Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Well

Today is Wednesday, February 27th and on Friday at about 4am, I will be leaving with Gym Masters for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Prayers would be much appreciated! I will be gone for about 10 days so this might be one of my last blog posts for a bit, but I will be taking a journal with me along the trip. Supposedly this is a mission trip like no other :) but coach is getting me a little scared. Many years they have gone much of the team has fallen to sickness throwing up and diarrhea and had to get ivs. We will be traveling around the Dominican Republic doing gymnastics shows, sharing Jesus' love, and doing random service projects. It's exciting to see how God will be leading and what He will do. I pray you all have a blessed spring break as well.

This is a special devotional to you from the book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswold Chambers. I sincerely urge you to read this book because it is very powerful.

"Where then do You get that living water? —John 4:11

"The well is deep”— and even a great deal deeper than the Samaritan woman knew! (John 4:11). Think of the depths of human nature and human life; think of the depth of the “wells” in you. Have you been limiting, or impoverishing, the ministry of Jesus to the point that He is unable to work in your life? Suppose that you have a deep “well” of hurt and trouble inside your heart, and Jesus comes and says to you, “Let not your heart be troubled . . .” (John 14:1). Would your response be to shrug your shoulders and say, “But, Lord, the well is too deep, and even You can’t draw up quietness and comfort out of it.” Actually, that is correct. Jesus doesn’t bring anything up from the wells of human nature— He brings them down from above. We limit the Holy One of Israel by remembering only what we have allowed Him to do for us in the past, and also by saying, “Of course, I cannot expect God to do this particular thing.” The thing that approaches the very limits of His power is the very thing we as disciples of Jesus ought to believe He will do. We impoverish and weaken His ministry in us the moment we forget He is almighty. The impoverishment is in us, not in Him. We will come to Jesus for Him to be our comforter or our sympathizer, but we refrain from approaching Him as our Almighty God.
The reason some of us are such poor examples of Christianity is that we have failed to recognize that Christ is almighty. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment or surrender to Jesus Christ. When we get into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying, “Of course, He can’t do anything about this.” We struggle to reach the bottom of our own well, trying to get water for ourselves. Beware of sitting back, and saying, “It can’t be done.” You will know it can be done if you will look to Jesus. The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look away from yourself and to look toward Him.

So where is your well of hurt or trouble inside your heart, your scars that are limiting Christ? No matter what you are going through, God is stronger. No matter how big your giants and enemies are, Your God is bigger. No matter how weak your flesh is, Our God is Able.
Don't put limits on God. No trouble is too big for Him. Trust Him to surrender your life too. Other people may have let you down, but God never will.

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