VIDEO Overflow or Run-Off – Prophetic Message to an Ungodly Nation

For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13

Imagine an ever-flowing fountain, accessible and attractive, the waters fresh and pure. The flow is copious as the water gurgles and splashes from rock to rock as if dancing down stairs. There a person finds the overflow to meet his needs, irrigate his crops, and water his flocks. He never thirsts, and the fountain is never diminished in drought.

Now imagine this man deliberately ignoring the fountain. With illogical obstinacy he prefers to dig a hole in the ground for run-off water, which quickly seeps out of his broken cistern, leaving him nothing but mud.

That’s the Bible’s picture for those looking for happiness in the wrong places. The world is filled with broken cisterns—we can easily name them—but only Jesus can give satisfying joy. He said: “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 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” (John 4:13-14).

True happiness is only in Christ, the living water.

I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream; my thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him. Horatius Bonar


A Prophetic Message to an Ungodly Nation (Jeremiah)

Sacred Gathering

Rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. Leviticus 23:40

Our group of friends reunited for a long weekend together on the shores of a beautiful lake. The days were spent playing in the water and sharing meals, but it was the evening conversations I treasured the most. As darkness fell, our hearts opened to one another with uncommon depth and vulnerability, sharing the pains of faltering marriages and the aftermath of trauma some of our children were enduring. Without glossing over the brokenness of our realities, we pointed one another to God and His faithfulness throughout such extreme difficulties. Those evenings are among the most sacred in my life.

I imagine those nights are similar to what God intended when He instructed His people to gather each year for the Festival of Tabernacles. This feast, like many others, required the Israelites to travel to Jerusalem. Once they arrived, God instructed His people to gather together in worship and to “do no regular work” for the duration of the feast—about a week! (Leviticus 23:35). The Festival of Tabernacles celebrated God’s provision and commemorated their time in the wilderness after leaving Egypt (vv. 42–43).

This gathering cemented the Israelites’ sense of identity as God’s people and proclaimed His goodness despite their collective and individual hardships. When we gather with those we love to recall God’s provision and presence in our lives, we too are strengthened in faith.

By:  Kirsten Holmberg

Reflect & Pray

Who can you gather with for worship and encouragement? How has your faith been strengthened in community with others?

Father God, thank You for the people You’ve put in my life. Please help us to encourage one another.

God Is Speaking to You

Psalm 85:8

Those who consider God distant may be surprised to know He wants a personal relationship with us and communicates to everyone, even those who deny His existence. But because He’s not speaking audibly, many people—including some believers—are unaware He’s so relational.

For those willing to hear, God’s “voice” can be discerned through a variety of sources. The most obvious is the Bible, but He can also call to us through the spoken or written words of other Christians. And at times He speaks through circumstances and the wonders of creation (Rom. 1:20). I’m sure every one of us would be amazed if we knew all the ways our loving Father tries to get our attention.

When God calls, He speaks into our heart and mind through the Holy Spirit. In this way, He communicates specifically to each of His children. That’s why two people can hear the same sermon or verse and receive different applications. But various hindrances can interfere with our Father’s messages to us. So, beware of busyness: When life is full and noisy, God’s quiet voice is nearly undetectable.

Set aside time today to really listen for Him—through Scripture, prayer, and circumstances. When you hear from Him, respond in gratitude for His loving involvement in your life.

There is Good Affliction

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” (Psalm 119:71)

This seems like a strange testimony. Affliction is often accompanied by complaining or discouragement, but seldom by a statement of satisfaction and thankfulness such as in our text for today.

Nevertheless, in terms of the long-range goal of character development, afflictions are often good for us, helping to make us more Christ-like and preparing us for our ministry of service to Him in the age to come (Revelation 22:3), if only we profit from them and submit to them as we should.

“Before I was afflicted I went astray,” testifies the psalmist, “but now have I kept thy word.…This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me” (Psalm 119:67, 50). Such testimonies have been echoed innumerable times throughout the centuries as godly men and women have drawn closer to the Lord through His comforting Word during times of affliction than they ever were during times of ease.

