Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bible Verse Thursday Challenge 23 ~ Living Water

"Whoever believes in Me, 
streams of living water 
will flow from within him."
~John 7:38

Have you ever been thirsty?  I mean really thirsty - when a drink of water is all you can think about.  Physical thirst can be painful and dangerous.  Dehydration can get you in trouble very quickly.

Just as dehydration causes our whole physical being to a longing for water, a spiritual void will draw our spirit to search for a deeper meaning in our lives.  The Psalmist expressed it this way, "As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God." (Psalm 42:1- Or... "I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land." (Psalm 143:6).

We will never have a close relationship with God if we do not thirst for him.  In his commentary, Matthew Henry states:  If any man desires to be truly and forever happy, let him apply to Christ, and be ruled by him. This thirst means strong desires after spiritual blessings, which nothing else can satisfy; so the sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit, were intended by the waters which Jesus called on them to come to Him and drink. The comfort flows plentifully and constantly as a river; strong as a stream to bear down the opposition of doubts and fears. There is a fulness in Christ, of grace for grace. The Spirit dwelling and working in believers, is as a fountain of living, running water, out of which plentiful streams flow, cooling and cleansing as water. The miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit we do not expect, but for his more common and more valuable influences we may apply. These streams have flowed from our glorified Redeemer, down to this age, and to the remote corners of the earth. May we be anxious to make them known to others.

 Your challenge this week is to create a project using this scripture or another verse that talks about the new life we gain through the living water of Christ.  When uploading your creation, please use keyword ODBDBVT23 and then hop over to Our Daily Bread Designs Forum to share what you've done!
Cardstock:  Bazzill – Coconut Swirl, Java
Decorative Paper:  Stash scrap
Stamps:  Just Inklined digi – Waterfall; Our Daily Bread Designs – Quiet Waters
Inks, Stains & Paints:  Adirondack Paint Dabber – Snow Cap
Prismacolor Pencils:   Sand, Chartreuse, Olive Green, Grass, Green, Lime Peel, Dark Green, Light Brown, Beige, Terra Cotta, Light Sky Blue, Light Cerulean Blue, True Blue, Light Aqua, Ultramarine, Violet, French Gray 20%, French Gray 50%, Pink, White
Accessories & Other Stuff:   Claudine Hellmuth – Matte Medium


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