Living Water

I wish I had been the guy many years ago who had the idea of bottling water. It’s convenient and fairly simple. I’ve picked up a bottle of water at a gathering to find that it’s bottled with water from a city municipal water supply – aka “the faucet”!  My friend, Chris Cook has a company called Superior Mountain Water. We have those water coolers at the office, with the blue bottle on top, and you can get a really fresh great tasting cup of cool water on demand. I have learned that I like some “brands” of bottled water better than others. My body must have water to live. In fact, most doctors recommend a generous amount of water consumption every day. The water can serve as a cleansing agent to my body.

Jesus, once again calls himself LIVING WATER. John qualifies it a bit more as the living water that He speaks of is the Holy Spirit. Check this out…

37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said, “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) (John 7:37-39 NLT)

Jesus spoke of giving Living Water to the woman at the well earlier in His ministry. He is not proclaiming this to the crowds. I’m assuming that John is writing this after Jesus had ascended back to heaven.

When I first accepted Jesus and was baptized as a young kid, I had no real tangible ideas or thoughts about the Holy Spirit. I don’t think my young brain could handle the concept or either I wasn’t taught much about it. I’ve since experienced first-hand the Power and the Presence that the Holy Spirit brings to my life. I’ve tasted this Living Water that Jesus speaks of.

The Living Water brings peace.

The Living Water brings healing.

The Living Water brings comfort.

The Living Water bring hope.

The Living Water brings life.

The Living Water brings grace.

I could go on and on about this Living Water (aka The Holy Spirit).  His Presence in me has completely changed my perspective on EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in my life. The Holy Spirit is the FILTER (aka the glasses) through which I see. My vision is clear. My mission is clear. I’m seeking to honor Him every day in every way possible.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Delight

 

Cheerful man showing thumbs up, over whiteI kind of like this word. I know what it means to be delighted and thankful. The word delight means to have a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment. I am delighted to be with my family and simply hang out and visit. I also delight in a quiet evening at home. I also delight in many friendships. I delight in many things that have a lot to do with the people closest to me.

I started my journey through the Psalms this morning and the Psalmist came right out of the gate speaking of the delight that comes from the Word of God and being in His Presence. Check this out…

1 Blessed is the one

    who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

    or sit in the company of mockers,

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

    and who meditates on his law day and night.

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

    which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

    whatever they do prospers.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. (Psalm 1:1-3,6 NIV)

This Psalm speaks of delighting and meditating in the law of the Lord. It also includes a promise that comes right out of that. The person will prosper and be protected. I’m definitely into a “prosperity gospel”, but I do believe that the Lord protects and honors those who are faithful to Him.

I started my journey of reading the Word each morning many years ago now – and I can say without pause that I thoroughly enjoy my time with the Lord and His Word each morning. This time gives clarity to the day ahead which can be hectic and stressful. This time in the Word can center my soul on His Plan and His Will for me today. I have learned to trust in Him more because I spend time with Him. I believe that the Lord watches over my day as I begin it with Him. I don’t necessarily believe that he lines everything up for my prosperity today, but I do believe He directs my steps for His Kingdoms interest. I want to delight in Him and live for Him. I want the roots of my life to be deeply connected to His Living Water so that my life bears much fruit for Him and His notoriety. I want to make Him famous with my life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

I Need Water!

A few weeks ago we were at home in the living room, watching a television show together as a family when a pretty significant storm came through. I went to the kitchen and realized that our water was off. I immediately made sure that I hadn’t forgotten to pay the bill and I hadn’t. I called into the water authority to make sure to report an outage. About an hour later, I was getting restless, so I called again and they had a crew out in our area and they discovered that lightening had went into the ground and took out the water line. I had never heard of that before. I asked how long would the repair take – I’m thinking showers are needed. I’m also thinking about bathroom stops too. We load up and go into town for showers. I was thankful for my water jug of Superior Mountain Water – we had great drinking water. We went to bed that night with the crew still working to repair the water main. We were not the only home without water. I realized just how much I take for granted that I can turn on the water at the faucet, wash dishes, wash clothes, flush the toilet without worry about ever running out of water. The water was fixed during the night and I had a hot shower the next morning and my world came back to normal. I sure did thank the Lord for water that morning.

PThe Israelites where in a place without water and panic was setting in. They grumbled to Moses. Moses passed their grumbling on to the Lord. Check this out…

5 The Lord answered Moses, ‘Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.’ So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’ (Exodus 16:5-7 NIV)

Water is a necessity to life. We humans can’t survive long without water. I don’t like to be thirsty for long. I wish I were the guy who thought of the idea to bottle water and sell it in the store. I’ve learned from my doctor over the years just how important water can be to my body. Instead of drinking carbonated drinks or sweet tea – I’m trying to drink good ole water.

I also believe that as water quenches my thirst and refuels my physical body– the Word of God can quench my spiritual thirst and refuel my soul. I believe that spending time in the Word of God is the simplest most powerful thing I can do today to enhance my heart and welcome the Presence of God into my life. Over the years I’ve become thirsty for more of Him in my life. The Word quenches my thirst like no other book or author can. When I’m thirsty – I can drink from Living Water!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

The River Runs Through It

Waikato River near Huka Falls, NZI really enjoy being near water, in the water and on the water. As Spring begins to unfold, I look forward to playing with water. I also enjoy drinking water. I also use it to shower. Water is life giving to our planet. I don’t think I can ever remember a time when I was so extremely thirsty that I thought I’d die.

I’m reminded that there are places in this world where there is not plenty of water. The water they have is not clean. I can hardly put my head around that. We have several sources of water where I live that provides lots of options. There are rivers, streams and lakes. The water seems to know the rules. Rivers usually stay in the banks and the lakes stay steady. When there is and over abundance of rain the river can break the rules and destroy things in it’s path.

Ezekiel speaks of something amazing that he saw while touring the Temple. It’s a cool picture of a river coming from inside and flowing through the Temple. Check this out…

3 As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. 5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in – a river that no one could cross. 6 He asked me, ‘Son of man, do you see this?’

12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.’ (Ezekiel 47:3-6;12 NIV)

 

I love the picture of life giving water coming from inside the Temple. The Lord is the source of the River. He provides life from inside the Temple. The water He provides gives life. I want to drink from this water. Jesus later speaks of being the Living Water. The life that this river brings is not just for life here on earth; it’s life eternal. I also want the water to wash over me. I want the water to sustain me. I want the life giving water that flows from God.

Pressing On!

Dwayne