Friday, February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014 … Living Waters

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 59

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go to this video link to hear Michael Mertens and Pam McHenry, singing the poignant song, Living Waters, … which is a prayer that we will pursue the living waters from God rather than the polluted waters of this world.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: John 4: 13-14 [NKJV] …  
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: John, Chapter 4, Verses 7-14 [NKJV] Go to this link 

Reference Passage #1: Jeremiah 2: 13 [NKJV] …  
13 “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. … “

Reference Passage #2: John 7: 37-39 [NKJV] … 
 37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Reference Passage #3: Revelation 22: 1 [NKJV] …  
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

My Journal for Today: This morning’s Our Daily Bread devotional presents a true-live picture in our country of the concept of living waters. Here is the story …

“In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a remarkable natural wonder—a pool about 40 feet deep and 300 feet across that Native Americans called ‘Kitch-iti-kipi,’ or ‘the big cold water.’ Today it is known as The Big Spring. It is fed by underground springs that push more than 10,000 gallons of water a minute through the rocks below and up to the surface. Additionally, the water keeps a constant temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning that even in the brutally cold winters of the Upper Peninsula the pool never freezes. Tourists can enjoy viewing the waters of Big Spring during any season of the year.” 

The devotional went on to cite the story of Jesus going out of His way traveling through Samaria and making connection with the woman at the well. Jesus going through Samaria and stopping to encounter a Samaritan woman was a big cultural/religious NO-NO in those days; and besides breaking major-league conventions in doing this, we know, from the story, that Jesus offered here His living waters, which He said would never end. And the woman believed Jesus and partook of these living waters and was saved.

There are times in our lives when we’re parched spiritually, if not physically or emotionally, needing refreshment of the soul. I’d bet that you can think of such of a time in your life, … maybe even now. Please take the time to note the attached photo and hear the poignant song to which I link any reader above. Then ponder and meditate on God’s word from the John 4, woman-at-the-well, story, as well as words from the Old Testament in Jeremiah 2, which promise God’s living waters when we avoid creating our own spoiled cisterns when we try to drink of the waters of the world.

Only Jesus can offer His living waters to one like the Samaritan woman. Only Jesus’ waters satisfy our eternal thirst (as referenced in Rev. 22 above). So, let’s all avoid trying to drink from the wells of this world; and seek out and drink from Christ’s living waters.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, lead me to drink from Your waters. … Amen

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