What happens to a cistern when it gets a blockage? Well if you have ever had the misfortune of having a blocked toilet or drain, or smelling a pool of water when it hasn’t been flowing you will know it is not “pretty”. A lake or pond with no water flowing in or out of it turns putrid. Nasty things breed, slimy stuff grows, and diseases flourish. Plants and fish start to die.
We are also like a cistern, and are created to be reservoirs of life.
John 14:14 says that Jesus is the living water. His living water of life, of love, of peace, of power, and joy flows like rivers within us. We are to keep our reservoir supplied and free of any junk so that life can flow in and out of us.
Unfortunately our circumstances, disappointments and choices can cause our reservoirs or cisterns to bet blocked up?
Hurts unforgiveness, cares of the world, toil, weights, and hard times, can crowd and obstruct that life and “dam” it up. Our source of life can be blocked off as things come into our reservoirs to rob us of our freedom. The result is unfulfilled broken dreams and vision, talents and gifts not used, words not said, songs not sung, holidays not taken, adventures not explored, sins not forgiven, and risks not taken.
All these things block our river of life and the Holy spirit from working within us. Instead if we are not careful “lurgies” start to grow and fester in our reservoirs. Once where beautiful things grew in our life, now only blockages which cause things to wither, die and decay remain.
The answer to this dilemma is to clean out the reservoir; to flush out the cistern, to let God’s presence and power flow into and have access to every part of our being. That is what Jesus wants for each one of us. That we would have no blockages or oppression, only freedom.
“Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water. By this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; “(John 7:38)
“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ” So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:32,36).
Today let God wash you through your life cleansing away any blockages of hurt, unforgiveness, tiredness and toil. As you do His fullness of life and power will flow through every part of your life bringing healing and health.
Prayer: Jesus I ask for your healing, restoring life to flow into every part of me. I want to live free of the weights, pressure and toil that so easily entangle me so that I can live free. In Jesus Name Amen.