Monday, April 13, 2020
Proverbs 10:11 (KJV) The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
Proverbs 10:11 (NIV) The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Proverbs 10:11 (NLT) The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain;
the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.
Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him. 13 The beginning of his talk is folly, and the end of his speech is evil madness. 14 Yet the fool multiplies words. No one knows what is coming, and who can tell him what will come after him?
Matthew 12:33-37 33 Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. 35 The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure. 36 But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
"The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain". Jesus says our heart is the source from which our mouth speaks. It's like a glass of water. If you keep pouring in water, the water will eventually overflow and water comes out. If you are filling your glass with tea, and you keep pouring it in, it will eventually overflow and tea comes out. Where does the heart get it's source? Something has to fill the heart in order for it to be filled and overflowing through the mouth. Christians depend on God as the source for what's in their heart.
We have trusted in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Savior. Therefore, we are born again and the Holy Spirit indwells within us.
John 6:37-39 (NLT) 37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
Water comes from rain or natural springs, given by God. God is the source of water on this earth and water is needed to keep us alive.
Genesis 1:2 Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
In Genesis God's Spirit is "hovering over the surface of the waters". This is before God has created our heaven and earth! In the days of creation He creates light and then He divides the waters so that there was water above our earth hemisphere and water below, on the earth itself. Then He gathered the water on earth so that dry land appeared. Now He's ready to create the heavens, plants, animals, birds, bugs, fish, and finally mankind!
Let's look at what Genesis says about how the earth was watered.
Genesis 2:5-6 5 Now no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth, nor had any plant of the field sprouted; for the LORD God had not yet sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. 6 But springs welled up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.
Did you notice that? No rain! Before The Great Flood of Noah's time, there was no rain. God watered the earth with mist. I firmly believe that the waters divided in Genesis 1:6-8 meant there was some type of canopy of water around the earth. Maybe an ice canopy? This canopy protected the earth much like a greenhouse. And God watered the earth by vapor, mists, condensation. At the time of The Great Flood, it rained for the first time. I believe this means that the water canopy crashed to earth. We still have the protective ozone layer but we don't have that water canopy any more.
Genesis 7:11-12;17-24 (NIV) 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights... 17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. 24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
The water canopy fell down to earth in a rain that we've never seen the like before or since! We've seen rain and heavy storms but nothing like the millions of gallons of water that fell from the water canopy! It's how the whole earth was covered, even the highest mountains. We aren't talking about a flood like we see today. As horrible as that is, it's in one geographical location, not the whole earth.
Anyway, back to water... God is the source of all water. He created it. He controls it. He waters the earth when He sees fit. When Christ talks of the Living Water He means God is the source. God controls it. So we get our living water only from God. We cannot believe in Buddha and expect the living water of God to flow into our hearts and out of our mouths. We cannot worship Money and expect the living water of God to flow into our hearts and out of our mouths.
Water is a precious commodity and without it we die. In some places of our world, we tend to take water for granted. It's plentiful. I'm spoiled and expect to get clean drinking water by just turning on the tap in my kitchen. But it takes a lot of work and technology to get clean drinking water through to every household so that it comes conveniently where we need it. We just forget all that and go fill a glass of water. But there are places of desert where water is scarce and people who live there value water above all other things. Some people have to hoard and ration out water carefully in order to sustain their life. The people in Israel understood that because they lived in, or close by, barren wilderness areas. They would dig wells for water, congregate near water sources, build cisterns to collect water. Back in those days, they didn't have indoor plumbing and piping systems. They had to go to their water source daily and draw buckets of water and carry that weight back home. The Woman At The Well was doing just this when Jesus Christ spoke to her in Samaria. He told her about Living Water.
John 4:4-26 4 Now He had to pass through Samaria. 5 So He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Since Jacob’s well was there, Jesus, weary from His journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 “You are a Jew,” said the woman. “How can You ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman replied, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where then will You get this living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water so that I will not get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 Jesus told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” the woman replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are correct to say that you have no husband. 18 In fact, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. You have spoken truthfully.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I see that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where one must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Believe Me, woman,” Jesus replied, “a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”
26 Jesus answered, “I who speak to you am He.”
For people to have water they have to depend on God. We may dig wells, build cisterns, draw water, irrigate crops, build wastewater systems, pipe water to places, build dams and water systems... But water comes solely based on God's providence. God sends the rain. Not human effort. God has chosen to make sure we know how dependent we are on His providence. Human effort doesn't make rain fall from the skies or produce water in deep springs.
