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What is Your Favorite Drink?

John 4:13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” 15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

Jesus was offering water that would keep the Samaritan woman from ever thirsting again. This water was soul satisfying and spiritually capable of birthing eternal life. Eternal life. Along with that spiritual refreshment came another result of that drink of faith, the abundant life. In John 10 Jesus said I have come to bring life and that life is abundant life. The one drink of faith establishes this spiritual connection that is birthed at the conception of new life or being born again. Everything changes. Everything!!!!

So what happens to a person who forgets what they have in their grasp when it comes to living this life of victory and soul quenching victory. I believe distractions come in and get us away from the life we were intended to live and the soul quenching drink of spiritual life is replaced with other substitutes that seem good. We begin to try other drinks that the world offers and they fall miserably short of the intended soul satisfying water Jesus gives to each of us. And since we are compromising the intended purity of this wonderful water it seems the whole essence of our faith has been fooled and we begin to live the lie of what it means to follow Christ.

The world offers us different "water" that is easier to handle and is based on our wants and desires. Maybe one such drink would be "popularity", or "wealth", or "position" and these all seem to be good in a very narcissistic, prideful world. And that is the problem with the weakness of our Christian faith in the present world we live in. We are listening to the wrong voices and drinking from the wrong source and the reason for that is we have a "choice" in the matter and we have not chosen wisely. Then when we can't seem to feel that happiness or joy we felt at the beginning of our salvation experience we begin to doubt if it is all it is put up to be. And of course, it is so much more than we can ever fully experience, if we continue to drink from this source of life. So instead of falling away from serving Jesus we are drawn to do more and to live more as I deepen this wonderful friendship that Jesus offers me. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

You see, this living water bubbles up in each of us who have it and it compels us to live for God more, serve God more, and be line with His thinking. Not the world's way!! We are compelled to come back to this living water for more and more nourishment and the taste is so sweet we cannot even consider any other source of life. God's Word further emphacizes the direct result of tasting this living water again and again. In Psalm 34:Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Do not compromise the best for the worst by tasting of the world's water, and ignore the life-giving water of Jesus of which you will never thirst again.

So God has a great plan for our life and it all stems from this life-giving water we drink for salvation and for living our every day life. Remember the woman wanted the water so she could take it with her wherever she went and Jesus gave it to her and it changed her life and the life of those in the village who heard the message of Hope Jesus had shared with her. The Prophet Jeremiah prophesied to this very "life" plan in Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Only drink the living water of Jesus and you will see a growth in your walk with God that will surpass any of the drinks the world has to offer. The Holy Spirit is ready and willing to fill you right now and restore your heart with a whole new way of living and thinking. DRINK UP !!

The Pilgrimage continues.....

David Warren

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