Lighthouse

John 8:12 says that Jesus spake, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (KJV)

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Lighthouse

 

As I read Scripture recently, it occurred to me that God’s Word was like the brilliant guiding light that emanates from a Lighthouse. In this post I am going to look at that comparison and you can comment as to whether or not you agree with me. I am going to compare the beam of God’s Word illuminating power with the beam of a lighthouse because oftentimes we feel a detachment from the Scriptures in our everyday life. We are buffeted from one difficulty to another without taking advantage of the guidance offered to all who believe by the Holy Spirit whose primary purpose is to help us stay away from the rocks and wrecks all around us–some hidden just below the (surface) water line and others clearly visual.

A lighthouse is a very tall tower with a bright light on top that is usually located at a dangerous navigational spot at the entrance to a harbor. Picture a huge traffic sign warning of impending danger.  A harbor is a place for ships to dock safely.  Although the first lighthouse in America was the Boston Light, built in 1716 at Boston Harbor. The history of lighthouses goes much further back in history to ancient Egypt, Pharos of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the most famous lighthouse in antiquity.

I want you to image with me ancient mariners before the days of sails and steam rowing in a desperate attempt to fight the strong winds and swelling water threatening at any moment to overturn the ship and drown its occupants.  The mariners are rowing for their lives and straining every muscles as they try to keep the sea from dragging them to the bottom. They know they are getting closer to the harbor and the rocks, but they must keep the ship on course or be pulled under. Suddenly a light is seen in the distance.  As they get closer and the beam gets stronger, the crew realizes how close they were to meeting the doom of the rocks that lay at the harbor entrance, but the beam from shore is now safely guiding and illuminating their entry into the harbor.

As we visualize the lighthouse issuing its beam of light to safely guide those threaten by the sea, we need to think of God’s Word as a Light spreading farther, wider, and stronger than any man-made beam. From the time of the Fall of man to the birth of Jesus, man wandered in the stormy darkness seeking and avoiding the Laws of God when they pleased.  In times of trouble–seeking the Lord’s help–praying and following His guidance until they got what they wanted. When the trouble had passed, they went back to the worship of the idols of the surrounding nations.  Forgetting the Lord’s Laws and mercy in their time of trouble.

Jesus’ birth introduced a new Light into the world as foretold in Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” and Paul says in Ephesians 5:14, “… Christ shall give thee light.” (KJV) Can you picture Jesus walking among the people emanating a guiding beam into the darkness of their lives. Healing and teaching them to follow the Light of God’s Word. This beam keeps those who believe from being dashed on the rocks of the dangers of life.

It was the religious leaders (the learned men) who were determined to keep the populace floundering in the rough seas outside the safety of the harbor being battered by every sin and continuing to live under the weight of the Law of Moses.

The Pharisees and other religious leaders of the day thought to put out this Light beaming so brightly in the darkness of the lives of the common people. The more they tried to discredit and eliminate the beam of Light, the stronger it got.

The betrayal of Judas Iscariot, really gave hope to the religious leaders of the day.  Finally a way to quench the beam that was getting brighter with each passing day and jeopardizing everything they believed in and the power they had acquired due to their positions as purveyors of the Law of Moses.  The ultimate crucifixion of Jesus Christ (God’s Light to the World) caused great celebration among the Pharisees and other religious leaders. The beam had been extinguished never to return or at least that is what they thought.

The religious leaders were unaware that every move had been orchestrated according to God’s will.  Jesus Christ had already told His disciples of the events that would occur and that it had all been pre-ordinated before He was born. He told them that He must go. “I have told you these things while I am still with you. But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor–Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things.  And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.” (John 14:25-26 AMP)

After Jesus’ resurrection and return to the assembled disciples, He told them to stay together until the Comforter came. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (John 16:14, JKV)

The Holy Spirit’s beam of light still stands illuminating the path of truth and salvation guiding those who hear and believe through the turbulence of life.  The Word of God is just as true today and protecting those who heed the Light from wrecking themselves as they flounder seeking refuge from the rocks and wrecks that dot the harbor. The really wonderful thing is that even if you damage the bottom of your ship many times, the beam of the Holy Spirit is still there. And, if you heed it, the beam can still save you from sinking as long as you believe in the salvation available to you and have a desire in your heart you can be shown by the beam of the Holy Spirit the right path to gain the safety and security of the Word of God.

