I would like
to have just a brief heart-to-heart chat with you about things that
I hope will be of great interest to you. This last weekend pastor
Billy Paul and myself were on the East coast of the United States
and it was the first time that I can remember that I preached in
a Sunday Church, Sunday morning for their worship service.
I also had preached
in a Sabbath keeping church the day before and these people where
we were visiting have just recently learned about the seventh day
Sabbath. They are just learning about the three angels' messages
and as we were praying and trying to decide what to do, I decided
that I needed to preach about the third angel's message to this
Sunday Keeping Church.
So we did. And
the Lord worked in a marvelous way. That church, I believe, very
soon is going to be a Sabbath keeping church. I want you to pray
for our brothers and sisters out in Philadelphia where we were this
last week. They are open to learning Bible truth and they are witnessing.
The lady who is the pastor of this Sunday keeping church where I
preached last Sunday has a radio program and she calls her radio
program, "The Midnight Cry.
The two churches
where we were; they were mostly black churches. I say mostly because
there were some both black and white people in both churches and
we had a wonderful, wonderful time. Did you know that God expects
people of different races to learn from one another? Did you know
that? Different races have different characteristics and God wanted
us to learn from each other.
Now what the
devil does is want us to hate each other because somebody is different
than we are. But the Lord wants us to learn from each other. As
we were visiting and talking about it, and we visited also with
the gentleman who was the pastor of the other church. He told us,
we were talking about what happened in church. And in their churches
there are a lot of people that shout Alleluia and Praise the Lord.
And he told me, he said, You know, if our people went to one of
your churches, they would think it was absolutely dead. And that
there was no life in it.
Of course, if
one of our people went to one of their churches, they would be so
overwhelmed. They would not know what to think. But you know, one
of the things that I was watching and observing and when we are
around other people that are different than we are, we need to always
be asking the question, What should I be learning from these people?
What do they know that I should learn from them?
One of the things
that I observed and I want to learn it and it is something that
our elders and deacons are going to be talking about in our church,
how can we learn this? I noticed, we were sitting in the Pastor's
Study with the Pastor, Pastor Billy and I. And the door was open
and the door leads right into the hallway where when you first come
in, you go in a hall that goes right past the Pastor's Study.
Study is quite a big room. He does his radio program right out of
that same room. He has his equipment in there. And so, some people
walked in that has not attended church there for several weeks.
And I saw something very interesting. The people inside jumped up
and they ran out the door and they grabbed them and they said, We
are so happy to see you again.
I was watching
it and I said, Maybe I should be learning something from this. Do
you know, our people right here, I believe that we really do love
each other. I have seen it over and over again. I have seen people
that will do just anything for somebody else in the church that
is in trouble. I have seen it over and over again. We love each
other. But something we need to pray about is, do we always show
it enough? Do we always show it enough?
I want to tell
you, those people had not been to their church for a few weeks,
they had no question that they were welcome, let me tell you. They
had no question that they were welcome. That happened more than
once. Some people had heard that we were coming. They had heard
that that some white boys were coming to this church. So they came
to see what was going on. And I want to tell you they received a
welcome when they got there.
And you do not
have to be exactly like somebody from somebody else's culture. You
do not, you can be yourself. And yet at the same time do you not
think that since we really do love each other so much, that we ought
to be asking the Lord to help us to show it? And to help us to be
as friendly as we really feel inside? That is something that we
need to pray about and ask the Lord to help us so that we will manifest
the love that is inside so people know how we really do feel. That
is something we will talk about later.
I want to study
something that is really exciting and wonderful with you from God's
word this morning. But first I would like to ask you to bow your
head and let us ask the Lord to help us to understand what we study.
Our father in
heaven, as we now open Your Holy Book, we pray that Your Spirit
will teach us and guide us to an understanding of the truth. And
we pray that we may not only understand truth but that we may also
practice what we understand. We pray that we may be comforted by
the reception of the Holy Spirit. We pray in Jesus' name and for
His sake, Amen.
Before I open
the Bible, I do have two prayer requests that I want everybody in
our church to pray about. I would like for everybody to be sure
to pray for Gail Webster and her family, her family and friends.
She is in the hospital and she is very ill. And I also would like
to request that all of our church family pray for Peggy Stanislau.
