During the heatwave we experienced here in Western Canada, both in the Spring and then just a couple of weeks ago, people were desperate for water and refreshing rain.
It caused me to think of the comparison to our spiritual condition after having gone through a dry season. Water cleanses, water refreshes, and water gives life! Water can transform a barren countryside into a fruitful field.
We have seen this happen in Africa when refreshing rains have come. Today we need the refreshing of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We trust this song linked below by Vinesong entitled Let Your Living Water Flow/Thank You Lord will help prepare your heart to receive the message on Living Waters for the Thirsty.
Scripture Reading: John 7:37-39.
Revelation 22:17: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth, say Come. And let him that is athirst, Come. And whosoever will let him take the water of life freely” (KJV).
INTRODUCTION: There is a spiritual hunger and thirst in the heart of every person that can only be truly satisfied by a deep spiritual relationship with the true and living God, who revealed Himself to mankind in the Person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!
In the Psalms:
Do you sense this deep spiritual thirst in your heart?
We also have a deep desire to see God’s glory and power revealed amongst us these days!
What a wonderful prophetical promise! Are you thirsty? Do you feel spiritually dry in your experience? God has made this wonderful promise to all of us and to our descendants. The Lord desires to send showers of blessing upon us. Let us open our hearts to receive.
There are also many today who are spending their time, energy, and money on things that cannot satisfy. Heed the call of the Lord today to come drink freely, the living, satisfying, waters of life.
“Ho! Everyone that is thirsty in Spirit
Ho! Everyone that is weary and sad:
Come to the Fountain, there’s fullness in Jesus.
All that you are longing for come and be glad.”
“Child of the Kingdom be filled with the Spirit:
Nothing but fullness thy longing can meet!
Tis the enduement for life and for service.
Thine is the promise so certain -so sweet.”
“I will pour water on him that is thirsty,
I will pour floods upon the dry ground.
Open your heart for the gift I am bringing,
While you are seeking me, I will be found.”
3. NOTE ALSO THE WORDS OF JEREMIAH THE PROPHET.
There are also many today who have done this. This grieves the heart of God. They need to repent and return to the Lord, the fountain of living waters, and He will forgive, restore, and revive them again, as they drink deeply of Him.
4. NOW LET US NOTE CAREFULLY THE WORDS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
In this passage of scripture, we see Jesus speaking to a spiritually thirsty woman of Samaria who had been drinking at the broken cisterns of this world which did not satisfy the deep longing in her heart.
She had come to draw water at the well of Samaria where Jesus was seated. Jesus spoke to her about the living waters which He had come to give those who are thirsty. As we read the full passage of Scripture in this chapter, we see this spiritually thirsty woman of Samaria opening her heart and drinking from the well of salvation, and finding satisfaction in her heart.
She left her waterpot [which represented her old life] and went into the city, inviting others to come to Christ. They came and heard His Word and believed on Him. This woman not only drank the living waters of salvation herself, but she shared the message of these living waters with others.
She became like an evangelist and soul-winner. There are many all around us today like this woman who are spiritually hungry and thirsty. We need to go to them and tell them about the ‘free, living, satisfying, waters’ that are found only in the Lord Jesus.
In the Expositors Bible Commentary, [Frank E. Gaebelein general editor], we gather the following information about the Jewish ‘Feast of Tabernacles’. “The feast of Tabernacles was celebrated in the autumn on the fifteenth day of the seventh month (Leviticus 23:34), which would compare roughly to the second week of October in our Calendar.
It began five days after the Day of Atonement [Yom Kippur] and lasted eight days. [Leviticus 23:33-44; Deuteronomy 16:13-17]. Each family constructed its own temporary shelter of branches to live in for the period of the feast. This typified the years of wandering in the desert before the people entered the promised land.
The feast was joyful in character and was a time of thanksgiving for the harvest that marked the transition from nomadic poverty to stable affluence in their own land. It was one of the three annual feasts at which attendance was required of all Jewish men. Deuteronomy 16:16.
“The feast was established as a memorial to the wandering in the wilderness where water and food were scarce. When the people immerged from the desert into the land of Canaan, they enjoyed regular rainfall and plentiful crops. (Daily Sacrifices were also offered during this Feast.) The celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles included a daily procession of priests from the Temple to the Pool of Siloam, from which they drew water that was poured out as a libation (Offering to God) at the altar. This was accompanied by the reading of Isaiah 12:3 “With Joy you will draw water from the wells of Salvation”.
Note: It was possibly at this particular time on the last day of the feast which was called ‘the great day’ that ‘’Jesus stood’’ (so that all could see Him) and “cried out’’ (so all could hear Him), saying “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”. John 7:37-38.
Year after year the people had gathered and gone through this religious ritual or ceremony, but their hearts were still spiritually thirsty. Jesus is saying here that He came to fulfill what was typified in this religious feast. He is the fountain of ‘living waters’ and all who drink from the living waters will find satisfaction and reality in Him. It says in John 7:39 “but this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified”.
CONCLUSION: Are you spiritually thirsty? Come to Jesus the fountain of living waters and drink in deeply. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only one who can truly satisfy the deep spiritual thirst in our hearts.
Then remember the words of Jesus when He said, “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). We are to allow the living waters within us to flow out to others in blessing. Others around us are also thirsty for this living water. We need to share with them what Jesus has given us.
Come to Jesus the fountain of living waters and drink deeply today. Are you spiritually thirsty for more? Are you spiritually dry? Again, The Lord Jesus invites all to come, drink deeply at the fountain of living waters, the Lord Jesus Himself. He will refresh and revive you again and then make you a blessing to others.
Below is a link to the song, Revive us Again, by the Gaither’s that I believe will be a blessing to you:
May the Lord send showers of blessing and times of revival/refreshing to all of us in these days. John 7:37-39. Revelation 22:17. Note again the words of this passage of scripture. “And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come and let him that hears say, Come. And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (NKJV). God Bless.
Word in Season: Lloyd Schuetz
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