Thursday, October 20, 2011

Day 18: Living Water

Once we have re-planted our belief into good soil. It's time to cultivate it. When I struggle with unbelief, I don't always deal with it properly. Identifying your unbelief and re-planting in good soil will do you no good if you skip this step: Water it with living water. Feeding on God's word crowds out a spirit of unbelief. It is only through the truth of scripture that we grow in faith and unbelief takes a backseat. Why?

{Because confessing a scripture directly linked to your area of struggle is the proper way to wage war in a spiritual battle}.

{We cannot win spiritual battles if we wage war with earthly weapons}.

 Here are some ways I have unsuccessfuly tried to uproot unbelief in my heart:

{1} Ignore it.
{2} Get man's opinion instead of God's.
{3} Try to resolve it in my own strength.
{4} Read books written by men instead of saturating myself in God's promises.

Listen to the story you probably know as The Woman at the Well. Her first encounter with the Son of God sent unbelief spinning on its' heels. First, Jesus wouldn't have even acknowledged her (or according to her belief he shouldn't have) and then, he proceeds to tell her things that nobody knew. Tonight, I want you to dig into this story. I've listed through verse 10, I challenge you to keep reading. Watch this woman's "belief" system get radically changed by the Son of God. 

John 4:1-10

Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
 1Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John2(although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples),3he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4mAnd he had to pass through Samaria. 5So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field  that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
 7A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." 8(For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)10Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."