And she is not here today because she has not been feeling well
either. So please pray for her, put down those two names. We need
to all pray for these people. If we pray, the Lord will hear. We
have had many answers to prayer before but the Bible says that we
are to ask, and when we ask we will receive.
I want to talk
to you today about water. Water is a subject that is talked a lot
about in the Bible. And I have discovered that as I studied my Bible
that almost any topic you want to study, you will find an introduction
in the book of Genesis, it is just amazing. And so this being an
important Bible, subject it is introduced in the book of Genesis.
Maybe you would
like to open it to the book of Genesis. And we will read about a
boy that did not have enough to drink. And it is in Genesis twenty-one
and it starts in verse fourteen. And in these days they did not
have glass or plastic and so they took the skins of animals and
they made them into what we would call bottles. They were bottles
made out of animal skins. It was to these types of bottles that
Jesus said that you do not put new wine in old bottles, because
those animal skins would get old and they would crack and they would
not hold anything.
So they wore
out and it is talking here about these animal skin bottles. And
it says, starting in verse fourteen, "So Abraham rose early
in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting
it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her
away. Then she departed and wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba.
And the water in the skin was used up, and she placed the boy under
one of the shrubs. Then she went and sat down across from him at
a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, 'Let me
not see the death of the boy.' So she sat opposite him, and lifted
up her voice and wept."
Would you not
weep? If your boy was going to die for lack of water and you did
not have any water to give him, would you not cry? Well she was
crying. But it says in verse seventeen, "And God heard the
voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven,
and said to her, 'what ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard
the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad and hold
him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.' Then God
opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and fill
the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink."
It says in verse
seventeen that God heard his voice. This was the voice of a boy
that was dying, who was dying for lack of water. He was going to
die out in the desert if he did not get water. And he was crying
out and it says that God heard his voice. That is a play on words
because that was his name. His name was Ishmael and the word is
a Hebrew word that means that, "God will hear." And God
heard his voice and God told his mother what to do and He opened
her eyes so that she saw a where there was a well of water so that
she could get water.
Water is one
of the choicest blessings of heaven to man, did you know that? Water
is the second most needed for human life. You can live weeks without
food but you can only live for days without water. There was a Bulgarian
pastor in the nineteen forties who was taken prisoner because he
was a Christian pastor. He was in a Communist country. He was taken
to a torture room. And do you know how they decided to torture him?
They stood him up so that he was looking at a white wall, brightly-lit
white wall. And he stood there and what do you suppose they did?
They just let him stand there, without moving.
No food no water.
A day went by. Two days went by. He realized that time was on their
side, because the guards would change every few hours, but he had
to keep standing there. He was writing about this experience later.
By the way, he stood there for fourteen days. And then he collapsed
and he fell down. They brought a doctor, he could still hear. And
the doctor said, This man is dying. Well, of course, he was dying.
He did not have any water to drink.
He was writing
about this experience later and he said that even now, anytime I
think about it, I have to go immediately to get a drink of water.
He says, I was hungry, but he says, The hunger was not what was
what bothered me, he says, It was the lack of water. He says, It
was just like the most burning craving in my life. I had to have
water and I did not have any. And he said, I cannot even think about
it right now without going to get a glass of water.
you know that there are people all over the church, all over the
United States and all over who are suffering and dying and could
be well if they would drink water? Now you might think that is crazy.
But I am going to show you momentarily that it is not. There might
be people right in this room who are suffering, that could be well
if they would drink water.
I would like
to read to you a couple of statements from the pen of Ellen White
about water and then we are going to look at some things that water
can do. First of all in 1905 Ellen White wrote in Ministry of
Healing, 237, "In health and in sickness, pure water is
one of heavens choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health."
Notice it mentions proper use, there is both proper and improper
use of water. You can kill a sick person with water if you do not
know what you are doing. You can kill a child with water.
the beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals
and man. Drunk freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the
system and assists nature to resist disease. The external application
of water is one of the easiest and satisfactory ways of regulating
the circulation of the blood."
So you would
think that everybody would drink water. But they do not. They do
not. By the way I am not talking about milk, juice, soda pop, coffee
and tea. I am not talking about that. That does not qualify. I am
talking about water. But you say, But pastor John it has water in
it. Did you know that some of those beverages actually dehydrate
the body so that you are worse off after you have drunk it than
before? I am not talking about those things. I am not talking about
juice, milk, coffee, tea, soda pop or any of those things. I am
talking about water.
also wrote this about water. She says, "Thousands have died
for want of pure water and pure air who might have lived."
