On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39
What is it that is flowing out of your heart in this time of celebration? In this time of the Feast of Tabernacles. Or any other day for that matter. What is the condition of your heart? Is it full of the Spirit of the Lord or is it like a dry thirsty land? Is it in a state of feast or famine?
The Lord has given His people many days, seasons of celebration and opportunities to worship the Lord. That they may continually turn their attention and hearts to Him. He has commanded all those on earth to follow and obey His Word and commands.
But for what reason? For what purpose? What is His ultimate goal for all of them?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:7-8
It is not the actions and going through the motions of what God has commanded you to do that is important. But it is what comes from the heart. It is the motivation and the spirit by which you are doing them that matters.
Multitudes in this world do good works, celebrate holy days, and have great knowledge of what is in the Word of God and what He commands. They claim righteousness by the works of their hands. But behind all their actions, words, and deeds is a heart that is in a state of Famine. It is still desperately wicked and in need of a change.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. Make them bear their guilt, O God; Psalm 5:8-10
You must be changed from the inside out, not from the outside in. You can not force your inward heart and soul to be good when it is evil. This is the truth. As much as you may want to change yourself by your own will and determination. You can not. Especially by the mere observance of God’s commands.
Have you done many good things for the Lord, yet in your heart there remains all kinds of sin and disobedience?
One’s inward being can only be changed by the will of the Lord, by the moving and working of the Holy Spirit. You must seek Him with all your heart if you desire to be changed.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD. Jeremiah 29:12-14
Just as a bad tree can not produce good fruit, so a heart that is still rotten from the beginning can not produce what is good and healthy. That is the beginning state of all mankind.
You see it is not a matter of just doing what He commands, wanting to be good, or making that change on your own. You can not force a rotten apple core to become fresh. It must be replaced. The only one that can do that is God Himself, by the blood of Jesus Chris, and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. Ezekiel 36:25-27
So in this time of celebration, before you plunge yourself into any action or celebration, examine yourself to see if you are truly in the Lord. Not just knowing Him but to be known by Him. To be made anew from the inside out by the blood of Jesus.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:6-7
May you search your own heart to see if you are bearing good fruit. Inspect your own ways, thoughts, and motivations. If you find signs of rottenness, seek the Lord about it. Repent and turn away from your sinful ways. Cry out to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and ask His Holy Spirit to change your heart from a state of famine to feasting in the Spirit of the Lord.
We are in treacherous days when many will fall away from the living God. You must be steadfast and unmovable in your faith and trust in the Lord. He is the only one who can keep you and He will by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.
And when He(the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you. John 16:1-3, 8-11, 13-14