A Midweek Message


Since we are not having service this week, I thought it important to pass along a little message to help, encourage, and strengthen you during your week.  May the Words of Scripture give you daily direction.

Exodus 17:3 (KJV) And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this thatthou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

My attention is drawn to the first part of verse three, “And the people thirsted there for water”.

Have you ever been thirsty?  I don’t mean the average thirst where a drink of water sounds good after a long walk or after working in the garden on a hot summer day. I mean really — really thirsty…where your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth and all you can think about is water.

That is thirsty.

Of course you know that I am not simply refering to a physical thirst, but a spirital thrist.

We come to church… surrounded by an ocean of “Living Water”.  Literally, we can buy books on spiritual principles, books that relate tremendous testimonies of missionaries, big Bibles, small Bibles, differnt colored Bibles and yet, our souls are dry and thirsty.  Spiritual songs are at our fingertips. And we are thirsty.  We come to church sing worship songs that quench our souls listen to the Scripture that hydrates our lives and still are thirsty! We are walk thru times spiritual refreshing with Sahara desert soul? Why?  Why can’t we drink from the well that never runs dry. Why are our souls shriveled and dehydrated?

Physical Thirst can be serious and dangerous.  Dehydration will get you into trouble.   Thirst is one of the strongest spiritual symbols in all of scripture.  Spiritual dehydration will draw you to seek the source of living water.  Spiritual dehydration can be delayed by spiritual water substitutes, but eventally, when living water deprivation catches up with you, the consequences are dramatic.

“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.”

To often we drink from the river of ceremony.  What I am saying is that you can draw water from the wrong well.  To often, we try to quench our thirst in all the wrong places.  We drink from the worldly well instead from the well of life, which is found in Christ.

Notice the condition that Jesus lays down.  “If anyone thirsts,” ,  Now I thank God for that word “anyone.”  Jesus plainly said if anyone wants God…a relationship with God, he could have it.  If anyone wants spiritual living, he can obtain it.  If anyone seeks God he can find Him.

Notice the clarification, only the “thirsty”.  Some people are not thirsty for God.  They are thirsty for the world, for things that satisfy the flesh, but not for God.  Before we can really have a close relationship with God, we’ve got to thirst for God.

Jesus Christ is the only true source of satisfaction we will ever find in this life.

That is why Jesus said, “Let him come to Me and drink.”  It is right here that so many Christians miss it.  They come to the bank of the river, they see the water, they watch the waves lap up on the shore.  They even see the reflection of their face on the surface, but they don’t drink.  You see, God will lead you to the trough, but He won’t make you drink.  If you want to be filled, you must drink.

Are you thirsty?  Are you thirsty for God?  Are you thirsty for a victorious life?
Then come.   Just come to Jesus and drink, and He will fill you until you overflow and become a river of living water that will bless others as well.

 

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