Spiritual Hydration

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Last week during a doctor’s appointment I discovered that the reason I had been feeling fatigued and drained of energy was due in part to dehydration.   It’s amazing how important water is to our bodies and to our physical existence.  While doing some research on water, I discovered the following benefits:   Drinking water reduces headaches, improves our memory and our mood.  Water flushes the body of waste.   Water reduces the risk of kidney stones and bladder infections.  Water also promotes healthy skin.  It energizes our muscles and it also lubricates our joints as well as helps to maintain our blood pressure.

While doing this research, the thought came to me, that we can be spiritually dehydrated just as we can be physically dehydrated.  I thought of the woman at the well in John 4:10.
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

To receive Living Water is to receive God himself.  So many are spiritually dehydrated because they are living their lives void of Jesus Christ.  They are walking through life not only thirsty, but dehydrated, and they have no idea why.
To spend time in God’s presence is to drink Living Water.   Today I want to share a few of the benefits of being spiritually hydrated from drinking Living Water.
The benefits of drinking Living Water are:
Forgiveness     1st John 1: 9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Freedom         Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Grace         Ephesians 2: 8
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
Love           1st John 4: 7-8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Peace         Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.
Hope          Jeremiah 29:11
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Joy              Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life;  you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Blessings.     2nd Corinthians 9: 8-10
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”[a10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
Transformation      2nd. Corinthians 5: 17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Strength         Isaiah 41: 10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Wisdom           James 1: 5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

You may know someone, as we all do, who has never had a drink of Living Water.  They are going through life spiritually dehydrated, and they have no idea why they keep reaching for the things of this world to satisfy their thirst.
I want to encourage you, to tell them about the Living Water that will quench their thirst for all eternity.   If we sit by and say nothing, it’s like being in a desert with a canteen of water and not being willing to share it with others who are dying of thirst.  As Christians, it is our responsibility to introduce as many as we can to the Living Water.   May God bless you as you share with others, and may you continue to drink long and deep from the well of Living Water?



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