Proper Irrigation

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Proper Irrigation

John 4:13-15 (AMP) Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for God] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life.”  The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not get thirsty nor [have to continually] come all the way here to draw.”

Living in the south, the summer months are hot and humid. Despite the breathtaking humidity, there is no sign of rain. Grass begins to wilt and wither in the heat of the sun. The temperatures are already reaching for the 100’s. Our home has a water irrigation system. However, during the winter months when use is limited, the grass grows around the sprinkler heads and each must be rediscovered to help keep the yard alive through the harsh dryness of summer. My husband has worked diligently in the scorching sun to liberate each one so life giving water can saturate the lawn. Proper irrigation and constant watering will hopefully get us through the dry season called summer.

What about dry seasons in our soul? The extended bouts of drought or maybe over pouring that leaves our heart dry and empty. Our joy is a little sparse. Peace seems a bit elusive. Life is hard. Faith illogical. Hope dwindles in the high temperature of refinement yet must be clung to until the very end. Some dry seasons are appointed in the cycle of life just like summer turns to fall. Other dry times come unexpectedly through trial, trouble, trauma, or tribulation. Striking to the core of us allowing the reservoir of our soul to spring a leak. We become dry. Empty. Weary in well doing. Lost in our cause. Wandering in the wilderness. Waiting and watching for living water to saturate our soul again. Are you dry today? Are you thirsty? We all need proper irrigation of our heart and soul in order to survive and thrive in the dry seasons of life.

The woman who met Jesus at the well was in search of water. It was her routine to come to the well in the heat of the day to avoid the hurtful stares and daggered whispers of those who should be her “sisters”. She would rather endure the noonday heat than the scorching hurt of their judgement. She met Jesus in the heat of the day. He came to bring her water that would reach beyond her circumstances, condition and situation to quench her soul. She accepted. She was changed. Her life didn’t change dramatically in the moment like perhaps a healing or deliverance might produce but she left satisfied. She was not thirsty for the acceptance or affirmation of the world because her soul was quenched by living water.

John 6:35-36 (AMP) Jesus replied to them, “I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually]. But as I told you, you have seen Me and still you do not believe.

The one who believes in Jesus Christ as Savior will never be thirsty again because He sustains them. Believing in the Lord is imperative to surviving drought-like conditions of the heart. He is the river running through us that continues to water us when the conditions of life become difficult leaving us dry, empty and broken. The woman went to the well because she needed water for her family to survive. She left with living water and began to thrive. Running water changes the outward conditions of our life. It runs through our home. Hydrates our body. It runs through our septic system to carry away waste. It runs underground in our irrigation system keeping the grass green and plants alive. Water is a necessary means in our life. We cannot survive more than three days without water. However, living water is absolutely essential for spiritual survival that produces thriving souls as Jesus has intended for us. We must believe to receive living water.

Isaiah 55:1 (AMP) “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy grain and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost [simply accept it as a gift from God].

Everyone who thirsts…come to the waters. Everyone does thirst. It is up to us what we intake to satisfy our need for hydration. Water. Juice. Soda. Sweet tea cause we live in the South. There are many choices and we have the freedom to choose. Paul reminded us that all things are permissible but not all things are beneficial. The Lord invites all who feel dry and empty to come to the waters. Maybe you are wondering where is the Living Water I need to saturate my dry and weary soul. I am so glad you asked! Reading further in Isaiah 55, there is the following:

“For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, making it bear and sprout, and providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so will My word be which goes out of My mouth; it will not return to Me void (useless, without result), without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. For you will go out [from exile] with joy and be led forth [by the Lord Himself] with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush the cypress tree will grow, and instead of the nettle the myrtle tree will grow; and it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign [of His mercy] which will not be cut off.”

When Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted, yes, the Holy Spirit led Jesus right to the test, Jesus used the Word of God to refute every single lie and silence the temptation of the enemy. When the enemy told Jesus to make stones into bread to relieve hunger, Jesus said, “it is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every world that comes out of the mouth of God.’” God’s Word is Living Water for our soul. It is the very substance that restores, renews and revives the dry and weary soul so it will begin to thrive in us again. It is up to us, like the woman, to continually visit the well of God’s Word each day and let it penetrate the cracks and crevices our hard heart and melt it into a fertile one once again. God’s purpose and plan for us is prosperity. It begins in our soul and must be the starting point of every other success in our life. It all begins and ends with Jesus. We must learn to continually water our body, mind and spirit to thrive in this life. We must discipline ourselves to remain saturated in Living Water for when seasons of drought are upon us – we will endure them. These are those who will be like a tree firmly planted and fed by streams of water which yields fruit in its season with leaves that do not whither. God’s People who prosper in whatever they do. (Psalm 1:1-3)

John 7:37-38 (AMP) Now on the last and most important day of the feast, Jesus stood and called out [in a loud voice], “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Me], as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.’”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that “for everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” It goes on further along in verse 11 to offer the amazing promise that “God has made everything beautiful in its own time.” Oh what a friend we have in Jesus! Jesus makes an offer to those who are thirsty. To the ones who have poured out their life by believing, adhering to Him, trusting in Him and relying on Him. He will cause our innermost being to flow continually with rivers of living water. It is up to us to maintain such an irrigation system in our life. To continually come to the well and ask for more. To make it a habit to reach deeper into His Word and extract copious amounts of Living Water. To allow God’s Spirit to cultivate our soul and allow Him to use the supply to grow, develop and mature us into mighty oaks of righteousness for His Glory. It can be a painful and uncomfortable process but oh so worth it. Even Jesus said on the Cross – I thirst. Are you dry today? Thirsty? Tap into the Living Water promised to you by your Savior, Jesus Christ. Let Him fill you to overflowing again.

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