Spring up, O well!
“Spring up, O well!
All of you sing to it!”
When God took Israel out of Egypt to lead them back to the Promised Land. He knew the great needs of the people as they set out. He needed them to trust Him to provide for this journey which was no different from our journey through life. God takes us out of Egypt, and our destination is His kingdom of eternal life.
In John 4 at the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry we find Jesus had been walking all morning, was tired and thirsty when He and the disciples came to the Samaritan well at Sychar. As the disciples went in to the town to get food, He rested at the well, and as He did a woman came to draw water. He asked for a drink and a conversation was started. Her spiritual eyes were opened.
In the light of the very last verse of the previous chapter in which John the Baptist says, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him”, we look at what Jesus said to the woman at the well, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but 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” (V.14).
Jesus knew everything about this woman, and knew her sins – everything that she had done and covered. He did not point the finger at her and condemn her, but gave her the “way out”, HOPE! – by coming to HIM and receiving the LIFE that flows from Him. HE is the well of eternal water that never runs dry!
And in that day you will say:
Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.
And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples.
Make mention that His name is exalted.
Sing to the LORD,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!” (Is.12:3-6)
Jesus pointed to the well that gives water to the body that perishes, but pointed to Himself as the LIFE-giving water for our spirit, which is eternal. In Chapter 7 as they feasted He stood up and declared, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive. (John 7:37-39) And God said “I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants.” (Is.44:3)
“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the
shadow of Your wings.
They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house.
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
For with You is the fountain of life.
In Your light WE see light.” (Psalm 36:7-9)
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matt.5:6)
Jesus IS the fountain of LIFE. He is the source of all things, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, the I AM. He came not to condemn the world, like the woman at the well, but that all the world should be saved! The woman at the well had her eyes and her heart opened to the Son of God, and knowing that her sins were exposed and forgiven by Him went out to tell the world what everyone needed to hear! The first evangelist went racing out to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ! He ALONE has the power and authority to forgive sin, and fill us with His LIFE! Amen.
The Deception of Hyper-Grace
the Laodicean Church
(I posted this a couple of years ago and was reminded of it today. How it fits with this whole thing that is going on today. If we consider that we are facing the End Times and Jesus spoke of the Laodicean church not only in relation to where they were then, but also PROPHETICALLY about where the church with this attitude and mindset is standing TODAY...we each one perhaps need to ask ourselves WHAT OUR belief-system stems from - SCRIPTURE or the vain philosophies of men.)
Contrary to the belief that Hyper-grace sets us free, in fact it keeps us bound in spiritual chains.
Two things that come to mind. We are NOT "once saved always saved" - Yes, our old sin-nature is put to death on the cross, but the fallen nature of man is still at work in us and sin from time to time must be confessed and forgiveness sought from God. We are NOT delivered from "future" sin when we receive Christ - but repentance is ONGOING!
The other thing that comes to mind is this "hyper-grace" belief that "we are the King's kids, and He doesn't want us to suffer, and just wants us to be 'happy'!" So when trials and tribulations, suffering and hardship come, and come they will, the finger is pointed at Satan whose fault it MUST be - because God just wants us to be happy!
Oh, that is NOT life! It was not the life of Christ, and it is not ours either. Human suffering IS part of life, and often it comes to us to draw us closer to God, to strengthen our faith in Him when the world's resources are unable to resolve our problems, and to teach us to trust in Him for all our need to be met - even when and ALWAYS during the times when what we need is impossible to man, but ONLY possible to God.
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When we can rest in His presence in the MIDST of our personal Richter scale 9 earthquake, and KNOW through the Presence of Him IN us, and working through the faith and trust we have in HIS resources and His love and compassion for our situations, WE WILL not only overcome, but be VICTORIOUS!
THIS brings praise and thankfulness to our lips! - when the impossible of God's supernatural power is shown in HIS deliverance! HIS working IN US to accomplish HIS will for us brings peace, and that deep and abiding joy that is ours through the fullness of His life within us - EVEN when the darkness around us seems to be impenetrable, and it seems that all the fires of hell are stoked against us! - Christ IN us WILL turn away every fiery dart! Hallelujah! THANK You, Jesus!
Yes, dear ones, we WILL overcome!
A Song of Love
by Clare Kaegi-Watts
(27th August, 1998)
Precious Jesus, Savior mine, whose blood was shed for me,
Whose beaten body, love's sacrifice, was nailed to The Tree,
You told me clear, as clear could be
If I would follow Thee -
“Take up YOUR cross this day, each day,
And walk this path with Me.”
“Take My yoke upon you, learn of Me,” You said,
“My yoke is easy, the burden's light, for I've gone on ahead.
TRUST in Me, take My hand,
Do not turn back instead,
But follow Me, give Me your faith
And I will bless your stand.”
I thought back through the years of darkness,
Guilt, loneliness and pain.
Then looking to the light ahead, my strength began to gain.
This cross You said that I should bear
And in Your sorrow share,
I gladly take this burden sweet -
And will follow anywhere!
Oh, Jesus, blessed Savior, do not take from me,
My cross I gladly bear,
But help my back grow straight and strong,
A greater with to share!
May I look upon this cross as glory for my Lord,
Each new day a promise made,
To trust You and obey.
And to know Your blessing rests on me -
Your peace, Your joy, today.
O Lord, take not this cross from me;
Walk with me, closer, higher,
Jesus, give me stronger hands, Your strength
To hold this burden tighter.
And as I walk each mile with You
Help my legs and feet grow stronger.
For I can feel Your strength in me
As my precious load grows lighter.
My Jesus, blessed Savior sweet, how rocky is that track!
Your immortal feet have walked upon, -
For me no turning back.
You've promised, IF I'm faithful, there's a place prepared for me,
If I take my cross and follow You -
A place of rest and joy I'll see.
I know You gave this cross to me,
That YOUR life in me be wrought.
And I should learn to live for others, as here on earth You taught.
My cross I bear to follow You is little price to pay! -
For when I look upon the cross YOU bore,
It was there my soul was bought!
O Father, 'Abba' Father, Lord! Our loving God and King,
Give me the strength to carry on
And through my journey sing
PRAISES! To my Savior, great 'I AM'
My worship, adoration, and Hosannas bring.
To You, my Alpha and Omega, Friend and Lamb -
Laid in humble worship
At Your blessed feet.