Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Freedom to Worship

John 4:15
The woman said to him,“Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

The familiar women at the well; she brings an earthen vessel perhaps to bring water back to her family.
She is all ready to satisfy her thirst and her need for this essential part of life; water.
But her trip is interrupted by a Jewish man sitting by the well. He proceeds to ask her to fetch him some water, but soon this conversation will cause her heart, eyes and mind to be opened up and experience worship like she has never known before.
This man, who asks for water in the midst of their short conversation, soon pierces right through her heart; offers something she needs, but soon she will realize that the wooden bucket that brings water from the depth of Jacob’s well cannot carry the water that Jesus is offering. Actually, she has nothing to offer, nothing to contain this living water that is being proposed to her. She yearns for it; she even knows she needs it. But she does not know how to attain it. The woman said to him,“Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
She has learned that this water brings satisfaction. A Samaritan woman speaking with a Jewish man; this encounter is strange; something more than words is penetrating the core of her being. She begins to confess; yes, the man she lives with is not her husband. She agrees with Jesus.
This Living Water has the ability to cause confession to come out of our hearts. There is a cleansing that is a occurring; we feel it, we experience it and it draws us to come out for more. From the depths of her soul she asks questions that perhaps have been on her mind for a long time. I yearn to worship; it’s built within me, but where do I go; what mountain? Women, true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4: 23-24) That’s it! Give me that Water! She runs, she testifies and tells all she comes in contact with, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. (John 4:29)
When we encounter God the miraculous happens. Did she really have to agree with Jesus? Was Jesus snooping around her home; was he checking out every move she made? How did he know she had so many husbands? How did this Light pierce the darkness? Why did he expose her?
Where can I go from his Spirit?Where can I flee from his presence? My frame was not hidden from him when I was made in the secret place. He has searched me; he knows my heart and my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:7, 15, 23
See, you cannot drink of the Living Water and remain the same. Its purpose is for cleansing, renewal and restoration. You can’t help but worship when you have been released. When Light dispels darkness there is freedom. When Truth comes in to silence the lies, you can’t help but worship, you must tell someone; it pushes you to testify. It’s a liberating experience.
Nothing this woman had could contain the water that Jesus was offering. Jesus not only offered the Living Water, but he is the Living Water. We can’t carry it in the clay pot we have; flesh gives birth to flesh, but the spirit gives birth to the spirit (John 3:5-6). There must be a transformation that only God initiates. He changes the vessel, Glory to God, I am not the same. This conversion revolutionizes everything about me! I can’t help but tell all that I encounter; come and see the man that has told me everything about me! My expression of gratitude comes for a converted heart; it leads me to my knees. I don’t need a mountain to worship God; something miraculous has happened and I can’t help but express it wherever I go! Worship flows from within and my spirit rejoices; my heart has been engaged with the Living Water. Whoever drinks the water Jesus gives them will never thirst. Indeed, the water He gives will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14) Glory to God!


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