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Topic: Desire (01/17/05)
TITLE: The Desire of my Heart
By John Lindsay
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Isaiah 12:3 (NKJV)
I enjoy one of the greatest blessings of this life. At the turn of a tap I get a stream of pure, fresh water unpolluted by the chemicals used to “purify” most water supplies.
The source of this blessing is right at my doorstep because our beautiful city is built over a vast river bed. Water slowly percolates through many layers of stones and sand which filter out the impurities before it is pumped into a network of pipes.
I have yet to find such delicious water anywhere else. My nose wrinkles and my stomach heaves when I smell and taste the chlorine and other additives in foreign water. How I desire the cool, clear water of home!
I enjoy one of the greatest blessings of this life. Without lifting a finger, I receive the pure stream of God’s forgiveness unpolluted by the additives religion uses to try and purify the soul.
The source of this blessing is right here in my heart because the Holy Spirit has chosen my body as His temple. He infiltrates the many layers of my personality until He reaches the core of my being, intent on removing all that offends God before using me to refresh my family, my friends and others in this journey of life.
I have yet to find such a potent steam of forgiveness and love anywhere else. But this I confess. My nose does not always wrinkle and my stomach does not always heave when I smell and taste the dirty water of this world. My senses deceive me. How often they magnify the pleasure and minimise the pain of indulging my fickle, selfish desires.
Oh Lord, redirect the desire of my heart. Keep reminding me of the joy of drawing water from the wells of salvation.
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