Living Waters

December 2, 2021

Jeremiah 2:13

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, [and] hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

               Most of us know of Christ the living waters.  No doubt most of us have came and drank from the wells of salvation.  Quite probably many of us have made our vows to God as Jeremiah 2:20-22 says.  “For of old time I have broken thy yoke, [and] burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, [yet] thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.” 

We have experienced the deliverance and salvation that God has brought into our lives.  We have tasted that He is good and has brought us out of our darkness and bondage into the light of His truth.  The question we must ask ourselves today is, “Have I become like Israel?  Have I lost fear of God and am I playing the spiritual harlot pursuing my own loves, pleasures and interests?  Have I turned aside from the living waters to again drink of the miry waters of wickedness and sin? 

               A cistern is a vessel for storing water.  What are we storing up in our souls?  Have we become cracked pots that can not longer store or hold on to the life of God?  Has sin and selfishness come into our hearts so that the life has leaked out of us?  If so, we have the exhortation to repent and turn again to the living waters of God’s Word and Life or our wickedness will bring judgement upon us.  Jeremiah 2:19 says, “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that [it is] an evil [thing] and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear [is] not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.” 

               Where is our heart today?  Do we fear the Lord and approach His throne each day in reverence and prayer?  Is He still the object of our affection and the One we commune with as we go about our daily living?  Do we drink from the wells of salvation daily and renew our strength in Him or is He becoming a byword, a label, an empty symbol of a once held faith and confidence? 

             Father is continually challenging us to check our hearts, our motives and our lives.  He tells us to judge ourselves that we are not judged.  He has given us His Word and Spirit to reprove and correct us, but our hearts must be tender enough to receive correction and turn from evil.  Sin will callous and harden our hearts and we can easily become as Jeremiah says in 2:24, “You are like a wild donkey, sniffing the wind at mating time. Who can restrain her lust? Those who desire her don’t need to search, for she goes running to them!”

 Have we become headstrong, bent on our own way, because we do not want to forsake our sin?  Has pleasure taken us down a wrong path, but we don’t want to turn out of it.  We have to choose this day who we will serve.  The end of sin is always death and the place where our thirst is never quenched. 

               Is it our day to turn back to the Lord with our whole heart, to fear Him and return from our wickedness and self-pursuits?  Father loves you, Christ died for you and you are the object of His affection and desire.  Come back and abide at the wells of salvation and drink again the living water of His grace and mercy.  Repair the cracks and breaches where sin has enter in.  Cover them in repentance and with the blood of Jesus.  His arms are open to the prodigals that have gone away from Him.  Return to Him while there is still time.

Blessings,

#kent

Cistern or Septic

June 10, 2015

Cistern or Septic

James 3:7-12
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Jesus makes this statement Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” The tongue and the speech of a person are the reflection of the aquifer of a man’s soul. Many things touch us as we go through life and how we process and the attitude with which we handle them can make all the difference in the world in how they affect our life and who and what we are. Most of us, at one time or another, will experience hurts, disappointments and offenses at the hands of another individual. It can be someone who might have been a friend or it may be from our closest and most trusted loved one or relative. Offenses, hurts, wounding can come from many directions, but no matter where they come from, it is how we deal with them that becomes important.
When water falls upon the earth it percolates down through the ground into voids, pockets and underground reservoirs. Many of us have had or at least drank from wells supplied by underground water. What is it that makes that water either pure to drink or in some cases septic and contaminated? Usually it is the process of filtration as it goes through the ground and works its way down into the reservoir. We have a filtration process that we have to take the events of our lives through. What we find in the Word is that if we process our lives with an attitude of the world or if we allow offenses or hurts that may be very real, to be processed the wrong way it can allow our inward cistern of life to become polluted and defiled. It will not only defile us, but it will make our speech and attitudes septic, which can, in turn, defile others.
The bait of satan is to get us to take offense, after all we are justified in doing so, we are the ones that were wronged. In Mark 11:25-26 Jesus makes the statement, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” You see our soul and our heart can be a cistern of life giving water or it can become a septic tank of bitterness and unforgiveness. What would have happened if the Lord had taken the offense of our sins, disobedience and rejection into His heart and held unforgiveness? If we still had life at all there would be no hope and there would be no avenue of relationship. If the Lord had only dwelled on our offenses and had not offered forgiveness could we have known anything but misery and death? As the Son of God was hanging on the cross, grossly beaten, abused, tortured and now crucified of men, His words were “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He didn’t hold the offense. He released it and the destructive power it could have contained with unforgiveness.
Maybe some of us today are sensing that our cistern has been polluted and made septic by offenses we have been unwilling to forgive and release. That unforgiveness hinders the forgiveness of our offenses to the Lord. It must be as the Lord’s prayer says,’ forgive us our sins, our debts, our offenses, as we forgive those who have sinned against us, have unpaid debts toward us and who have offended us.’ This process can be a painful one and in a sense it is like turning the other cheek to forgive when everything within us wants to return pain for pain, an eye for eye and a tooth for tooth. We want the offender to hurt and suffer every bit as much, if not more, than we have. We have a mighty God who is our avenger and just judge before which all of us will stand and give account. Allow your heart to be freed of the offenses that you have held so that you may have a clean heart and know God’s wonderful love and forgiveness for you that we could never deserve, yet He freely gives.
Filter out the offenses and the hurts that want to go into your heart and mortally wound your soul. You must filter them with the love and the forgiveness that the Lord has given you. You must extend the grace that He has given at the expense of his mortal life. It is the only way to purify the living waters of your heart so that you might issue forth life and not death.

Blessings,
#kent

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