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Tuesday, November 21st, '17

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YOU POUR OUT, HE'LL POUR IN

"...he who waters will also be watered himself" (Proverbs 11:25)

 

I don't believe in working it up but we do have to work up to it, whatever that "it" is, excitement, team morale, a worship atmosphere, etc. The old water wells had to be primed and then the suction caused by pumping overcame gravity. About five pumps of the handle and water began to flow. Reaction is the counterforce of action. Energy is spent before energy is sustained, by that I mean, the space shuttle burns tons of rocket fuel breaking the atmosphere but coasts with relative ease once it reaches orbit. The biblical equivalent says, "Give, and it shall be given unto you..." (Luke 6:38) Faith without works is useless (James 2:17). Take the first step out on the water and God turns the water into concrete beneath you - but it doesn't happen until the step is taken.

 

A poor preacher's widow faced a personal money crisis so Elisha gave her a lesson on how God works miracles, by having her gather empty vessels from her neighbors. All she had to her name was one pot of olive oil. Elisha commanded her to start pouring and to her amazement as she poured out God poured in, until every vessel was filled with oil. A quick sale of the increase paid all her back bills and gave her a cushion for the next year. Faith takes the first step and makes the first call. It sows seeds before expecting crops. Spring is for planting, fall for plucking; no sane farmer believes that those seasons might magically reverse.

 

An act of faith is always precedent. Louis L'Amour, the late western author with sale of over 230-million books worldwide advised, "Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the water is turned on". But how is the water turned on? Know where you are going with the project. Prepare a list of priority steps needing taken. Do point one then two then three - boy, isn't that a novel approach? Check progress, fine-tune then do the same again tomorrow. When the flesh fatigues or gets bored you have to crack the whip. Discipline is needed because sometimes when you pour out it pours in like a river flood, but other times the re-supply is but a trickle. Don't quit, because no matter how dry things seem at the moment, you will never exhaust inspiration. God refills the cistern. Four or five pumps of the handle in the morning and the flow will be back.


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