Oil Change: Upgrade. Go Deeper
In this month of July, we embark on the pursuit of God’s power. Gaining insight into God’s power demands a deeper understanding of who He is. The seventh month marks the beginning of the second half of the year. The second half presents an opportunity for a come back. Regardless of the happenings of the previous months, rest assured that your come back will be greater than any setback.
John 7:37 – 39 “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.)”
The feast of tabernacles was a gathering of all people to lift up the name of God and celebrate. Sukkot was a season where men celebrated the glory of God. In verse 37 of our primary scripture, we learn that Jesus, in the midst of a feast beckons those who are thirsty to drink. The import of this scripture is that Jesus noticed something was wrong with those who gathered. In this setting, Jesus gives an open invitation to drink water. We can be in the presence of God and not receive because our motives may be misplaced. The danger of religion is that rituals, rules, and rites become more important than the relationship. Church going alone is not a panacea for your troubles. Water signifies the Holy Spirit. Absent the Holy Spirit, everything you do is ritualistic and without meaning.
Jesus presents the offer to drink, but the decision to drink is of our own volition. In our pursuit of God, we must thirst for Him and that thirst will be filled when we deliberately accept Jesus’ invitation to come unto Him. Once we connect to God and drink, as verse 39 states, out of our bellies shall flow rivers of living water. When you drink, you will be imparted to impact others. After you have been filled, you can give unto others what you have received.
Jesus is calling unto us to go deeper in Him. You cannot afford to fish in shallow waters. It is important to go deeper if you want to see growth. You must be willing and desirous of positive change. Unless you go deeper, your life will remain the same. To go deeper, you must leave your comfort zone. Repeating the same things will not yield new results. You must do something new and radically different. Take action and build up your spiritual capacity. The Holy Spirit fills you according to the capacity you have built up. It is your responsibility to build spiritual capacity. Don’t be satisfied with shallow level prayers and blessings; seek to go deeper.
The thirsty, those who desire were invited and called from ancient of times. Isaiah 55:1 reads, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (NIV) Come – signifies an open invitation, but it requires a response. Accept the invitation and with your faith (spiritual currency), buy the wine (symbolic of the Holy Spirit) for your spiritual growth and the milk for your physical growth.
Jesus is the water. John 6:35- “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” While on the earth, Jesus played the role of the Word (bread) and the Spirit (water). Once He departed, the Holy Spirit arrived to reveal to us the fullness of God’s glory. (John 19:30)
The wonders of God lie in the deep. (Ps. 107:23-31) Going deeper requires prayer. In deep waters, prayer is required or the deep could threaten your life (Ps. 69:2) Prayer is the only thing that anchors you to heaven and gives you the revelation you need.
Sometimes deeper levels may lead to problems. It is only in your problems that you connect with God properly. God himself may trouble the waters. God deliberately created a fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah cried out and was delivered directly to Nineveh. God can deliberately cause you to go deeper to get you where you need to be. The depths of your problems do not stop God from hearing you. God shows His mercy in the deep. In the deep, only prayer makes a difference (Jonah 2:3)
As you enter into deeper waters, more threats await. However, risk is necessary for reward follows risk. Deep revelations are in the deep. Destiny and destination align in the deep. Testimony and witness bear fruit in the deep. Go deeper in your pursuit of God for there is a reward. Those who hunger and thirst shall be filled (Matt.5:6). To those that respond is the promise of rest (Matt. 11:28) Rest lies beyond; rest awaits when we drink of the water.
In Luke 5:1-11, Jesus enters the boat of fishers who had toiled all night and had nothing to show for their labor. In Verse 4, He instructs Simon to launch out into the deep, and let down his nets for a draught. Though a master of the seas himself, Simon obeys the word of Jesus and lets down his net. The scripture continues, “ And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.”
God’s only and greatest pleasure is obedience. Don’t quit or wash the net yet. Toil and labor comes in the night. Weariness is inimical to the pursuit of life, purpose and destiny The harvest is in the deep. When Jesus is on the scene, you go deeper. If Jesus chooses your boat, will you give it to him? You have been fishing in shallow waters for a while; will you heed the voice of the destiny changer now? Age is no barrier to what God has purposed about going deeper. There remains much more to be done. A harvest awaits in the waters of life. Only the master of the waters can release the harvest that the waters hold. The harvest lies in the waters of the deep. To gain higher heights, you must go deeper. Forget the past, press in, push on, and go higher.