Drink the Water
Drinking From the Fountain
There is a
is a river that flows from God above" (so the song
goes). This river is a source where we can go and
have our every need fulfilled. In our times of
sorrow it is the place where we can go and find comfort
in its calming waters. Through our sickness it
becomes a pool of healing waters. During our times
of trials we can find strength in its enduring tide.
This river is a stream in the desert, quenching our
thirsty troubled soul. In the midst of persecution
we can find a refuge beside these still waters.
When in doubt this river offers us faith. It is
like the waters of a deep well; we may not see the water
without natural eyes, but when we pull the bucket up it
is full of fresh clear water. When we are saddened
or down-trodden there is gladness at this river.
It becomes a river of joy, springing up like a fountain.
doesn't matter what our need is it can be met within the
life-changing waters of this river. Still, the
most important trip we will ever make to this river is
our first. When we came as sinners to be washed
in its life-giving tide. There we found a river
that flows with God's mercy and His grace, a river of
salvation. This river that flows from heaven has
the power to take that which was filthy and make it
whiter than the snow!
waters are able to cleanse that which was defiled.
This crimson tide is able to wash away all our shame,
leaving us pure and holy, without spot or blemish.
It has the ability to do that which seemed impossible.
It offers us things we could never dream of, such as:
peace, joy, hope and love.
river is like no other because it is a river of love.
A love such as this world has never seen. It is a
love that caused a Father to give His Son in exchange
for the lives of many. A love that caused a Man to
lay down His life, a life that was without sin, for who
there is a river that flows from God above, a river of
freedom, a river of love, a river of....blood. So
come to this river, rest upon it's peaceful banks and
find what you've been searching for within its fresh
Drink the Water
Have you ever been told 'don't drink
the water?' Chances are some of
you have. The reasons may vary from
too much lead in the water or poison
or some other toxin. We all have
heard stories of how people have been
lost at sea, floating on the largest
body of water and yet died of thirst,
because everyone knows you can't drink
In some places in the world there are
bodies of poisonous water that may
look harmless, but one sip and you'll
die. We've all heard on the news
that different townships have been
told to boil their water before
drinking it and to buy bottled water.
The bottom line is that man cannot
live without water. It is the
source of life. When people do
without water they become dehydrated,
weak, sick and eventually would die.
It's the same way with Christians.
Many of whom are like the person on a
raft, floating on a large body of
water; but, unlike the sea, the water
they are floating on is good; they
just won't put their cup out to get a
drink, so they go thirsty. Some
get their cups full, but allow outside
forces to poke holes in their cups and
allow the water to leak out.
Others allow toxins to invade their
well, ruining all the water that is
inside. Still more get their
cups full of water at one time but
they allow all their resources to
We don't have to buy into bottled
water or allow our wells to be
poisoned. We don't have to drink
bitter waters. There is a place
where we can go where the waters run
free. Water that is pure and
refreshing. We don't have to
worry about what is in this water, for
this is a healing stream.
Don't be afraid to launch out into
these waters. Dip your cup down
into its flow and drink from the well
that will never run dry.
From the Fountain
"I've Got a Secret!"
Now don't go telling on me, but I am going
to let you in on a little secret. Shhh! It's about
my father-in-law who is a pastor.
Some of you may already know this, but
for those of you who don't, pay close
Almost every year he goes to
Gatlinburg, Tennessee after the
General Assembly, along with a lot of
other people. That's no secret.
But it just so happens that near the
motel where he always stays is a
municipal building that is home to a
drinking fountain. Every time
he passes by that fountain he
just has to get a drink.
Sometimes I bet he's not even thirsty,
but gets a drink anyway. He'll
get a drink of that water and then
proclaim, "That's the best water in
the world." Then he encourages
anyone that's with him to take a
drink. "That water's so cold
that it hurts your teeth," he says.
While some of us might think this is
amusing, we really could learn a
lesson from his behavior.
You see, many of us pass by a fountain
every day but we're dying of thirst.
Why? Because we won't stop to
take a drink.
We've all heard how people become
dehydrated, their bodies becoming ill
from the lack of water. It's
unhealthy for the physical body to go
without water. Our Spiritual
body is no different. It needs
to drink from the fountain every day.
Doctors recommend six to eight glasses
of water a day to keep our bodies
healthy and well supplied. Why
then do we limit our spiritual intake
of living water to maybe once or twice
a day? Of course we're all busy;
maybe too busy. But we don't
have to forget about our relationship
Here's a little something for each of
us to try; each time you get a little
thirsty and get yourself a glass of
something cool and refreshing, take a
moment to say a word to the One who is
like a cool drink of water in the
desert. Whether it be a word of
praise or thanksgiving or just a
moment of appreciation, take the time
to let Him know that you're so glad
that He's there.
Pretty soon maybe you'll be just like
my father-in-law, stopping by that fountain
even when you're not thirsty but just
to get a drink anyway.
After all, "It really is the best
water there is!"
These messages are used by permission
Billie Grubbs. All righs
in the Word
Music by Bruce
Copyrighted, all rights reserved 2006