Counsels on Health, 55. Is that not astonishing? Something
so simple yet, thousands of people have died because they did not
have pure water and pure air. "These blessings they need in
order to become well. If they would become enlightened and let medicine
alone, and accustom themselves to outdoor exercise and to air in
their houses, summer and winter, and use soft water." Ibid.
You know what
soft water is. Soft water is not water that has been through the
water softener. That is contaminated water. That has too much salt
in it. Soft water is not water that has been through the water softener.
Soft water is water that does not have a bunch of minerals in it.
It is, in other words, pure water. "And use soft water for
drinking and bathing purposes, they would be comparatively well
and happy instead of dragging out a miserable existence." Ibid.
Now I want to
spend three or four minutes on this because I thought maybe there
is somebody in our congregation that does not realize that they
could be well for free. Now I know sometimes water is not free.
Several years ago my nephew Matthew Grosboll and I were on a train
over in Europe and it was in the middle of the night. And I could
not find any water in that whole place. I finally went to an attendant
and I think I paid about three dollars for a bottle of water. It
was the most expensive water I ever got in my life. But around here
water is free, turn the faucet on.
And every person
who desires should drink some water when you get up in the morning
and before retiring at night. And in addition to this at least every
hour or two through the day you ought to have a drink of water.
We are not camels. We cannot go and just drink a gallon once a day
and have health, no, that will not work. Every time you exhale you
are losing water, every time. You are losing water constantly. So
every hour or two you should have a drink. That is the way you are
Many who are
suffering serious diseases would recover if they would drink water
at least every hour or two through the day. So that they would drink
a total of ten to twelve glasses of pure soft water every twenty-four
hours. Now we are not talking about drinking water during mealtime.
That is not a good time. You drink water before you eat. And an
hour or two after you eat you drink more water. You need water throughout
When I was going
to the School of Health at Loma Linda University, I had a teacher
who used to keep a pitcher and a glass in his office and he said,
I try to drink one glass of water every hour. I had a relative who
was sick and had a chronic disease. An intelligent physician came
to our house and said, What you need to do is to drink a half a
glass of water every thirty minutes, and you will do better.
Lack of water
is one of the most common causes of headaches, and one of the most
common causes of fatigue that office workers suffer at about four
o-clock in the afternoon. Lack of water, and sometimes lack of adequate
salt, have been shown to be involved in the following diseases and
disorders: Indigestion, colitis, arthritis, low back pain, neck
pain, depression, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, excess
body weight, asthma, allergies and diabetes. Did you know that lack
of water has been shown to be related to all of those things?
we are talking about water. We are not talking about soda pop, tea
coffee, milk, or juice. Not talking about any of those things. We
are talking just about water. We are talking about pure soft water
at least every one or two hours through the day. Not with meals
but before mealtime and starting again one or two hours after meals.
It is a terrible fact, as I have thought about it, that all round
us, maybe right in our church there are people who are suffering
maybe even dying that could be healthy if they were willing to drink
water every hour or two through the day.
If you want
to read up on this subject, a friend of mine in Ohio gave me a copy
of a book, Your Body's Many Cries for Water. The
name of the book is Your Body's Many Cries For Water. It
is written by an M. D. that is a specialist in this field. If you
do not want to get the book and have access to the Internet just
type in www.watercure.com.
May people in the church and in the world are sick and could be
well if they were willing to drink water.
But in the Bible
water is used not only as something that we need to stay physically
fit, which we do. In the East where Jesus lived in the Near East
it was called the gift of God. That is how highly they esteemed
water. But in the Bible, the Bible uses our physical need for water
as a symbol of our spiritual need for grace. You all know the story
of Jesus and the woman at the well in Samaria in John four.
of studying that this morning I thought that maybe we would study
the one in John seven. This is a most fascinating Scripture about
water. Now here the Bible is using the word water, Jesus is using
the word water as a spiritual symbol. And notice what Jesus says.
This is at the Feast of Tabernacles. John 7:37-39.
It says, "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."
