Day 2 – Living Water Devotional

When our bodies send the messages that it is hungry, it is funny how we are not always sure what it is really in need of and requesting. Some dieticians claim that requests for chocolate are really a call for water. Since our bodies are mostly water, it is so bizarre how so many of us are chronically dehydrated. Studies have shown that dehydration has been the root causes to, but not limited to the following: Cancer, ulcers, nausea, vomiting, migraines, heartburn, arthiritc pain, stress, and general aches and pains (http://secretsofwellness.com/your-body’s-many-cries-for-water/). Please note here that I am not a physician by any stretch, and know that Dr. Bill McCarty will be able to correct any of my claims if they are incorrect or far fetched. I found that the most ironic and profound symptom of dehydration is our body’s loss of the thirst sensation. To no longer think that we are thirsty prevents us from even wanting to satisfy this essential need. How true this parallels our need for Living Water.

Living Water

God calls to us to himself throughout the day, yet so often goes unnoticed. His cries to us are most commonly overlooked and ignored as if we are entitled to have another breath, feel hungry, have the ability to see the sun rise and fall; feel warmth or cool of the day, etc. The list goes on and, but we just develop a sense that we are entitled to those things becase they happen automatically. Who tells our lungs to breath, eyes to blink, organs to process, or even our brains to think of the fancy new way to satisfy a craving? The enemy would have us to believe that we of ourselves are gods and this all just happens until our bodies fail. But the steps of a man are ordered by God (Psalm 37:23–24). The lillies of the field are cared for by God (). And He knows every hair we have on our bodies since he formed us formed us personally as his earthen vessels to carry His Spirit (Luke 12:6-7, 2 Corinthians 4:7, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Genesis 2:7).

How much water do our bodies need each day? This varies based upon you height, weight, age, and other factors. But, how much Living Water do we need? How much do we even take in? Do we even recognize the need for it any more?

Psalm 105:4 4 Seek the … His face continually.
4 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ps 105:4). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

Lord here = Yahweh → God — the God of the Hebrew and Christian faiths. Strongs 3068
Matthew 6:25–34 25 “For this … of its own.
25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Mt 6:25–34). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

Psalm 37:23–24 23 The … holds his hand.
23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ps 37:23–24). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

Lord here = Yahweh → God — the God of the Hebrew and Christian faiths. Strongs 3068
Luke 12:6–7 6 “Are … than many sparrows.
6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.
7 “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Lk 12:6–7). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

God here = Theos → Divinely God – Strong’s 2316
2 Corinthians 4:7 7 But … not from ourselves;
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (2 Co 4:7). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

2 Corinthians 4:7 7 Here is … human weakness (12:9).
7 Here is the first paradox—the difference between the indescribable value of the gospel treasure and the apparent worthlessness of the gospel’s ministers. Verse 6 refers to the treasure in the “jars of clay” as “the illumination that comes from the knowledge of God’s glory.” In describing those to whom the gospel is entrusted (1 Thess 2:4) as “earthenware vessels,” Paul is not disparaging the human body or implying that the body is simply the receptacle of the soul (see note). Rather, he is contrasting the relative insignificance and unattractiveness of the bearers of the light with the inestimable worth and beauty of the light itself. Behind this contrast Paul sees a divine purpose—that men may recognize that “this all-surpassing power” is God’s alone. His power finds its full scope in human weakness (12:9).

Harris, M. J. (1976). 2 Corinthians. In F. E. Gaebelein (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans through Galatians (Vol. 10, p. 342). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.

2 Corinthians 1:22 22 who also … as a pledge.
22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (2 Co 1:22). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

Be filled with the Holy Spirit
the word “deposit” is the important part
The phrase translated “put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit” reads lit. “gave the deposit of the Spirit in our hearts.” “Deposit of the Spirit” is a genitive of apposition (epexegetical) that means “the deposit, namely, the Spirit.” A. J. Kerr shows that translations that render the word ἀρραβών as “pledge” or one of its synonyms are misleading (“ἈΡΡΑΒΩΝ,” JTS 39 (1988) 91–97). A pledge was something handed over as collateral for some promise and could be reclaimed at a later date when the promise was fulfilled. It also focuses on a promise of a gift yet to come. But the term is used in contracts “in which both parties have obligations,” which is different from a gift in which the recipient has no obligation. Garland, D. E. (1999). 2 Corinthians (Vol. 29). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
Genesis 2:7 7 Then the … a living being.
7 Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ge 2:7). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

Lord here = Yahweh → God — the God of the Hebrew and Christian faiths. Strongs 3068

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