Update

It has been several months since I posted and I wanted to update “Life” with me and my family. It is astounding how long it has been. “Life” happens so fast that sometimes, it can completely get away from you.

My daughter had a beautiful little girl in March in the middle of a full blown search for a new house. The owner of the house that we had been renting from decided to sell and move to New York. It still amazes me that this was right after we gave him notice that we would be moving so that my daughter could be closer to her job. The search for a new home took much longer than we expected and was really frustrating. During this time of stress and anxiety, it occurred to me as I was discussing the difficulties we were having with my daughter that God was in charge. He would not let us select a home that was not part of His plan for the family. We just had to wait and keep looking until the correct house was available for us as prescribed by God.

While in the middle of this search, my granddaughter was born in March. A beautiful baby girl.

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Veronica at 2 months old

The answer to a prayer. Our plans were to be moved and settled before the baby was born, but God had other plans obviously. “Many plans are in a man’s mind, But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out)”. (Proverbs 19:21, AMP) Shortly after her birth my daughter was told about a house that had just become available. After a tour, we decided that the house was perfect for our needs. What is really unbelievable is that the house is very close to her job. One of the primary objectives in the decision to move.  Everything was fitting into place. We were able to move quickly without excessive cost into a really comfortable home. I was reminded that only God’s plans fit together perfectly and effortlessly and this experience is another example of His grace shown to our family. I truly thank God for his kindness by showering us with blessings some we are aware of and many others that are not known to us. The best example is the birth of my little granddaughter, Veronica.

Well now that things have settled down, at least, for a little while.  I can return my attention to Shaped by a Potter’s Hands, developing my natural skin care products and nonprofit for single mothers. The last two projects will be introduced soon.

Take Care and Bless the Lord!

Spiritual Fog

Jesus and His disciples came to Bethsaida, a blind man was brought to him and he begged Jesus to touch him and give him his sight. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had put his hands on him and wiped spit in his eyes. Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.” (Mark 8:22-26, NIV)blindness

The Bible describes four occasions when Jesus healed the blind.  Only on one occasion did He touch a person twice to heal them completely.  I have read this passage many times but when I reading it recently it occurred to me how unusual this was.  Not only did Jesus touch the blind man twice, but he took him out of his surroundings and told him not to return to the village after he received his sight.

Jesus did nothing without purpose and that would not bring glory to the Father.  Every miracle He performed had a purpose other than the healing of the individual(s).  The people of the region did not acknowledge Jesus although they were aware of His many miracles.  They had no faith, and because of their unbelief, He did not perform many miracles in the region.  In Matthew 23:26, Jesus admonishes the Pharisees for their unbelief.  Jesus also used this as a lesson for His disciples.  They who were closest to Jesus believed in Him but did not have clear spiritual vision.  Their vision was clearer than the Pharisees who were spiritually blind, but the disciples could not see clearly.  Their vision did not become clear until after Jesus’ death and resurrection when the Holy Spirit came upon them and they understood clearly all that Jesus had said and done.

All Believers have what I call spiritual fogginess at one time or the other, and some never get passed the fog.  This is often because we are so used to being in a fog that we are unaware of its existence.  Jesus asked the blind man of Bethsaida whether he was able to see clearly and he acknowledged that he saw people who looked like trees moving.  We do have someone to tell us we are in a spiritual fog and need to seek another healing touch to clear our sight–The Holy Spirit.  We must pray and listen to the quiet voice of the Spirit within us for help in moving away from the fog.

Our Spiritual Enlightenment is a continuous process.  We cannot see God’s truth clearly until our faith, obedience and growth develop in Jesus, “… the author and finisher of our faith….”  (Hebrew 12:2, NKJV) who increases the clarity of our spiritual vision through the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Are you Listening?

