He named the place Massah and Meribah because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel, and because they tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us, or not?" - Exodus 17:7 NASB

We good Christians don’t say this out loud. We don’t test the Lord this way, do we?

Do we question the Lord’s promise never to leave us or forsake us when circumstances press in?

Does our heart secretly mummer against the one who promised to dwell within?

Has your heart cried out against God when you found your self in a dry and thirsty land with no water?

Have you said with Israel of old, why did you bring us out of Egypt, out of the world, to let us die here in the wilderness?

When Israel cried out for water, the Almighty sent Moses out to strike the Rock. Out of that Rock flowed water to satisfy the millions of Jews in the wilderness.

That Rock was Christ (so Paul tells the Corinthians.) He is the source of living water.

The implication is that when thirst threatens to overwhelm us, overwhelm you, overwhelm me, I need only go to Christ and drink.

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" - John 7:37-38 NASB

Jesus gives us this promise - not only will He give us the water we need for life, but He will make us a source of living water.

Paul tells us that Jesus is the Rock that Moses struck in the wilderness, out of which flowed the a river of living water to quench the thirst of the multitudes. Jesus tells us we can be (little “r”) rocks, connecting other to that same source of living water.

Come to Jesus today. Bring your ugly circumstances and lay them down at His feet. Don’t tempt the Lord by questioning His presence in your life. Press in to Him with personal worship and adoration. Listen at His feet.

Drink Deeply!

cropped-BenHeadshot.jpgThanks for coming by today.

Let the river flow through you - the world is thirsty.

Ben

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This last Sunday, I had the wonderful opportunity to preach at Pascack Bible Church, my home church. Prior to preaching my dear sister Sharon Chang presented a reading of "What I Found at the Well."

You can listen on line, or download the sermon and share it with a friend.

PascackBible.org

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

Ben

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Many Waters - SoS header

A garden enclosed
Is my sister, my spouse,
A spring shut up,
A fountain sealed.

...

A fountain of gardens,
A well of living waters,
And streams from Lebanon.

Song of Songs 4:12, 15 NKJV

Jesus said:

Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." - John 4:10

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" - John 7:38

Jesus gives gifts that are made for re-gifting!

His two step process is simple –

1)    Ask
2)    Give

When we come to Him and ask Him for something to drink, He does not simply hand us a glass, nor does He teach us to get it for ourselves (as in ‘teach a man to fish.’)

These would both be wonderful responses on their own, but that is not God’s economy.

God’s brilliant plan is to place within each of us a source. [Tweet This]

Ask me for water and I will set in you a river that will flow to the nations.

Ask me for light and I will set you on a hill and cause you to shine.

Remember the old Chorus?

I've got a river of life flowing out of me,
Make the lame to walk and the blind to see,
Opens prison doors, set’s the captives free,
There’s a river of life flowing out of me,

Spring up O well, within my soul,
Spring up O well, and make me whole,
Spring up O well, and give to me,
New life, abundantly.

L. Casebolt

Ben NelsonGet out there and flow today!

See you again soon,

But for now, I remain,

Your brother Ben

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Many Waters - SoS header

A garden enclosed
Is my sister, my spouse,
A spring shut up,
A fountain sealed.

...

A fountain of gardens,
A well of living waters,
And streams from Lebanon.

Song of Songs 4:12, 15 NKJV

Living Water

As I dug around in the Word for this phrase “Living Water” I was struck by a couple of references in Jeremiah

For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns--broken cisterns that can hold no water. - Jeremiah 2:13

I know, I know, this is a series about the Song of Songs – the worlds greatest love song, and here I am on Valentines week getting ready to talk about walking away from the ever flowing fountain of living water and trying catch the worlds water in our leaky buckets, but here we are. And there it is.

It was a tough time in Israel’s history, but God, their God, their Father has a harsh word for his people.

Jesus opens up this idea of living water when He says:

"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. - John 7:38-39

Have you ever been there?

