It’s been awhile since I posted last and I’m happy to say, I haven’t been gone forever, just busy. Today, I’d like to invite you to join us. We’ll be doing our first 8 week Bible study/workshop on the “5 Basics for Growth” Book. As I’ve been preparing for this workshop setting, I realised that each chapter touches on a subject in a very simple way that could be studied in far more depth. We are going to have so much fun, and don’t worry there’s not a ton of homework, just a ton of learning. Here is a video commercial that I hope you’ll all share on your social media pages.
All we have to do is believe the promises of God, not make them come to pass. That sounds like a comment from the wide-eyed fervor of a zealot, a true believer.
“4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:4-6
“Quickened”, is the old English word for “made alive”. God made us, who were dead spiritually, alive together in Christ, by grace then He raised us up together to sit in heavenly places.
Am I in heavenly places now? No, not at all, in fact, some days I feel like I’m going’ through hell. So how do we explain that? Well, this is like Grandma calling us in for a homemade dinner, and she has our seats marked at the table. They are reserved just for us. We have a place in heaven already waiting for us. Let’s read on.
” 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. ” vs. 7-9
It is not our job to save ourselves. We couldn’t, we don’t have any way to do it. We can’t work ourselves into that salvation. We don’t even deserve it! But then again, God doesn’t ask us to.
It’s His kindness not our effort. It’s His grace not our good deeds. It’s His gift to give and He can’t wait to give it. The same goes for miracles and healing and for all spiritual things, like understanding, peace, and hope. All these things are fruit of the spirit. God gave us the gift of spirit. Mankind didn’t manufacture it with our hands or minds. So why, would God save this stubborn, hard-headed, prideful lot?
“10 For we are his workmanship (masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 11 Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];” vs. 10-14
Why did He do it? He knew we needed it. He loves and pities us. He gave us Jesus Christ to break down that barrier between us. Okay, so now what? I accept it, I am thankful. How do I see God’s promises come to pass?
“6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” Ephesians 3:6-7
We have been given great power, now we just need to learn how to partake in it through our believing. We just believe.
Belief, is just coming to a conclusion about a matter.
So let’s say we’re faced with financial battles. Circumstances have us believing or concluding that we can’t overcome the financial burden. We can’t make it over the obstacles. So instead we look at God’s Word for the conclusion. What should we believe?
“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Psalms 37:25
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
We can conclude, or believe, that God will supply all our need. And we conclude that He would never let His seed (us) beg bread.
We conclude that the Word of God is True and applicable today. We believe that God will, and can, do no less than His written Word. Is God the Creator of the universe able? OH YES! And is He willing? Now we must learn how to receive anything from God.
God Bless You Today!
Very few of us know what really pushes God’s “Give” button or if there is a button at all. Personally, I’d like to just enter my pin number and out would come my blessing. Wouldn’t that be nice? We make God into an ATM machine.
But no, God is a person. He has feelings. He has dreams and goals, just like we do. What is God’s goal in this verse?
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2
It doesn’t seem like I deserve all that, especially after the ATM comment. Lol… BUT look at that. He wishes that we prosper and be in good health, above all things. That is amazing. It also sounds like there are two of us involved. Me and God. God wishes it, but am I supposed to make it happen? Or will He help me out? How does it work?
That’s the great thing about being the right sort of person. For the right sort of person, it just happens. No, the “right sort” is not a religion, race or gender. Look at this old promise from way back in Psalms.
“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalms 37:11
The “meek” sound like they have it made! What does it take to be meek?
I once heard these two definitions and they stuck with me.
Humility is being willing to listen to what God has to say. (Over our own opinions.)
Meekness is being willing to do what God wants done.
God empowers, blesses and needs people who are doers! “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,” James 1:22
That can’t be too hard right? God does love us and wants us to prosper and be in good health. God is love. God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. I’ve been meek to a boss, and I’m sure he didn’t care if I prospered or was in good health. I’ve been meek to teachers, friends, parents and colleagues. Being meek to God, now is that really that hard? God’s a big guy.
What if He wanted me to do something I couldn’t do?
