The Two Kingdoms Part IV Kay K. Peebles

 

 

 

 

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The Broad Path Or The Narrow Path

We took the last step up and there it was! One of my favorite places to hike is Springer Mountain with an elevation of 3,780 feet. The trip there is a bit challenging in itself. We drive for 45 minutes on paved roads to the entrance of the forestry area. The road changes to an unpaved, narrow, one lane road winding up, down and around the mountain for six more miles. It’s a bumpy ride and our vehicle becomes coated with road dust, but the reward at the end is worth every effort. After parking the car in a small parking lot, across the road from the trail, we begin the upward climb on a narrow rocky path.
The path is on the edge of the mountain and filled with twists and turns. It has many beautiful rock formations jutting out of the mountainside. The plants that thrive there are mostly mountain laurel and rhododendron which line the trail. Many varieties of oak and pine trees grow throughout the forest with some sourwood and chestnut salted in.
The ascent rises one mile to the top of the mountain. The summit opens up to a small clearing with large boulders that form a table top you can sit or stand on. During the spring and summer months the trees are full of leaves and one has no idea what to expect until they crest the last hill. Standing on those boulders you have an incredible view of multiple mountain ranges layered one after the other. The panoramic view extends a distance of 50-75 miles. The blue haze over the mountains and the cool thin air send a chill up the spine of even the most experienced hiker. There is a bronze plaque at the edge if the mountain top with an inscription explaining the mount point is the beginning of the Appalachian Trail on the south end. The Appalachian Trail is a 2,200 mile trek from north Georgia to Maine. It takes approximately 6 months to hike and hikers can begin at either end of the trail.
One of the boulders at the top has a cranny which contains a notebook with a pencil tied to it and a metal box. The box has supplies for any hikers on the trail to use what they need. Because the mountain is either the beginning or the end destination, those finishing their hike leave unused supplies for the others who journey through. The book was for the purpose of recording their name, home state and sharing experiences the trail had provided them. Everyone that reaches the top sits and basks at the incredible view from the mountain. It’s the perfect spot to take selfies with the panorama of hazy blue mountain ranges behind.  It was exhilarating and fulfilling to reach our goal. The narrow path we climbed yielded us a grand reward.
Jesus taught his disciples about the narrow and the broad paths. He noted that the broad path led to destruction and the narrow path led to life. He also told them that the majority of people would take the broad path and few would take the narrow one.  It is the broad path that is the easier one to navigate.
“Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 NKJ.
The wide path has many distractions and offers many off-road excursions which wind up being dead-ends.  It is most often the more appealing path and it entices one to linger in cozy venues that delay or completely derail their progress. Comfort is alluring and the wide road veils the treacherous pitfalls that patiently wait for distracted worldly travelers.
The narrow path is steep and uncomfortable at times, as it winds through rocks and craggy passageways filled with obstructions that slow down one’s progress. It is the more challenging pathway but the rewards it provides the faithful are unprecedented.
Those who travel the wide road have no navigational system that guides them to their destination. They wing it by taking stops when they feel the need and stay as long as they are content. They feel secure by the fact that many are travelling with them. Feeling safety in numbers, they assume their destination will be worth the effort. Unfortunately, all who remain on the broad path become lost and their end is one of utter destruction.
“Wasting and destruction are in their paths, The way of peace they have not known. And there is no justice in their ways; They have made themselves crooked paths; Whoever takes that way shall know no peace. Therefore justice is far from us, Nor does righteousness overtake us; We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness!  We grope for the wall like the blind, And we grope as if we had no eyes; We stumble at noonday as at twilight; We are as dead men in desolate places.” Isaiah 59:7c-10.
Conversely, those taking the narrow route have divine intervention.  The Bible says the Word of God is a light that shines on their path and it is a lamp which guides their feet to safety.  Psalm 119:105.  It exposes the pitfalls along the path and gives secure footing to all who travel that way. The Bible also offers Wisdom in all areas of life for those who choose to trust in its direction and heed its warnings.
“Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5.
Abundant provision is supplied for all on the narrow path and help is available to those who stumble and fall. Assurance encourages the weary travelers and peace accompanies them wherever they go. Although the path is more difficult than the wider one, there are many resources available to those who need assistance. The Spirit of God not only lends guidance to its travelers, it intercedes on their behalf, guaranteeing them of success.
“He restores my soul, He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:3-4.
Speaking of Wisdom (from God) the Bible states, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.” Proverbs 3:17-18.
This analogy of two paths reveals the difference between the two kingdoms: the kingdom of the world (Satan, darkness) and the Kingdom of Life (Heaven, God, Light). We will all have the opportunity to choose which kingdom in which we desire to dwell. One clearly leads to eternal destruction and the other eternal Life. Our time on earth is served for one purpose only, to discover God and to seek Him with all our hearts. When we do, the narrow path is the one upon which we will walk and at the end, it will open wide to a glorious eternal Kingdom, the Kingdom of Life!
In the book of Deuteronomy the Lord God presented His people with the choice; “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess…I call heaven and earth as a witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:15-19. The kingdom of darkness or the Kingdom of Life?

