Thursday, January 19, 2017

How to Satisfy Our Thirst, Looking for Jesus in All the Wrong Places Christians, Some Can Believe in Looking at Their Horoscope, but Don't Trust in Jesus Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

Then cometh He to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.  Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.  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.  John, Chapter 4, verses 5-14.

I like the picture I get when I read this.  I know that I get thirsty and get a glass of water; but in a little while, I might get thirsty again.  Sometimes, it becomes annoying when I have to run downstairs to get another glass of water.  Other times when I’m away from home and find myself without a place to get water, my thirst seems unquenchable.
I have never thought of being so satisfied that I’m never thirsty again.  Of course, Jesus isn’t talking about actual water, but we do have a thirst to have eternal life with Him.  If we ignore that inner thirst and choose to lead a more worldly life, that thirst is still there, unquenched.  If we satisfy our thirst, by finding out more about Jesus and His love for us and try to be examples of how He works in our lives, our thirst for a relationship with Jesus is quenched.  We don’t have to seek eternal life, because we will have it through our love of Jesus, who will quench all our needs, if we only ask Him.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.  The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things.  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He.  John, Chapter 4, verses 24-26.
Have you ever watched movies where men or women are looking for their true love, but have a good friend they overlook because they are looking for the ideal partner?  The majority of the movie is focused on the main character pursuing people who are attractive, popular, etc., but never are satisfied.  Later, in the movie, they find that the ideal person for them is their true-blue friend who has been there, all along.
It’s like this lady who is desperately searching for Jesus, without realizing He is right in front of her.  He isn’t attractive, popular, etc., so He might go unnoticed.  He is our true-blue friend and Savior who is there to save us, but do we notice Him?  Like the song says, “Looking for love in all the wrong places,” do we want to be a “Looking for Jesus in All the Wrong Places Christian” or should we stop to realize that He has been right here in front of us, all along?

So Jesus Himself came again into Cana of Galilee, where He made the water wine.  And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.  When he had heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Gaililee, he went unto Him, and besought Him that He would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.  Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.  The nobleman saith unto Him, Sir, come down ere my child die.  Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth.  And the man believed the Word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.  And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.  Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend.  And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.  So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.  This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when He was come out of Judaea into Galilee.  John, Chapter 4, verses 46-54.

The thing that made all the difference in the life of the young boy was what the father believed Jesus when He told him that his son liveth.  Now if the father had doubted Jesus, his son would be dead and he would have always regretted not having had the faith necessary to trust Jesus.
The sad thing is that some can’t believe that Jesus is going to take care of their needs.  It’s almost funny that they can believe things like the following:
It’s funny, they can believe their concerns are going to be taken care of by sending money to someone on TV, but they don’t trust in Jesus.  It’s funny, they can believe in someone who looks at some tea leaves, crystals or lines in their hands, but they don’t trust in Jesus.  It’s funny, some can believe in chanting some positive affirmation, but they don’t trust in Jesus.  It’s funny, some believe in looking at their horoscope, but they don’t trust in Jesus.  It’s funny, some can believe in putting positive thoughts in their minds, but they don’t trust in Jesus.  People can believe in all these ridiculous things and all they had to do was to have faith in Jesus.  It’s almost so simple that it eludes them.
We have choices in our lives.  We can believe God is going to take care of our concerns in whichever way is His will (because He sees the Big Picture).  Or we can doubt and live to regret, not having the faith necessary to trust Jesus. Click on the title of this post to read a related Bible passage.

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