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Are You Thirsty?

Last week in our Alive meeting and this past Sunday in our first message in our Acts series, we have been talking about thirst. In his book, "Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health," Donald Whitney begins the book with a chapter on thirst.  May the following excerpt encourage your thirst today!

"The difference between the empty soul and the dry soul is that one has never experienced "rivers of living water" (John 7:38), while the other one has and knows what he's missing…How is it then that a true believer in Christ can become a dry soul when Jesus promised that "whoever drinks of the water I shall give him will never thirst" (John 4:14)?  Pastor and author John Piper was reading this verse one morning and cried out, "What do You mean?  I am so thirsty!  My church is thirsty!  The pastors whom I pray with are thirsty!  O Jesus, what did you mean?"

As he meditated on the text, the illumination that seemed to come from the Lord upon His Word was perceived by John Piper this way:

When you drink my water, your thirst is not destroyed forever.  If it did that, would you feel any need of my water afterward?  That is not my goal.  I do not want self-sufficient saints.  When you drink my water, it makes a spring in you.  A spring satisfies thirst, not by removing the need you have for water, but by being there to give you water whenever you get thirsty.  Again and again and again.  Like this morning.  So drink, John.  Drink." [1]

[1] Whitney, Donald S.  Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, pgs. 18-19


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