Now Jesus was
a Bible student. Are you a Bible student? Okay, I have a question
for those of you that are Bible students. This is a hard one. I
am going to ask you a question that I myself cannot answer. What
Old Testament Scripture was Jesus referring to when He says, "As
the Scripture said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living
water? What Old Testament Scripture was Jesus referring to? Do you
know it? I do not either.
This is a hard
passage. Do you know that the theologians and Bible students have
been trying to figure for hundreds of years what the Scripture is
that Jesus was referring to? Now if you have your Bible, I will
take you through the Old Testament and we will look up the different
Scriptures that different Bible students think have related to this
Scripture. And later if you think that you have it figured out,
you can come and tell me and I will be very greatly in your debt
if you can explain this to me.
But let us go
to the Old Testament. Let us look at first at ones that, we will
look at the texts, which use the word water as a symbol of something
else. We look at one in Proverbs, now this is surely is not the
one He is having reference to. But it does talk in Proverbs eighteen,
uses the word water as a symbol. Notice what it says in Proverbs
eighteen verse four, Proverbs 18:4, it says, "The words of
a man's mouth are deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing
A very interesting
text is it not? A very interesting text to meditate on. Water is
likened to the words that come out of a person's mouth. But that
does not sound like what Jesus was talking about. Let us go to Isaiah.
Now here is another interesting text where the word water is used
as a symbol. Isaiah twelve, this is a wonderful, wonderful text,
verses two and three, you got it? Isaiah 12:2, 3, it says, "Behold,
God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; 'For YAH, the
lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.'
Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation."
Is that not
wonderful? With joy you are going to draw this water and this water
is from the water of salvation. Now that does not sound quite like
what Jesus said does it? Let us look at some more texts. We will
get to some that sound just a little bit similar in just a moment.
Look at Isaiah forty-four. Isaiah forty-four. We are skipping the
ones in Psalms. We do not have the time to read all the texts in
the Old Testament. There are several in Psalms.
But Isaiah 44:3,
it says, "For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and
floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring." Well that is a wonderful
text. The Lord promises that He is going to give water to the person
that is thirsty and He is going to give us His Holy Spirit. But
that does not sound quite like what Jesus said either.
Well let us
keep going and see what more we can find. Look at Isaiah fifty-five.
Here is another text where water is used as a symbol, Isaiah 55:1.
"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who
have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without
money and without price." A wonderful, wonderful text. Did
you know that salvation cannot be purchased with money? If you had
all the money in the world, it would not purchase your salvation.
God says that
you cannot get it that way. This water is not available for money,
but it is available without money. If you are willing to come, you
can have it. The poorest person in the world that does not have
anything can have this water. Not like when I was on the train and
had to pay a bunch of money to get just a glass of water. The Lord
says, You come where the water is you are going to get all you need,
you are going to be satisfied and you do not have to have any money.
I am not going to charge you a price.
Now turn over
to Isaiah fifty-eight. This comes closest probably to any text in
the Old Testament to what the word sounds like in John the seventh
chapter. Isaiah 58:11, it says "The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You
shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose
waters do not fail."
Well that is
a wonderful, wonderful promise, is it not? The Lord says, Your are
going to have water and it is not going to fail. You are going to
be like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. And then, and
then there are the texts that we read in our scripture about the
water that comes out from the sanctuary. Now that is described in
Ezekiel 47 and there is a similar passage in Zechariah 14 about
the very same thing. Well, there is a text, I am still not sure
exactly what text Jesus was quoting or had reference to. I have
wondered, now this may sound speculative to you, I have wondered,
the text in the Bible that sounds most like what Jesus said in John
7:37. The text in the Bible that sounds the most like that is in
John the fourteenth chapter. But John four had not been written
So, I do not
know. Was Jesus referring to the Scripture that He himself had spoken
and had not been written down yet? Or is He referring to this text
in Isaiah fifty-eight? I am not sure. If you get it figured out,
please tell me because I want to know more about it. But I want
to ask you a question now. Did you notice in several of the texts
that we read in Isaiah forty-four for instance, or in Jesus' statement
in John seven? Jesus makes an appeal to only certain people.
