Saturday, October 20, 2012

THE FOUNTAIN

Suggested Reading: John 4

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This photo was taken in Caesarea Philippi, also known as Banias. The water originates from Mount Herman then flows into underground springs. It then makes its way down to the Galilee, into the Jordan River, and eventually to the Dead Sea. The water provided life to ancient Israel and still does today for modern Israel.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: John 4:14

…but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.

What a magnificent picture of springs of fresh life-giving water is seen in today’s reading. In the last 9 verses, Jesus is back in Cana. The nobleman’s son was in Capernaum. Jesus said, “Go your way; your son lives,” and a fountain of healing burst forth on the north shore of Galilee. The man’s son was healed. Obviously, the woman Jesus met at the well in Samaria had been doing her best to quench her spiritual thirst for love and purpose in life. She’d had five husbands and currently was living with a man who was not her husband. When she believed in Jesus, an artisan well bubbled up with such satisfaction and joy that she left her water pot, rushed to tell others about Jesus, and brought many to Him. What began here in Samaria was continued later by Philip. Philip had four daughters who were prophetesses. Revelation 19:10 tells that “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Philip and his girls were exercising New Testament prophecy. Fountains of living water were springing up all over the place! Please read the sequel to Jesus’ visit to Samaria in Acts 8:5-17. Everywhere Philip and his girls testified for Jesus, there was new life. This is the primary ongoing sign of keeping filled with the Holy Spirit. Peter quoted the prophet Joel about this kind of prophecy. It was the birthday of the Church (Acts 2:16-18). Let the living waters erupt. Drink deeply and bring others to the fountain.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I drink of You. My thirst is quenched. May I not keep this living water to myself. That would be so selfish. May I offer a drink to everyone I meet. Jesus, You are the “Fountain opened in the house of David for sin and uncleanness.” Amen! Thank You, Jesus, for fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 13:1.

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I was 18 years old when I rented a hall for Sundays and began a Sunday School. I realized that I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t do everything I could to give, as I mentioned above, “the testimony of Jesus.” I would deceive myself if I claimed to be filled with God’s Spirit, even though other gifts of the Spirit were evident, if I was not a personal soul winner. That Sunday School has grown to become a fine congregation in the area today. I’ve learned that when the fountain flows in and through me, I have unbounded energy for service. Jesus had been hungry and sent His disciples to buy food. When they returned, He was no longer hungry. The flow of the fountain of God’s Spirit is physically strengthening. As the woman we read about was bringing the people of her community back to the well to see Jesus, He said words I am taking to heart every day. I believe Jesus pointed to those streaming toward Him and that’s when He said to His disciples, “Lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest” (John 4:35). I make a new commitment to Jesus now…. as long as I live, I will offer the living water to thirsty souls and work to bring lost souls, the harvest, to Jesus.

Yours for the full free flow of the living water,

David

P.S. Norma-Jean, as a little girl, lived in the village of St. George for a time. She would tell me about the artisan well in the village to which people would come from as far away as Toronto to fill up their containers. When we moved to the area as a family, we often did the same. One day, I came to the well and found it was covered with concrete. Some government official declared it a health hazard. For 150 years people drank of it and no one ever reported illness. Throughout the centuries, religious bureaucrats have shut down the free flow of Jesus’ fountain. For me, I’m going to keep digging new wells. How about you?

15 thoughts on “Saturday, October 20, 2012

  1. Regarding the woman at the well. First, it’s amazing that a male at this time would be having a conversation with this person; she was a woman which at the time was considered as a chattel. She would have been of a lower class order since she was a Samaritan. She was also a sinner. She had all the cultural warning signs of the day that one would have turned and looked the other way, but Jesus didn’t. His heart overflowed with compassion for this woman, and He blessed her. Only Jesus can forgive us, renew us and make us whole, let’s never forget this truth and always remember to look towards Jesus for our example through life.

  2. Thank you Mr. Mainse for this wonderful blog and the teachings within along with the magnificent photographs and blogger comments.
    Reading and learning about Jesus strengthens me.
    Scotts’ reply regarding the woman gave me a new understanding and reminder of the endless compassion Jesus has for us.
    The reminder is from years ago when things could have been better with my life.
    I was responsible for the choices I made.
    I broke down and cried one day and asked God a question something like this…
    How can I make the right choices in life if I don’t even know what love is or feels like?
    While still crying I felt Gods’ love overflow in me. Like a Father comforts his child and holds her. My words can’t fully explain the comfort and peace I felt.
    I think about that moment as often as I can as it helps me to love and comfort others and simply to put a smile on their face.
    I try to do what Jesus would do and I try to feel what Jesus would feel.
    Hope this makes sense and thank you for listening.

    Your blog is a blessing and I still enjoy it 🙂

    Diane

  3. When I read Jesus’ words “I am He” I was struck with the freshness
    of His claim., even for eternity.He speaks to every heart- I AM HE!
    Lord, prepare peoples’ hearts to receive You and may I be bold to share at
    any opportunity….You are the only Way.
    Thankyou so much David. My prayers echo yours,daily.May God bless you and
    fill you with strength and healing , continually.

  4. I just read Dianes’ blog.What a great reminder that WE are to show the world what love looks like, to those who have never known. Thankyou, Diane,
    for sharing …isn’t it wonderful that Jesus meets us where we are and then just
    asks us to share this wth a hurting world?
    Father, may we see with Your eyes of compassion, in Jesus’ Name.Amen

    father, let us see people through your eyes of compassion

  5. I was getting your daily readings,& enjoyed starting my day adding them to my morning devotion time,then after a month or so it stopped.I have now re- inscribed,on line,so am hoping to open my e-mail to find it there again. I then watch,100 Huntley Street(which I’ve done for years),at 7:00 A.M.,Calgary time,and am then ready for the day the Good Lord has planned for me.
    Blessing to all~~~~~

  6. Oh how we can see Jesus compassion for people in todays Bible reading.
    Following the daily blog is such a blessing.
    Greetings in Jesus name to all, Wilma.

  7. it doesn’t matter who you are, where you’ve been or how you are living today….Jesus is there waiting, ready to meet you in that place with His gift of new life. I praise God for finding me and showing me there was another path to walk, then walking that path with me every day. My prayer each day is to love, see, and accept others as Jesus does; that my life each day would be a reflection of Him to those around me. I have heard that no one can come to know Him unless someone has prayed for them, so I try to make a habit to lift a silent pray for some of those that I cross paths with as I go through my day whether I know them or not. God knows them and their need ~ I just need to pray.

  8. I appreciate your blog so much. Jesus is the Healer! He redeemed me from the pit of hell. It didn’t happen over night. It was a journey I am so thankful I took! He WILL work everything for good to those who trust Him and are called according to His Purpose. Romans 8:28

  9. Digging…. as we journey ( Living Today the Gift it is ) while there is still time

    Sending hugs and blessings to you this wonderful fall weekend…..
    May the Lord fill you to Overflow ….so others can taste and see how good the Lord is ….all the time…..
    God Bless You

  10. David,

    I’ve just been receiving your blog for the past week, and just wanted to pass how its blessing me…. the pictures are wonderful, your thoughts, and especially God’s precious word. Blessings to you and your family.

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