Piper: Pour the Word of the Spirit into your mind and heart every day


For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. —Isaiah 44:3-4

John Piper, in a sermon from Isaiah 44:1-5,  “A Precious Promise: The Outpouring of God’s Spirit”

Pour the Word into Your Mind and Heart

It’s not an accident that in Psalm 1 the tree planted by streams of water that brings forth fruit for others is a picture of the person who meditates on the Word of God day and night, while the tree planted by streams of water in Isaiah 44 is a picture of the person who has experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It’s not an accident because

  • the Spirit of God does not produce hope apart from the Word of God;
  • and the Word of God does not produce hope apart from the Spirit of God.

But the Spirit through the Word, and the Word by the Spirit, takes away fear, nourishes hope, fills with joy, overflows in love, and glorifies God. That’s what it means to be filled with the Spirit. Therefore the way to experience the outpouring of the Spirit is to pour the Word of the Spirit into your mind and heart every day and believe it.

I urge you in the name of Jesus Christ, if you long for the touch of the Spirit of God upon your life, give yourself day and night to the reading of his Word.

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