This body dies. Let’s face it. As we age, everything slides south. The dirt tub we flail around in, is going kah-poot. Instead of visiting the Heartbreak hotel, we start visiting the heartburn hotel. Instead of knickers under our knockers, we have knockers in our knickers. Yes, I just said that…ugh. I’m sorry. It’s this darned mortality gig. We can’t help it. But, there is something we can do about it.
Why don’t we visit the fountain of youth? Let’s just find the elusive river of living waters.
”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.” Jeremiah 2:13
Yesterday we talked about having the abundant life…really having it. This is the starting place. This is the point of no return. This is the lottery ticket. We have to embrace instead of forsake the fountain of living waters which is God, His incredible Word and His incredible Gift. What are we really without Him? This truth is a fountain of youth. Look what happens when you serve God.
“But they that wait (Hebrew word, qavah is a verb connoting action in service) upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
The most basic key for power in the abundant life is knowing one secret. One truth. A truth that will, if we allow it, transform this dying body into a power-filled ambassador of vitality and strength. It metamorphosis into the Greek word in John 10:10b’s; for “life,” is Zoe which is life brimming with energy and stamina. It is a key that we can stake our lives on.
The Bible is the revealed Word and Will of God.
A fountain is an unlimited supply of water. God says that “my people” have forsaken that unlimited supply and turned to broken cisterns. Cisterns only have a limited supply of water, but to have broken cisterns means their supply is leaking as well. What a tragedy! One we effectively live everyday when we decide to trust in our own devices.
Have you ever asked yourself what is the greatest sin you could commit? Murder? Adultery? Stealing? Nope. If you asked your friends and neighbors what it is, you’d come up with many answers.
What does the Word say?
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:37, 38
By simple logic we see that, if loving God is the first and greatest commandment, then the greatest sin is not loving God. That means putting something ahead of God. Anything that sneaks in front of Him. That includes hewing out our own leaky religious systems and ideologies. Our own thinking patterns.
“How excellent [is] thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee [is] the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.” Psalms 36:7-10
Could it really be that easy?
It’s that easy.
This world is all going to pass away, but the work you do for God will never pass away. We have an eternal source for our wisdom, strength and vitality. There is our fountain of youth. But Hosea 4:6 said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” This knowledge is not the latest Google search, the last newsfeed from your mobile device, or the latest New York Times bestselling, self-help book; that knowledge is the lack of knowledge of the revealed Word and Will of God. It must be more than just knowing about God’s Word. And that, my friend, is what we’ll begin on Monday. Don’t miss one of the posts, I am so excited to share these keys with you.
God Bless You Today!
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