Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"Abundant Water - Part 2"

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." Acts 3:19

Yesterday we talked about how it is God who quenches the thirst that we have, not ourselves. He promises to send water upon those who are thirsty and abundant water upon those who are dry. Like He told the woman at the well that if we will drink from the water that He gives- salvation- we will never thirst again. Salvation quenches that thirsty place within us. But even after we have received this life giving water there are times when we become "dry" and need to be refreshed. 

I want to talk about "times" of refreshing this morning. Salvation is that one time experience, but times of refreshing have to happen continuously. We have to do like the old timers used to say, "Get under the spout where the glory comes out". Just because the "rain of His Spirit" flooded your soul and refreshed you yesterday doesn't mean you don't need it to happen again today.

I am having to water my plants daily. It has been so hot that if I miss a day you can certainly tell it. The affects of not having rain show up in them. They get dry and will start wilting. They look like they are dying. But once I water them, the transformation is noticeable-- they perk up, begin to bloom and look healthy again.

If we don't receive the refreshing water of God's Spirit continually (by that I mean daily, even several times a day- sometimes I have to water my plants morning and evening) our lives become "wilted" and "dry". The affects will show up in behavior and attitude. We will not be as joyous. Confusion will overtake our peace. The Fruit of the Spirit will not be very evident. We won't be fruitful. We will find ourselves gravitating more to the flesh. We will be spiritually unhealthy.

Does this describe how you feel? Have you been "lifeless and dry"? Have you been wondering why you are experiencing this? Have you looked for an answer to change it? Your answer is "water", each and every day. You have a promise from the One who does the watering that He will send water upon you-- "Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary." (Psalm 68:9)-- but you must take time to get alone with the Lord and let Him water you until the refreshing comes.

Have a great day. Feeling dry? You need water to refresh you and you need it continuously.

For further reading:
Isaiah 35:7; 55:1; 44:3
John 7:37;38

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