This time of year children anticipate the arrival of Christmas, they are warned by their parents that they must be patient.  Their behavior magically improves because Santa only brings toys and gifts to the good boys and girls.

Christmas Eve is the only night they do not have to be coerced to go to bed.  They retire early, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa.  Parents have usually informed their little ones that Santa will only come if they go to bed and are quiet.  That is the only way they will be able to hear the hoofs of the reindeers when they arrival on the roof.  They, of course, fall to sleep in the quiet, dark room while impatiently awaiting the sounds of the hoofs on the roof.

As parents, we, of course, know the reality of the arrival of the gifts and toys, and feel blessed to be able to provide for our children.  There is nothing that can replace the look of surprise and wonder on the faces of our kids as they bound into the room in search of treasure.

We are God’s children he is happy to provide for us,  but it is our option whether we believe and accept the gift of his love and salvation.  He offers the gift not once a year, but if we accept it, He through the Holy Spirit, walks with us as we journey through life.  We, as believers, do not have to wait in a quiet, dark room for the still, quiet voice that guides.  We only have to listen and allow ourselves to be guided along the right path.  Yes, sometimes we stumble, but we are not forsaken, but are lifted up and set aright just as a small child is when they fall while trying to learn to walk.

Do you hear the still, quiet voice in your spirit gently guiding you.  Do you listen or ignore it entirely?  Some call it conscience some call it common sense.  I call it the Holy Spirit guiding me. I personally do not believe things happen in isolation nor do things happen by coincidence.  The more you let yourself be guided, the louder the voice will be as you are guided to a life that reflects the Spirit that is within you as a believer.

May we all strain and train our hearts and minds to follow the small, quiet voice and take the better path.

 

I ask again —  Are you Listening?

Childlike Simplicity

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, KJV)

God sees us as His children and therefore wants Believers to have childlike trust, faith, and dependence on Him.  By coming to Him with the simplicity of a child we allow ourselves to throw off the complication of adulthood in a world ruled by Satan.  By developing the faith of a child and total trust, we look at the world without the depravity and mistrust that develops as we get hurt and disillusioned.  As adults we become callous and put up walls to protect ourselves from all those who would hurt us.  It is even harder when those we love and trust hurt us.  For those of us who long ago or who never experienced the joy of an innocent childhood, but were pushed into maturing early and missed the fun and wide-eyed innocence of childhood, the walls are thicker and harder to remove.

But how to throw off the cloak of adulthood and return to the simplicity of childhood in our relationship with the Father? To me childlike simplicity means to come to Jesus not with mistrust, worldly-hunt for a way to get a step-up on the competition, but to come to Him with the wide-eyed amazement, trust and expectation of a child at Christmas time.  The expectation that something good is going to happen.  I remember going into the living room and being amazed at the beautiful tree and gifts under it.  Trusting totally that there was something for me in at least one of those boxes or bags.  As I got older the amazement of Christmas fell away and was replaced with insuring that my children had a good Christmas.  I was taught as a child that it was not all about the gifts, but that it was about the birth of Jesus and tried to instill that remembrance into my own children.  But I cannot deny I always loved seeing the amazement in their eyes when they looked at the gifts under the tree.

Children do not look for underlying motives, they tell the truth without hesitation, take life at face value, are open and free-spirited, trusting, and ready to believe.  They are teachable–like sponges ready to absorb everything put before them.

Recovering the childlike amazement is harder than it sounds.  Especially as overtime we continuously try to force ourselves into the square hole of conformity to the world.  It just amounts to making ourselves fit-in. As we mature and find out more about who we are in Christ, we can no longer feel comfortable continuously trying to fit-in.

Developing the simple life of a child does not mean that you become passive or gullible.  I personally believe that the still quiet voice will guide us on the right path if we listen intently, but I do believe we must be willing to heed the guidance not letting our own feelings, ambition, and ego get into the way.