The people that
He makes an appeal to are the people that are thirsty. Now what
is a person that is thirsty? Remember, He is not talking about physical
water. He is talking about spiritual water and He makes an appeal
to people who are thirsty. They are the ones that are invited. He
says, If you come, I will give you water. Now what is a thirsty
Well, are you
ready for this? A thirsty person is a person who is dissatisfied.
You think that through and you will realize that is the case. When
you are thirsty, you are dissatisfied with your condition and you
are never going to be satisfied again until you can get some water.
A thirsty person is a person who is dissatisfied. Well, why did
Jesus appeal to people who were thirsty? It is real simple. Have
you ever tried to give a drink to somebody who was not thirsty?
Have you ever tried that?
And the drink
just sits there on the table or wherever it is. It just sits there.
They never drink it because they are not thirsty. And you know,
that is the way it is with salvation? Salvation is available to
everybody in the world, but most people do not take it. In order
to take it, you have to get thirsty first. You can become thirsty
and decide to take the drink of salvation at any time in your life
at any age: young people, old people, middle aged people. Anybody
can take it.
What is it that
makes a person thirsty? What is it that makes a person thirsty in
his soul? Well, people in this world, especially young people, have
ambitions and desires and hopes and they go out into the world and
they try to fulfill their ambitions and their desires and hopes
by getting certain things. Now here are some of the things that
people try to get to become satisfied.
People are interested
today, just as they were in Christ's day, in pomp. Now you know
what pomp is. Pomp is when you want to make a display and you want
other people to see something wonderful that you have. That is why
people buy certain kinds of cars and build certain kinds of homes
and buy certain things for their wives to wear and get real estate
and get stocks and bonds and all sorts of things, so that they can
make a display and show other people by this display what they are
Do you know
what happens after people get all these things? There are people
right here in Wichita that have all these things. They have the
cars or trucks. They have the airplanes because we live in airplane
city. They have the houses. There are a lot of nice houses around
here, have you ever noticed that? They have the bank accounts. They
have the real estate. They have all these things and they can show
you all these things.
Do you know
what happens to them after they get it all? They are not satisfied.
So after they get all of that and they are not satisfied, then they
try to go after something else. Joe Kennedy through bootlegging
during prohibition plus a few other things, amassed during his lifetime
a fortune that was estimated somewhere between four and five hundred
But he was not
satisfied. So then, he thought that he would be satisfied if he
could get his sons into politics--which he did. In fact, he was
very successful in getting his sons into politics. He still has
sons that are in politics today. I should say one son and grandchildren
that are in politics today.
So after you
have everything for making a display and it does not work, then
after you have the pomp and the riches, then the person wants to
get power of some kind. That is why people go into politics. They
want power or fame. Then they get all of that and they still are
not satisfied and they try to get pleasure. They are in a life and
death hunt for something that is pleasurable.
Do you know
what happens after you get all of these things? If you want to study
something about it, it is very evident. You study the lives of these
super rich people that are in politics and have power and have everything
and you will find out that after they have everything, they are
still dissatisfied. They are still running after it, but they are
You see, Jesus
knew that all of those things would not satisfy you. You would still
be dissatisfied and so He said to the people of His day, If you
are still thirsty, if you are still dissatisfied, why do you not
come to Me and you will find out that you will be satisfied. He
invites the rich and the poor and the high and the low and He says,
If you come to Me, I will relieve your burdened mind. I will comfort
your sorrowing heart. I will give you back hope.
You see, there
are a lot of people today, especially middle-aged people that are
despondent because of all their disappointed hopes. They were going
to do and get this and this and this and this and some of it did
not work out. So they are despondent, they are disappointed. Many
people today just as in Christ's day are nourishing a secret grief
because of their disappointed hopes.
The result of
that is that people become restless. Oh, they are searching for
something, some social pleasure, some friendship, something, somewhere.
And friends, it is fine to have human friends. God wanted you to
have human friends. God was the one that thought up the idea of
the family, so that you would not have to live alone. God was the
One that thought that up. And it is wonderful to have friends and
to have family.
But if anybody
here has had the experience where you have all these things and
there is still something empty inside, the Lord says, If you are
still thirsty, you come to Me and you are going to be satisfied.
The cry of Christ to the thirsty soul is still going forth and it
appeals to us with even more power than those who first heard it
that day when He spoke it so long ago. If you are weary, if you
are exhausted, Jesus said, I want to give you something. What I
want to give you is eternal life, eternal satisfaction. He wants
to take away your burdens and give you peace.
