was how many outpourings had I been part of and what did I learn from each. I responded by talking about the Jesus Movement and the River Outpouring. Yesterday I shared about lessons from the Jesus Movement, today I will share lessons learned from the River outpouring.
As many of you who know me know that in 1994 I experienced a major touch from God that impacted my life, my ministry, and our church in many remarkable ways. The first thing that attracted me to this move of God was the unmistakeable, and shocking sense of God’s presence in the services. Of course I had often felt the presence of God throughout my Christian experience, just not like this. It started for me at a Rodney Howard Browne service in Rockwall, Texas. I found myself overwhelmed day after day at the distinct, tangible, and heavy sense of the presence of God at each service. Many times I found myself stuck to the floor, soaking in His presence. Soaking was new to me. I learned that the heaviness of God could change everything in my life. Learning to wait on the Lord and literally soak in Him would change me and equip me for His work.
One of the phrases that was often used in the River outpouring was “drinking”. I remember thinking about this at the beginning and recognizing what drinking was. Jesus had said that if we drink the water He had to give we would never thirst. I concluded that drinking was just receiving or drinking in the Lord. I had been stuck in the doing or giving mode for so long that I had forgotten how to receive. Drinking in His living water became my very life. This outpouring convinced me of the supernatural nature of Christianity. We can no longer settle for just a system of belief or a creed, we need the very power of God in our lives. (To be continued)