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The Needed Refreshing

By Peter P. Macinta

In the northern hemisphere right now we are in the midst of summer with some pretty hot weather from time to time. All of us have to be careful to keep hydrated and not get overheated. A few decades back I thought this was nothing to be concerned about, but after being trained in Maryland Emergency Medical Services I found out otherwise.

I know Dorcas always appreciates an ice-cold glass of water when she comes from work on a hot summer day. Water is essential for life.

As we look through the Holy Scriptures, water often represents the Holy Spirit. And, just as physical water is essential for physical life, the Holy Spirit is essential for our spiritual life.

There are times when the cares of the world or the sins of one’s life leads a person to a point where they realize they need relief. Sadly, some seek that relief by participating in more sin, and looking for that relief in some other way than God’s Way.

However, God has made a most wonderful provision for those that recognize their need. In Isaiah 41:17-18 we read, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”

Are you spiritually tired of sin or what the world has been dishing out to you? Look to the truth in the above passage and call upon the Lord in all sincerity. Forsake the resources of the world and trust the tried and true Source, Jesus Christ, letting His very Life within you.

Looking closely at the above passage you will also see that this blessing is available to those in the material realm who are well off (high places) and those who not so well off (valleys). God certainly desires that all people turn to Him and not trust the ways of the world.

Our body is important, but our spirit is most important. Though we have a body, we are predominately spirit creatures. We will not find true satisfaction until we have truly and completely committed to Christ.

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