Faith, resistance

Resistance: Submission

Ok, who changed my WiFi password and then forgot it? Oh yeah, that was me. Because of that momentary lapse of recollection the new community link up will begin next Monday, February 9th. Check the bottom of this post for more information. 😉

Thirsty?

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39 NKJV

Are you familiar with Artesian wells?

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Courtesy of Mark Yang

They are sources of water that are contained in the depths of the earth. There is mighty pressure that needs to be relieved. If someone taps into it, there will be a release from the rock as the fresh water finds it way through the the opening with force.

You don’t have to mechanically pump the water. It is a wellspring bubbling up from the porous rock. In fact, if the pressure is great enough the aquifer will create a flowing continuous fountain. Day and night, in light and darkness it shall yeild refreshment.

The Path of Least Resistance

The porous rock filters the water as it follows the path of least resistance.

In James 4:7 we learn that there is a necessary submission to God before we have the ability to resist the devil.

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 NKJV

This goes without saying when we consider there is a way out, provided by God Himself, when we are tempted.

In reality, submission to God and His Holy Spirit is the path of least resistance, but when we are thirsty, poor, and needy we are usually going to run to the source of water that will quickly satisfy us.

But, that source is one that gives life temporarily. If we don’t submit, and resist, the enemy will not flee. He will keep us in the desert of temptation.

Water from the Rock

If we recognize the Mighty Rock our God, who overcame Satan in the wilderness, then we can tap into a wellspring bubbling up to eternal life. Grace offered as the way out.

We do this by acknowledging that Jesus, our Rock, offers access to grace, and mercy which flows continuously, bathing us with salvation and love. Day and night, in light and darkness it will not fail.

In order to push back the dark, we must give way to the light. Don’t try to get water for your soul mechanically. No works will yeild grace, but Gods. You cannot resist the enemy alone.

Seek the one who leads us out, and submit to His guidance to living water. This requires resistance toward our thirst for anything, and submission to accepting no refreshing but that of God Himself.

The poor and needy search for water, but there is none, their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
Isaiah 42:16 NKJV

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV

More information is forthcoming about a new community link-up. Stay tuned for fresh water from the wellspring, and your chance to share the water of the word. The first prompt is Resistance.

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