I know that I will never accomplish change without the Holy Spirit.  I pray everyday that the Holy Spirit will guide me in pulling down the walls that have taken me many years to build and help me to learn and enjoy a childlike trust in Jesus and embrace the gift of Grace.

Let Go

I surrender every area of my life to you Jesus. Show me how to “Let Go”. I am controlling and need to “Let Go” and let you rule my life.  I am not good at it.  Yes, I have long since acknowledged Jesus as my Savior, but letting the Spirit take over my life is a constant struggle.   let go

Several weeks ago while sitting at church listening to a sermon regarding Joshua’s sending spies into Jericho and their encounter with Rahab.  I let my mind wonder and began envisioning that I was floating on water being carried along on the surface.  What is interesting is that floating is as close to swimming as I was able to come during my swimming lessons several years ago.  My arms and legs are truly uncoordinated,but I did learn to release control of my body to the point that I could float quite comfortably.  I felt I was floating along being carried to only God knows where on what seems to have been a river. There  was such a feeling of peace that came over me as I listened to Rahab’s story.  

I did not understand what was happening or why I felt the floating sensation during a sermon at the time, but today it became apparent to me.  For one of the few times in my life I had actually unconsciously surrendered myself completely to Jesus and “Let Him Take the Wheel.” The sensation lasted just a few moments, but it was totally refreshing to my spirit.

Today I realized how impossible it is to be a controller when I am totally incapable of controlling my own life and was never equipped to.  How many times have I heard and read this, but today it became apparent to me.  Creating the habit of following the Spirit is not easy, but necessary I will be working on it.

As I start each day, I thank the Father for allowing me to see it, acknowledging His love for me, asking Him to bless my family, and asking the Holy Spirit to take the wheel and direct me through the day.  As I continue my activities, I am focusing on “Letting Go” and floating in the rest of God.

In case you thought surrendering to the Lord and letting the Holy Spirit guide you meant that you become inactive and passive, it does not.  Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”  What I am surrendering is the anxious worry and struggling.

I am not there yet, but continuing to work toward it.

 

Life Trials Make Diamonds

What has diamonds to do with Romans 5:3-4?

And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance;  and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation] (Romans 5:3-4, AMP)

A diamond, the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth, formed under high pressure and temperature over billions of years.  It is one of the most precious of all the gemstones.  During the development of the diamond, it is changed slowly from one substance to another.  The results are a brilliant, hard multi-faceted stone that is treasured throughout the world.

The Life’s Grinding Stone

The trials and tribulations that we go through as part of living  can either turn you into a person of integrity and a warrior for God or, if you let troubles weaken you, you will break under the pressure and never emerge as the precious stone that God has purposed you to be.   As I look back on my life and the difficulties that I have encountered, I truly thank God for preserving me and continuing to work with me during my trials.  He gave me the strength to go through and not buckle.  The trials have smooth many of the rough edges and strengthen me.  When I face problems I remember the Holy Spirit has moved me through other problems.  Although I pray for a miraculous deliverance from the trouble, sometimes you just need to go through it so the lesson can be taught and another chunk of worthless material can be removed.  The trouble usually comes because I did not do what the Holy Spirit prompted me to do or I stubbornly followed my own path instead of asking for guidance and awaiting His response.  I have also been known to place my trust in a person instead of trusting God.  I have learned about what a mistake misplaced trust is the hard way.

Personally, I still struggle with praying for deliverance when trouble comes, but I at least now know that God will work in his own time and according to His own plan.  So my prayers include a request for deliverance, but also if it is not according to His will that He will strengthen and guide me through it.  grinding stone

Just as gemstones are smoothed to make them more brilliant, we are smoothed on the grinding stone of life, smoothed so that the rough edges are worn away and the true warrior for God shines through.

Have you felt the smoothing process as the Holy Spirit guides you through life’s trials?

Can you hid from God?

The answer is “No”.