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:3
“Grievous” is translated from the Greek word, “barys”, and literally means; “hard to do.” God’s commandments are not grievous, or hard to do. Isn’t that a relief? This verse also mentions something besides meekness, and that’s love. God loves us and now we know how to love Him back. Wow! We just have to do His commandments. Isn’t that meekness?
Meekness is doing what He says to do without an attitude.
God just needs something done. He doesn’t have feet and hands or a mouth. He is Spirit and works inside you for good and for His glory. His glory is ours too. I’m going to add another layer here.
After the day of Pentecost, suddenly it was available to DO a lot more for God. He gave us salvation and the gift of holy spirit which is our permanent connection and interface that seamlessly operates nine manifestations, or functions. These functions are nine of the biggest hugs you’ll ever get from God. And the more you sow, the more you reap. What do we reap? A harvest, or fruit of the harvest. SO here we are working for God, “DO”ing things for Him, like speaking in tongues, getting word of wisdom and word of knowledge, discerning spirits, faith, miracles and healing. I mean we are little powerhouses now and having a blast doing it all the way down the line. What do we get back?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:23-24
Did you see that? Our fruit of the operating and living of our lives doing the work of the Spirit, is all the stuff we need to inherit the Earth. God asks us to be meek, then, for being meek; He gives us more meekness. Being meek, becomes easy! God asks us to walk in love and gentleness, and for doing that we reap the love and gentleness. God asks us to be at peace, and for doing that we reap abundant, deep, abiding peace!
The longer you live like this, what do you think happens? I would guess you begin seeing the MORE than ABUNDANT life up close and personal. God fills all your cups, He plugs all the leaks and He literally meets your need, almost before you know you have one. Why? Because of that dusty old promise in Psalms.
“But the meek shall (absolutely) inherit the earth; and shall (absolutely) delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalms 37:11
What joy! What rejoicing!
We have a great big wonderful God and He respects conditions, not persons or status. The condition here is meekness. Are you willing to have this kind of life? I know I am, and it’s much better than having an ATM for a Heavenly Father.
God bless you today!
You have to read this post today, because there are different ways to live, and God has something wonderful to say about it and you.
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye (you) received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe.”1 Thessalonians 2:13
Only the real deal Word of God can heal lives. Only the Real Deal Love (agape) of God can heal hearts. People change their minds all the time, yet beg God for a change of heart or a change in their life. How do you get that change?? By Receiving the Word the Right Way
It all starts with the word “received” in the second line of the verse. “Received” is the translated from the Greek word…paralambanō. It comes from the root word lambanō. It means “to receive”, but in the Greek, there is also another word for “receive”. It is dechomai. Both of these words are translated into “receive” and have caused a ton of confusion in today’s Christian.
Let’s look at what they mean.
Dechomai is a subjective reception indicating that by a person’s own decision they received something, but nothing was manifested from the receipt, nothing was done with it. What was received was not manifested into the senses world.
Action” is the heart’s barometer measuring the condition, changes and beliefs one holds dear.
Lambano is an objective reception indicating that by a person’s decision he manifests outwardly that which has be received inwardly.
Here is a great example of the words received being used.
“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received (dechomai-spiritually) the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive (lambano-manifest in the senses world) the Holy Ghost:” Acts 8:14,15
Why was Paul so thankful for those Thessalonians? How did they “RECEIVE” the word of God?
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received (para-lambano- received it into manifestation in the senses world) the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received (dechomai-without manifesting it in the senses world) it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works (energeo, or energizes) also in you that believe.”1 Thessalonians 2:13
These believers used what they were given. They acted on it. What kind of things happened when they did that?
“But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:” 1 Thessalonians 3:6
These believers kept on standing and kept on doing what they were taught. Yeah it was hard, yes, their faith was tested, but they knew what they had been given.
Do you know what you have been given?
Do you know how much of a big deal it is when you stand for God? He knows it’s hard, but believe me it’s much harder without God. Let your life so tell the story of your stand and faith that when someone hears negative, they don’t believe it. They have seen you acting on your faith. What do you do when you are faced with negative situations? Do you give up? Or do you continue to manifest the Word of Life? Change is hard. It requires our full attention so when you have something this powerful pouring into your life and world, do something with it.