In fact, afflictions often draw even the unsaved to the Lord. They would never come when things are going well, but many do come when in times of sorrow or rejection they are forced to the end of their resources. It is then that “godly sorrow [literally ‘sorrow from God’] worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of” (2 Corinthians 7:10).

As for those instances when God’s people suffered in ancient times, it was said: “In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them” (Isaiah 63:9). Although no such affliction “for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby” (Hebrews 12:11). HMM

God Really Does Listen

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

—Psalm 95:1-2

 

What are we going to do about this awesome, beautiful worship that God calls for? I would rather worship God than do any other thing I know of in all this wide world.

I would not even attempt to tell you how many hymnbooks are piled up in my study. I cannot sing a lick, but that is nobody’s business. God thinks I am an opera star!

God listens while I sing to Him the old French hymns in translation, the old Latin hymns in translation. God listens while I sing the old Greek hymns from the Eastern church as well as the beautiful psalms done in meter and some of the simpler songs of Watts and Wesley and the rest.

I mean it when I say that I would rather worship God than to do anything else.   WHT018

Lord, may that be my testimony as well“I would rather worship God than do any other thing I know of in all this wide world.” Amen.

 

You Have Heard This Before, What Would Jesus Do?

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another.

—Colossians 3:16

 

I have known people who seemed to be terrified by God’s loving desire that we should reflect His own holiness and goodness. As God’s faithful children, we should be attracted to holiness, for holiness is God-likeness—likeness to God!

God encourages every Christian believer to follow after holiness. Holiness is to be our constant ambition—not as holy as God is holy, but holy because God is holy. We know who we are and God knows who He is. He does not ask us to be God, and He does not ask us to produce the holiness that only He Himself knows. Only God is holy absolutely; all other beings can be holy only in relative degrees.

The angels in heaven do not possess God’s holiness. They are created beings and they are contented to reflect the glory of God. That is their holiness.

Holiness is not terrifying. Actually, it is amazing and wonderful that God should promise us the privilege of sharing in His nature. JAF089-090

To know Christ is the way to grow in holiness. Christianity is…the religion of the divine example….Ask yourself…what would [Jesus] do if He were here? Nothing else will so surely lead us into the way of holy living. JAS122

 

Making the Lame to Walk

Acts 3:6

It has been well said that the “The story of the Book of Acts is of the Lord going up, the Spirit coming down, and the Church going out.” At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down and created a new instrument, the Church.

Peter, the once-cowardly fisherman, put out his net to catch souls—some 3,000 of them. They could not have been saved by Peter’s preaching alone, but by the power of the Spirit.

Pentecost as a day had passed, but Pentecost as an era of the Holy Spirit had begun. The rushing wind was no longer heard, the tongues of fire no longer seen, but the post-Pentecostal church became visible where most the Church is needed: “in the common places and among the cripples” (G. Campbell Morgan). Faced with humanity’s lameness, Spirit-filled disciples offered a new life and a new walk in the name of Jesus.

The world still needs religion that can put men on their feet, give power to overcome disability and send them “leaping and praising God” (Acts 3:8) into a place of worship. To such disciples the world, like the cripple, looks expectantly for a cure, but we can give only out of what we have.

The gate “Beautiful” where the miracle took place was, apparently, the best place for begging, and the vantage point the former cripple deserted as he held on to Peter and John. His first walk was to the Temple. The burning questions from men who could not accept the walking miracle before them were: “How did you do this? What power have you got or whose name did you use?” The authorities had simply given Peter an opening to reaffirm that there is no other name, nor power by which people may be saved.

 

I know a life that is lost to God,

Bound down by things of earth;

But I know a Name, a precious Name,

That can bring that soul to birth.

 

(Author unknown)

The hardening opposition of the worldly Sadducees had but one result: the disciples spoke the word of God with increasing boldness. Earlier the authorities had noted that “these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Behind the human events they saw the hand of a Sovereign Lord. The God who had healed the lame man would, if they remained faithful, heal many others.

Harry Read, Words of Life