|Father God we exalt your Name on
high and give you praise. Thank you for the written Word and as we meet over it we ask for
a new revelation of Jesus and His living water. We ask for a fresh anointing and a deeper
understanding in Jesus Name AMEN
This time of year is a blessing, when we get fresh veggies from the garden, and while I was enjoying some tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and so on, it got me to thinking about spiritual nourishment.
And all of the marvelous things in the Word that feed us and give us strength. So for the next few weeks we'll be talking about this topic, and tonight we're going to start with living water.
Human beings are composed of three elements, body, soul (mind, will and emotions) and spirit. Our body is our flesh consciousness or awareness of body needs, our soul is our self consciousness or awareness of our personality and thoughts, and our spirit is our God consciousness or awareness of Gods presence.
Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
The Bible teaches that because Adam sinned, and brought death into the world, we inherit his death, mentally, physically and spiritually. Until we receive Jesus as Savior, our spirits are dead to God, like a candle that is not lit.
John 3:3,7b In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again [or born from above] You must be born again."
When we are born again, our spirits are made alive, made a new creation, our candles are lit. Therefore we can now be aware of Gods presence and talk and walk with Him.
Now we all know that the body needs food and drink to survive. We can survive approximately 3 days without food OR water, and a little over 40 days without any food. In many nations of the world, people exist on a near starvation diet, that clouds the thinking and brings diseases.
We also know that mentally we need to "feed" our minds and emotions to keep them alive. Children that are raised with an adequate diet, but no emotional or mental stimulation do not thrive. People who do not feed their minds and emotions with nutritional thoughts and feelings are not sound either.
For example, someone who feeds their mind and emotions on pornography will end up sexually warped and possibly become a sex offender. Someone who feeds their emotions negatively, with anger, hatred or thoughts of violence, for example, could possibly end up as a murderer.
And the Bible speaks to the need of renewing your mind and emotions with the Word, learning heavenly patterns of thought and feelings instead of earthly ones. Even without the spiritual dimension, obeying the Word will give you a healthy and pleasant soul life.
But tonight we want to talk about feeding your spirit. Did you know that your spirit needs to be fed? If you dont feed it with spiritual food, it will be malnourished and you will not live a victorious Christian life.
Just like our physical bodies, our spiritual body needs faith food DAILY to survive and grow. And if you eat 3 or more times a day to feed your physical body, to maintain health and strength, how many times PER DAY should you feed your spiritual man?
An article in the paper today said that although 91% of Americans own an average of THREE versions of the Bible, most do not read it! 2/3 of Americans do not know the names of the 4 gospels. And more than 50% don't even know 5 of the 10 commandments. There is spiritual food in their homes, and most are dying of starvation!
Sadly, a lot of Christians ignore this important nourishment. And just like you dont wait until you are injured or ill to feed your physical body, you shouldnt wait until you have a spiritual crisis to "cram" spiritual food in for strength.
I know that I used to let a lot of "busyness" interfere with my spiritual life, and it was a struggle to spend even 15 minutes per day with the Lord. Needless to say, my spiritual growth was minimal. The truth is, I was looking at it as a "duty" instead of a "necessity". But now I find it a joy and make it a integral part of everyday living.
Well Lucy we ALWAYS MAKE time for what we think is important. Somehow you need to get across to these kids that the Bible is important and relevant to their lives than TV!!!
Think about what needs that TV is meeting or pretending to meet in this children's lives, and then relate those needs to the Word. For example, most TV shows are about good vs. evil ... that is certainly a Biblical topic! And most have a hero or superhero - show them that Jesus is the MOST super hero, the ULTIMATE fighter against man's worst enemy. Hope that helps.
So our spirits need to be fed. But how can you feed something you cannot see? What kind of "spiritual diet" should you be on? Well the Bible has a lot to say about this.
First we want to talk about Spiritual Drink, and we won't get to all of it tonight, then Spiritual Food, and then "spiritual junk food" - what is NOT nutritious.
John 4: 10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
When Jesus went through Samaria and stopped at a well to get a drink, He met a woman there and witnessed to her about living water. What exactly is living water and why would she be interested in it?
Did you know that there is "living water" and there is "dead water"? The Dead Sea in Palestine is a good example of dead water water flows into it from the Jordan River, but doesnt flow out. Also the area is desert, and the extreme heat evaporates the water so that the Dead Sea doesnt overflow.
This also concentrates the minerals in the water so nothing can live there. It is heavy, dead and poisonous to drink. Another example of "dead water" is a stagnant pond. Again there is no outlet, the water is full of impurities and bacteria and is not safe to drink.
"Living water" is water that is pure, clean and lifegiving in a physical sense. In Biblical times, "living water" was an artesian well, or a spring flowing with pure water, that was not only safe to drink, but easy to get to.
So Jesus was telling the woman at the well that SHE should have been asking HIM for living water. Of course, He meant in a spiritual sense.