Strong Right Arm by Larry W Peebles

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Strong Right Arm   by Larry W. Peebles   October 21, 2016   16.40

He came just at the critical moment.   I was a young boy who had not yet learned to swim.  My family had gone to a lake near our home town for a day of fun and recreation.  Lying back on an inner tube, I drifted out into deep water where I had been cautioned not to go.  When I shifted position, I accidentally slipped off the tube.   It happened so fast I did not have time to cry out for help before going under.  I opened my eyes underwater to see the sun silhouetting the inner tube floating on the surface above me, but I could not get to it.  I could not scream for help while under water.  No one would hear me, and I would lose my last breath.  My lungs began to burn for lack of oxygen.  I remember thinking this was probably it for me.  I was done, helpless even as I struggled mightily to get to safety, but getting nowhere.   I was sinking into an underwater grave.  I thought I was going to die.

Suddenly, I felt my father’s right hand grab my arm and lift me out of the water and onto the safety of the inner tube.  Just in the nick of time, my father rescued me and saved my life.  He escorted me back to the shallow water, where I stayed the rest of the day, numb and quiet from what had happened.   All these years later, if I close my eyes, I can still see that inner tube floating on the water above me, safety just out of my own reach.

My Dad, though short in stature, will always stand tall in my eyes because of that experience.  He was only a few years removed from military service in WWII when I was born, and I remember his muscular arms.  From the stories he and my uncles told, Dad was also a fast runner in high school.   That speed must have translated into swimming as well, because to this day I do not know how he got to me so fast when I went under.  I certainly do not remember him being near me when I drifted out in the inner tube.

One day in prayer, almost fifty years later, the Lord took me back to that day and caused me to remember two things.  First, he reminded me that although I had gone where my father told me not to go, Dad never took his eyes off me.  He was watching me the whole time.  Second, the Lord pointed out that if my father would extend his strong right arm to rescue me from a dangerous situation, how much more would my Heavenly Father do the same and more.

Just as I can close my eyes and see that inner tube floating on the water above me, I can also feel my father’s hand grab me and lift me to safety.  He loved me so much that he kept watch over me and took the necessary quick action to save me when I fell into danger.  Although I had disobeyed his instruction to stay in the shallow water, he was vigilant as if he knew I might need him.  My father has gone on to heaven, but this story gives me great comfort when I miss him.

If my earthly father would keep watch over me and rescue me with his strong right arm, would not my Heavenly Father do the same and more?   Does He really protect and save with His strong right arm?  His word confirms His character.

