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Topic: Water (04/26/04)

TITLE: POWERFUL BELLIES
By Angela Williams
05/02/04

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Most of the world is made up of water. It is also the major constituent of our bodies. The patter of raindrops on the roof or the musical sound of a waterfall has the power to soothe, while nothing is as refreshing as a cold glass of water on a hot summer day. Many poems and movies have been created using the oceans, seas, lakes, rivers or other bodies of water that exist on our earth as their backdrop. Water is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It is universal and without it, we will die.

It is no wonder that Jesus used this as a metaphor for his power in our lives. When he met the woman of Samaria at Jacob’s well, he opened the conversation with water; “Give me to drink.” From this springboard, he proceeded to offer her his living water, which has the power to eliminate thirst permanently and replenish itself eternally. Having tasted, the woman of Samaria became an instant missionary.

In St. John 7:37-38, Jesus, in reference to the Holy Spirit said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” This indicates that first there has to be a need, a thirst. Next there has to be action, drinking, and then there is the outflow.

The belly is where digestion takes place. The blood picks up the nutrients that we ingest and takes them to the other parts of the body, while the refuse continues through the intestines on its way out. The inference is that once we drink of the living water, the nutrients of the fruit of the Spirit will flow from us to nourish the rest of the world. This is what gives us the ability to be light and the salt of the earth. Can you imagine what powerful bellies we can have if we only stop and drink?


Member Comments
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Naomi Deutekom05/03/04
Good message. Short and direct!
Rosalind Morris05/04/04
That was an awesome insight! :)
L.M. Lee05/06/04
what a clever title and an excellent point.
Leticia Caroccio05/06/04
Good message. So many of the articles this week should be turned into sermons and preached from pulpits. Your article is one of them. Good message.