Now I want to
ask you another question. What is this water, this spiritual water
that Jesus is talking about? What is it? It is something that He
promises to you now. You do not need to wait until you get to heaven
to get it. Now there are some things that you will not receive in
actuality until you get to heaven, but you can have the water right
now and if you have the water, you are going to have eternal life.
What is the
water? What is the spiritual water? This spiritual water is a triple
symbol. It is always wise to pay attention when there are triple
symbols in the Bible and this is not the only time. But this was
one. This is a triple symbol. Now we already read what it symbolizes.
One of the first things it symbolizes in John 7:39; what does it
say in John 7:39 that this water, this spiritual water represents?
What is it? It is the Holy Spirit. In Isaiah 44, the water represents
the Holy Spirit.
You see, this
was spoken at the Feast of Tabernacles and at that feast the priest
had performed a ceremony which commemorated the smiting of the water
in the wilderness where the water gushed out. At that symbolic service
that rock was a symbol of Christ and from Christ was going to issue
water, spiritual water to the people. The rock was a symbol of Him
Who by His death would cause living streams of salvation to flow
to all who are athirst.
words are a water of life. That is the second part of the symbol.
It represents the Holy Spirit. But the water represents the Word
of Christ, just as water came out of the rock in the wilderness;
the words that come from Christ are living water. If you receive
those words into your mind, into your heart, you will have eternal
life. But words, the value of words is because they express thoughts.
The water represents
something else, the third thing. I will read it to you. This is
from Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 2, 347. It says. "All
who come to Christ receive His love in their hearts, which is the
water that springs up unto everlasting life." What is the water?
If you come to Christ, you will receive what? You receive His love
into your heart and that love is what? That love is the water that
springs up into everlasting life.
Have you received
the water? You see, that is why there are so many people even in
the church that are thirsty because you will never, ever be perfectly
satisfied until you receive the love of Jesus into your heart, never.
Now young people think that if they could get married, that then
they would be perfectly satisfied. But they find out after a while
that human love is not enough if you do not have divine love, too.
The water represents not only the Holy Spirit, it represents not
only the words of Christ, but it also represents in a real sense
the love of Christ.
you will never, ever be satisfied--no matter what you get in this
world--until you get that water inside. Have you received it? I
am going to tell you now how to tell if you received it. Because
when anybody receives this water inside, something always happens.
I am going to tell you what happens. It is so wonderful; it is so
satisfying that you have to give some to somebody else.
And Jesus, maybe
you have never seen this in this text but turn to Matthew 10:42.
Maybe you will see something a little deeper in this text than when
you read it the last time. Matthew 10:42. It says, "And whoever
gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name
of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose
Have you received
it? If you have received it, you will never be able to rest until
you have given some away. Jesus said, If you only give a cup away,
you will never lose your reward. Are you giving away the water?
Now we need to give people physical water, especially when they
are sick. But even more important we need to be giving people the
water is the love of Jesus that has been received into the soul
until it springs up and it is like a river of water. It is like
a spring of water that gushes out and that person cannot help it.
He has to share it with others. Jesus did not say, If you come to
Me, I will just give you water and you will get something to drink.
Oh, no, no, no. He said, If you come to Me, you will get water and
it will come out of your belly like a river of living water to everybody
Have you received
the drink? Have you received the water? Has your life become a spring
of water so that everybody that comes in contact--did you notice
when we read our Scripture today in Ezekiel 47 that everywhere the
water went there was healing? Did you notice that? Everywhere, it
says, the water went there was healing. I want to tell you, friends,
there are people not just in the world. There are people in the
church that need healing. They do not just need physical healing,
they need that, too.
But they need
spiritual healing and how are they going to be healed? It is good
to read the words of Christ to them of the water. It is good for
each one to pray that we will receive the Holy Spirit, but, friends,
you and I have something to do. We are to become a spring of water
so that everybody that touches our life is blessed because the love
of Jesus comes out.
What could happen,
what could happen if every one of us here, right in this room, what
could happen if we receive the spiritual water and our life became
a spring of water and everybody that came in contact with us got
some spiritual water? What would happen? We do not know what would
happen because we have never seen it happen, so we do not know.
