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Drinking at the Well

These are days of discovery where a generation is experiencing the joy and abundance of living lives full of the Holy Spirit. I have never seen a time so permeated with great opportunities to hear God’s message and fellowship with people who have become radically effected by the Wells of Salvation.

Isaiah 12:1-3 “And in that day you will say; Oh Lord, I will praise You; though You were angry with me Your anger is turned away and You comfort me. Behold God is my Salvation, I will trust and not be afraid. For YAH, (Yahweh) the Lord is my Strength and my Song, He also has become my Salvation! Therefore with joy you will draw water from the Wells of Salvation.”

The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah said it would be like this… that a day would come where a people would draw out the living water from the wells of salvation; that a resource of joy would be released within their lives. They would drink deeply of the spiritual life and they would overflow as a bubbling expression of freedom.

Free from fear and free from wrath; God’s people are made to drink deeply from these wells. (1 Cor 12:13)

  1. This life giving water becomes our Strength!
  2. This joy that we experience becomes our Song!
  3. This heaven sent grace has become our Salvation!

The New Testament writer Paul encourages us to live filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18). He tells us to keep being filled, keep drinking of this living water everyday and as you receive and flow out into the world around you, there will be an evidence of God’s impact upon others. You are God’s delight and His invitation still remains. So come drink deeply with joy, draw out of His resources within you and know the One who fills your heart with life.

Days of Discovery

These are days of discovery – where a generation is experiencing the joy and abundance of living lives full of the Holy Spirit! I have never seen a time so permeated with great opportunities to hear God’s message and fellowship with His people… those who have become radically effected by the Wells of Salvation.

“And in that day you will say; Oh Lord, I will praise You; though You were angry with me Your anger is turned away and You comfort me. Behold God is my Salvation, I will trust and not be afraid. For YAH, (Yahweh) the Lord is my Strength and my Song, He also has become my Salvation! Therefore with joy you will draw water from the Wells of Salvation.” (Isaiah 12:1-3)

The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah said it would be like this… that a day would come where a people would draw out the living water from the wells of salvation; that a resource of joy would be released within their lives. They would drink deeply of the spiritual life and they would overflow as a bubbling expression of freedom.

Free from fear and free from wrath; God’s people are made to drink deeply from these wells. (1 Cor. 12:13)

  1. This life giving water becomes our Strength!
  2. This joy that we experience becomes our Song!
  3. This heaven sent grace has become our Salvation!

The New Testament writer Paul encourages us to live filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). He tells us to keep being filled, keep drinking of this living water everyday and as you receive and flow out into the world around you, there will be an evidence of God’s impact upon others. You are God’s delight and His invitation still remains. So come drink deeply with joy, draw out of His resources within you and know the One who fills your heart with life.

Rejoice Always

“Rejoice in the Lord always – and again I say, rejoice!” (Phil 4:4)

 

This incredible statement inspires me like nothing in all the Bible, because it was communicated out of the wineskin of real Christianity. At the time this was penned, the Apostle Paul had become a prisoner and sent to Rome as a revolutionary in the midst of the culture. He spent his days and nights under house arrest chained to a Roman soldier. I am amazed at all this hero of faith endured for the advancement of God’s Kingdom on planet Earth. I have become convinced it was because he was able to say, rejoice…always!

Rejoicing:

To rejoice means to exhibit joy; to release your joy so it is evident on the outside of you. The only way rejoicing can be sustained over any period of time is if it is motivated by something internal. Rejoicing is a supernatural reality that comes from the Holy Spirit.

Bubbling from Within:

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would cause a bubbling up of living water from within our “belly” (Jn 7:37-39). Our human spirit would become animated by a heavenly resource… joy. The Apostle Peter wrote about a ”joy unspeakable and full of glory”, experienced when through believing, we begin to fellowship in God’s love (1 Pet 1:8-9). The Old Testament wall-builder Nehemiah tells us that this joy of the Lord that comes up within us, ”…is our strength” (Neh 10:8). Its the power we need to bear up under the weight of problems and trials of faith. The Holy Spirit’s power makes us witnesses on the outside based upon a strength from the inside. Praise the Lord!

Rejoicing Releases Power:

The Prophet Isaiah declared that our joy and rejoicing actually draws water up out of the wells of salvation (Isa 12:2). When we who are saved recognize all that God has done for us through the promise of the Holy Spirit, then joy becomes our bucket. It taps into the wells of salvation in the seasons of drought and unlocks the inheritance that fear has left hidden. You see, God has not hidden our inheritance from us, but has positioned it for the serious seeker to find.

Rejoicing Produces:

Rejoicing makes the struggle of our faith produce something of substance. Trust, patience, endurance, loyalty and best of all testimonies, all come from wells that are deeper than our natural eyes can tap into. Rejoicing offers us spiritual eyes. Eyes that see miracles before they are visible. It breaks us free of limitations by lifting our vision to the bigger picture and loftier purpose. It offers ”the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7).

True Influence:

We tell God that if we had more strength we could do this or that for Him, but do we realize that God is fully capable and in no need of our help. He is looking for worshipers, those who will love Him and labour from the position of delight. Those who welcome His Presence will become filled with His joy. All the work of God is bound to our believing (Jn 6:29) and all the will of God is fulfilled when we live in thanksgiving (1 Thess 5:18). Jesus said over and over again that He wanted His joy to be in us and our joy to be full. So, however sacrificial or significant we might hope our influence would be, it will not move the heart of God as much as the sound of rejoicing in the midst of our journey. So rejoice in the Lord always… and again I say rejoice!

Mountain Top Experience

Seeing the Extreme

   As Ron was eating his breakfast this morning one of the servers mentioned to him that on Sunday evening there were many people waiting at the Malaha Market for the crusade services to continue.  After 4 days of experiencing the incredible power and glory of God… they  wanted MORE! No one had shared with them the crusades were ending and honestly it made Ron want to extend them on. Yet other churches were waiting.