God bless you today!
Error is, often times, subtle.
It can sneak into our thinking and suddenly change the way we believe, over time, without us knowing it. We live in a world full of subtleties.
My hubby and I watched a movie last night that really opened my eyes to these kind of subtleties. Slowly over the course of this romantic love story the woman was being pushed outside her comfort zone. She didn’t realize it, until almost too late,that her captor/abuser/lover, had her right where he wanted her, submissive, blind and bound in a dangerous game of torture and abuse. It was like watching the temperature being turned up on the stove with a living frog in the pot. He lured her in with games and manipulation. It was like watching a lamb walk into the slaughter never realizing she walked willingly towards her own demise.
As I thought about my day, prior to watching this movie, I realized that a wooing like this is occurring in Christianity as well. The pit of my stomach dropped and I realized that a long walk towards total bondage is where we are headed if someone doesn’t speak up.
I don’t mean to hit you with the scorched earth tone, but sometimes we need to stop and take a look around. Line by line, in this blog post, I’ll take you through the truth from the Bible. Then you can decide for yourself about the error. A latitude the Devil never extends.
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19
“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:6
There is only one true God. One.
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
God is a spirit. He desires those who will worship Him in spirit. Who is God? Is He eternal? Yes. Did He have a beginning, no, He’s always been. Will He be forever? Yes, He is eternal.
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Psalms 90:2
God is a great big God. He has plans objectives, and goals. But He never takes over our freewill. He never puts us in bondage, He gave us our freewill, why would He take it away? He is all love, all goodness and all tender mercies. He created all life. And He created the new birth that we receive along with salvation when we believe Romans 10:9-10. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Salvation: the Greek word = sozo’ means wholeness or complete)
We receive the gift of salvation and a new inner man. It’s an entirely new creation that is spirit, and is perfectly interfaced with our flesh and mind. We become whole.
“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:” Colossians 3:10
We choose to believe, so therefore we put on a whole new man (or woman, the Greek is not gender specific)
What does this mean now? The spirit that God is imparts His spiritual DNA and binds it to us. We are forever marked as His child. His family member. We are sealed into the family of God. He anointed us with an Anointing. Don’t flinch here, but in the Bible, the word for an anointing, is “Christ”.
To anoint is just the mark, or the seal as a family member to God’s family. This anointing first happen to God’s son. It was very public and very special. Do you recall the Holy Spirit landing on Jesus after he came up out of the water? Before that, he was referred to as Jesus of Nazareth in the Bible. After that moment he is referred to as Jesus the Christ. Or Jesus Christ the anointed one. It was because he was anointed with the same stuff, we get after we get born again. The word “Christians” came from followers of Jesus saying they have “Christ in” them. It was eventually shortened to Christians. We didn’t just get that from being followers of Jesus.
Let’s take this one step further, if you are willing. Let’s see if you can jump all the way out of the pot.
Now, that we have this anointing, this mark, this spiritual DNA, God asks us to walk in Jesus Christ’s stead here on earth. He asks us to do good works, and be ambassadors for Him. For who? Jesus? No. An Ambassador represents the homeland where they are from. The nation of their birth. What is the nation of our new birth? Heaven. Our new birth is spiritual, we received a spiritual mark we are sealed with a spiritual seal, we receive a spiritual gift. God is spirit, so the He gave us what He is.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Ghost or Spirit they are translated from the same word)” Acts 2:38
This gift interfaces with our minds. It becomes a conduit, or an internet connection up to our Father in Heaven. Remember the verse in John that Jesus told the woman at the well? God is a spirit and the true worshipers will worship Him in spirit and in truth. God wants the lines of communication to be open between Him and us. He wants to fellowship with us. Christianity’s best definition is “the way of a Father with his children”. God wanted a family. Have you ever wanted kids? I have. I spent 10 long years in a marriage aching for children. My ex had no interest. What sorrow filled my life. You can’t imagine the waiting, the ache, the longing to see my child breathe its first breath, only to find out he (my ex) didn’t want any children. When my son was born, to the wonderful man I love, I cried with joy at the thought that I would forever be called a, “Mom.” Can you imagine the wait God went through?? He has waited an eternity for you to believe and be born to HIS family. He is a Father, OUR Father. He is God. He chose you and of your freewill, you chose Him. How much sweeter could it be?
