Being in Uganda with family and friends has been a great vacation. I loved being on a boat on Lake Victoria and going to the source of the Nile. The River Nile is the second longest river in the world. It was amazing to see where that river starts and knowing that it flows all the way to the Mediterranean was pretty neat. This whole trip has felt like a river of blessings that keeps on flowing to oceans I didn’t know existed. There is so much richness in the people and the family members I have interacted with have been a true blessing. Last night I prayed for a family member and the words flew out of my mouth like a river of pure love from our Father. With the Holy Spirit we can expect words to flow. We can expect a river and not a pond. The Spirit will flow in our words, our actions and even in our thoughts if we always focus on the Lord. Let’s not quench the river of life that the Lord has given us. Let’s flow with the river of the Holy Spirit and enjoy the abundance of love and peace that is available. Friend, expect a river and expect a flood!
I was mesmerized by Lake Victoria and by the source of the River Nile. Looking at God’s creation in all its glory was quite a unique experience. The river was both peaceful and very animated. The flow was calming and the wild life was invigorating. When we get in tune with the Holy Spirit, there is always serenity. The Spirit of God is full of peace and we receive His peace when we are in harmony with Him. This is why it is crucial to spend some alone time with God and seek His face. Jesus needed time away from the crowds so He could be with the Father. He embraced the calm and quiet that the Spirit of His Father provided. He would get in the river of the Spirit where peace was the vehicle that allowed Him to navigate through life on earth. He once sent the crowds away and He got on a boat to travel to another region. He also needed to send the crowds away and get on a boat so He could get to “the other side”. This is a metaphor for getting into a peaceful state. The other side represents the place where He could enjoy serenity. Jesus had the Spirit without measure so He always flowed with the river of life but He also needed a break from the chaos of the crowds.
As a believer you can expect God to give you a river. When I prayed last night, I experienced the river of the Spirit. The more I get into an accord with God, the more I can expect a river. The river can manifest during prayer, praise or during other random moments. The River Nile has an abundance of water and just like that river God will give you an abundance that will flow into your life. It could be an abundance of love, peace, joy, patience or even financial blessings. Once you step into that river, expect a flood. Your river of blessings will turn into a flood. God can flood you with so much love that you will forget about the dry lands of suffering that you witnessed before. There is much more than the eyes can see. Whatever you need from God today expect it to flow into your life and as you stay in faith, you will see a flood. It’s time to go past the small streams of water that once got you excited. Press on in the Lord and those streams will become peaceful rivers with invigorating blessings that will keep you dancing in the rain of the Spirit. Pray daily. Praise daily. Be thankful daily and you will have rivers that lead to floods from the Lord. Expect great things!
Suggested reading: Matthew 14:22; Mark 6:45; Luke 6:12