14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you."
He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me]
...He was speaking here of the Spirit,
My point is, if you are feeling the pressure of life - be encouraged. That pressure is necessary to make your well flow! You know how the scriptures tell us in
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing."
I found the plaque above when we visited Washington Oaks State Park. And immediately I KNEW it was a treasure. It seems that the secret to artesian wells is the pressure the water is under. That is what makes the water defy gravity and flow upward. Hallelujah! The treasure within us, Christ within us, the hope of glory, flows out of us more freely, when we are forced by the pressure to tap into the rivers of continuosly flowing living water, which Jesus said would flow from our "inmost being".
I'm saying, some of the best stuff He has put inside of us, won't show up, unless we go through some pressure. This gives me great hope. I DO desire the Holy Spirit to flow through me, causing love, mercy, faith, kindness and other "fruit of the Spirit" to show up in my life. But being the fallen creature I am, if I do not experience some trials, I will become self-righteous and self-sufficient and completely unfit for the Kingdom of God.
Though the pressures of life make me want to whine and cry (just every once in a while!), and sometimes even make me think about why I do what I do, and what do I really believe, in the long run here are some of the benefits of that pressure of trials mentioned in James 1:
- My faith becomes stronger.
- I more firmly know what I know about the faithfullness of God.
- I understand more about my weaknesses, which is a good thing to know, it humbles me and causes me to open up to God, and depend on Him to fill me.
- And through the pressure I become forced to tap into the power of God within me, to teach me, sustain me, comfort me.
- Whereas without the pressure, I could just keep having pretend faith in my own power. Our human nature assures us, that without pressure, we naturally regress to our own stength instead of tapping into the rivers of continuosly flowing living water - Christ in us, the Hope of Glory!
I researched a little about artesian wells to make sure I understood properly. Dig this: "Deep wells drilled into rock to intersect the water table and reaching far below it are often called artesian wells in ordinary conversation, but this is not necessarily a correct use of the term. Such deep wells may be just like ordinary, shallower wells; great depth alone does not automatically make them artesian wells. The word artesian, properly used, refers to situations where the water is confined under pressure below layers of relatively impermeable rock...as the picture...(below)shows, artesian pressure can be very strong!" This is from a Georgia educational site which you can find here.
See how powerful the flow is which they are trying to cap, to control it? I can't explain how grateful I am that He speaks to us in parables through nature. He gives us illustrations of Biblical truths. Because a picture is worth a 1,000 words!
I want Him to flow through me; clear, free, clean and crytal!
Happy Saturday, Ya'll!