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Topic: Like a Fish Out of Water (10/24/13)
TITLE: Living Water
By Janet Kelly
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You have just finished running a 5K marathon in the middle of a very hot July day. The sun is beating down on you. You are sweating profusely, clothes wringing wet. Finally you cross the finish line and head for the tent where the water is supposed to be waiting for you. When you arrive inside you find that there is no water. They have run out of water! How could this be? Then suddenly a man appears and He tells you that He has living water and if you drink of it you will never thirst again.
A woman in the Bible was once offered this living water from a man she had just met. In the fourth chapter of John, we find that this woman had come to the well to draw water. She too had run out of water. Little did she know that the man was about to make her an offer she would not expect. The woman encountered Jesus. Her life would no longer be the same. If we truly have an encounter with Jesus Christ, our lives also will never be the same.
Jesus tells her in verse 10, “.......you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” He said that “.....whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (vs 13 &14)
We know that water is vital for every living thing and to our physical bodies. Spiritual water is even more important because it lasts for all eternity! Jesus takes the focus off of His need for water and places on the woman her need for spiritual water. He tells her that whoever drinks of the the water in the well will thirst time and time again. The water Jesus is offering means she will never thirst.
So many people go through this life seeking something to satisfy the thirst in their lives. They try to satisfy this thirsting of their souls with things such as power, position, sex, alcohol and drugs. Their souls are parched and dry. They seek, yet they come up empty. They are thirsty for more than water; what they seek is everlasting life.
Jesus tells the woman about her life and she realizes that He is the Messiah. She then “drinks” of the living water and is filled with so much joy she cannot stop telling everyone about this Man who has changed her life.
Are you thirsty today? Are you trying to fill your life with things that do not satisfy? Draw from Jesus' well of living water and thirst no more. He is waiting at your well! Come to Him.
“Fill my cup Lord
I lift it up Lord
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul
Bread of Heaven, feed me til I want no more
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.” (Fill My Cup Lord/Richard Blanshard)
Maybe you would like to receive this living water, but you do not know exactly how. Pray a prayer that might go something like this:
Heavenly Father I would like to receive your water of everlasting life. I confess my sins to you and turn my life over to you. I will seek to live my life in a way that is pleasing to you. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and I am now forgiven. In Jesus name I do pray. Amen
Water is vital to our physical bodies and living water is vital for our souls! Draw now from the well that never shall run dry!
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