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Refresh Yourself

Picture if you will a very hot and dry desert. What’s the first thing you think of? Water! For fourteen years our family lived in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. I remember quite clearly one summer after our first child was born, our air conditioner went out because the temperatures reached 120′! YES, I said 120 degrees!  If you’ve every flown over the valley you’ll see that nearly every home has a pool because of the extreme heat.  I also remember that I never left the house without water!! Anyone who has ever lived there knows exactly what I’m talking about. I also remember taking walks. It was either EARLY in the morning or when the sun went down and even then I would literally pour water on me to keep me cool as I hit the hiking trails or the streets of my neighborhood.

Our soul is very much like that hot and dry desert. Whether we realize it or not our very being THIRSTS for God! Many people may not realize it but the truth be told, we are God’s creation, and living a life without him in it is like  living in the desert without water.

Let’s take a look at a true story of Jesus and a woman who came to get water from a well:
As Jesus was leaving Judea and returning to Galilee, he came to village in Samaria.  Jacobs well was there and because he was tired from his long walk, he sat beside the well around noontime. “Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, ‘You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?’ Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me and I would give you living water.” “But Sir, you don’t have a rope or bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will NEVER be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.John 4:4-14

Here Jesus is teaching us a comparison between the water that we drink  and the LIVING water that comes from Him.  As we can clearly see the Bible references Jesus as the “Living Water”.  The word of God also reveals that Jesus is the bread of life.  First let’s look at what Jesus says in Mathew 4:4 “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” Jesus explains in another passage of scripture what this means: “The true bread of God is the One (Jesus) who comes down from heaven” John 6:33.

What is the best way of obtaining the “true bread” which is God’s word? “So then faith comes by hearing and by hearing the word of God” Romans 10:17. In the scriptures above this the apostle Paul explains the importance of the teacher, the minister that God has sent to proclaim “His” word and in Hebrews 10:25, the word of God teaches us one very important aspect that we must be careful to not forget as Christians, His people, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” The King James version says, “Forsake not the assembling of  yourselves together, as a manner of some have…” So what is God saying here? “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith (faith comes by hearing God’s word by his ministers that he has called) and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13.

Many times we can get distracted and go through life thinking that this part of Christianity is unnecessary.  We get wrapped up in work and raising our families that we sometimes do not see the importance of going to church.  I remember going through a period in my life where I failed to see it’s importance. I went from faithfully going to hear God’s Life giving words to not. And I can honestly say that I do not ever want that to happen again. Why? Because hearing God’s word causes faith to grow.  The scriptures also say that through “faith and patience” we “inherit God’s promises”.  If we’re not being fed the “bread of life” or drinking that “living water” on a regular basis our faith that helps us conquer EVERYTHING in life will not grow. Faith my friend is the ONLY thing that can overcome doubt, fear, anxiety and worry. Hearing God’s word increases our faith to overcome anything that presents itself in life. God’s word says, “the just shall live by faith.”

I encourage you today that if you have put going to church on the back burner to rethink your decision and based on the word of God put it back on your “To-Do” list.  “Blessed are they that Hunger and Thirst after righteousness (God and His word) shall be filled” Mathew 5:6 (Jesus words)

Pastor Nina Tidwell
Ponce Church, Ponce Inlet, Florida~A Surfside Church


Worry Free Life

My husband and I were talking the other morning and since he has been teaching faith, our thoughts and how to deal with worry and stress, I decided to share with you an analogy I thought of during our discussion.  If you are breathing, I guarantee that you have plenty of opportunity to worry.  You may be going through something right now and are at your limit, or even past your limit: completely overwhelmed. The bible says that God has made a “way out” of temptation, that includes worry.  Jesus was quite clear when He said “Take no thought for your life…” What He is saying here is simply, “Don’t Worry!” Humor me for a moment and let me help create a visual scenario of the analogy that came to mind during our discussion. Have you ever seen a “worry bucket?”  Picture if you will, a bucket full of water, now let’s assume that the water is an example of worry. For many, if not most, that bucket is full, it may even be overflowing.  As we all know overflowing is a sign of too much, can’t take any more!  Ok, I’ve established that thought in your mind.  Now let’s picture another bucket: a bucket FREE of worry, full of abundance, good things, health, peace, joy, etc.  I can almost guarantee you that this bucket is not as near full as the worry bucket.  Jesus encourages us to NOT worry, specifically about money: “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. AND AREN’T YOU FAR MORE VALUABLE TO HIM THAN THEY ARE? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Mathew 6:24-25 Jesus is simply saying that worry cannot and will not improve our (past, present or future) situations or conditions.  In fact, as Pastor Rick has taught that entertaining worry, fear and doubt can actually make our situation worse.  How?  The scriptures say that “mens hearts” fail them because of fear.  This means that worry and fear are partners and when we keep adding to our worry bucket which increases out stress level  can cause health problems even death.  So what’s the solution? Start putting your thoughts on His promises…just like the scripture above, “…aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they (birds) are?” Know that God has your back,

so go ahead, begin to fill your NEW bucket with good things. How do I begin? Start by focusing on God’s promises: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding…” “My God shall supply ALL my need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus“, “The Father knows the things that you have need of”, “Whatsoever you ask in My Name (Jesus) I will give it to you that the Father will be glorified in the Son, ask ANYTHING in my name and I will do it”, “All things are POSSIBLE to them that believe”, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen”, “Faith pleases God”, “The Just shall live by faith.”

Let’ begin to fill our NEW bucket with thoughts that produce GOOD things in our life…since worry does NOTHING for us, and remember FAITH makes ALL THINGS POSSIBLE! Let’s begin to fill our new bucket with worry free thoughts: God’s promises. Every time your mind want’s to put another worry drop in the worry bucket, just say, “NO, that bucket us full and does nothing for me—So I am putting NEW drops in my new bucket!” My bucket that is free of worry and full of blessings, health, abundance and only GOOD things!

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