The Prophet: Unpolluted Springs

Jesus said, “‘Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38). Our life is like a spring. Whenever we share something God has laid on our hearts, we are giving people a drink from the river of life.

However, we need to be aware that the issues in our lives can dirty the water that we share. Many people see the prophet as a somewhat perturbed, pessimistic man who speaks all manner of negativity over the church. This is a false picture of the prophet of God. This is a picture of someone who might be hearing from God but whose flesh is very much alive. He must learn to find his security in Christ and trust the spirit of God within him. Otherwise, he will fight to prove himself right, and he will either tear himself or others down in order to protect himself. Further, if he holds unrighteous judgment and criticism in his heart, his words will carry condemnation. He must drop his judgmental stance. This does not mean he avoids the truth, but it means he speaks it with honor and love.

The beauty of the Christian walk is that we don’t have to live in fear. The spirit of God who lives within every believer will teach you how to discern what is good and what is evil, and He will continue to reveal areas in your life that are in disagreement with Him.

We can easily get so focused on ministering to the needs around us that we forget to take the quiet time before God and ask Him to continue revealing Himself in new ways. It is as we gaze upon His glory that we are changed into His likeness, and as we grow in the glory, it will be reflected in the crystal clarity of the water that we share with the world around us.

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