When Adam and Eve were first created they were His children as well. But they were tricked out of their gift of holy spirit. Did they die when they were kicked out of the Garden? No, not physically. God had to call them out loud, when, wouldn’t He know where they were? Of course He knew. But they had lost their connection, back then they could lose what today is sealed in us forever. They lost their spiritual birth. God lost His Kids. Imagine the pain of being separated from your newborn. It must have been heart wrenching, so from then on God planned a victory over that deceiver the devil. A victory that would seal the devil’s fate forever.
The plan formed.
A man (Adam) lost the holy spirit, so a man would have to get it back. A man would have to win the victory, a perfect specimen, a perfect man. Jesus.
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from (of) heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” 1 Cor. 15:45-49
After Jesus was raised, he had a new spiritual body, just like we will have when we are raised at the gathering together. I guess it makes sense, we’re going to go live in heaven, with our Father who is a spirit. We have to have a body that works where we will live.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Here’s the error. After all that, all that God did for us, people say we have a relationship with Jesus Christ. God has no beginning, He is eternal. Jesus Christ had a beginning when he was born. A genesis, a start. Don’t believe me?
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 1:18
God created a sperm to fertilize Mary’s egg and gave Jesus perfect DNA on his Father’s side. He was in every way a man just like Adam was created a man, Jesus was a man, the Man and the Son of God. The word “birth” in the verse above is the Greek word, γέννησις gennēsis. Do you recognize this word? Gennesis in the English is Genesis. How does Genesis start? “In the beginning,” It means birth. It is when a life begins. Jesus Christ started there, his genesis was at his birth.
Let’s sum this up.
“For we know that if our earthly house of [this] tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” 2 Corinthians 1:1
We have a spiritual inner man that God created in us at the new birth. The earthly house is our physical body, if it died, we would still have that spiritual body that anointing, that “Christ in us the Hope of Glory.” as it says in Colossians 1:27
We have something in us that is our gift. It is an entirely new creation built because of what Jesus Christ did by our Father in Heaven.
“17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ (anointed), [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all (new) things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (reconnecting) 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21
This verse ties it all together. Jesus passed on the job of reconciliation to us. We are ambassadors for Christ. But who do we report to? Who do we have our relations with? Whose child are we? Christians today believe we have to have a personal relationship with Jesus in order to call ourselves Christians. That simply can not be the case. Jesus had a beginning. He was the Son of God. There is only one true God. So do we have a relationship with Jesus? Or do we have a relationship with the one who redeemed us, who bought us back, who created life to begin with? Well, you need to look at this section in 2 Corinthians, and I mean look. Let’s go back one verse in 2 Corinthians 5, to verse 16.
“16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more.” 2 Corinthians 5:16
Know is used three different times and is translated from two different Greek words in this verse.
The first word, “know” is the Greek word, “eidō” which means; to know by telling, or by learning about. It is not first hand experience. It’s the passing on of knowledge by others.
The second time it occurs is the Greek word “ginōskō” which means; to know by experiencing first hand. Who wrote Corinthians? Paul. Did Paul meet Jesus on the road to Damascus? Did the disciples and apostles that he wrote to, meet Jesus, yes, they were all still in the time period when Jesus was alive and they could’ve experienced him first hand. They could have met him, talked to him, known him. That is the word ginōskō.
The third time “know” occurs is also the word, ginōskō.
So let’s reread the verse with this new understanding.
“Wherefore henceforth (from now on) know (learn second hand) we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known (experienced first hand, met, talked to and known) Christ after the flesh (when he was alive in the flesh), yet now henceforth (from here on we) know (experience, talk to, or know) we [him] no more.”