Seeing the mountain top

top of Mt. Elgon

It was suppose to take an hour to reach the top of the mountain today, but the car began to overheat.  As the Pastors began to look for water, Ron greeted the children that lined the road shouting, “Muzungu, muzungu, hi muzungu!” Soon they got the car going again.  They were able to make the trip to the top of the mountain where people were waiting in great expectation for the Word of God.  There were people everywhere.  The building itself could hold about 50 people, but now had at least 100 packed in, with another 200 or more outside peaking in to hear what God was speaking today.  After a few hours, they drove half-way down the mountain to share a couple of teaching sessions with the churches from yesterday. The hunger level is almost beyond the imagination.  Ron’s message was on “Using Joy to draw Water from the Wells of Salvation(Isa 12:3). 

Seeing Blessing

   During lunch the women would bring pails of water for the pastors to wash their hands before the meal.

Washing the Pastor’s hands

  They would always begin with Ron, meeting almost every need he had without asking.  If he was drinking coffee and they thought it was too cold, they would dump out the coffee and get fresh.  Today Ron took the pail from the women and said, “It’s my turn.”  He began to wash those Pastors’ hands, blessing them as he went. The leaders were visibly moved by the gesture of service shown to them.  They began to experience love, poured out like the Holy Spirit… not just over their hands, but over their hearts.

Raining -vs- Reigning: 

This is the rainy season in Kenya, yet it has been the most unusual for Webuye. When Ron arrived in Eldoret the first day; the rain, which seemed to be held back began to come. The rains would stop for the outdoor Crusade meetings and then begin again as soon as they were inside. We needed two days without rain in order to ascend the treacherous Mt. Elgon roads. God Reigns! He gave the clear skies they needed for Ron to make it up the mountain and preach to a packed house, where many had never seen a white man. 

To God be the Glory great things He has done.

  This was Ron’s last day in Webuye, and Mt. Elgon regions.  Tomorrow he will travel to Eldoret, a city of 200,000 and begin another Pastor’s Conference.  There have been so many awesome things God has confirmed and accomplished during this time… we can’t wait to see what is to come!

Seeing Expectation

   From 5am -7am every morning for at least a month there has been a group of pastors, leaders, and prayer warriors meeting together at Pastor Allan’s church building to pray for the Pastor’s Conference the next two days.  Each  morning around 7:30 am Pastor Allan calls to tell Ron of their time before the Lord and the expectations of what God is about to do.  The testimonies of what has happened at Webuye stirs them up to pray harder for their own city. Nothing seems impossible and they are expecting God to do amazing things among them!!  Let’s join them!

Great Joy in Mt. Elgon

Seeing Supernatural Strength

   Ron thought Sunday would be similar to the Western world; come in, go out, go home, and rest. The Holy Spirit had other plans! The church service lasted 6 hours, with lots of (you got it) dancing, praising and rejoicing. The place was packed and standing room only. Ron was able to get some of this on video tape and we can’t wait to share it!

Ron in front of the Falls

 On Monday (Ron’s day off), they traveled to Broderick Falls, outside Webuye. They are beautiful and offer a wonderful shift from ministry duties. On the way home Pastor Wycliffe mentioned that there was to be a pastors fellowship meeting after lunch. So they stopped and Ron ministered to the pastors for about 3 hours.  After this meeting, Ron and Pastor Wycliffe went to the local hospital in Webuye, to see Pastor Wycliffe’s great grandmother.  They prayed for her and also for everyone individually in the hospital. Ron explained that this was a very moving experience considering the hospital was overcrowded and that many of the beds had more than one patient in them. Most were very sick with Malaria and stomach ailments. After this Ron was able to rest.

Seeing More

   Today Ron went up to Mt. Elgon to speak in a couple of local churches there. Neither church had more than 30 regular members. Yet by the time Ron arrived there were over 100 people in the building with people on the outside listening and little children looking through the windows to see the Mazunga preach.  So many people were hungry to hear the Word of God. Ron preached 4 sessions and had a crusade afterwards in the local market. The 1st 3 sessions were  from 10 am-3 pm and then there was a break for lunch. Some of the topics that really resonated with these folks were ”Knowing God as a Good Father” and “How We are His Favorite Child”

Worship on Mt. Elgon

In between the 3rd and 4th sessions, the Presence of the Holy Spirit was very strong. Several young men jumped up and began to play the authentic tribal drums and soon the place erupted into praise. The whole place began to dance for joy and worship God with a tribal voice… it was powerful. From this mountain top the praises of God seemed to arise over the country of Kenya. It felt like the sound was setting the captives free, releasing the oil of joy for mourning and dancing for the spirit of heaviness. Ron jumped off the small platform and joined them in the dance and if possible, the intensity increased.

Seeing God’s Salvation

The Pastor of this small church approached Ron during the break and told him that on this day he wanted to be called “Simeon”. Ron asked why. The elderly pastor explained, “I  am 85 years old and have waited my whole life to see a Mazunga (white man), bring the Glory of God to this mountain.  You have done this and now I can die, a happy man.” (Lk 2:25)

Seeing True Hunger

   Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for righteousness and they shall be filled.  (Mt 5:6)

The people sat with great anticipation and every Word seemed to feed their hungry souls. They listened for hours, wept at every open altar, rejoiced over every breakthrough and danced ’til they could not lift their feet.  There was not one moment, they were not engaged in what the Holy Spirit was doing. At every invitation, they were joining Him and drinking deeply from the Wells of Salvation. I truly believe that today their hunger was filled! Ron is heading back up the mountain tomorrow to meet with 2 other village churches.

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