The Scriptures offer a number of references that should enlighten and encourage us that indeed He does.  When Scriptures refer to God’s strong arm, or even strong right arm or hand, they are referring to a commonly recognizable seat or source of His power.  For most people (90%), the right arm is the most used and therefore the most powerful arm.  When we need help, God will come with His strongest assistance.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of the Exodus, when the children of Israel (Jacob’s descendants) were literally lifted out of 400 years of Egyptian slavery through God’s miraculous plagues inflicted upon their captors, followed by their journey through the wilderness into the Promised Land.  Here are some descriptions of how God directed that journey:

  1. Exodus 6:6- “Say therefore to the sons of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.”
  2. Isaiah 63:12- “Who caused His glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses. Who divided the waters before them to make for Himself an everlasting name?”
  3. Deuteronomy 4:34- “Or has a god tried to go and take for himself a nation from within another nation by trials, by signs and wonders, and by war and a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors, as the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?”
  4. Deuteronomy 33:27- “The eternal God is a dwelling place. And underneath are the everlasting arms; and He drove out the enemy from before you, And said ‘Destroy.’”
  5. Psalm 44:3- “For by their own sword they did not possess the land, and their own arm did not save them, but your right hand and your arm and the light of your presence, for you favored them.”

Here are some additional Scripture references to His strong (right) arm:

  1. Isaiah 59:1- “Behold, the Lord’s hand [arm] is not so short that it cannot save.”
  2. Psalm 98:1- “Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wonderful things; His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him.”
  3. Psalm 89:13- “Your arm is endued with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.”
  4. Psalm 118:16- “The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things.”
  5. Psalm 136:12- “With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm his love endures forever.”
  6. Isaiah 52:10- “The Lord has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.”
  7. Following many miraculous signs and miracles that Jesus had performed before the unbelievers, this is recorded in John 12:38- “This was to fulfill the words of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke ‘Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’”

This is not an exhaustive list of references from the Bible.  It is simply a list of twelve Scriptures that I have chosen.  There are many more that clearly demonstrate our Heavenly Father’s willingness and ability to rescue, deliver and save us from our circumstances with His strong (right) arm.  What my father did for me so many years ago serves as a picture.

Many of us might remember a time when something miraculous happened that literally saved our life, or saved us from a very difficult situation.  We did not do anything to deserve it.  In fact, we may have been doing something that we should not have been doing.  Our Heavenly Father had his eye on us the whole time, and in that instant when the circumstances became a matter of life or death, He reached down and saved us with His strong right arm.  He intervened out of His love for us.

How can we be assured of this strong protection?  2 Chronicles 16:9 says- “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” (NKJV).  If we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, give our whole heart to Him, and follow Him only, we can expect that His eye is on us in all circumstances.

King David, though not a perfect man, loved the Lord with all his heart.  Out of that very personal relationship, he perfectly sums up the point of this article with these words in Psalm 20: 6,7- “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He answers him from His holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand.  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

This encourages us that no matter the situation, God can and will deliver us from it.  Turn to Him today.  He is certainly worthy of our trust, and His strong right arm is more than ready and capable to save and deliver.

