Posted by: raddestnerd | June 27, 2008

Hold Back the Flood

Picture a quaint little village by a river. Up river is a huge dam holding back an enormous reservoir of water. And the people are instructed, “Vacate your homes. Build yourselves ships. The flood of abundance is coming. Be ready to take an adventurous ride into the Great Unknown!”

But the One who would release this flood of waters says to the Dam, “Hold back the flood. The people are not building their ships, as I instructed them. They are not yet ready to ride the wave. Hold back the flood.”

I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now (John 16:12).

That’s what Jesus said to the disciples. I can picture the disciples almost hanging in suspended animation waiting for Jesus to finish his train of thought, all the while thinking, When can we hear the rest of it? Jesus concludes by saying, “…when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13).

But for us, two-thousand years after Jesus, the Holy Spirit has already come.

If hearing the voice of the Spirit is the key to having the fullness of God’s voice flow through us, the question before us might be: What is the language of the Holy Spirit? (How does the Spirit communicate to us the irresistible, un-containable truth about God?)

The answer is simple: through Scripture. The Spirit speaks through Scripture because he only communicates that which he hears from the Father. (Remember what Jesus said, earlier? John 16:13?)

So, if we are tired of being stuck in a rut. If we’re tired of living in the quaint village, and want to travel beyond the valley, riding on this giant wave, we have to build our ships so that the Dam can have permission to release the water.

And what does it mean for us to “build our ships”? It’s what they’ve been telling us since day one: Read your Bible. Then we will say: “Behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory” (Ezekiel 43:2).

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