John 4:11-12 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"
The well in Samaria may have been clean water, but it had to be drawn out of a deep well. If youve ever tried to draw water out of a deep well, you know what hard work that is!
The woman, from a physical standpoint was VERY interested in finding out where a spring would be located that would allow her to obtain water without drawing it out of a well.
Isn't that like us? Always looking for the easy way out? Always in a hurry, not wanting to wait on God? Not wanting to do things God's way, but impatiently seeking an "easy out"?
She was also curious as to who Jesus was, that he knew more about living water that her ancestor Jacob, who had dug the very well she was standing beside, and had drawn water from it himself.
John 4:13-14 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
Jesus reply shows that the living water he was referring to was of a different sort than the woman was used to. The water from Jacobs well only quenched ones thirst for a while, then one had to drink again.
Jesus said that the living water that He brings quenches our thirst forever, and more than that, becomes a spring within him welling up to eternal life. Believing on Jesus opens up our way to eternal life, like an ever flowing, purifying, thirst-quenching stream within us.
I get amused at times at the "soft drink wars" that go on TV you know "Coke is the real thing" (it aint) and become a part of the "Pepsi Generation" (whatever that means!). To sell maybe 5 cents worth of water and artificial flavoring and other chemicals for 75 cents and up a serving, and to make that artificial stuff seem appealing, you gotta wonder what kind of advertising geniuses are out there.
Now Im not preaching against drinking soft drinks. Just stating that what is promoted as being "thirst quenching" isnt the thirst always comes back. What they want you to do is become habituated to their product so youll keep buying. It is NOT living water.
Also our culture is seeped in alcohol its promoted as bringing happiness and friendship and joy. It doesnt. If you dont have those things already, alcohol cant help. It is also NOT living water.
The REAL thing is the living water that Jesus brings, that quenches that thirst, quells that craving, and satisfies the soul seeking God. And once you take a big, long drink, well nothing else is quite the same anymore. It is living, active, purifying, health giving and truly satisfying. And it doesnt cost a cent! Its free to any who will come to Jesus and drink.
John 4: 10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
Lets look at what Jesus said to her again. "IF YOU KNEW" Jesus said Oh how many are perishing because they do not know Jesus the giver of living water, the bringer of eternal life! Most of the people in our land know Coke and Pepsi, but how many know of the living water from Jesus Christ?
Amen Lucy, when the living water has quenched your thirst, nothing else really satisfies!
Weve accepted all kinds of substitutes for water and have paid a high price for them. But they dont bring health or quench our thirst. And the newest craze is "bottled water" people actually PAY for the most abundant substance on earth!
Jesus said, "If you knew the GIFT of God and WHO it is that asks you for a drink " Besides being eternal, the most wonderful thing about this living water is that it is a FREE GIFT from God. No deposit, no return, no cost.
Isaiah 12:1 In that day you will say: "I will praise you, O LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. "
What turned away Gods anger and brought us his comfort? The death of Jesus on the Cross. When He said, "I thirst" as He bore Gods anger for our sin, He opened up the well of salvation that all could drink and be comforted.
Isaiah 12:2-3 "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Isaiah prophesied about this great well of salvation the saving power of the living water in Jesus Christ. With this living water we draw strength and joy and courage from the Lord.
So if you are fearful, if you feel weak, alone and sad, if you are wallowing in despair and have no songs of joy, let me recommend to you this well of salvation, this living water from Jesus. Believe on Him and take a long, deep drink!
Isaiah is one of my favorite books Lucy!
John 7:37-38 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."
Again Jesus cries out that He is the living water this time to the Jews at the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. This feast was celebrated to remind them of living in tents in the desert during the Exodus from Egypt, and how God took care of their needs, especially for water in a dry and trackless land.
The same God who provided thirst quenching streams of living water in that desert way back then, sent Jesus to provide living water for all men for all time. As the Jews were meditating on Gods faithfulness in the past, Jesus is proclaiming Gods present and future provision.
And Jesus makes clear that your spirit drinks of this living water by believing on Jesus. Having faith in him is a long cool drink of eternal life that gives life to your spirit.
Yes He was Festuss - Jesus is the Rock of our salvation, and the source of living water! Praise the Lord!
I Corinthains 10:3-4 They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.
I've never been to the Holy Lands, but I've seen many videos and read many books about them. Unless you've been in a desert situation, you have no idea how precious water is!
Yeah I've been to Arizona and Nevada to what they call the "high desert". It has it's own barren beauty ... but you wouldn't last long without water!
John 7:39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
And even more than this, the living water, the Gift of God, is actually the Holy Spirit taking up residence, making Himself a home, in your spirit. The flowing water springing up from within you, nourishing your spirit comes from the Holy Spirit as you allow Him to fill you.
