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February 12, 2022 8:30 am
Evangelist Michael Bowen shares with us the story of how water can turn into a never-ending stream. Stay tuned till the end to hear the peaceful song that pulled on Michael’s heartstrings entitled The Living Water.
This is the Truth Network and the resurrection of Jesus Christ absently transforming and restoring lives, making all things. This power sent Michael the captivity hell and delivered God this is Jesus breaks the chain: thank you for tuning in to this podcast which is part of Jesus breaks change series on Truth Network Vegas Michael Ball and I pray that the Lord blesses you greatly and you receive this word in love and in truth, this podcast is titled living water. Starting the Scriptures in John four read through verses one through 42, and it's the story about the woman at the well had an encounter with Jesus Christ.
The living water start in verse one, that I'm have some commentary and move on through the entire Scripture. So starting in verse one of John four. Therefore when the warden knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, though Jesus himself did not baptize but his disciples, he left today and departed again to Galilee, but he needed to go through Samaria. Now Samaria is where the Samaritans lived in the Jewish culture.
The Jews had no dealings with Samaritans and thought they were the lowest of the human race. Jews detested Samaritans they hated them and they were not even allowed to touch them because it was believed that would make them unclean. Can anybody out there this listening to this podcast relate to feeling like that. I know I can to feeling unclean, hated, detested, unworthy, unloved, pushed away and put down by others by society because of the things you've done in your past. What you may be how you dress warm or or what you're doing in your life. I'm just put down castaway in and I felt like that to and in my past when I was addicted to drugs and was lost in this world lost in drug addiction and and I just felt like a buddy hated me and thought I was a loser and I can relate to that type of feeling.
So he came to a city of Samaria, which is called sidecar near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacobs well was there, Jesus therefore being wearied from his journey, sat thus, by the well was about the sixth hour. Now, the six hour by Hebrew time. That was about noon at day or midnight at night and people used to draw water once in the day and once in the night during those times starting again in verse seven a woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, give me a drink for his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Then the woman of Samaria said to him, how is it that you being a Jew, ask a drink for me, a Samaritan woman for Jews have no dealings with Samaritans verse 10 Jesus answered and said to her, if you knew the gift of God, and who was who says to you, give me a drink. You have asked him and he would've given you living water. Verse 11. The woman said to him, sir. You have nothing to draw with in the well is deep where then you get that living water.
Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us as well and drank for an himself as well as his sons and his livestock. Jesus answered and said to her. Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst again with the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. Now when I read this, there are certain thoughts that go to my mind and I'm just wondering about this woman.
What was she doing there and and how did she get there and and why was she there and how did she have that encounter with Jesus Christ. At that time at that well because it was often the task of women and even teenage women to get the water for the whole household. Women would go to the well together, not just for companionship but also for reasons of safety. So I'm just I asked myself in my mind.
Why was this woman alone, drawing from the well when women did not go to the well alone. Verse 15 the woman said to him, sir, give me this water that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw Jesus said to her go, call your husband and come here woman answered and said I have no husband.
Jesus said to her, you have said well I have no husband for you have had five husbands and the one whom you now have is not your husband, and that you spoke truly.
So I start to think about this. Think about that woman who was alone and and I and I understand that the woman she was alone because she lived in a culture that followed strict laws concerning sexual purity, so it seems she is an outcast. Among her own people. Considering the Samaritans were rejected by the Jew and also considered outcast. This woman was an outcast among outcast.
She was the lowest of the lows in that time and that society in that culture. Those of you are listening to this podcast right now. Can you relate to feeling like an outcast in the lowest of the lows. I know I care. As I said before, I was addicted to drugs for so many years and which led me into drug rehabilitation programs.
Let me to jail and even be locked up in prison and I was locked up in prison for being a drug addict, industry, criminal, nobody wanted to be around me in society locked me up because I could not be trusted. They look down upon me and thought I was a good for nothing drug addicted thief and I really was. I was a loser them I was an outcast. As an outcast I always thirsted for acceptance are thirsty for change. I thirsted for someone to understand what I was going through. And that never came. And I just continued to use drugs and slip further and further into the misery of guilt and shame and disconnectedness disconnectedness for myself disconnectedness from my family members and my loved ones and disconnected from the world around me.
Why can I not fit in to this world. I was like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. I just couldn't do it and in the way that I dealt with that disconnectedness in the feelings of guilt and shame.
Was I winning to drugs and alcohol to to try to escape from that which cause more guilt, shame, and disconnectedness is a never ending cycle, and the further the more I use drugs and alcohol. The further down that pit I III went and I come I can just imagine this is how the woman felt that the well. I can just imagine she was feeling the same feelings that that I'd felt and maybe some of you are feeling right now as you listen this story and in the Lord ministers to your spirit that a minister there's a message for you right now in the state. In this story of the woman at the well get up again in verse 19.
The woman said to him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship Jesus said to her, woman, believe me the hours coming when you will neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, worship the father you worship what you do not know.
We know what we worship.
Salvation is of the Jews. But the hours coming and now is when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the father is seeking such to worship him.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth woman said to him, I know that Messiah is coming who is called Christ when he comes, he will tell us all things. Jesus said to her I who speak to you am he. This is amazing Scripture he's declaring that he is the Christ, that he is the Messiah he's telling her you are sitting looking right now at the Messiah woman knew that there was a Messiah to come and Jesus had just told her that he was the Messiah that he was a Christ that he was the Savior of the world. Verse 27, and at this point, his disciples came and they marveled that he talked with the woman, yet no one said what do you seek were what are you talking with her.
