Thursday, June 26, 2014

No Thirst


"Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

We can go without food for a reasonable amount of time, but we cannot go without water. Clean water is essential to our lives each day. It affects our physical health and it must be clean water to stay healthy.

Jesus is our pure and clean water, our soul cannot live without His life giving and eternal water. the woman at the well said to Jesus “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water." John 4:15

Jesus is truth, and His truth sets us free. He sets us free to stop drinking from the polluted waters that we drink over and over trying to fill something in our hearts that can only be filled by Him. We need His water so that like the woman at the well, we do not keep getting thirsty and continue drawing our water from the wrong well.

 Drinking from these wells of addictions, shopping, pop culture, self image, seeking after wrong relationships to fill us, entertainment, computers, video games, seeking status and materialism lead us to continue drinking from a bottomless well that will never end. We come back to these wells drawing polluted water again and again and our thirst is never satisfied. There is in the soul of every person a deep longing to drink from the well of eternal life. Not knowing where to find it, so many drink out of the wrong wells.

As we drink of and seek Jesus and His living water, there is peace and rest. The heart rests and drinks of the true living water. This water fills and satisfies. The polluted water it once drank is cleansed and removed. The things we once drank are no longer acceptable as we drink of the one source of water that is truly pure.

"And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail." Isaiah 58:11

So many times we try to drink of Jesus' water while continuing to drink polluted water at the same time. We wonder why the wholeness and purity we seek is not rooting itself in our hearts. We have to resolve to drink only His pure water and be committed to throwing out the old, dirty water that once polluted us. The clean water and the polluted water are not compatible--- mixing the dirty with the pure will pollute the clean water.

"For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13

Drinking of Jesus' holy and eternal water of salvation requires that we only drink of Him and He will never allow us to thirst. He wants us to be willing to say "yes, Lord" and drink of Him only, and forsake our old, "dirty" drinking water. This means forsaking old ideas, mindsets, habits, materialism, idolizing ourselves and what He speaks to each individual heart. Drinking of His living water begins to purify us and He makes our new ways life giving and pure.

Sometimes it may seem we are the only one seeking after and drinking the clear water. While others say to us "come on, a little dirty water won't hurt you....everyone does it...."  Jesus is truly the only source of life giving water we can drink from now until eternity. We will never be left unsatisfied for His water is truly pure.

Prayer: "Lord, you are the source of life, life for the soul and eternal life. Show me the polluted water I am drinking so that I will only drink of your pure water. I know that as I drink only of your purity my heart and soul will come alive and the fountain of your living water will flow from my heart, renewed and strong in you, the One and Only true source of life. Amen." 

"Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." John 7:38

"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb." Revelation 22:1

"During an earthquake it sometimes happens that fresh springs break out in dry places which water and quicken the land so that plants can grow. In the same way the shattering experiences of suffering can cause the living water to well up in a human heart." -Sadhu Sundar Singh

"It is one thing for the living water to descend from Christ into the heart, and another thing how--when it has descended--it moves the heart to worship. All power of worship in the soul, is the result of the waters flowing into it, and their flowing back again to God." -G.V. Wigram

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