The Two Kingdoms Part III Kay Keith Peebles

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The Wise and The Foolish
It was a dumb thing to do! Six months after we married, my husband and I moved into a new, clean, second story apartment that felt like the Taj Mahal. It was smaller than our old apartment but did not have the scratched hardwood floors, the old dirty appliances nor the roaches that scampered through the apartment at night. We no longer had noisy neighbors above us that kept us up late. Instead, everything was fresh and clean.
There were no frostless freezers in 1970 and defrosting the freezer is one chore my mother failed to teach me. My husband was outside washing the car when I dove into cleaning out the freezer and removing the thick ice that had built up over the past few months. I surveyed the challenge noticing the hard thick ice which had formed over the coils and decided the only way to remove it was to chip it off with an ice pick. That ice pick was making quick work of the hard layer of ice until I punctured a coil and coolant began to spew out of my freezer. Terror seized me as I realized I had ruined my new freezer and we had no money to fix or replace it!
In a panic, I called my husband to come inside and evaluate the results of my folly. He saw the coolant spewing and scolded me for using an ice pick to clean out the freezer. He told me only thin aluminum protected the coils inside which kept the freezer cold. I had penetrated the aluminum with the ice pick and punctured the coils. It was the first time I had attempted to defrost a freezer. I realized I had been foolish not to ask questions before I began such a task. My tearful response to him was, “I don’t know how it works; I just know it does!” My sorrowful tears melted his heart and he gave me a hug for support.
We quickly called the apartment complex manager and they replaced our refrigerator/freezer that day. He was rather amused at my mistake and we were charged nothing. It may have been my tears of shame that touched his heart. I was blessed that my foolish actions had not caused us to go into debt when it could have been prevented. My lesson was learned as it never happened again.
“The wise shall inherit glory (all honor and good) but shame is the highest rank conferred on [self-confident] fools.” Proverbs 3:35 AMP.
I do not believe anyone wakes up one day and decides they want to be a fool. It happens over time. A person makes one bad choice after another until a lifestyle of foolish choices creates a mindset. The definition of a fool is: a person who acts unwisely, or imprudently, a silly person. Court jesters during the Renaissance period were regarded as “fools” because they did antics and enticed revelry. Their nickname implies they may have been enjoyed as a form of entertainment, but they were not respected or taken seriously.
Colleges and Universities today are not impressed with students who come to party using their newly found freedom as an excuse to entertain themselves and distract others. The first two semesters usually weed out those who have no ambition to succeed, or apply themselves to higher learning. The basic goal of a foolish person is to have fun and engage in self-seeking activities. There is no concern for the future. Their life is spent only living for the day and that is their grave mistake.
The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly] Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7 AMP. Psalm 111:10 affirms, “The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord].”
The foolish are not teachable, they do not learn from their folly. They do not consider the Lord but rather choose to be the god of their own lives. They live immoral, sinful lives which in the end will not prosper but will lead to death and eternal judgment. They reside in the kingdom of darkness. “Fools mock sin but [sin mocks the fools], but among the upright there is good will and the favor and blessing of God.” Proverbs 14:9 AMP.
The wise, however, reside in the Kingdom of Light. “All wisdom comes from the Lord, and so do common sense and understanding. God gives helpful advice to everyone who obeys him and protects all of those who live as they should. God sees that justice is done, and he watches over everyone who is faithful to him.” Proverbs 2:6-8 CEV.
James 3:13-15 teaches, “Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his [good] works with the [unobtrusive] humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth. This [superficial] wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual (animal), even devilish (demoniacal).”
The wise understand that true Wisdom comes solely from the Lord. It was God who wrote His laws by which mankind was to operate. Jesus came down from Heaven and not only taught, He demonstrated true godly character and wisdom to mankind. “The law of the LORD is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul; The statutes of the LORD are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.” Psalm 19:7 AMP.
“He who walks [as a companion] with wise men will be wise, But the companions of [conceited, dull-witted] fools [are fools themselves and] will experience harm.” Proverbs 13:20 AMP.
“Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For Your words are always with me. I have better understanding and deeper insight than all my teachers [because of Your word], For Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged [who have not observed Your precepts].” Psalm 119:98-100 AMP.
The teachings of the Bible charge us to diligently study God’s Word so that His laws might be “written upon our hearts.” His law not only instructs us how to treat one another, it also teaches us how to approach the Lord in prayer and worship. His Word reveals the many promises God has made to those who believe in Him. The book of Proverbs is filled with the Wisdom of God as are the writings of the Apostle Paul. Although man’s hand penned them, the scriptures came from the mouth of God, also called the Ancient of Days. His words are tried and proven; they are life and they have the power to transform us. There are many we could call wise, but the only true wise men are the ones who know their wisdom comes from God alone. Secular wisdom is rooted in pride, but the Lord discloses His wisdom to the humble in heart.
The foolish live their lives wasting their abilities because of a lack of vision. Those who skillfully build their own kingdom build it in vain if the Lord is not their architect. It is the humble man who gains access to the Wisdom of the Ages. He gleans every morsel of wisdom he can hold from the One who created everything. Psalm 1 speaks of this man…”BLESSED [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, [following their advice and example], nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers [ridiculers]. But his delight is in the law of the LORD. And on His law [precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does he prospers [and comes to maturity]. Psalm 1:1-3 AMP.
There are two kingdoms, the kingdom of darkness (world, Satan) and the Kingdom of Light (Heaven, God). It is our choice which kingdom we will dwell in here on earth and for all eternity. Our actions and the words of our mouth, which are directed by the motivations of our heart, produce the fruit which indicates the kingdom we have chosen.
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish (thoughtless, without forethought) and five were wise (sensible, intelligent, and prudent). For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [extra] oil with them; But the wise took flasks of oil along with them [also] with their lamps…But while they (the 5 foolish virgins) were going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came and said, Lord, Lord, open [the door] to us! But He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you].” Matthew 25:1-4, 10-12 AMP. Emphasis mine.
The Lord promises us success when we wholeheartedly put our faith and trust in Him. A foolish man wastes his life on unimportant things while a wise man gives everything to the One who gave him life. His end will be victorious and his reward will be sweet.  The Kingdom of Heaven will be filled with those who sought the wisdom of God.

