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Digging Cisterns

Post  Admin on Sat 07 Nov 2009, 5:59 pm

Digging Cisterns
Michelle Molina
Sep 29, 2009


"It is not so much praying for direction that one needs as getting
near the Lord; and the nearer you are to Him, the clearer will everything
appear."

J. B. Stoney 1815-1897

DIGGING CISTERNS
A pastor spoke to me with tears in his eyes. A man in his church, an
elder, a man who had the very representation of the love and passion of God
was now cold, dry and bitter. The unspoken words we had between us was that
we both know of countless men and women who were once on the path of life
and leading others to it, only to stray onto a path of bitterness or self
and never come back.

Here the word that the Lord spoke to me in that moment: "I remember
the devotion of your youth. How as a bride you loved me and followed me
through your deserts through the land was not sown. You were holy to the
Lord, the first fruits of His harvest. All who devoured you were held guilty
and disaster overtook them, declares the Lord."

"This is what the Lord says: "What fault did your fathers find in me
that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became
worthless themselves..."My people have committed two sins: they have
forsaken me, the living spring of water and dug their own cisterns." Jer
1-13

There is a wealth of love and information from God in those scriptures
but time constraints keep me from typing it all out so I encourage you to
read it yourself. What He made clear to me was this: At one time His people
loved Him with careless abandon; followed Him even where there was no road
or plan. Then something happened. They matured. Maybe they formed counsels
that said it was ridiculous to travel unpaved roads. Perhaps they decided
not to go where they were not sure where the water was, even though in the
past God had been "the spring of living water" Jesus referred to in Luke 4
when speaking to the woman at the well. He told her, "If you but ask me, I
would give you living water that would spring up and you would never thirst
again." Living water is VERY REAL in the presence of God.

When we are not getting into the real presence of God, spiritual
drought and thirst for the word of God creeps into our life and brings with
it something else. We decide to take matters into our own hands. Verse 13
says, "My people have committed two sins: they have forsaken me, the spring
of living water, and dug their own cisterns."

I began to search my heart for these two sins. Have I in any way
forsaken Him; making religious idols for myself; getting busy building the
church; a ministry; a business; or a life so that I had forsaken His plan?
Secondly, had I tried to avoid that red flag He was waving at me- warning me
of the absence of His presence and the coming drought; the warnings He gives
me and you to let us know we are off the path by trying to find water on our
own?

How can you get off the road? This man the pastor spoke of was
offended by someone in the church and bitterness filled his soul. For
others, work become their god. Family became the god of others. Growing a
mega church became god to still others. Anything you want and give your
attention to more than God can become a god in your life. And instead of
hearing the warning of God and putting it down, like Israel you can dig
cisterns for yourself.

Today, I plead with you to take a pause and let God show you if there
is any area in your life that has altered off His path for your life. As He
said in the beginning, "I remember the devotion of your youth. How as a
bride you loved me and followed me through your deserts' through the land
not sown. Israel was holy to the Lord, the first fruits of His harvest. All
who devoured her were held guilty and disaster overtook them, declares the
Lord."

He remembers your devotion of your youth in Christ. He remembers your
trust in dry places. In your maturity in Christ, have you replaced His hand
for the instruction of others? Have you dug your own cistern?

Let this be the thought of Heaven when God sees you: "I remember the
devotion of your youth. How as a bride you loved me and followed me through
your deserts'

Living for the Call,
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