Summary: David's spirit-man declared there is NO WATER in this world. Only in Christ can spiritual water be found. 8 characteristics of Living water and how you can obtain it.
1. The minister gave his Sunday morning service, as usual, but this particular Sunday, it was considerably longer than normal.
2. Later, at the door, shaking hands with parishioners as they moved out, one man said, "Your sermon, Pastor, was simply wonderful - so invigorating and inspiring and refreshing."
3. The minister, of course, broke out in a big smile, only to hear the man say, "Why, I felt like a new man when I woke up!"
1. “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Ps. 63:1.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” Isa. 55:1.
1. Tonight I want us to see that there is no other way to find satisfaction than Jesus!
2. We’re going to see first that this world can’t satisfy us; secondly, see the source and value of water; and lastly, how to obtain these waters.
3. The title of this message is, “No Water.”
I. THE NATURAL WORLD HAS NO WATER
A. THERE’S NO WATER IN THIS WORLD
1. There is “no water” in this world. We often think that there is some spiritual refreshment in the natural world, but in reality there is NONE.
2. No other religion besides the worship of Jehovah has any water. They are empty man-made facades that offer peace but can provide none. The Creator God is not in them.
3. Human love, learning, pleasure, wealth, popularity, etc., all seem to offer inner satisfaction, but are mirages. They are clouds without rain. In the end, the searcher finds their soul still empty.
4. As Blaise Pascal said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man/woman that only God can fill.”
B. SUBSTITUTES ATTEMPTED
1. “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the Fountain of Living Waters* and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” [Jer. 2:13; *KJV description; otherwise, NIV]
2. A cistern is a man-made, shallow collection tank, not having fresh, running water, but catching runoff rain water. It's dependent on rainfall. It can't refill itself. It's usually dirty water. They collect bugs, frogs, parasites and other trash. The water is stagnant.
3. Jesus is the Fountain of Living Waters. He’s like an artesian well: always flowing with clean, filtered, pure water. It's self-supporting. You don't have to pump it. It needs no filter. It doesn't need any rainfall.
4. We have many cisterns where we go to find a drink (relief) -- food, TV, counselors, religion, pain killers/ stress reducers, people, a book, shopping, diversions of all kinds, etc.
5. Who, after drinking at a fresh, clean artesian well, would desire to drink filthy, scummy, cistern water? What we need is the Fountain!
II. WHAT & WHERE ARE THESE WATERS?
A. WHAT ARE THE WATERS WE NEED TO DRINK?
1. What are the waters the Bible describes? The anointing of the Holy Spirit. Water is a type of the Spirit.