July 15, 2009 "Living Waters Quenches My 'Thirst'"

Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Stevens Criswell

"..Jesus replied, "If you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask Me, and I would give you living water..."
~ John 4:1-38 ~ New Living Translation

God's glorious love showered upon her like a morning rain. Refreshment came over her in every sense. God's love had nothing to do with what she did or how she did it. His vast, glorious love had nothing to do with her status in society; it was simply because of God's glorious, great love.

I am overwhelmed by images of streams flowing upon the rocks, splashing against boulders, and watching the little fish as it seemed they were playfully jumping through the consistent rushing waters to get a little closer to God.

It is as though I can hear the rushing waters splash up against each other as a huge clap. The joyful sound is crisp and the volume so high with great commotion as the waters and the rocks together applaud Almighty God. Their applause so powerful as if they were shouting unto God, "Encore! Encore!"

The waters remind me of the story of the woman at the well when her life collided with the Word of God made flesh; Jesus Christ. He makes a statement, "Please give me a drink of water." This woman shocked for she knew He was a Jew and she was a Samaritan. The obvious line of segragation was being crossed by this Jesus. She says, "Why are you asking me for a drink of water?" I can almost see her asking, "Don't you know that what you are doing is such a 'taboo'?"

Jesus replies so powerfully, "If you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water." I thought, "Jesus, another parable?" Then suddenly it registered. As He declared this great promise and truth over her life, it was as a waterfall with great power colliding with the pools of water below exposing truth in her life as it was a river constantly splashing up against the rocks of her heart.

At that moment, I realized that living water that He was wanting to give to her would allow her to never thirst. Thirst for what? Thirst for another man's approval. Thirst to fill that want that was meant to be directed towards God. She would never thirst for another addiction to relationships. She would never thirst as shame pressed her head down. She would never thirst, because the One who is Living Water would quench her every thirst for the counterfeit. The Authentic, The One and Only True God would be allowed to powerfully satisfy her mouth of wants. Her head that once hung low as she was drowning in shame, was now being lifted by the Great Lifter of her head.

God's great love is revealed in everything that He has made. It was revealed upon this Samaritan woman as the glorious light of God shone through the mighty waterfall of living waters that she received. God's love is revealing upon my heart what I can be free from ever thirsting again.

Let the constant rushing waters flow over you today. Let His Living Waters refresh your soul so you can be mindful what resides in your spirit..the Spirit of the Living God!

I pray you have received His great gift that He so desires to give to you. The intended receiver must still receive the gift. Have you received His gift of Living Waters by His glorious Salvation?

Remember He didn't for religion; He died so you could be restored to a relationship with Father God. He died so you could be free of religion.


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