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The Timeless Gift

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink’, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (Jn. 4:10)

There is something wonderful and compelling in this invitation by Jesus. His encounter with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well carries with it one profound timeless truth – the gift of God is “living water”. Still today, “Living Water” is the most timeless gift of God!

Thirsty People:

I have found myself imagining this story, as so many searching and thirsty people; drink from one broken cistern to another, only to find the wells have all gone dry and ignorance is not bliss. It never occurred to her that lifestyle choices were leaving her dry… this woman’s ignorance of truth left her in bondage and prevented her from finding her way. She was more aware of her religious tradition than her moral conduct… in other words – she was lost!

Her story is being repeated a billion times over in our world today. Tragic and unnecessary… thirsty people remain at broken cisterns. Yet the ultimate challenge for the Church, is to offer a Kingdom Culture that is deep and lasting… like a well of living water. We are called to be a life giving stream from the well of living water.

Called to be… “A life giving stream from the well of living water.”

Let’s understand that meeting at Jacob’s Well is no guarantee that you and I can deliver the same message that Jesus gave her. We can talk a good talk and even shout and dance with the best of intentions, but to deliver and impart to others requires an anointing from the Holy Spirit. We need a touch from God… our own timeless gift. We cannot give what we are not experiencing!

Let the Rivers Flow:

There is Good News, however – if we are drinking of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:12-13) and overflowing with the life that Jesus promised, then out of our bellies will flow rivers of living water (Jn. 7:37-39). We must drink deeply from the well to produce the kind of joy the world needs to see!

So jump in and go deep… let the river flow!

Sin’s Progress

“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.” (Psalm 19:12-13)

Remind yourself that sin has a progress! It takes you further than you want to go, costs you more than you can pay… and it keeps you longer than you intended to stay. So give it no ground! (Jms. 1:13-16)
· It goes from passing temptation to chosen thought (errors).
· It goes from chosen thought to object of meditation.
· It goes from object of meditation to wished-for fulfillment.
· It goes from wished-for fulfillment to planned action (secret faults).
· It goes from planned action to opportunity sought.
· It goes from opportunity sought to performed act.
· It goes from action to repeated action.
· It goes from repeated action to delight (presumptuous sins).
· It goes from delight to new and various ways.
· It goes from new and various ways to habit. (idolatry)
· It goes from habit to idolatry, demanding to be served.
· It goes from idolatry to sacrifice.
· It goes from sacrifice to slavery. (bondage & dominion over me)

We can fight the good fight of faith: (2 Cor. 10:3-6)(Eph. 6:10-18)
1st) Pull down strongholds of the mind
2nd) Cast down everything that argues with the knowledge of God
3rd) Bring every thought into obedience to Christ
4th) Punish all disobedience, when obedience is achieved

Recognize that you do not have to open the door, when thoughts come knocking at your heart… don’t think about, meditate upon or even entertain evil thoughts, because they aim to rob you of your peace and joy in Christ! Hide the Word of God in your heart! (Psa. 119:11)(Heb. 4:12)

Jacob’s Well

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink’, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (Jn. 4:10)

There is something wonderful and compelling in this invitation by Jesus. His encounter with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well carries with it one profound timeless truth – the gift of God is “living water”.

Thirsty People:

I have found myself imagining this story; as so many, searching and thirsting from one broken source of hope to another, only to find that ignorance is not bliss. This woman’s ignorance of truth left her in bondage and prevented her from finding her way. She was more aware of her religious values than her moral conduct… in other words she was lost.

Her story is being repeated a billion times over in our world today. Tragic and unnecessary… thirsty people. Yet the ultimate challenge for the Church today, is to instill a vision of a Kingdom Culture that is deep and lasting. You and I are called to be a life giving stream from the well of living water.

Hear that Again: “A life giving stream from the well of living water.”

Let’s understand that meeting at Jacob’s Well is no guarantee that you and I can deliver the same message that Jesus gave her. We can talk a good talk and even shout and dance with the best of intentions, but to deliver and impart to others requires an anointing from the Holy Spirit. We need a touch from God.

