When I was a kid, we had a St Bernard named Alex.
He was a massive, powerful dog but loving and protective of children.
One hot Sunday afternoon when we got home,
we found Alex staggering around the yard and
realized we had neglected to give him fresh water for too long.
As is often the case with dehydrated animals, he was refusing to
drink anything even though it was the very thing he needed most and immediately.
He died of heat stroke.
Jesus promises to give us living water…the Holy Spirit.
When we are connected to our Savior, learning about Him,
being guided by the Holy Spirit, we will have
strength for whatever battles we may have to face.
When we neglect regularly consuming that living water,
our spiritual bodies will become dehydrated and weakened.
One indicator that our spiritual body is in trouble
is when we find ourselves avoiding God.
When we need Him most is when we most often tend to run from Him.
Guilt causes us to run away from God, headlong into suffering and death.
His kindness and Love draws us to repentance,
back into the open arms of eternal life.
Are you avoiding the Scriptures? Are you avoiding prayer?
You may be in more danger than you realize.
Run to your Heavenly Father before it’s too late.
Seek Him with all your heart—He will be found by you.
He has promised us this and our Creator God always keeps His promises!
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
All those the Father gives me will come to me,
and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,”
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—
the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for,
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and
will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9