How can we have a personal relationship with Jesus, if we will not be able to experience him, or meet him or talk to him? Jesus Christ was the son of God, our savior and the savior of the world. But God is the one true God. He is who we know by way of our gift of holy spirit. Does this make a difference in who we pray to? How we pray? Or what kind of walk we have?
“Christ in us” is our salvation, the purchased package we receive when we get born again. But our walk, is who we fellowship with and how we go about walking by faith and not by sight. That “walk” is in Christ, the anointing that God gave us.
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
Do you see the subtleties? Do you see the trap? God is a spirit, they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in TRUTH. Do we dare to believe the truth? Who do we know? Ginosko? We know and walk with God. The one true God the maker of heaven and earth.
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” John 1:18
Jesus Christ experienced God, he KNEW, by experience, God, so he was able to declare him. Jesus never wanted to be made into God. All he ever did was declare Him to the world. He obeyed God. He didn’t want to be God. That was something the Devil always wanted. That is the reason the devil was kicked out of heaven. Since the devil could not be God, and he couldn’t get us to worship him, he had to take the worship God does receive and twist it. No man hath seen God at anytime. Wow. Did people see Jesus Christ? Even the devil was seen by a men.
If we were to look on the face of God we would go instantly blind. Our physical eyes would not stay in our heads! He’s too big, too powerful, too bright and way too…well God. How dare we think we could contain Him, or put Him in a physical box. He is incomprehensible to the human mind just as much as the Model T could not comprehend its maker Ford. Oh but we like to believe we have all the answers. We are such prideful creatures.
Can we, just for once, allow God to be all that He is? Can we give Him permission to be bigger than we can hold, imagine or understand? Does He even need our permission?
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I believe that this truth can help us be more positive as believers. It can give us more hope in the BIG God we serve. He is unique. He is one and He is ours. All that He is could never be understood by us. But when we accept that I think we can begin taking the steps to true faith. We can expose ourselves to His-story and see the bigness and freedom of truth. Jesus Christ was God’s son and He adamantly declared the austerity and grandiose of a Healing, Loving God. Why can’t we? I know I strive everyday to become more His child, more loving and more guided. But I’ve realized that I can’t serve Him and cling to Man’s traditions. What does Man know that God could not astound?
I am so thankful to be under the shadow of His wing, ever protected and ever loved.
God bless you today!
All parenthetical insertions are provided by me for further understanding in the literal sense of the verse taken from the Greek usages and context over the span of the cross-referenced translation. In other words, I looked up the word in Greek or Hebrew, then looked up all the places it occurs in the Bible to come to a more thorough understanding of the word.😉
Have you ever been in a situation where questions are overwhelming and they out-weigh all the answers? It is stressful! I’ve been in that place. Where the only answers I get are negative and the only options I see in front of me involve sacrifice from me and I want to cry. And then, I talk with someone, or meet someone new, and suddenly all of that changes. Suddenly, I have hope again and it came from the most unlikely thing. I feel like everything will be okay.
It reminds me of the Samaritan women at Jacob’s well.
She had seen her share of hard times, in fact, she was living a nightmare! She bounced from bad relationship, to bad relationship and I bet she was feeling hopeless and brokenhearted.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with [his] journey, sat thus on the well: [and] it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Here’s one more man asking something of her, but he seemed different. He was a Jew and Jews were not allowed to converse or do anything with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knew the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
This man had answers and he seemed to know about something a lot bigger than she did. He was talking about living water? What is this living water? Is it something she could physically haul around in a jar? Everlasting life? Whoa, now this man is really peaking her interest. Her heart leaps with joy at the thought of living water. Hope springs anew.
“16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband.”
He’s going to judge me and surely he will push me away! I better tell him the kinder version.
“Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he].
Suddenly this Woman Knew What to Do
Jesus Christ had compassion for this woman, but he also told her one of the biggest mysteries of all time. All-be-it still cloaked in mystery, but looking back he revealed the truth about the salvation plan.
Do you think this woman had found answers? Do you think she had hope?
“27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.”
Jesus hadn’t condemned her, he brought her answers. Answers that changed her life forever. Those same answers apply to us today. How many of us know how to worship God in Spirit? If you would like to learn what the Bible says about it, email me and I’ll send you a handout explaining what it is and how to do it.
