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Where’s Your Water Supply?

John 4:10-13

New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.

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So I must apologize, I have been slacking!!  Some changes are happening in my life and we are in pursue of a house to rent and work has been busy.  In the mean time I seem to have put my writing aside a bit and I know that I need to prioritize things better so as not to begin back-sliding in the things of God.  So, I am back and I will continue to push for at least 5 blogs a week. On that note, here is today’s blog:

Rivers of living water are suppose to flow from our bellies when we are walking with God.  People should know right away that we are different in some way.  They should also be able to detect that we bring life with us where ever we go.  How is it that so many Christians are not portraying this?  Is the water we carry with us fresh and untainted?  Is it worthy to be shared so others may come to know this Jesus we carry in our hearts?

Let me just begin by saying simply, we once drew from the river of life, but now it seems as if we all draw from our own water supplies instead of seeking God for fresh water.  Let me explain how I feel about water supplies.  Once upon a time, long ago, there was one religion.  One way of seeking God.  One river which brought life to anyone who touched it.  Is Christianity today having the same affect or does it seem stagnant and not worthy of even possessing?    In my opinion, somehow we have gotten too far away from the main water supply and we are drawing from whatever suits our needs the best.

Not trying to step on any toes here are far as to religions, however, if we look at Christianity as a relationship then we all have to drink from the same well.  God loves each person on this planet, equally.  He desires for all mankind to come to know His Son and to be saved so that they may spend eternity in heaven.  How is this going to happen if we are all on different pages and in different books?  Christianity is a call for unity.  A call to be free in the things of God.  If this is to be proven true, then why are so many Christians in disagreement?  If we all love Jesus then why is there so much separation?

There is only one answer that makes any sense…Satan has used the conquer and divide method very well.  The more he can bind our thinking, the more confusion he brings to the body of Christ.  So we think we have all the answers and we take our “portion” of living water and set ourselves apart from the unity of the body because we think we are more right than the next person.  I feel that no matter what church we belong to, we should all be seeking the same water supply.

In conclusion, I just want to make it clear that it really does not matter how we get to God in the end, but it matters that we are all in the river of life when Jesus comes, not in our own little pool.  The purpose of our lives is to love one another and spread the gospel, so how did things get so out of focus?  We should not be focused on the number of people attending our churches but rather on the number of lives we can save from hell.

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Center of Attention

Matthew 21:9

Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!”
As we are in Easter week it has been tugging on my heart about what Jesus suffered for us and yet we often just set Him aside in our busy lives and fail to allow Him to be the center of attention.  Just before He was to be hung on the cross, Jesus was a hero.  He was the Healer.  He was the Celebrity.  What happened?  How did He go from the center of attention to the back burner?
It makes me sad to think I walked away from Him being the center of attention for ten years in my life. Sure, I knew He was there and when things were going wrong I would call out to Him, however, having a relationship with Him was not high on my priority list.  I cannot play the “if only” game this scene either because it was my choice to go down the path I did.  I chose to not have God as the center of my world.  I wanted to do it all on my own and once I had my life back together I would put Him back into place.
Now that I have placed Jesus smack dab in the center of my life, things are running so much  smoother.  Life has begun to make sense and the cool part is that Jesus can be seen in my life now.  When we choose to place Jesus in the center, balance is evident.  Life is seen.  Lives are changed.  Hope is renewed.  Not because of us as people but because we allow ourselves to be used as a vessel of His light and people take notice.
I encourage each of you this Easter season to examine yourself.  Where is Jesus in your life?  Do you have Him in the center or is He on the back burner? Do others know that Jesus is a huge part of your life?  Just some food for thought, wish someone would have posed those same questions to me before I decided to let go of His hand for ten years.  Well perhaps they did but I wasn’t listening.
Jesus longs to be the center of attention in your life.  He wants to be the light in your life.  He wants you to be able to draw all men onto Him so that none shall perish into the fiery pits of hell.  Will you let Him be the center of your life?

How Are You Finding Joy?

Psalm 9:2
I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

To continue on with my theme for the week, I want to continue thankfulness even when we think things are not as they should be.  Take for instance getting a new home and you were hoping for 3 bedrooms and God provides a more than sufficient home according to His promise of provision but the home only has 2 bedrooms and you really wanted the third one for a new office.  Did you really need a new office?  Is there somewhere else in this home where you could fit an office?  Often times we are just not happy with what God gives us and we complain and are ungrateful because it does not have all the bells and whistles we wanted. We should be thankful in the end for the roof over our heads. God knows what we need and He will not give us more than we can handle.  And I know for sure He provides for our needs at just the right timing.

Let’s take a closer look at misunderstood provision as it played a huge role in my life.  Here I was in the middle of relationship with my husband that was growing darker and darker every day.  My typical day towards the end of my disaster consisted of:  getting the kids ready, going to work for 9 hours, finding money for dinner and kerosene, finding my husbands next fix, endless trips to the emergency room and so much more.  This happened over and over again and as I cried myself to sleep each night, I laid there wondering when the end would come.

Then, in the scheme of things and my bewilderment God stepped in and took my husband from the scenario.  He freed me from the hell I was operating out of on a daily basis and do  you know as I sat in that hospital room I still did not want to let anyone know about what was happening everyday in my life?  I was literally afraid of how I was going to make it if my husband was not in the picture any more?  Now I look back and just shake my head and giggle to myself , “oh ye of little faith.”

God had given me an out and I still was not happy it seemed.  Now I would have to raise two teenagers alone on  the salary of just me.  Here I was with no gas on at the trailer, no working appliances and a van that just did not run right and my husband was the one who did most of the cooking and the fixing of anything broken. I was in a panic because I did not know how to cook on a an outside grill. I just could not see it at the time the wonderful provision God had already in motion because I just wanted Him to fix my husband.  Now I look back and as I can see more of the bigger picture, I see what God had in mind all along and in order for these things to happen, there had to be a separation.

Next Blog:  more on the separation and how it has drawn me ever so close to God