Living For Jesus
 

Down Stream

“That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.” Joshua 3:16

What a wonder when the priests carried the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord into the Jordan River. The waters stopped flowing, rose in a heap, and all Israel crossed over on dry land. Down to the Dead Sea, the riverbed went dry as the water of the Jordan stopped. What a powerful testimony to the people living along the Jordan River. Imagine the amazement in their faces as they see the river drying up and the fear that must have gripped them on hearing that the river had dried up because Israel was crossing to their side of the Jordan. The crossing was taking place upstream, but those downstream were greatly affected, too.

Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, “From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’” Those who accept Christ as savior receive the Holy Spirit. We have the opportunity, since we live by the Spirit, to walk by the Spirit. We can let the Spirit of God send rivers of living water through us or we can quench the Spirit. Imagine the work of the Lord in your life and your family’s life all piled up in a heap behind a wall you have constructed. It could be a wall of doubt, anger, fear, or self-interest. Maybe you have just a small part of your river dammed off. When you dam up the work of God in your life, you hold back all the good and wonderful things He wants to do through you. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”

As homeschoolers, we want to speak life into our children. To do that we must not neglect the condition of our own hearts. Reading the word, spending time in meditation and prayer, and worshiping the Lord are important means of keeping ourselves in line with God’s will. The vital part of each of these activities is being open to the Lord’s guidance and direction. If we ignore the Spirit when He touches a wall, we have built up, when He tells us with His help it is time to remove that wall, we lose an opportunity to become more like Christ, and ultimately an opportunity to reflect more of Christ to our family.

Scripture to Help:
Proverbs 4:23-27
Galatians 5:16-26
Jeremiah 2:13

Copyright ©  2006 Beverly S. Krueger