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Devotional - week of March 5, 2006


drawing water from the wells of salvation

 

“… the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation " Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:2-3

 

Isaiah 12:2-3 is a beautiful analogy of the resources for joy that were available to the child of God in Old Testament times. The analogy is even greater today for the believer who is experiencing his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection because the joy is even greater and the wells are more numerous. Space here limits mention of only two of those wells … truth and faith.

 

Today there is great joy for the believer who draws from the “well of truth.” All Christian growth goes hand in hand with an increase in knowledge of spiritual truths—about the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the word of God, and the heart of man. Jesus teaches that our resource for truth is the Holy Spirit. In John 16:13-15 He says:

 

“… when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, … He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

 

We draw from the well of truth by continuing to receive the filling of the Holy Spirit. In John 16:12 Jesus underlined our need to continue receiving the filling of the Holy Spirit. He says, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” Every believer is always in need of the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

 

Today it is the joy and privilege of believers to draw from the “well of faith.” The believer’s greatest responsibility is to love God. The believer’s greatest need is to trust God. In Galatians 2:20 Paul writes:

 

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God …”

 

A literal translation of "faith in the son of God” is “faith of the Son of God”. As we experience the crucifixion of faith in ourselves, we are drawing from the well of faith. As His faith permeates our hearts, we are increasingly filled with His faith.