I have been feeling thirsty at different intervals lately. Even if I would ask GOD to fill me with rivers of living water so that I do not thirst again, I did not take it seriously enough to pay much spiritual attention to it until this morning.
This morning, GOD reminded me about part of a prophecy that He gave me on 24th March 2008. It was then that I realized that He actually let me feel the thirst in a bid to remind me of that word.
24th March 2008
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams” (Isaiah 44:3-4).
Get thirsty, my people. GET THIRSTY – I want to pour out my Spirit on you but you are not thirsty enough! GET THIRSTY.
The kind of thirst that GOD refers to is the one where there is a gap inside of us that desires to be filled by Him. GOD wants us to get thirsty again so that He can fill us up with His Spirit. We must yearn to have more of Him...we must desire to get more intimate with Him.
Sometimes, this thirst comes from knowing that you have been to ‘some place in GOD’ to which you would like to return. At other times, it is a thirst that is birthed from a desire to go somewhere that you have never ‘been to in GOD’...you yearn to go deeper in Him. When we desire this, we move closer to Him and do all that we possibly can to get more of Him – we separate ourselves from groups or crowds, read the word of GOD, and fast and pray among other things. In other words, we create an environment that will take us there.
“Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10).
This thirst is nothing you have worked on or decided to have. It simply surfaces and it must be addressed or else you ‘die from it’. We must also remember that GOD is a giver and that He will give us what we ask Him for but also that which we have not asked Him for. In other words, He will give us more of His Spirit if we ask Him but also if we don’t. However, He wants us to feel thirsty enough to reach out to Him.
I sometimes feel as if I have moved away from GOD although not because of any known sin in my life. In fact, I do not feel that emptiness when I wrong GOD or mistakenly do something that I am aware is not good. Interestingly, I only feel this thirst when I have been a good girl and I honestly believe that this thirst is orchestrated by GOD so that I can move closer to Him.
“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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 4:13-14).
It is true that when we do not take in the right amounts of water, we become thirsty. Yet, dry weather also contributes to how thirsty one feels just as the amount of work one carries out does the same. In other words, in my case, thirst sometimes results from not taking the right amounts of water daily, which can be interpreted as not seeking GOD as much I should or not reading the word as much as I should. Now, your thirst may be caused by something else and before you know it...you find yourself so thirsty for GOD that you will do anything in your power to cover that distance. The good thing is that the Holy Ghost is our Helper. He helps us quench the thirst even as He is the living water that GOD feels us with so that we do not thirst again.
Now, there are two kinds of thirst. The one kind is like the one the woman at the well had, and was one that Christ needed to quench so that she could never thirst again. It had to do with sex and it needed to be replaced. However, the second type of thirst is the good kind. It is a thirst for the Spirit of GOD and it takes us to a deeper level in Him from which we do not want to go. It is the thirst that GOD is telling us to have more of so that He can pour His Spirit on this dry land.
GOD is beckoning us deeper in Him...He wants us to seek Him more...to be thirsty for Him so that He can fill us up.
Dear GOD, please make me thirsty for you so that you can fill me up. Heavenly Father, please quench the thirst for those immoral things that sometimes fills me up and replace it with rivers of living water so that I do not thirst again. In JESUS' name, I have prayed, amen.