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With Pastor Dave Roussel

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I Don’t Want to Hear About It!

July 9 – Today’s Readings – Isaiah 28-30 and Psalms 9

Chapter 30:9-15 of Isaiah reads; “These are rebellious people, deceitful children, – children unwilling to listen to the LORD’s instruction. They say to the seers, ‘See no more visions!’- and to the prophets, ‘Give us no more visions of what is right! – Tell us pleasant things, – Prophesy illusions. Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!’ Therefore, this is what the Holy One of Israel says: ‘Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit, this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant.’ This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

Isn’t this passage a perfect description of how the majority of our society feels about Jesus? They really don’t want to hear any more about it. They far prefer secular humanism, which blindly declares that man is a god and there is no other. They don’t want God in school – they don’t want God in the government – they certainly don’t want God in the world of business and some don’t even want God in Church anymore. A minister I know was holding a “Christian” church service the other day and because there was a Jew present he was very careful to not mention the Name of Jesus. Now this could be considered “sensitive” if the minister in question was having coffee with said Jew – but in Christ’s Church? – So, now you can’t even have Christ in a Christian service?

No, these people call the Message that saves our soul “an illusion” and they embrace “deceit”. When the Lord returns to the earth, the people who rejected the message of the gospel will be wailing and gnashing their teeth. I believe that a good part of this emotion will not be grief but anger at God for being God – for so long they have fiercely rejected Him and His people.

Chapter 28:16 says, “So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.” Believe the Word of the Lord when it tells you, – “You and your family will never be dismayed” because you have put your trust in the Holy One and not trusted in man or bought into the religion of the age.

Questions:

1. Give an example from your personal experience when you observed all other faiths and ideologies being “embraced” – except for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
2. Can you think of another example from Scripture where Christ was rejected and in His place some form of paganism adopted?

The Wells We Dig

January 9 – Today’s Readings – Genesis 25-27 – Psalms 9

Genesis 26:18 reads, “Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.”

These wells of Isaac and Abraham grabbed my attention during this reading. “Wells” most often signified “blessing” when mentioned in Scripture, whether it was the wells of the patriarchs – or the Well of Living Water [our Lord Jesus] – or the wells of praise – we recognize the blessing of God symbolized in pure water.

Do you remember the trials in the wilderness when Moses spoke to the rock or struck it and pure water gushed out of that rock? – “I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.’ So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.” [Exodus 17:6]

How about the 3 kings and their armies who were dying of thirst when Elisha came to them and said: “Make this valley full of ditches. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water” (2 Kings 3:16&17) Sure enough – God provided a flood of blessing and victory for King Jehoshaphat.

When we dig “spiritual wells” in our lives – like worship, prayer, Bible reading and a thankful attitude – those things tend to get “stopped up” by the enemy of our souls. How does it happen? Well, we are enticed to replace spiritual habits and disciplines with other habits that do not build us up spiritually. Like Isaac, when we find some of our “living water” wells plugged up we must re-dig even if it takes a great effort. Once the water starts to flow – it’s like priming an old fashioned pump – you will find the effort has been well worth it.

“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.” [John 7:37-39]

It’s so simple really – we receive the Holy Spirit and life begins to flow from us to others. We become a source of refreshing and life to those who listen to us and those who associate with us. Our places of employment are blessed – people feel Jesus when they are near us. Do you see why it is so important to heed the teaching of Paul? – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” [Galatians 5:25]

We were given the very well-spring of God when we received the Holy Spirit – our only mission in life is to keep in step with that same Holy Spirit.

Questions:

1. Jesus gives us “streams of living water” flowing from within us – of what purpose is this water?
2. If your spiritual well has gone dry or been “stopped up”, what can you do about it?

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