Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How Do We Discover the Water That Lasts?

Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat.  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?  Isaiah 55:1-2a
How Do We Discover the Water That Lasts?
The first step in discovering the living water is to recognize youneed it.  If you think you are fine just like you are, parched and thirsty, then you don’t need to read any further.  This is for the parched and thirsty souls that cannot be quenched by anything this world offers.  
We are spiritually thirsty, poor and powerless.  Man is made to need, to search and find, to hunger and be filled. We are wanting incarnate failing to ever experience satisfaction apart from our Maker.  
But we need more than water.  buy wine and milk...bread
• wine - Wine is usually spoken of as that which exhilarates, or makes glad the heart.  It is used for celebration and to represent times of joy.
• milk - used to denote that which nourishes.  Not a momentary energy, but one that is able to continue.  
The meaning here is, that the blessings of the gospel are suited to nourish and support the soul as well as to make it glad and cheerful - everything it needs to be fulfilled
The Price Is Right. - Without Money and Without Cost
It is worth noting that the prerequisite receiving this gift is not the ability to buy, but only the recognition of need.  A grace gift has no price.  It is not cheap, but it is free.  The point is you cannot buy it!  It’s not for sale.  
No one is so poor that they cannot obtain it; none are so rich that they can purchase it with gold. If the poor are willing to accept it as a gift, they are welcome; and if the rich will not accept it as a gift, they cannot obtain it. 
We are searching without finding satisfaction. - Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?
The thirst within us causes an incessant quest for something that will satisfy.  The evidences of our searching are scattered all about us in closets and garages and resumes.  What once was our treasure has now become our trash.  Our lives are cluttered with broken remains of random hungers - like toys from Christmas, they are thrown away before they're worn out but we just had to have them.
Calvin and Hobbes discussed this one day in their comic strip. Getting is better than having. When you get something, it’s new and exciting. When you have something, you take it for granted and it’s boring. But everything you get turns into something you have.
The question is not, “Do you want?” It is a matter of “what do you want?”
What you WANT determines what you SEEK. What you SEEK determines what you BECOME. (destiny) Man BECOMES what he WANTS.  No one sets out to be an addict, but just to feel good.  No one sets out to be in bondage to debt, just to have something new.  People don’t generally set out to get a divorce, just to feel wanted. 
Trying to fill the spirit with things of the mind or emotions is futility.  These just create more hunger.  We need something beyond our capacity to provide for ourselves to satisfy this deep craving of our soul.  Jesus has it.  Jesus is it. 
Scripture to Claim: 
Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, 'Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.John 7:37-38

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