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Jul 10, 2012

Friendship with God: Part 2

photo courtesy of Sarah Moldovan

Sorry I've been a little bit slow with posting this week, I meant to sit down and write this yesterday, but I got bit by the craft bug, and just had to make something. I'll share what I created with you later on!

So, I covered last week in my first post about RYM that we have a need, that we have no way to fill it, and that there is someone outside of us who can justify us. Today, I'm going to delve into that some more.

Elective teacher: Connie Stewart
Main speaker: John Stone

Every decision you make is based on who you think you are; and what you think is what you see. Luke 6:45 reminds us that we speak from the overflow of our hearts. Our image is distorted, but not because the mirror is broken, but because our eyes are broken. Luckily for us, in Ezekiel 36:26 God tells us that He will give us a new heart, and with it we receive new eyes. Scripture gives us a true reflection.

We already talked about our sin problem, and now our image problem, but we also have a run and hide problem.  Read Jeremiah 2:13. A cistern is a life container; it holds water, and without water, there would be no life. Most people don't have water cisterns anymore, but they still have spiritual cisterns (image, acceptance, money, etc), and they will pour every ounce of their heart into keeping their cistern full, in order to stay alive.

Okay, stay with me now...

Read Luke 7:36-50, about the sinful woman who washed Jesus' feet. Everyone in town knew what she was, and reminded her daily of her worthlessness (psst! the world tells us the same thing!); yet here she was at the most prestigious party in town, at the feet of the honored guest, with everyone watching. Why would she subject herself to such open censure from people?

Simple, she stopped caring what other people thought! She heard that she could be free, so she ran to it boldly, with no cares. She found: wholeness, life, light, hope, and freedom. In other words - she found her cistern! HE is the living water (John 4:14) that is more satisfying than anything, and grants not just life (a full cistern), but eternal life!

You wanna know the best part? That life, satisfaction, wholeness, and full cistern are available to us, too. I'll continue my series over the next week or two, but until then, if something doesn't make sense to you, or you just want to talk about it, send me a message; I'd love to talk to you (seriously!).