Have you ever turned to the leaky bucket of the world to fill that place – that God shaped place? [Tweet This]

It’s a very simple message today.

Come to the Fountain of Living Water – that fountain that never will run dry.

Let it bubble up inside you and fill you till you flow over to your friends, family, and all who come your way.

Stop resisting the Holy Spirit.

Ben NelsonCome to the Fountain and drink.

Ben

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Many Waters - SoS header

A garden enclosed
Is my sister, my spouse,
A spring shut up,
A fountain sealed.

...

A fountain of gardens,
A well of living waters,
And streams from Lebanon.

Song of Songs 4:12, 15 NKJV

We have looked at springs and fountains, today we will consider

A Well

Why does He call her both a well and a spring? Both are water sources. Both bring the water to the people.

The obvious difference is that a spring flows out, and a well taps deep hidden water. A spring finds its own way out from the hidden source, while a well must be dug.

The fact that she is also a well, tells me that He sees in her the effort she has expended to bring life out and share it with Him.

He sees the depth of their relationship.

She has allowed Him deep into her soul.

Her love for Him is not a surface or shallow matter.

The deep in her calls to the deep in Him and she invites Him to be refreshed by all that she is.

Is your relationship with Christ simply a smile you glue on Sunday mornings so folks in the Church think you have it all together, or does the Holy Spirit have an “all access pass” to the back stage of your life?

Particularly in ancient times, before the days of pumps and pipes, wells were the life source of a community, and it was where everyone gathered. This explains why so much happens at wells in the Bible.

One of the things I love about the Song of Songs is we often see Christ attributing godly attributes to his maiden fair. Here He is looks to her as a source!

Clearly we can not add to the infinite God, and yet Christ comes to the enthralled believer and receives her worship, her adoration, her passion for Him and is thrilled by it.

It is this interchange that moved Him in creation and it is this communion that called Him to the cross.

Today, allow your worship, your love for Him to serve up refreshing, living water, from deep within to your Shepherd King. He longs to drink deeply from the well of your praise, the waters of your heart cry.

Ben NelsonBlessings.

Ben

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:28-29 NIV)

Sounds to me like someone has been drinking living water.

She came to get enough water for herself and her man to make it through the afternoon. There is a chance she would have to come back again this evening, or at the very least the next day.

Jesus promised that He could give her living water that would satisfy the longings she tried over and over to fulfill in all the wrong places.

But with 3 little words, Jesus has turned her life around. When He looks into her eyes and says, I am He, she is changed. All her walls and defenses drop in an instant. Her hurts, her past, her shame, gone.

How do I know her shame is gone. She goes directly to the men of the city and starts talking about this Messiah who told her all things.

Just like when He called the disciples, and they ‘left their nets,’ she leaves her water pot to spread the good news.

I have found the Messiah!

Could this be the Christ?

Come and See a Man!

Have you heard those 3 words today?

When you come to Jesus, He does see your hurts, your past, your shame, but He does not stand there and require some huge demonstration of change before you are worthy. He simply offers you a drink, a drink of living water.

The removal of shame is instantaneous.

Can I say that again?

The removal of shame is instantaneous.

And once you are changed, healed, delivered, you are ready to start telling the story.

Are you stuck today?

Some of us are stuck in a shame loop, Christians, living lives marked by shame over their past when the Lord has washed us clean and given us living water to drink. [Tweet This]

I call you today to shake yourself, get up and start letting that living water flow through you. Your past is not just past, it's gone.

If your shame is dragging you back into that old you, quit it! Put down that old leaky water pot – leave it at the feet of Jesus and go tell somebody about the living water.

BenDo it today.

See you tomorrow

Ben

River of Living Water

Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 NASB)

I know a few days ago I said you needed to be a bucket, but Jesus is changing it up a bit.

Today, I want to you to be the well.

Jesus’ promise here is that if you drink of this Water of Life (which who - we have already determined is the Holy Spirit) YOU BECOME THE WELL.