Living waters are still flowing, let them change your life forever.
God Bless You Today!
I once heard of a corporate CEO who had a table for a desk at his office, an outbox and a notebook with a pen. He had a computer but it was tucked out of sight and he delegated everything that would potentially waste his time, like signing checks, filing, sorting or stapling. He just didn’t do any of that because he knew what the goal was, to grow his company. He couldn’t do that if he was running all the little errands and keeping track of all the zillion details.
Here are a few keys to managing a spiritual desktop.
Sort your time from big priorities to small.
What are the most important things on your spiritual desk this year? Growth is always a huge one for me. But how?
It starts with the 5 basics for spiritual growth. There five keys laid out in the Bible to HUGE growth. Commit to doing them everyday and making them a habit. I wrote a book on this very subject. If you Google “5 Basics for Growth” or click on this link, you can down load it off Amazon to your kindle, or iphone for $2.99. It can tell you in a quick read where to begin and what the five amazing habits are. This book is loaded with insights on how to grow your walk through the
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Clear off the Harmful Clutter Don’t just Hide It From View
We very seldom look at clutter and think it could hurt us. That’s where we are wrong. Especially, when it comes to spiritual. What is spiritual clutter? Spiritual clutter is a grudge, or bitterness, or hate, strife or envy.
“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:16
Spiritual clutter kinks the hose of God’s blessing in our life. We want Him to bless us and we want that hose to be wide open, but spiritual clutter really shuts it down. How do we know if we have spiritual clutter? It’s really not that hard, just think about someone you don’t like, or someone who has hurt you in the past. If you are still upset, that’s clutter. Those kind of hurts can cause spiritual wounds and weakness, even loss of connection with God. I don’t know about you but being out of fellowship with God sucks the joy out of my life faster than anything. How do you get back in fellowship over these issues?
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, (broken fellowship) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Just own it. God doesn’t want you to go on and on about it, just admit that you were thinking wrong and let Him help you get past all the hurt about it. This simple verse can be very hard to practice. Especially when they are big things you’re still mad about. Hey, I don’t care if you agree, it’s your hose of blessing. And by the way, I have to do the Word too ya know, I don’t get out of this either. Ha! And this one is a bugger.
Someone told me once that they like to clear the clutter everyday. They make it a habit to go to God immediately when things come up and get them taken care of. That habit pattern saved him from years of heart ache and bitterness. A big claim, but wow! Imagine having a new year and a fresh clean slate like that and then keeping it everyday.
Victory is only a thought away.
Now that we have the clutter off, and we have an idea of where to start our growth with the 5 basics, where do we go from here?
It’s time to start building a More than Abundant Life!
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
What does a more than abundant life look like? Well, let’s put this in perspective from God’s point of view. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all, He is love, love never fails. God embodies the 15 characteristics of love listed in 1 Cor. 13, so He believes in us, He never calculates or concludes evil against us, He never envy’s, He rejoices in the truth. He Loves US. He, the maker of all things in the universe, and knows all things. He looks over our life to find where He can be kind by tenderly reaching out to bless us whether we deserve it or not. He pumps blessing into every nook and cranny of our life, imagine being so full of blessing in every area that we practically pop at the seams! Every time we talk, a little love and blessing spills out. Every time we do something it is laced with God’s wisdom and mercy. Every decision we’ve made has been carefully and prayerfully filled with righteousness, (right believing) wow! Can you imagine that?
Then, when we win, we won because of Him. We are protected from the adversary on all fronts and prospering from within. That is what a more than abundant life looks like. There are no worries or fears living there. Only faith and hope and love. We walk tall and proud knowing God walks with us and is for us in every situation.
Then, at the end, when we stand waiting for the awards in heaven they pull up with a cart full of crowns and medals for a life of good living and right believing. You beam with joy and pride of ownership because you are a good and faithful one.
From that perspective, is it worth the discomfort of clearing the clutter? Mama Mia! Yes! Is it worth forming healthy habits? YES!
In the physical there is no lasting rewards, but in the spiritual, your rewards last for eternity!
God bless you today!