Stay Hydrated by Larry W. Peebles

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Stay Hydrated   Larry W. Peebles   10/07/16     16.38

I cannot recall ever being so thirsty.  We had nothing to drink all day.  My college buddy and I had set out on a float trip down an area river.  Early in the morning we dropped a car at a highway bridge where we planned to exit the river, then drove back to where we would put the boat in the river at another bridge, upstream from our exit point. It was just breaking daylight when we put in, and our estimate was three to four hours to the exit point.  We had made a few similar float trips, and were comfortable with the plan.  It was a crisp day in late fall.  We packed no snacks or water.  There was no need, as we would be home by noon.

We drifted along the river, enjoying the growing daylight in such a peaceful setting.  Birds and squirrels awoke and chattered to us as we floated beneath the canopy of trees that came from both sides of the river and touched overhead.  It was a beautiful morning.  We were floating on a lazy river, wrapped in near silence.  We spoke little, and let the river do the work.  We did not want to spoil the setting with talk.

Our study of the river and the roads gave us some landmarks we would pass, mostly other bridges where farm roads crossed the river.  The first such landmark we expected to cross in an hour, but did not find it until two hours had passed.  We were a bit surprised but not unnerved, and began to talk about how crooked the river was.  One moment the sun would be on our left, and around the next bend it would be on our right, and then back on our left.  There were fallen trees and limbs to navigate, which slowed our progress.  We began to row a bit to supplement our drift speed.  This did not diminish our enjoyment of the day, as we took turns rowing.  When not rowing, one could still soak in the trees, the river, and the warmth of the mid-day sun.

It was noon when we passed under the landmark bridge we estimated marked the halfway point of our journey.  We were getting hungry and thirsty, but now realized we were in trouble.  We had a long way to go and had no supplies.  Our landmark bridges served seldom used farm roads in rural areas.  We felt we could not get anyone’s attention, so we pushed on.  Now we would both row, as we had to cover some distance on the river.

That entire afternoon we rowed without ceasing.  Shoulders, arms and back muscles ached.  Though hungry and thirsty, we had only adrenaline for fuel.  By late afternoon, nearing sundown, we reached another landmark that told us we might be three- fourths of the way through our expedition.  Given the conditions, we could not navigate the river in the dark.  As the sun began to drop and low light fell on the river, it felt noticeably colder.  The lack of body fuel meant we had more sensitivity to the dropping temperatures.  I was so thirsty my mouth seemed as though it was full of cotton balls.  The urgency to drink had surpassed the need to eat, which was only a small blessing.  The irony was that though we spent the entire day on the river, we had no water to drink.  We pulled the boat to the bank of the river at that last landmark to regroup.

My friend decided to crawl up the river bank and go look for help. We needed someone to rescue us out of the situation we had gotten ourselves into.  He had no flashlight to show him the way.  I would stay with the boat, where dark and cold were setting in, and the sounds of the river had changed to the hooting of owls and coyotes calling.  Warm sunlight was replaced with cool evening light from the stars.  Without the rowing motion for exercise, and without food and water for fuel, I became quite chilled.  I eventually caught pneumonia, which stayed with me through the next spring while I tried to run through the college track season.

