for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17

 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14

 For a long time, I thought the fountain of water springing up into everlasting life was our salvation experience. And indeed it is. But, it is more than a one time experience. It is both a continual experience “springing up into everlasting life,” and new experiences and “the Lamb will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of water.” Jesus has, for each of us, unlimited new experiences in Himself.

He is our Shepherd, who leads us into new experiences with Himself. He is the gift of God who gives us living water. But what is this living water? It is His voice speaking to us, something we hear and experience personally. Revelation 1:15 says His voice is, “as the sound of many waters.”

Just as in the glory, God will always speak. So, every experience in Jesus, we will hear His voice, and in hearing His voice we will live. As we exchange thoughts, emotions, and words, we are drinking His life. We are drinking new life.  This can be profound and earth shattering, but most often it is the still small voice. It is like God speaking with Adam in “the cool” of the day. Cool comes from the Hebrew word Ruwach which means breath or to exhale.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8

Sin produces shame, and fear and can make us hide from the voice of God, But in Christ, we can approach God confidently, holy and without blame before God in love. We can talk together in sonship and acceptance. We can drink of His words in our sonship with purpose. The truth is we are in Christ and sin is no longer an issue to hide about. In fact,my best conversations happen in the honesty of my emotions and opinions being brought to the light in Christ. This is “the drawing near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,” of which Hebrews 10:22 speaks.

Our alone time with God is our opportunity to converse with Jesus as He leads us into new experiences with Himself. When we hear His voice we live.

Next week’s blog: What Happens When Jesus is in the Midst of Us?”

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