Friday, January 3, 2014

Is There Hope at the Well?

Is There Hope at the Well?
John 4:7-14
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. ( For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)  Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (Read John 4:7-30)

Addictions are relentless whether they be substance abuse, sexual obsessions, food cravings, or perfectionism. God created us with two basic components: the physical part which we can see and the inner person, the unseen spiritual part; the heart, soul, spirit, and mind of a person. The inner person and the outer person are distinct, being, the inner person is responsible before God and makes choices in response to the influences of the flesh. The term “addiction” means to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively. That something could be just about anything–––including the sin you’re struggle with at this moment.

Lust, is a biblical term and indeed is like a thirst that is never quenched. In todays culture, it is said, “No one is really being hurt by the choices that you make. It is dangerous to repress your sex drive and abnormal to deny yourself sexual expression in any form that pleases you.” Have you been trying to quench a "thirst" like this too? This post is intended to bring biblical clarity to you who are struggling with sexual sin. I don’t wish to be harsh or unloving, but my desire is to bring freedom through biblical thinking.

What did Jesus say was the difference between the water the woman at the well had been drinking and the living water He offered her? He offered the woman living water and said that if she drank it, she would not be thirsty anymore; she would be satisfied and not desire one relationship after another.

(Read Proverbs 4:14-17,19)

You’ve become so accustomed to "drinking" the "water" of sexual obsession that unless you cut it off, you will, out of habit, return to it. Please do whatever it takes to rid your life of any and all avenues leading to this sinful sexual behavior. The Bible tells us to, “Cast away the detestable things your eyes feast on, every one of you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt” Ezekiel 20:7.

My friend, let's face it. The devil has lied to you when he said you would be fulfilled by pursuing the lusts of your flesh. He promised you happiness, fulfillment and peace—in short, he promised satisfaction, and that he would fill your emptiness and remove your nagging doubts about yourself. Did he deliver? No! Instead, he dangled the carrot of forbidden fruit in front of your face promising you that if you just took one more step you would find what you desired most. No matter how many new things you’ve tried or searched after, nothing will EVER bring you peace and satisfaction, or fill your heart with joy because they are LIES. Only Christ can bring true satisfaction and fill your longing soul with peace and joy. Perhaps you've been there, and have found yourself doing things you thought you would never do. Are you wanting love and acceptance? Peace? Expecting sexual sin to satisfy you would be like drinking out of a sewer and expecting it to be a cool, clear drink of spring water!

Thought: After speaking with Jesus, the woman at the well went back into town. Scripture does not specifically say why the woman left her water jar with Jesus, and so we cannot know for certain why she did so. Obviously she did indeed need to continue to drink physical water even after her encounter with Christ. However, we do see Jesus comparing the physical thirst of the woman with her attempts to quench the thirst of her soul by having multiple sinful relationships. Jesus offered her "living water" which would quench the thirst of her soul once and for all.

Dear friend, here is good news for us! As we learn how to drink “living water,” that only Jesus can give, we can leave our "water pot" behind and drink from the “well of hope,” which never shall run dry. 

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