Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 May 15 - Morning Manna

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
(John 7:37-39)
Today's Morsel: Florence Chadwick knew she excelled at endurance swimming, especially in open water. This kind of swimming demands special talents and a perseverance far beyond that expected of shorter-distance athletes. The English Channel was considered the greatest challenge by swimmers in Chadwick's time. As the Encyclopedia of World Sport notes, "Channel swimming is one of sport's most taxing challenges, with very high rates of failure. The fact that less than seven percent [of those] who attempt to swim across the English Channel complete the trip is a testament to the difficulty of the task. Only the very strong succeed." But Florence Chadwick swam across it twice (both ways) breaking all records in 1950/51.
When we look into scripture, there are channels of truth that just seem to flow our way. Jesus said that the Holy Ghost would be as a river of water flowing out of you. Ezekiel saw this flowing truth issuing from inside the temple of God and it proceeded into the dry places (Ezekiel 47). Jesus told Nicodemus that it was a requirement for the New Birth (John 3:1-5), and Paul said that without it we are none of His (Romans 8:9). This Spirit of Truth can make a blind man see, a lame man walk and the dumb man talk. Once it begins to flow, Jeremiah said, it's like fire shut-up in your bones. "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost", Jesus said (Mark 13:11). When you are in the flow, the Truth will make you free.
Sing: It's that Holy Ghost and fire that's keeping me alive, keeping me alive, keeping me alive; it's that Holy Ghost and fire that's keeping me alive, Jesus is keeping me alive.

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