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I Need This

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her,  “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10 NKJV)

How often do we come before Jesus certain that there was something that we needed. If we don’t get this we are going to die. We are just like the Samaritan woman. She thought that she needed water and her only perspective in everything that was said was that, “I need drinkable water”.  Interestingly the real need of her heart, that which would truly satisfy,  was right there and easily available. What she really needed, Jesus, was soon to reveal Himself to her in a way that no one else had ever done before (“Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:10, 29 NKJV)).

How blind we can be!!!  We press and press for issues, things and experiences but miss the very thing that brings true life. If we would just ask Jesus for the right thing, then He would have given living waters to us.

The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? (John 4:11 NKJV). We think that it will take a lot of work. The well is deep and we have nothing or little ability to get what we think we need.  Unfortunately we think that the essence of life will come from our hard work, our skill or our intelligence, yet Jesus provides living waters at His expense and His effort.

Furthermore, the nature of this life, this living water that Jesus sets before us is such that once the process is started it ought to constantly be flowing out from within us. Wherever we go this life should flood from us and out of us. Jesus says in John 4:14 “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  (See also John 7:37-39)

Lord Jesus, would You open our eyes to see how You are the one that satisfies the thirst which we have.  Help us to experience your living water.


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The Ways or the Acts

There is an interesting verse in Psalms 103:7 which says that God “made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.” (Emphasis added)   In this scripture two groups of people are compared.  There is Moses who constantly went up the mountain to meet with God and then there were the children of Israel who observed from a distance.  The children of Israel constantly saw and experienced the miracles and provision of God.  Moses also experienced the same miracles and provision of God, but being close to God, Moses was also informed of the “ways of God”.  The ways of God would imply his laws; his methods of administration; and the principles on which he governs mankind.  In Psalms 25:4 David prays, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.”  Perhaps in both of these Psalms David is referring to Exodus 33:12 where Moses declares the same thought saying “show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight.”  There was an understanding that knowing the ways of God enabled a better knowledge of God and a better relationship with God.

The Psalmist then lists some of the character traits of God.  The Lord is described as “merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.  He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him (Ps 103:8-11).

In John chapter 6 Jesus has thousands of people following after Him, they had just experienced a miracle and were eager to receive another miracle.  Yet when Jesus challenges the people to be committed to Him, the commitment level becomes too great and the multitudes leave.  Only the disciples were left, declaring, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)  Only 12 disciples out the thousands knew that life consisted in more than just looking for daily provision, miracles or seeing the acts of God.  They knew that true life came from experiencing the words of life, knowing and understanding the ways of God working in our lives.

In your life it is possible to superficially know the blessings, the power and the miracles of God – this would be the acts of God.  However in greater intimacy with God, there would be the opportunity to see the acts of God but also to know the ways of God.  The Apostle Paul says in 2 Cor. 3:8 that the present ministry of the Holy Spirit is more glorious than when Moses met with God.  Take some time to reflect upon what is more important to you, seeing the acts of God or drawing near to Jesus, the Living Word of God, and therefore to know and experience the ways of God.  Then take time to draw near to Jesus.


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Just Watching

On a hot Monday afternoon our team of 11 people looked over the Haitian construction site.   The materials and money that had been sent had been delayed in arrival.  The team was supposed to mix and pour the cement roof which would become the floor for the next level of the church.  Instead there was little work to do except to move a pile of bamboo supports which would hold up the forms for the roof.  The actual installing of the forms would have to be completed by local craftsmen who would cut each bamboo pole to length, notch the top of the pole and insert the pole onto the appropriate support beam.

As we moved the pile of 600, 12-14 foot bamboo poles a group of men and children gathered to watch, laugh and ask questions.  The laughing centred upon a group of white people doing work that only the lowest of labourers in Haiti would do.  The questions concerned those of, “Can you give me a dollar?”  Other crude Haitian comments came forth, but not knowing the language we were oblivious to the comments.

One team member suggested that since this audience was “just watching”, perhaps we should get an interpreter and we should tell these people why we were here and invite them to a service.  As we completed our work we turned to these men and children and told them of the Jesus Video that we would be showing that evening.  We mentioned that we had come to help a local church and that we would praying for people in their homes, that God would minister, and lives would be touched.  We asked if they wanted prayer.  There was some laughter among them, we asked again and some said they wanted prayer, but they seemed unclear about what they wanted prayer for.  Then two young fellows came forward and declared that they wanted prayer for Jesus.  When we clarified what that meant , they said they wanted to ask Jesus into their lives to become Christians.  In front of these men and other boys, we gladly led them in prayer to accept Jesus Christ.  We asked if they were sincere when they asked Jesus Christ to come into their lives.  The response was “yes”, when asked then where is Jesus now?  They responded with a smile, “in our hearts”

These two young men were starting a new journey with God.  Life for them will have its challenges, some of which only the power of God can help them go through.  As they mingled back among their peers, there was some teasing about their actions.  Life would now have a different set of challenges but God would be with them and His help would be there to strengthen them.

In your lives don’t be afraid to step forward and to seek being with the living God, Jesus Christ.  Don’t allow the pressures of those around you to prevent you from doing what is best for you.  Seek God for new confidence and boldness in standing for Jesus Christ.


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So Did God Die?

Some people in trying to refute the doctrine of the Trinity will ask questions about the death of Jesus.  In a simplistic way they will ask, “So what happened when Jesus died on the Cross?  If He was true God, does that mean that God died when Jesus died?  Is it even possible for God to die?”  And then, “If Jesus died, does that mean for a period of time that there were only two entities in the Godhead, i.e. the Father and the Holy Spirit, because Jesus was dead?”

According to the Christian faith, when a person of faith dies, their body perishes but their soul continues to live and goes to be with God in heaven.  When humans suffer physically, this suffering and anguish can have an effect on the mind, will and emotions of the person, i.e. the soul of the person. Have you ever noticed that at some times you may be so exhausted or so much in pain that it is almost impossible to think, much less to pray?  In the same way that our physical suffering here on earth can affect our spirit responding to God.  Similarly, when Jesus suffered before and upon the cross, His physical body suffered and His soul and Spirit would have suffered also.  This was a complete level of suffering, necessary for paying the debt which we are guilty of, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Yet when Jesus died physically, the soul and spirit of Jesus would have continued to live even as it does for believers who die.  As an aside, when  the unbeliever dies, their soul and spirit also continues to live, however by their own choice, their end is not with God in heaven.

Yes Jesus died physically (i.e. His physical body), so that we could live spiritually.  Just as Jesus has not died spiritually so also we who have our faith in Christ will not die spiritually.  For this we can be thankful.


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