The results would probably be more wonderful than our most fantastic
dreams of what a blessing we could be right here to this community
in addition to other communities.
Read John 7:37-39
when you get home. Say, Lord, help me not just to understand it.
This is a deep text, do you not agree? Help me not to just understand
it, but help me to experience it. Jesus said, If you come to me,
you are going to be a fountain, out of your belly is going to come
rivers of water, springs of water. Everybody that touches it is
going to get healed.
That is what
God wants to do through you. As you receive, the more you receive,
the more you will have to give. That is what the Lord wants to do
through me. This is really what Christianity is all about. You see,
people out in the world that do not know what Christianity is. They
think that Christianity is a system of beliefs that you believe
and you do this and you do not do that and you have a book and you
read it and you go through a bunch of rituals. That is what they
think Christianity is. They do not know.
This is what
Christianity is. And a lot of those people out there are never going
to find out from reading a book. They are going to have to find
out from you. They are going to have to find out from me, because,
friends, there are people all around us and they are thirsty and
they do not even know what they are thirsty for.
And we are supposed
to satisfy them. Everybody that we touch should get some water,
spiritual water. We must close, but let us read just one more text
on this subject as we are closing. Turn in your Bibles to Zechariah.
Zechariah 13:1. It says, "In that day a fountain shall be opened
for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for
sin and for uncleanness.
This is a wonderful,
wonderful promise that God plans to fulfill in the world in our
day. It says that in that day there is going to be a fountain, a
fountain and it is going to be open and it if for sin and uncleanness.
You see, when Jesus came into the world, He came by His death to
provide this fountain of living water. In Jesus every provision
has been made for your salvation.
is somebody here who is saying, But, Pastor John, you do not know
how bad I am inside. If you are thinking that way, that means the
Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart and revealing your sin. But
let me tell you something. No matter how bad your sins and shortcomings
have been, this fountain right today is open. It is open today,
right now, for you.
It does not
matter what your sins or shortcomings have been, a fountain has
been opened and the Lord said, This fountain is open to take away
your sin and your uncleanness. The Lord says, Come, let us reason
together. Even though your sins have been like scarlet, they are
going to be white as snow. Why? They are going to be washed away.
I am going to wash them away.
That is part
of what the water is about, you see, water is for both the inside
and the outside. This is the word of the Lord. There is a fountain.
It is open. The days is coming when it is going to be closed but
right now the fountain is open and no matter how bad you may be
inside or outside, this fountain will take it away. You can be innocent.
You can be free. You can be saved.
Do not let anybody,
do not let the devil or any of his agents tell you that you cannot
be saved. You can be saved! You can be saved! I have people all
the time that are concerned that they cannot be saved because they
have sinned so bad. They say, Well, maybe this is the unpardonable
sin. No, that is not the unpardonable sin. The unpardonable sin
is when a person will not listen to the Holy Spirit.
The people that
I am concerned about the unpardonable sin are the people who are
not concerned. The people who are concerned are the people who can
be saved. If the Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart now, and
you know you need the water. You need some spiritual water to take
away your guilt and your uncleanness; to take away your defilement
and to give you health and most of all, to give you satisfaction
so that you are not thirsty anymore.
The Lord says,
Come to Me. I have it. Jesus knows the wants of your soul and you
will never be perfectly satisfied unless He gives you some of this
water. If you want to have some, I want to invite you to kneel with
me and let us pray that the Lord will give to each one of us this
water that He has promised to give.
Father in heaven,
You have promised us through Your Son in Your Word that if we would
come, if we would come by faith to Him, that He would impart to
us living water that we would become like a spring of water, like
a river of water, so that everyone that comes in contact with us
would be blessed. Oh, Father in heaven, we want this experience.
Help us to quite playing around with Christianity and doctrine and
all of our ideas. Help us to receive the living water and to become
capable of blessing other people all around us with the living water.
Oh, Lord make us not a church unto ourselves but a group of people
who are reaching out to those in need and be a blessing all around.
We pray that we may receive the water and that we may receive so
much of it that we will have something to give to others that will
bring satisfaction, wholeness, soundness and physical and spiritual
health. Lord, you have promised us that this fountain will bring
both physical and spiritual health and we claim that promise for
each person here who is opening his/her heart to You right now.
We pray this
in Jesus' name and we thank you. Amen.