John 4:6-7, 10-11, 28-29 “Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (v10-11) “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? (v28-29) “The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”
In Genesis it talks about wells that Abraham had dug that others filled with earth. The enemy wants to fill our wells with the world. When we want to experience rivers of living water, the devil tries to fill them up with the world.
Gen v17 valley of Girar ‘a torent bed’. When the spring rains came, there was a torrent of water that flowed through that valley. When we position ourselves in the midst of that torrent of water we can experience that living water. Position yourself in this church and feel the waters flow through you. You have to position yourself to get it.
Isaac as he sat there in that dry bed waiting for the rivers to flow didn’t just wait around. He dug those wells again.
How do we dig that well again? The enemies left the wells alone as long as the man in command was around. When Abraham died, they filled the wells. They wanted to see what Isaac was made of. Isaac had to go and re-dig those wells. He didn’t dig new wells. He re-dug the old wells. He went back to the same wells.
Spiritually, it’s the same. There’s power in the wells. There are miracles, signs, and wonders in the bottom of that well. Isaac enjoyed the rewards of his father’s labors, but there came a day when he had to dig again those wells for himself.
We have enjoyed the blessings of those who have gone before. There is coming a day when you must drink out of your own well, you must dig (and keep) that well for yourself.
Salvation does have something to do with works. Isaac worked at digging that well. It was incredibly satisfying to drink from that well. The old well is not appealing at first. If they didn’t know what it was, it might have looked just like the world. It may have been difficult to find. However, Isaac drank from that well as a kid. He knew where it was. It’s important to follow someone who knows where the well is. Follow your pastor. Follow somebody who knows where the well is and where the power of God is.
It’s amazing what someone will do if they’re dying of thirst. Are you ready to go to a service where the miracles, signs, and wonders flow? If you’re thirsty enough you will get out a shovel and dig.
Isaac also called the names of the wells by the same names as his father did. Isaac didn’t change things just because Dad was gone.
Isaac struggled with some other men to dig those wells. One of the wells was called ‘contention’.
- You have to make a decision. Nobody will stop me, nobody will dilute me. In spite of the contention, decide to worship and dig that well. If we want spring water that gives life, we have to decide to dig that well. Birth never comes without struggle. The child is fighting just as much as the mother. The first struggle is a mind struggle. Spiritually, if it’s in the book (the Bible), it’s not heresy.
- Another well was dug which literally meant ‘strife’. There is a physical struggle. ‘I don’t like it when people look at me.’ There is a struggle where you must decide who you want to please more, Jesus or the world. Jesus didn’t care what the world thought of Him. His entire focus was on saving souls. When you speak in tongues, you’re not talking to anybody else. You are talking to Jesus. It’s beautiful. When you are filled with the Spirit of God, it is a beautiful thing and it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks. You are getting God’s Spirit! Rejoice!
- Another well had no struggle. The name was ‘Wide place or street’. Rev 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” It doesn’t matter who you are, whosoever wants to can take from the water of life FREELY. It’s far enough away from the enemy for them to not be a problem. Come out from among them and be ye separate. You have to get away from the world. Don’t let the enemy hold you back. Get far enough away that you can’t be influenced by the world anymore. Separate the light from the darkness.
God used the struggles to lead Isaac to a place that He wanted him to go. Going away from the will of God is a downward spiral. God allowed Jonah to run away, and a great fish to eat him, then Jonah prayed. Contention and strife sometimes come as the mercy of God to get us to a place where we trust Him more. Isaac built an altar in another place that Abraham had been before.
- Sheba means ‘To promise’. Abraham called on the Lord at this well. This well was connected with promise, the name of God, completeness, and the presence of God. It’s harder to dig a well out than to fill it up.
Protect the well. Shovel and Sword. Take your well home with you. If you don’t take your well home with you, then someone else can fill it up while you’re gone.
‘Therefore with joy shall you draw.’ Draw and lower it down and then lift that pail all the way to the top to take a drink. There are many wells. There needs to be multiple experiences with God. Draw from the well throughout the day. Draw from the well when you are depressed, frustrated, tired, sick, and/or afraid.
There are wells that are dry, that have no power. These are what the world offers. There is a well that has power and is filled with living water. Decide.
Psa 34:8 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
Preached by Guest Preacher: Pastor Boettcher.