Posts Tagged ‘living water’

Oh What a Little Boasting Can Do!

Mar 05

by Victoria Robinson

A great accomplishment certainly seems worthy of a little crowing and yet there is the downfall. If we are not giving God all the glory, boasting will result in pride. Pride will then in turn result in our downfall. However if we are only glorifying our Lord, pride has no place in our life.

The Apostle Paul said, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ …” The prophet Jeremiah gave us this admonition, “Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things.” Boasting on our Lord not only brings glory to Him, but it is instrumental in others coming to know Him. Hearing of His greatness is like salt on the tongue of the lost who will in turn seek out water—the living water of Jesus Christ!

Boasting also encourages our sisters and brothers in the Lord. Our testimony of God’s faithfulness can help others believe Him for what they need.

Dearest girlfriends, let us never boast of our own accomplishments, but only what the Lord has done.

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. ~ Proverbs 16:17 NIV
 
This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches. Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken! ~ Jeremiah 9:23-24 NLT
 
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. ~ Galatians 6:14 NIV
 
But, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. ~ 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 NIV
 
My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. ~ Psalm 34:2 NIV
 
In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. ~ Psalm 44:8 NIV

Free* 3 Day Ocean Spa Treatment

Dec 12

by Victoria Robinson

Anyone interested in spending three glorious days in an ocean spa that is renowned for its seaweed wrap? One “lucky” winner of this special treatment has already been chosen. Oddly enough girlfriends, it is not a female who won the trip, but rather a snarly man. Turns out he needed the treatment to help detoxify his body. In the process, the spa gave him a seaweed wrap which is known to remove toxins. The spa treatment worked fairly well and this man came out of the spa with a changed outlook on life. Of course I am talking about the man who has had an entire book written about him—Jonah.

The entrance to this “spa” was rather unusual, and unpleasant! Some sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea. Then a great fish swallowed him. And thus begins his three day “spa treatment”. The toxins removed were of course spiritual in nature.

Girlfriends, please take my advice and detoxify yourself before the Lord sees the need to take you in hand (or sea). Jonah detoxified himself, (Though a little late!), through an act of repentance. He said, “I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me.”

A natural seaweed wrap and a spiritual seaweed wrap basically require the same care afterwards. Water, lots of water. Probably the very last thing Jonah wanted, don’t you think? Drinking water is a great way for your body to replace the toxins with something useful and healthy. Except with a spiritual seaweed wrap, the water is the living water found only in Jesus Christ. Jonah must have failed to take proper care of himself following the “spa treatment” because he seems to have had a slight relapse. After Jonah arrives in the city of Nineveh, he warns the people to repent. The irony here is that after they repent, Jonah becomes angry at the Lord for showing mercy to them. Now girlfriends, isn’t this the same mercy the Lord had so graciously shown Jonah which rescued him from the depths of the sea?

The point of all this is that sometimes we need a “spa treatment” to change our hearts. Once we have a change of heart, we need to drink plenty of living water. Living water is really the Holy Spirit. So what we need is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s amazing what living water does for us!

Dearest girlfriends, let us make an appointment with the Lord for a “spiritual spa treatment” to remove our toxins and take care of ourselves with plenty of living water.
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. He said, “I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the world of the dead, and Lord, you heard me! You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea. I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves. Then I said, ‘O Lord, you have driven me from your presence. How will I ever again see your holy Temple?’ “I sank beneath the waves, and death was very near. The waters closed in around me, and seaweed wrapped itself around my head. I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was locked out of life and imprisoned in the land of the dead. But you, O Lord my God, have snatched me from the yawning jaws of death! “When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple. Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies. But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.”Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit up Jonah on the beach, and it did. ~ Jonah 2:1-10 NLT
 
Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once! … Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights. ~ Jonah 1:15,17 NLT
 
This change of plans upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you were a gracious and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. I knew how easily you could cancel your plans for destroying these people. ~ Jonah 4:1-2 NLT
 
Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete purity because we fear God. ~ 2 Corinthians 7:1 NLT 
 
… Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) ~ John 7:37-39 NLT
 
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in your hearts. And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Ephesians 5:18-20 NLT
 
* Free 3 Day Ocean Spa Treatment requires the purchase of a cruise ship ticket to Tarshish. (But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction in order to get away from the Lord. He went down to the seacoast, to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping that by going away to the west he could escape from the Lord. ~ Jonah 1:3 NLT)

A Genteel Lady

Nov 14

by Victoria Robinson

The origins of the word genteel are traced to France in 1599. Genteel means: nice, graceful, and pleasing. It is a reborrowing of the word that had early come into English as gentle. Girlfriends, genteel is an accurate word to describe your heavenly Father. He is a loving and gentle Father. Let us seek to imitate Him by going about our lives presenting gentleness to those around us.

Gentleness should never be taken as a trait of someone who is spineless. The opposite is actually true. Proverbs tells us that  a gentle tongue can break a bone. Note how Jesus spoke with the woman who came to get water at the well in the book of John. He actually had more spine than most of us. He tells her He knows that she has had five husbands and that she is now living with a man without being married. Yet He did all this with gentleness and love. Not only did this lead to her salvation, but also many others in the town after she testified to them about her encounter with Jesus. Girlfriends, I do not know about you, but if someone exposed my sin to me, I am not about to run telling everyone. This however is exactly what this woman did. The gentleness Jesus used was not spineless, but extremely effective.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would develop a genteel heart and treat everyone with the gentleness of our heavenly Father.

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. ~ Philippians 4:5 NIV
  
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. ~ Proverbs 25:15 NIV
  
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.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? … Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.  The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” … The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.” … Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” ~ John 4:10-11,13-18,25-26,39-42 NIV
 
…  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, … ~ 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
 
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. ~ Galatians 6:1 NIV

 

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ~ Proverbs 15:1 NIV
 
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit? ~ 1 Corinthians 4:20-21 NIV