Wednesday, December 27, 2017

WELLS OF SALVATION

Today’s┬áReading: Isaiah 11-13

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Jacob’s Well, also known as Jacob’s Fountain or Well of Sychar, is a deep well hewn of solid rock. It is situated a short distance from the archaeological site of Tell Balata, which is thought to be the site of Biblical Shechem. It is quite certain that this is the well mentioned in John 4. Here Jesus gave water from the “Wells of Salvation” to the woman who had had 5 husbands and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. Isaiah 12:3 says, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” The assurance of salvation should be for sure in everyone’s “Bucket list!”

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Isaiah 11:2 & 12:5a

“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,

The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

The Spirit of counsel and might,

The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

…Sing to the Lord for He has done excellent things!

 

Chapter 11 is a prophecy of the coming Messiah/Christ! He will be born from the line of Jesse, King David’s father. The work He does will be as a Man upon Whom the Spirit of the Lord rests! In His full authority, at a time yet to come, even the effects of the curse on the earth, with us since our first parents separated themselves from God, will be reversed.

Chapter 12 is a very big encouragement! Surely “He has done excellent things!” We have every reason to “Sing to the Lord!” Dip the bucket into the well and bring it up full and overflowing! Drink until we thirst no more for the things of this world which are opposed to God’s will for each one of us. In John 4:15 the woman said to Jesus, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

Chapter 13 sounds like the terrorists wars of our present times. It is impossible that sin and evil would go unpunished. For believers in the Cross of Jesus, His extremely violent suffering and death was in our place. We do not fear “The day of the Lord!” We rejoice in the fact of Messiah’s coming to make all wrongs right and to cleanse the earth of evil! For a New Testament reading check out Romans 8:18-25.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I drink deeply of Your Word. With joy I am drawing water from the wells of Salvation. My spiritual thirst is satisfied in You! I pray that I will dip the bucket of my life into You and Your Word each day without fail until the day when I drink from “the pure river of water of life, clear as crystal [literally], which flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Revelation 22:1). I pray this in the Name of the One who cried out these words, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink,” Jesus Himself! (John 7:37-39) Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

My Dad, Rev. R. L. Mainse, took on responsibility for two country churches in the Ottawa Valley. I was ages 12-14 when we lived in the parsonage there. One of my jobs was to keep our home supplied with water from the well. I remember lowering my bucket down by a rope attached to the handle. Sometimes I would have to place a rock in the bucket so it would be heavy enough to break the ice formed overnight. Those chunks of ice that were floating in the pail made it taste delicious when I put the dipper in for a drink. This running for water (we had no running water and no electricity at first, so no refrigerator and no faucets) was like this blog…every morning and sometimes every evening! There were no excuses and no days off!

My cousin, Allan Kenny, who owns and operates a paint store with his wife in Gananoque, Ontario, attached a video of my Dad’s Sister, Allan’s grandmother, to his blog comment. My memories of her prayers are many. I believe she was born in 1890. Myrtle Mainse Kenny definitely drank from the wells of Salvation. Here she is praying out loud at a service in the “Pine Grove Church” in 1985 (click here). I’ve watched this several times, and each time I dipped into her bucket of faith and fervency for a refreshing drink. It tastes so good to me!!!

Yours for drinking daily of Jesus, the living water of life!

David

The “Woman at the Well” (John 4:1-42) is depicted on the ceiling of The Church of Jacob’s Well.

11 thoughts on “Wednesday, December 27, 2017

  1. We stand up in Jesus, amen Myrtle–what a powerful preaching prayer!! There is something so stirring about these photos of the ‘Woman at the Well’ paintings. Praying for all saints, this morning, and peace in the world.

    “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
    John 15:5 NLT

    I Surrender – Hillsong Worship
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7jXASBWwwI

    • WOW! sure do love the song and the group! Thanks

      something else: the other day I looked at the branches so loaded down with all the snow, that they appear they might break off…..It made me think of my life when things get so heavy and I am afraid that I will break (take my life) it`s tough to hang on…..thankful for the internet to be able to bring up Scripture and read this blog which is a life saver not only to me, but to many others……people talk about 100 Huntley Street and how it has impacted their lives, I usually talk with people in the hot tub after swimming…..

  2. Aunt Myrtle has depth in the Spirit. Jesus walked in fear of His Father thus doing His Father’s will as we are exhorted to as well. Good scripture and song Beverlee.

    • Here are the lyrics, Ger and fellow saints:

      I Surrender
      Hillsong Worship

      Here I am
      Down on my knees again
      Surrendering all
      Surrendering all

      And find me here
      Lord as You draw me near
      Desperate for You
      Desperate for You

      I surrender

      Drench my soul
      As mercy and grace unfold
      I hunger and thirst
      I hunger and thirst

      With arms stretched wide
      I know You hear my cry
      Speak to me now
      Speak to me now

      I surrender
      I surrender
      I wanna know You more
      I wanna know You more

      I surrender
      I surrender
      I wanna know You more
      I wanna know You more

      Like a rushing wind
      Jesus breathe within
      Lord have Your way
      Lord have Your way in me

      Like a mighty storm
      Stir within my soul
      Lord have Your way
      Lord have Your way in me

      Like a rushing wind
      Jesus breathe within
      Lord have Your way
      Lord have Your way in me

      Like a mighty storm
      Stir within my soul
      Lord have Your way
      Lord have Your way in me.

    • Jesus is God. He is the Saviour & our Healer (the Great Physician). We need not fear. Wisdom opens our understanding & walking with the Lord brings blessing. Thank You Lord.

  3. What a blessings this blog is…powerful, meaningful scripture. Davids comments and photos, and prayer by his aunt…thank you Ron again and again, for your faithfulness in posting it.

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