Job 34:21 “For God’s eyes are on the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.” (AMP)

Have you ever felt as though someone was watching you.  You looked around and see no one particularly paying you any attention.  So you turn around again and continue your activity.  But the feeling continues and although you look around again, you do not discover the watcher.  I have had that feeling, it can really make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.  The feeling usually comes when I am doing something that is not right or I am engaged in an active that my conscience is telling me to back away from.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of conscience is — “An inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior.” Because I am a firm believer that what the dictionary defines as conscience is really the Holy Spirit and not just a part of the human psyche,  I have learned to pay heed to the small, quiet voice that has become louder and clearer over time.  Not that I always follow it’s lead because I can be very stubborn at times, but I am more aware of it, and respond to it more often.  One reason for this change in my behavior is that when I do not respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompts, I always regret it sooner or later.

We think that God does not see or is not concerned with the little indiscretions as well as large ones.  As I stop and think about some of the events of my life that I have hidden deep down, away from my current thoughts, and would rather no one found out about, I ask God for forgiveness in the name of Jesus because I know now that I can do nothing that is not seen.  In my younger years, I did not have an understanding of the of the Holy Spirit.  Not that I am an expert now, but I know a prompting when I get it.

Where can I go to hide from the eyes , “… of the Lord which roam throughout the earth.” (Zechariah 4:10, AMP)  Where can I flee?  Psalm 139:7 says, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

We cannot hide the bad habits, bitterness, hatred, jealousy, lack of integrity from God and the Holy Spirit reminds us that nothing goes unseen.

I used all the above Scripture to reinforce my belief that God sees everything I do big and small.  There is no hiding, just as he can rescue or give us the ability to make it through  any trouble, he sees what we are doing.

All changes take time and effort on our part fortunately the Lord is patient. I am nowhere near where I should be, but I am closer than I have been.  It is my prayer that all Believers are working their way toward a better understanding and relationship with their heavenly Father through Jesus Christ.

Treasure to the Believer’s Soul

Deciding to get baptized as an adult is a big decision, and as I stood waiting to be led up the steps to the baptismal pool, so many thoughts ran through my mind.  Did I really want to do this? I knew I wanted to get closer to God and build a better relationship with him. Since I was in my forties, just getting baptized, I wondered if it would make a big difference in my life, would I feel differently? I knew that there was more to God’s Word than I was aware of and although I had been reading the Bible and going to church off and on for many years, I did not have an understanding of exactly who I was and my inheritance as a child of God.  I wanted to feel more and understand what I was missing of God’s promise to his people.  In other words, I was still looking for my God-given purpose.

Stress and Worry

I knew that I suffered from too much stress. I was always nervous and tense. Worry was my constant companion. As a single mother of two kids trying to support and raise my kids properly, at least better than I felt that I was raised, hard work and a strong work ethic sums up what I felt I inherited from my parents. I had controlling issues.  As the oldest of four kids and the only girl, I was used to being in control and acted with authority in most situations.  Tired and stressed most of the time was a normal part of my life, but I knew that there was more to life than this.  I understood enough about the Bible to realize that I needed to remedy my situation before I worried myself into an illness.  I watched several members of my family, suffer through illnesses that could not only be linked to food, but also to stress and worry. I decided at an early age, that I was not going out like that. Deep within I knew that the answer to many of my problems was centered around lack of faith in God and a total ignorance of His Promise.  I think that is what started me going to church to try to find the treasure I knew God had made available to me since I was not having much luck finding it myself.  So I felt it was time to get serious about building my relationship with God and my first step would be to get baptized.

Sharing Abraham’s Promise

As I mentioned before I read the Bible, but did not have an in-depth understanding of how to relate God’s words to what I was encountering in my daily life.  I was having difficulty just understanding where I as a Gentile (anyone who is not a Jew) even fit into God’s plan.  I Corinthians 8:6 says, “There is one God, the Father, by whom all things were created, and for whom we live. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created, and through whom we live.” (NLT)  cleared my understanding of my entitlement in God’s promise. I was overjoyed to be a joint inheritor of the kingdom Jesus Christ died to make available for us.  And then I read Romans 4:16 which confirms my inheriting the treasure chest filled with the bounty of God’s grace and mercy. Because I share the faith of Abraham, I can become a daughter of Abraham and, therefore, share in God’s promise to him.

