The Overflow

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“My cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5)


I don’t know how you have visualized this verse, but I have always pictured some type of large hand pouring liquid into a pewter challis.


Yet, a few months ago, the Lord revealed that His overflowing doesn’t work that way at all.


Instead of coming from an outside source pouring in, He revealed that the filling bubbles up from within the cup itself. 


The Living Water springs from inside our innermost being (John 7:38). 


Stop to picture it.


You have:


an Active Fountain gushing up from inside your spirit, 


spilling into your thoughts


filling your emotions,


and ultimately splashing out into your actions


I can already hear your objections.


“So how come I don’t live like this. Are you sure it works that way for me?”


Well, Jesus spoke of this surge Himself:


“The water that I…give…will become…a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)


Now we aren’t talking a little antique hand-pump type of well – although most of us see His filling as a lot of effort for only half-cup of water.


No. Think of the power of Niagara Falls harnessed to feed your cup – “for He gives the Spirit without measure”  (Romans 5:5; John 3:34).


The greater dependence we have on His flow, the more evidence we will have of His overflow.


Just because we sometimes only see a trickle, doesn’t mean that there isn’t a steady undercurrent ready and connected when the need arrises.  


He gives in accordance with our need, as well as our faith. Sometimes in the form of a trickle. Sometimes in an abundance that can’t be plumbed. (Ezekiel 47:1-5). 


Our business is to believe He will always be enough to maintain an overflow. 


And by the way, thanksgiving keeps the pump primed.


How have you seen Him overflow into your life?