Before the river can flow you have to break the dam.

He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water. John 7:38, Amplified Bible

When a river is dammed, it is restricted from reaching its full potential. The flow of water is impeded in part or in whole by the dam, and in either case the river cannot flow with its full force due to the barrier in its way.

From the person who fully believes on, trusts in, and relies on Christ will flow rivers of living water: rivers of God’s grace, of God’s Gospel, and of God’s provision for all aspects of Christian living. But in order for these rivers to flow freely, they must be unencumbered. All too often, Christians impede God’s rivers with the one dam all of us struggle with – the dam of “I.” Whenever “I” is prominent in our lives, we cannot fully believe on, trust in, or rely on Him, and our inability to completely surrender to Christ halts the free flow of God’s power in our lives. In order for the rivers of God to flow through us at full force, the dam of “I” must be dismantled.

It is better for us to dismantle the dam ourselves, but rarely do we do so. We force God to do it for us, and when God has to tear down the dam, it is usually not pleasant. While navigating a very difficult trial in his life, a good friend recently told me about a hard lesson he is learning. “It’s driving me closer to the Lord than I’ve ever been before,” he stated, “because this trial has brought me to the end of myself. I can’t fix my physical ailment, and no one else can either. I’m trusting God and God alone each day to either cure me or to give me the grace to live with this thorn in my flesh.” My friend went on to tell me that he believes the Lord is preparing him for some new work, and God is having to purge my friend of himself in preparation for that work.

How big is your dam of “I”? Are God’s rivers flowing through you at maximum potential, or is the land bone-dry on the other side of “I”? If the land is parched or the rivers are trickling rather than raging, dismantle the dam before God does it for you!

4 Responses to Before the river can flow you have to break the dam.

  1. Sam Jones says:

    Can I get your teachings on CD ? Im located in Kinston,N C. Where is your nearest class to me? I m very interested in knowing what it is God wants me to do? I can sense HIS calling me but I don t have any idea what HE wants. At my age Im tired of trying to get it right. Thanks Sam

    • todaysqu says:

      Sam, thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, I do not yet have CDs (or the like) prepared. I am in the planning stages of putting together a video course, but it will be awhile before the course is ready. Right now, the only bodies of knowledge I have are on the Career Callings website (www.careercallings.net) and this one, TodaysQuoteFromGod.com. At http://www.careercallings.net/radio, you can find all of my radio shows – archived by date – in MP3 format. You can also search by category. The category “Discover Your Calling” sounds like the one you’d be most interested in. On TodaysQuoteFromGod.com, search the “Vocation” category to see devotions that deal with career-related matters. At http://www.careercallings.net/videos, you will find the one video I have prepared, which is called Biblical Decision Making: How to Make the Right Decision Every Time. You can purchase it for only $1.30. I do also offer personalized consultations using Crown Ministry’s Career Direct Assessment. Developed by the late Larry Burkett in the 1980s, this assessment tool has impacted nearly 200,000 people across the globe (including myself), giving them great insight into God’s purpose for their lives. To learn more about that, please visit http://careercallings.net/discover/, or contact me at 864-381-7649 or robbie@careercallings.net. The cost is $220 for someone that is already in the workforce. This includes the assessment itself (which takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete via computer) and a one-on-one consultation to decipher the assessment, which takes about 2 hours. Sam, God bless you for your willingness to seek God’s will for your life! I’ll be praying for you, and I look forward to hearing back from you soon! Robbie

  2. Shawndra says:

    Thank you so much. As the river cuts a path through the earth as it flows, I pray that the river of God will cut a path in my heart and wash away “self”. I’m so excited to see where this new path in my career will take me as I rely on Him to make me an “AGENT” of God. You are an awesome teacher. Blessings, Shawndra

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