John 4:14, Jesus said, “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst again.” A wonderful place!
Jeremiah 17: 7-8, “Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; AND SHALL NOT BE CAREFUL IN THE YEAR OF DROUGHT, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
We all have periods of drought in our lives, but, somewhere in God, there is a place where I do not allow the drought to control me. At present there is much recession in the world, but GOD IS NOT IN RECESSION. As Believers we are safe in the Kingdom of God.
There are 3 positions to consider in my walk:-
CARELESS – when I am irresponsible. This is not acceptable to God.
CAREFUL – full of care/anxiety. This is not acceptable to God.
CAREFREE – I take my responsibility and roll it on God’s shoulders. By trusting Him He enables me to walk through my spiritual recession and He causes the spiritual waters to flow again.
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be sober and watch unto prayer.
8 And above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover a multitude of sins.
9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
10 As every man has received the gift, even so minister one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
The manifold grace of God……..Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. They are married. Above is mentioned the Jeremiah quote, ” and shall not be careful in the year of drought,”. If I encounter a place of drought then I must have truth before the Lord, which turns on the tap of grace again.
I am so thankful for God’s SAVING grace, but I also need CHANGING grace. I have to embrace what I am in truth, but God wants change, to move me on. I will never have changing grace until I glorify God in PARDONING grace. His alone is all the credit (glory) for His work and change in my life. Then He moves me on to KEEPING grace, He keeps me! Still the credit is all His.
This manifold grace of God: saving grace, pardoning grace, changing grace and keeping grace. Am I a good steward of God’s manifold grace?
God gives more grace to the humble. Acts 10:34 declares, “I perceive that God is no respecter of persons,” but He is a respecter of humility. There can be no unity without humility. God resists the proud. I do not want God to resist me. I love and revere Him and have an acceptable, healthy fear of Him, encompassed in the security of His deep love for me. Do I recognise my vulnerability in my spiritual walk?
In God “I live and move and have my being”. Most of us do not have access to vast finance or insurances. If God wants to gain my attention, He can easily tweak the tap of grace and turn it off. I acknowledge my vulnerability – I am a kept man by the grace of God alone.
God’s grace enables me to be the child of God He has created me to be and empowers me to do what He has called me to do.
“Christ in me, the hope of glory!” The glory is all God’s! Mercy has surely walked into my life, in the form of His dear Son, Jesus Christ.
At the end of our Gathering at Sunday Fellowship the Lord gave this interpretation of a tongue:
There is a quickening to be had in the presence of God. His presence will quicken your mortal flesh that fails. His nearness will quicken your body and spirit as you touch Him again, for there is quickening in the presence of the Lord. He makes alive again. He brings to bear on your failing life and makes alive again. He redeems and brings back the strength and replaces the weakness of humanity, for there is such a quickening in the presence of the Lord.
Quicken…………the very word discharges power and life. When God touches us, or we touch God, there is such a quickening in our spirit and it overflows into our body, into our mind and lifts us.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.