We cannot save ourselves by our own human effort. It is an impossibility. So God blessed us with salvation by His efforts. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came down to this earth like rain comes down from God. He did all that was needed to save us. It is only through Him we can be saved. He is Living Water. When we accept this, God sends His Holy Spirit to indwell within us like a secret inner spring of Living Water. It is God initiated. It is God provided. It is God controlled. We are recipients of His blessed poured out LOVE! Our hearts were dry, dead, thirsty land and God poured out the Living Water to save us!
Revelation 22:1 Then the angel showed me a river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Isaiah 35:1-7 1 The wilderness and the land will be glad;
the desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose.
2 It will bloom profusely
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon.
They will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God.
3 Strengthen the limp hands
and steady the feeble knees!
4 Say to those with anxious hearts:
“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance.
With divine retribution He will come to save you.”
5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then the lame will leap like a deer
and the mute tongue will shout for joy.
For waters will gush forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert.
7 The parched ground will become a pool,
the thirsty land springs of water.
In the haunt where jackals once lay,
there will be grass and reeds and papyrus.
Isaiah 44:3–4 For I will pour out water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants; and they will spring up among the grass like poplars by streams of water.
Our salvation through Jesus Christ means He, like rain, came to earth to bring eternal life to the seeds of faith that the Father planted in us when He created us. Those seeds are dead and dormant in the dry, hard ground of a dead heart until Jesus comes. The Holy Spirit works to water that seed so that life springs forth. Then the Holy Spirit indwells in us to bring the water of the Word and give us godly wisdom.
Ephesians 5:25-27 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her 26 to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.
When the true knowledge of God awakens in us, the Living Water in the form of the Holy Spirit, begins teaching us, training and empowering us. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God can help us to know God and His Will and Ways. It is godly wisdom pouring into us.
Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.
Psalm 36:9 "You [God] give them to drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life."
Our righteousness is based on the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God continue to pour into us God's knowledge and wisdom. We can have the Living Water flowing into us and from this source, it overflows through our mouth.
The only thing we have to do is be willing and eager recipients of eternal life and godly wisdom! Remember, we are not factories making righteousness. We cannot. Our own efforts do not make us righteous. But we are vessels in which God's righteousness is shown and poured out. It takes a relationship with God. We must live on the outpouring and abundance of God, dependent upon Him, in order to have that flowing Living Water that then comes out of our mouths. It is not by human effort but by His grace.
"To live in God, to feed on God, and drink from God, and fellowship with God, learn all your wisdom from God, and fear to forsake God." - John Piper, 9/1/1991, DesiringGod.org
The more time we spend in relationship with God, the deeper and fresher the Living Water is and thus it naturally will overflow through our mouths. Sometimes we dam up the water. We, in essence, are hoarding it. It is flowing into us but we aren't sharing it through words and actions. We need the flow to always be fresh so we need daily contact with our God. We need fresh Word, and dialogue (prayer) with God. As our spirits grow and mature the more Living Water we should have and thus, the more comes out of our mouth and our actions.
Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Read Ezekiel 47. In the natural, water burst forth in torrents and slows down to a trickle the farther you get from the source. In Ezekiel 47, the Living Water does the opposite. It begins as a trickle and grows in volume and depth as it gets farther from the source. This is often used to indicate how the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Disciples after the ascension of Jesus Christ. And as they poured out the Gospel, more and more people were saved into the kingdom of God. It can also be used as an analogy of our spiritual life from beginning to maturity. Meditate on that and journal about it.
What condition is our heart before the Holy Spirit waters the seed of faith? What does it take from us
to get the Living Water to our seed of faith?
Once we are saved, who comes to dwell within us?
It is the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to teach, train and empower us to know God. How do we cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word so that Living Water flows fresh and current into our heart?
Who is the source of Living Water?
As we are filled with Living Water, what happens? Where does it go?
Write the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:34-35.
What is coming out of your mouth? Is it an overflow of Living Water or bitter dust? Are your words encouraging, full of faith in God, directing others to Jesus, edifying, full of godly wisdom, exhibiting love, plans of hope and a future? Or are your words discouraging, depressing, bitter, critical, directing others to hopelessness and evil; plans of harm and destruction? Remember, instead of trying to manufacture "Living Water" you have to position yourself as a vessel to receive Living Water and it will naturally overflow.
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