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Devotional - week of November 9, 2003


RE-DIGGING THE WELLS

And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham.  Genesis 26:18

In Old Testament days, wells were a main source of water. Abraham was a digger of wells.

The Philistines filled some of Abraham’s wells with dirt. Isaac removed the dirt. He “dug again the wells.” The entire series of events is a vivid illustration of New Testament truths.

In John 4:14 Jesus described His gift of salvation as a well of water. KJV

Later, at a celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, Jesus stood and cried:

“… if anyone continues to be thirsty, let him continually come to me and let him continually drink. He who continues to believe in me … out of his inner being will flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:37-38 (Author’s translation)

John immediately follows this quotation with the explanation that Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit.

At salvation the Spirit of Jesus comes to live in the new believer. He is filled with the Holy Spirit. The result is a foretaste of what the Christian life can and should be.

In time, most believers turn to serving God in human effort. The flesh is back in power. Because the flesh fights against the Spirit, the well of water within the new believer is greatly hindered. He is no longer filled with the Holy Spirit.

When the believer becomes thirsty for the “life in Christ” he first had, he is ready to drink again. He is ready to re-dig the well. He does so by putting the flesh out of power through experiencing his crucifixion.

As he continues to experience his crucifixion, he continues to be filled with the Holy Spirit—he continually drinks from the spiritual well within.