Please Give Me a Drink
PLEASE GIVE ME A DRINK PLEASE GIVE ME A DRINK Manuel James Delgado / General John 4:7 I gave a teaching on Holiness. This word can mean. to be set apart, perfection, and to be clean I want to focus on the ‘to be clean’ part. The O.T. talks about people, places and things that can be clean or unclean in the sight of our God People can be unclean by skin diseases, fluids - such as blood, and death Places and things are also clean and unclean, such as the temple of God and things used in them. Along comes Jesus who turns everything upside down Jesus’ contact with the leper (Matthew 8:1-4), the bleeding woman (Matthew 9:20-23), the dead boy (Luke 7:11-17) should have made him “unclean,” but instead his holiness and purity transfers to them, healing and restoring their bodies. Jesus is the perfect definition and expression of holiness - He is the Way, the Truth and the Life - He is the living Water - Please give me a drink! Listen to what Jesus says here - John 7:37–39 NLT On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ ” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) Jesus used the image of Ezekiel’s temple-river to describe any person who trusts in him: the Spirit will make that person a holy source of God’s own life that spreads to others. We can be that same living water Let’s go to the book of Ezekiel - Ezekiel 47:1 NLT In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. Ezekiel 47:7–12 NLT When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. Fishermen will stand along the shores of the Dead Sea. All the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim, the shores will be covered with nets drying in the sun. Fish of every kind will fill the Dead Sea, just as they fill the Mediterranean. But the marshes and swamps will not be purified; they will still be salty. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.” We need to know who we are in Christ and what we are capable of doing We can show people the Way Ephesians 2:19–22 NLT So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit. We can tell people of the Truth 1 Peter 2:9–10 NLT But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” We can help people receive eternal life 1 Peter 2:4–5 NLT You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. We need to know that we are never in a dry season in Christ Ezekiel 47:12 NLT Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.” Psalm 1:1–3 NLT Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Revelation 22:1–2 NLT Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. No matter the season, we will always produce fruit that brings healing to everyone around us, as long as we are rooted in Jesus, the living water Are we sharing this living water? I was just in California to be with my family. My dad shared a very intimate war story. He gave me permission to share it and I think it fits this part of the message Share story How do we treat our enemies (those against our belief system, faith, lifestyle) Luke 6:27–28 NLT “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. Jesus has no enemies and neither should we John 15:13 NLT There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Holy Spirit Move! Page 5. Exported from Logos Bible Software, 2:23 PM August 3, 2017.