Up until Jesus was glorified, the Holy Spirit had come upon certain individuals for certain tasks, but He had not come in His fullness, He had not been "poured out" on all flesh, until the Day of Pentecost. And Jesus said that the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, when He came, would abide or dwell or live with us forever!
I Corinthians 12:13 For we were all baptized by [with, in] one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Paul states that we were baptized by the Spirit into one body the Body of Christ. Baptism means to immerse, so in a spiritual sense when you came to Jesus you were dipped into this living water and became part of His Body.
And we are all given of one Spirit to drink, so as you yield yourself to the Holy Spirit, and continue to drink the living water, you are continually filled and replenished.
So the first part of our spiritual diet is living water believing in Jesus, being dipped or baptized into that living water, and then continually drinking of that living water through the Spirit.
Revelation 21:6 He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.
Lucy - Being in that Water all the time keeps us clean,
Amen Lucy, the Spring of Living Water is sufficient to quench our spiritual thirst and keep us clean. AMEN
That's right K, and the point of these series of lessons is to nurture, feed, and nourish the spirit as we do our minds and bodies.
ptl3 that's a good point! As the living water nourishes us and satisfies our thirst, our craving for sinful things diminishes! Thanks!
Jesus revealed Himself again to the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation as the giver of living water. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. The same water of life that He promised the woman at the well in Samaria, and the Jews at the Feast of Tabernacles is still available without cost to us today.
Revelation 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
And the angel revealed to John that the source of this living water is the throne of God Himself. That is why Jesus can guarantee an ever-ending supply and why it IS the water of life because it comes from the source of all life GOD.
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
One of the last promises in the Bible is the free gift of living water. And this promise depends on you coming and drinking. Otherwise, it is free and without cost, a well of water springing up within you to eternal life.
Oh, Lucy what a great idea!!! That's a neat point k! If you feel weary and thirsty today, come to Jesus and begin to drink of that living water that satisfies like nothing else. And if you are already a believer, but are thirsty, come and drink the Spiritual Spring of Living Water never runs dry!
Father we thank you for this living water flowing from your throne, we thank you that Jesus opened the way for us to drink, and we thank you that you have poured out your Spirit on us in a never ceasing flow, and that this living water is springing up within us to eternal life! AMEN
Praise the Lord for living water! Praise the Lord that we don't have to drink the dregs of the stagnated water of the world - we have living water flowing from God's throne!
OlePappy - God blessings and healings flow over in Jesus name!
"Heres my cup Lord, I lift it up
Lord, come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Praise the Lord who always overflows our cup! He gives an abundant, luxurious, OVER supply of all we need!
"Drinking at the spring of living
water, happy now am I, my soul is satisfied!
Lucy - OldTimer, that's one of my favorites! John W. Peterson wrote that one.
1. I thirsted in the barren land of sin and shame,
2. How sweet the living water from the hills of God,
3.O sinner, won't you come today to Calvary?
Lucy I love it! Thanks! Next time we'll talk about MILK ... so be here!
Yep they sure do ... and we need our milk for strong spiritual bones and teeth - and growth ... but more next time on that.
Thank you ptl3! It is our prayer that they be a blessing and help believers grow in Christ. And we appreciate your presence and comments. ptl3, let us know anytime if you have any special topics you'd like to study, K? And that's for all of you - we want to help you all in any way we can ... so if you have pressing questions, don't be afraid to ask.
Something I saw in my dr's office: TODAY is a gift from God. That's why it's called THE PRESENT!
Right K like spiritual submarines, when we are submerged in Christ we are invisible to the enemy! Being buried with Him in baptism is the same as being submerged. and when we are in Christ, when we are clothed in His righteousness, then spiritually that's how we appear to the enemy... as hidden in Christ.
It's when we begin to assert self and try to battle the devil with the weapons of the flesh that we get into trouble. It's when we step out of HIS strength and try to walk in ours that we get beaten up. We can enter into sin and we can step out from under His protection if we chose to do so.
Sometimes we get impatient with HIS pace and try to do things in our own strength. We set ourselves up for trouble when we do that.
We don't lose our freedom of choice when we are born again... we must choose to obey, chose to feed on the Word, chose to be led of the Spirit. If it were automatic, then most of the New Testament would be unnecessary.
The New Testament tells us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.... And to be led by the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. And to put off the old man of sin and put on the new man in Christ.
John 7:17 If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
Although God chose John the Baptist before birth, he still could have said no. Judas did. Jesus chose him, but he ultimately chose satan. And Paul made it clear that he continually had to choose the Lord over his flesh, he said he beat his body into subjection LEST he become a shipwreck - he acknowledged the possibility that he could chose NOT to follow God.
Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live
K - We have a choice of staying faithful and walking in integrity or walking in feeling and our fleshly nature
John 3:16 For God so loved that world that he gave his only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER believeth on Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and WHOEVER WISHES, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
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