This afternoon my daughter asked my wife and I if we wish to go to the movies with her as she had to use a number of vouchers that were about to expire. I enquired of the move that was available and she replied that the movie ‘La La Land, was showing that afternoon that she wished to see. I recalled that it was a ‘romantic movie’ that would appeal to me wife so I agreed. I do not mind a ‘love story’ now and then.
I will not dwell too much on the experience of watching this move suffice to say it was an unusual romantic movie due to the methodology of the director. But as I was watching I sometimes tuned out and found myself praying in the spirit. On one of these occasions the Holy Spirit said to me that ‘many wells have dried up.’ This saddened me as I can imagine what it must be like to go to our well to quench our spiritual thirst and find it running dry.
But I sense this is not only about individual believers but more so churches. Sadly many vibrant fellowships over the years have found that their power and authority in Christ has been weakened until today they are cisterns that are full of stagnated water. Jeremiah 2:13
My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
As I dwelled in the spirit the Holy Spirit said that many have hewn cisterns for themselves; in their own wisdom and strength they have gone out in the name of Jesus. For they have departed from the word that was given to them when they were born again and have placed their trust in the arm of man. I do not hold this against them for we have all been there for the pull of the world is strong and alluring.
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Reflecting on this word later in the day the Holy Spirit said that we ‘must come and buy water from Jesus the source of living water.’ Buy, for it must cost us to obtain this water that never runs dry. Buy, for the original well that was gifted to us must be re~dug and cleaned out and relined.
I am aware it is so easy to convince ourselves that we are sold out to Jesus, that we have surrendered all, that we are denying self. I have found that unless the Holy Spirit recognizes our spiritual sacrifice and acknowledges this to us we have probably not given all to the Lord.
As the New Year begins this is a time of repentance and renewal for the Lord is about to pour fresh wine into new wineskins and he is seeking those whose hands are clean and hearts pure. We are now into the Jewish year of 5777; a year of grace perfected 3 times and the word has been sounded from the roof tops that the Lord is about to do a new thing. I believe this move of the Lord will cut across all denominations for the emphasis will be on the Kingdom of God rather than a church based catechism and theology. Behold the church is the former things and the Kingdom is the new wine that the Lord wishes to pour into us.
Come let us go up into the house of the Lord with rejoicing and thanksgiving for he is about to release his living water into a thirsty land, and all who draw from this water will be like tress growing beside the everlasting stream, with green leaves every year as healing to the nations.
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