So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. (NLT)

When my turn arrived, I pictured the treasure chest waiting for me filled with the treasures that Jesus mentioned during His time on earth–Grace, Salvation, Love–precious gifts that are treasures that cannot be brought with gold or silver.  Although this was many years ago, I remember the event like it was yesterday.  I really expected things to change in a big way in my life.  But they did not.  And interestingly enough I did not feel much different than I did before I went into the pool.  No strange light, no revelation, no feeling of newness.  As a new creature in Christ, I did not feel any different.  I turned this over and over in my brain as I changed and got dressed.

My Change

As I look back my changes came gradually over a long period of time.  My changes have so gradual that I did not realize they were happening. Over the years that I have changed in many areas of my life, and I am more conscience of the urging of the Holy Spirit telling me what to do and what not to do.  The wonderful thing about the Holy Spirit is that He is always working with me and shaping me.  I still have a long way to go, but progress has been made, and I will continue to work on it with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Don’t let your treasure chest lay unopened.

The Thirst for the Promise

John 4:3-15 (KJV) brings Jesus to Jacob’s Well and His conversation with the Samaritan woman. To really understand this passage, you must picture the scene. Jesus left Judea with his disciples and is walking towards Galilee. It was customary for Jews to take the longer route to avoid Samaria. The Samaritans and Jews were enemies.

The Jews and Samaritans were involved in a dispute over where God’s people should worship. The Samaritans were a combination of Jews who were allowed to remain after the Assyrians conquered Israel and Gentiles brought in to settle the land. They worshipped both the Jewish God and pagan gods. The Samaritan Jews believed that a mountain on their land was where God intended for Jews to worship. The Jews of Judah believed that God wanted his people to worship in Jerusalem.

It was customary for Jews to take the longer route to get to Galilee and avoid Samaria which was between Judea and Galilee. Jesus took the shorter route grew weary and stopped at Jacob’s Well in a town called Sychar. He sent His disciples to fetch food for the evening meal.

While sitting on the edge of the well, a woman from the town came to draw water. She was surprised to find anyone there so late in the day and doubly surprised to have a Jew talk to her. He asked her for a drink of the water from the well. The woman questioned why a Jew would talk to her. Jesus answered, “If thou knewest 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.” (John 4:10, KJV)

The woman did not understand Jesus’ request as illustrated by her next comment, “Sir, thou hasn’t nothing to draw with, and the well is deep from whence then hast thou that living water?” (John 4:11, KJV) “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 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.” (John 4:14, KJV)

The living water Jesus mentioned is not drinking water as found in the well, but the Holy Spirit to satisfy the thirsty soul. Isaiah 12:3, “… with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” (KJV) Jesus says in John 6:35, “… I am the bread of life he that cometh to me shall never hunger and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (KJV) The gift being offered to her had no meaning because she could only see His inability to draw water from the well.

We live in a world where people thirst for a better life. They thirst for salvation from the catatonic evolution of this world controlled by Satan. People today are lost in the desert of deception, lies, and false hope. Jesus is the light in the darkness bringing the Word of God and living waters to the thirsty soul. He who drinks of this water will never thirst, because this water that Christ gives shall be in him a well of water. Take of the living waters and be refreshed. The waters offered by Christ will cause the believer to never thirst again. Christ offers waters that flow from the well of water within the believer. Stop wondering in the desert, lost, stumbling and dying of thirst.

So many mirages appear, and we run to them only to be disappointed once we get there with nothing but lies and deceit. As we lift our heads from the last mirage, we see Jesus sitting by the well offering the water of life. We hesitate because there have been so many mirages. Do you use your last strength to stumble your way to Jesus at the well or choose what looks like an oasis only a little further with large palms, a lake, and inviting food?

Which would you choose?

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