Fortunately, in the dark my friend saw the light from a farmhouse and walked to it for help.  The kind farmer returned in his pick-up truck, we all loaded the boat, and he took us to our waiting car.  He saved us from the situation we had created.  By the time we went back and picked up the first car and returned to town, it was well into the evening.  This was before the age of cell phones so families and friends were extremely worried about us, including the young woman who would be my future wife.  She was quite frantic, and our date plans for the evening were ruined.

I learned a great deal that day about better planning, respect for the unfamiliar in the outdoors, helping others in need, and being prepared with a contingency plan if the original plan goes wrong.  I also remember getting back home and needing a lot of water that evening before I could even think about eating something.

That young woman who became my wife 47 years ago still walks in the woods with me twice a week in the forests that surround our mountain home.  We never walk without taking bottles of water.  Years ago, when I ran my first marathon, another friend told me I would find water stations at each of the 26 mile markers.  His advice was to not pass a single one.   I listened.  Sixty percent of the human body is water, and about 70% of the surface of the earth is water.  Such is the vital importance of water.  If one does not stay hydrated, they die.

Things in the natural realm confirm things in the spirit realm, and vice-versa.  This certainly holds true for water.  In John 4:4-42, we find the story of the woman at the well.  Jesus and his disciples were on the way to Galilee.  One day at noon, they stopped in a village in Samaria at a well originally dug by Jacob.  Jesus sent the disciples to buy food, and sat down.  A woman came to the well, and Jesus asked her to draw him water to drink.  She was surprised that a Jew would ask a Samaritan for water, but Jesus surprised her by saying (v. 10) “if you knew who it was that asked you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.”  He went on to say (v. 13, 14) “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  He went on to tell the woman her life story, which no mere man could have known.  She recognized that He was from God, but in deeper conversation Jesus disclosed that He was not just from God.  Indeed, He was (is) the Messiah, the one spoken of by the prophets who would come to save the world (v. 42).

Jesus introduced something to her called living water.  As water gives life to our mortal bodies, this living water gives life to our spiritual being.  Natural water satisfies our natural thirst for a time, but we become thirsty again.  Living water satisfies our spiritual thirst for all eternity.  We will never thirst again.  What is this living water?

Jesus explained a few chapters later.  In John 7: 37-39, Jesus said – “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”  John goes on to say “By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not been glorified [crucified, resurrected and ascended into Heaven}.”  [Insert mine].  At the time He said this, Jesus was pointing toward the day of Pentecost, when the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit.  At Pentecost, a violent wind from Heaven filled the room, tongues of fire appeared above each person’s head, and they began to speak in other (heavenly) languages.

God is a Spirit.   Man in his natural body and surroundings, created in God’s image, has an insatiable longing for the spirit realm.  Every civilization known to have existed has demonstrated a respect or relationship toward the “gods”.  Absent knowledge of the One True God, this longing has manifested in distortions and perversions of the true worship we were created for—the worship of God.  These manifestations include studying and reading the stars (horoscope), witchcraft, ancestor worship, animal worship, nature worship, devil worship, and others.   These distortions are a form of false religion, and none of them satisfy.  Like the water in that river, though it may surround us, it is not suitable for drinking.

Like the woman at the well, when we come to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, the Savior of the world and our own personal Savior, we can be filled with living water. Jesus comes to rescue us and lift us out of the water that does not satisfy and is not suitable to drink–the mess of sin we created for ourselves.   The sweet wind of the Holy Spirit comes and dwells within us.  We receive the fire which purifies and cleanses our heart and gives us an unquenchable zeal for God.  We also receive a new and powerful heavenly language with which to pray effective prayers in accordance with the will of God.

When we experience this impartation of the Holy Spirit, we are “born again”, not as a human being, but as a spirit being.  Our eternal spirit man is restored to its proper relationship with God, and our spiritual longing is satisfied.  We are back home and our spiritual thirst is eternally satisfied by the true living water.  Without this living water, our spirit man will die.  Confess Jesus as savior, receive His Holy Spirit, and stay hydrated for all eternity.  This will assure our spirit man within will never thirst again.