Let the Rivers Flow:

There is Good News, however - if we are drinking of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:12-13) and overflowing with the life that Jesus promised, then out of our bellies will flow rivers of living water (Jn. 7:37-39). So jump in and go deep… let the rivers flow!

You must drink deeply from the well to produce the kind of joy the world needs to see!

Labor Pains

“My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you.” (Gal 4:19)

The Apostle Paul likened his relationship with the Galatians to that of a mother having a baby. He went into labor, so to speak; at the time of their deliverance from bondage, their first steps into the Kingdom and their discipleship process. Now he was in the labor room again, in reference to their Christian growth. He wanted these Galatian converts to grow in grace and he was so concerned for them that he went into “labor” for them.

Labor Room Ministry:

This is an amazing concept to ponder. Intercession is a labor room ministry and we must see prayer and descipleship as effective tools for pushing the young Christian through their tight places. Becoming concerned about the newly saved Christian is part of the Great Commission in the respect that we are called to teach them to observe and obey all that Christ commanded (Mt 28:18-20). Notice the context of the discipleship process is relational. Jesus says, “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Going into labor on behalf of those you say you love is significant to their sense of growth and spiritual development. If you hear yourself saying “I don’t want to intrude” or find yourself feeling critical of their actions… then you are ignoring the labor room ministry that God has for you. Get over yourself! Hear the heart of the Apostle Paul and find your position in the labor room.

Spiritual Nurturing:

I would suggest we beef up our accountability and become people who pray and speak into the lives of others. We need spiritual nurturing, fathers and mothers in the Body of Christ today, just like the days of the early Church. We have teachers and pastors who inspire and teach principles, but we need people who carry us to the very Throne of Grace (Heb 4:16).

Modeling Maturity:

Babies need milk and infants need lots of love and attention. Where else are we going to find character modeled in front of us. Those who have walked at length with Christ are the nurturers that offer a wealth of spiritual depth and testimony. When we began to walk with Christ we were in need of milk, but now we should be nurturing and getting deeper revelations to stir up love and good works among the immature. It is my belief that every Christian has several young believers within reach that they could nurture.

This Generation:

There is a generation coming forth that is looking for the fathers and mothers to encourage, equip and exhort them with Kingdom wisdom. They are looking for the House of God to be a Family of Saints, without jealousy, envy or suspicion. We as the mature in Christ, must find ourselves doing more than teaching doctrine and singing campfire songs. We must gain an ear for the labor room and re-establish some platforms for discipleship that help this generation experience the heart of the Father, the ministry of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thirsty People

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink’, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (Jn. 4:10)

There is something wonderful and compelling in this invitation by Jesus. His encounter with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well carries with it one profound timeless truth – the gift of God is “living water”.

Are We a Thirsty People?

I have found myself imagining this story; as so many, searching and thirsting from one broken cistern to another, only to find that ignorance is not bliss. Many wells have run dry, many rivers have ceased to flow and many lives are wasting in the desert heat. This woman’s search for truth left her in bondage and prevented her from finding her deepest satisfaction. She was more aware of her religious values than her moral conduct… in other words she was lost.

Her story is being repeated a billion times over in our world today. Tragic and unnecessary… thirsty people. Yet the ultimate challenge for the Church today, is to instill a vision of a Kingdom Culture that is saturated with the thirst quenching, deep and lasting, resources of heaven. You and I are called to be a life giving stream from the well of living water.

Hear that Again: “A life giving stream from the well of living water!”

Let’s understand, that meeting at Jacob’s Well is no guarantee that you and I can deliver the same message that Jesus gave her. We can talk a good talk and even shout and dance with the best of intentions, but to deliver and impart to others requires an anointing from the Holy Spirit. We need a touch from God.

Let the Rivers Flow!

There is Good News – if we are drinking of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:12-13) we carry this gift of living water. But carrying is one thing… overflowing with the life that Jesus promised is the key! Jesus promises that as we do this… then out of our bellies will flow rivers of living water (Jn. 7:37-39). So jump in and go deep… let the rivers flow!

We must bring our thirst daily… to produce the kind of life and joy the world needs to see!

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