When you take the leaky bucket of your life, and submerge it in the Living Water of the Spirit of God you don’t just come up full – you become a well – or as He says in Chapter 7, a river of living water begins to flow from your innermost being.

This is what John the Baptist told us Jesus would do – baptize us in the Holy Spirit and Fire. (hmmm – Living Fire Water – sounds dangerous on so many levels)

My mother used to scold me if she asked me how I was, and I said “good.” She would say, ‘I wasn’t asking you about your character, but about your health.’ She wanted me to say ‘I am well.’

So there it is – that’s my declaration today – I am Well.

When you are filled – baptized – in the Holy Spirit – you become a source. The plan is for you to actually dispense the Spirit.

photo credit: las - initially via photopin cc
photo credit: las - initially via photopin cc

Do you find that leaky bucket people show up in your life from time to time? Jesus’ intention is that they be allowed to submerge their vessel in your (inexhaustible) supply of Holy Spirit.

And then when your (inexhaustible) supply runs a little low (is exhausted), you can go to your brother or sister, and send your leaky bucket down for a refreshing.

I want you to be WELL today. Someone near you is thirsty.

BenThanks for coming by.

See you tomorrow

Ben

River of Living Water

She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? (John 4:11 NASB)

Yes, yes, I know this is still the woman of Samaria speaking here, but what a question.

I love that Jesus led her directly to this most important of all questions.

Where can I get living water?

And Jesus himself said a couple chapters over:

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39 NASB)

He is quoting from Isaiah. Let’s take a peek there.

‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring, And My blessing on your descendants; (Isaiah 44:3 NASB)

“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. (Isaiah 55:1 NASB)

Jesus sits here with this most humble of audiences and announces the fulfillment of one of the greatest promises of the Holy Scriptures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Spirit of God poured out on the people.

Not on loan for specific projects, as it was with the prophets and godly men of the past.

But a well – a spring – a river – flowing right out of your innermost being.

This is so exciting to me.

Back to the question – where do I get this water?

There is only two requirements – you must be thirsty and you must come!

As with a thirst for righteousness, so with a hunger for the Spirit. The hungry  filled and the thirsty completely satisfied, if only they come  to Jesus.

Are you thirsty today?

Are you a river of life to those around you today?

Come to the fountainhead of living water and bring a big bucket! [Tweet This]

BenThanks for stopping in today.

See you tomorrow.

Ben

River of Living Water

I want to spend a few days pondering the encounter Jesus had with the Samaritan woman He met at the well.

And He had to pass through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; and Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” (John 4:4-7 NASB)

Many of you know the story. Jesus and the boys were on their way from Jerusalem, in the south, back up north to their stomping grounds in the region of Galilee.

Most good Jews of the day, I am told, making the same trip, would take the long way around and avoid Samaria because Jews, as a rule, hated the Samaritans.

Here are some of the rules Jesus broke in this phrase “Give Me a drink.”

  • Jewish men did not go through Samaria
  • Jewish men did not speak to Samaritans
  • Jewish men did not address women they did not know.
  • Jewish men did not skip lunch.

This is the kind of thing that made the Pharisees so angry with Him. He was always breaking with tradition and ignoring their religious ways.

I am convinced that Jesus came through Samaria specifically for this woman. The reason He did not skirt the area and avoid the region was He had a divine appointment with a woman.

Most men who saw this woman saw – well what did they see?

She was on her sixth man.

Was it bad choices – addicted to the wrong kind of man?

Was she impossible to live with?

Was she a dangerous cook?

What was the problem?

I love that Jesus does not go there at all. He saw, not her problem, but her need. She needed living water, a fountain of life bubbling up in her soul to break this cycle of spiritual and relational death. [Tweet This]

Do you need a drink from this well? Come to Jesus today and drink freely of the water of life. If so, call someone you know to be a Christian, or check out this post (Do You Have Security? Wheat and Tares – Part 7) and you will learn how.

Do you see places you can offer the water that is bubbling up out of you? Put down your prejudices and let it flow!

BenThanks for stopping in today.

See you tomorrow.

Ben