The woman then left her water pot, went away in the city and said to them, come see a man who told me all things I ever did. Could this be the Christ then they went out of the city and came to him in this part of the Scripture. The woman had just had an encounter with Jesus Christ, the Messiah, she went out from him as a witness to tell others what she had seen her in an experience there at the well. Now those who she told have come to see Jesus and listen to his words for themselves, they marveled at what the woman said and they went to see about the one this man the Messiah that she's claiming to be the Messiah that spoke to her. Verse 31.
In the meantime, his disciples urged him saying Rabbi eat, but he said to them, I have food to eat, which you do not know therefore disciples said to one another as anyone brought him anything to eat.
Jesus said to them, my food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to finish his work. Do you not say there are still four months and then comes a harvest. Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields for their already ripe for harvest and Hugh Reeves receive wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and Hugh Reeves may rejoice together for in this saying is true.
One sows in another Reeves I sent you to reap that which you have not labored others of labored and you've entered into their labors and many of the Samaritans of that city believed in him because the word of the woman who testified he told me all that I ever did.
So when the Samaritans had come to him. They are Jim just to stay with them and he stayed there for two days and many more believed because of his own word. Then they said to the woman, now we believe not because of what you said we ourselves have heard him and we know that this is indeed the Christ the Savior of the world. Now, in the Scripture, I really love this part. Jesus is speaking here of spiritual food when he says my food is due will of him who sent me a speaking of spiritual food which is doing the will of God will of God is for you to have an encounter with him in Jesus Christ for you to be redeemed by hearing his word washed and cleanse and believing on that word and receiving him as your Savior being reborn and filled with the Holy Spirit that is the perfect will of God. Water well is a very welcome vital source of water in a dry and thirsty land. Are you thirsty today Holy Spirit is living water that Jesus is offering the woman at the well is also offering it to you and me. Jesus is offering himself to us to be our Savior and to rescue us from this following wicked world to rescue us from the guilt and shame in the disconnectedness and in the feelings of sadness and in her and and he just wants to to to be that soothing water that comfort like when you take a nice drink of ice cold water called tall glass of bicycle water on a hot summer day when it goes down that feeling you get when you're so thirsty and parched and hot in the you take that really cool glass of water on a hot summer day.
That's Jesus filling your soul.
Hallelujah like to share with you some of the Scriptures that relate to this story of the woman at the well.
John 738 to 39.
He who believes in me as a Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water, but this he spoke concerning the spirit knows believing him would receive. Hallelujah.
Ephesians 317 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith that you, being rooted and grounded in love, second Timothy 27 for God is not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of sound mind.
I'm here to tell you brothers and sisters. Friends of mine that Jesus Christ is the well of our salvation he has in him the living water of the Holy Spirit that comes to dwell in all those who cry out to him believe in him and his name and who receive him as Lord and Savior, they shall receive the living water and never thirst again once you have Jesus you will never need anything else. I found this out when I started my life to Jesus Christ on a prison chapel for I was thirsty for righteousness. I was thirsty for salvation and Jesus met me there that prison chapel floor.
That was my well when I had an encounter with Jesus Christ. Once I surrender my life to Jesus Christ and tasted the goodness of his living water for myself. I never thirsted for drugs again. My desire for alcohol and drugs was removed and all are wanted from that day on, was more Jesus gave himself to me and overflow. That's all I want today is more him swam here, speaking on the spout podcast as I want to share Jesus with you. I want to share the living water with you and I know I feel the Holy Spirit moving now and I know that that your receiving of this living water taste for the Lord and see that he is good and desire that living water and ask him, Lord, I want your living water and call crowd him go to him in prayer and in just say Lord fill me with your living water, and he will his faithful acts 238 to 39.
The Peter said to them, repent, let everyone he be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit for the promise is to you and your children and all who are far off as many as the Lord our God will call God is calling you now you there listening this podcast, you are those who are far off if you not given your life to Jesus Christ. Do not made in your Lord and Savior.
You can do that now and I just encourage you get on your knees and pray to him and say Lord I believe that that you're the sound I believe you died for my sins and I just ask you right now to come in to my life and save me Lord, and I give my life to you and just read your life to him then find yourself up another Christian and find a spiritual chart and tap into that and start reading the word of the Bible reading your word. The word is what changed me when I gave my life to Jesus Christ. John 414 says, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst again but the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. This living water has in it the power to overcome all that has destroyed you your whole life.
All the lies all the hurt all the bad relationships the sexual abuse the beatings humiliation the drug addiction. The depression being abandoned or treated as an outcast in the hurt and anger that comes with that all this could be overcome by the love of the living water, which is the Holy Spirit of God being offered to you today. Every day God is calling you. Jesus is reaching his hand out at the well to you hallelujah won't you come now to the well and have a drink the water is so good this living water is hope and love. Jesus is here he is calling to you right now. Say yes to him and receive all that he has for you.
Eight years ago on that prison chapel floor. I came to the well of Jesus and I drank his living water, and it changed my life forever.
It will change yours to bring them and this podcast with a beautiful song that the Lord moved on me moment to share with you and it was a living water all day and no all that's what I was just getting evangelism trying on all you I love you all and I pray that you too can find the freedom that I found in Jesus Christ. Jesus breaks the chains he is my Lord and Savior in the living water that Mia's.
I never have to thirst again. This is the greatest life I've ever lived. Living my life in Jesus Christ. God bless you in Jesus name I pray, thank you for listening. For more information on Michael Billings ministry sons and daughters of thunder visit sons and daughters of thunder.org and remember there is no addiction in Jesus Christ.
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