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    My question is This:

    The Woman at the well asked for something. Did she receive it?

    I am sorry this is so long, but I figure to give you a week to linger on it...

    In Truth,

    Mel
    2007-10-09 01:13:24 Posted by Mel ()

    Hi Mel,
    The woman at the well......

    Jesus offers grace to the sinner. The woman was
    known to have five husbands and perceived as a “sinner.” This reputation
    was yet another barrier Jesus crossed in ministering to the
    woman. The “woman at the well” did not conceal her sin or reputation
    and consequently she was in a position to receive the grace of
    Jesus. Her broken life suddenly became whole and complete when
    she, as a sinner, received God’s grace. Paul in the letter to Ephesus
    explains this salvation dynamic…“For by grace you have been saved
    through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God--
    not the result of works, so that no one may boast”. (Ephesians 2:8-9 The woman did nothing to earn what Jesus was offering and she
    was open to receive His grace.

    The woman is so excited about her spiritual discovery
    the unthinkable happens. She leaves her water bottle behind!
    How could someone who was parched with thirst leave behind
    the very reason she came to Jacob’s well? She found something better
    than quenching her physical thirst. The needs of her soul were
    met! When the needs of her soul were met, her physical thirst took a
    back seat. This is perhaps the most symbolic “life changing” experience
    recorded in the Bible. The woman came thirsty and left full!
    The water bottle illustrated her expectations were exceeded.

    The story begins with thirst and ends with a foretaste
    of Heaven. Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water
    will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will
    give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become
    in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." The water
    Jesus gives is like a fountain that “gushes” all the way into
    Heaven. When our soul is fed in this life, we have a foretaste of
    glorious things to come in Heaven.

    God bless!
    With God's Love,
    Lois J.
    2007-10-09 14:28:35 Posted by Lois J. ()

    Yes, I agree. Thirst and foretaste.

    I must admit, I deliberately put up a string of passages I can see may lead to different lessons. This is one. The question I asked is more rhetorical, for whether or not she was given this gift she asked for or not at that momment is not critical to understand or argue about. It is something to think quietely about.

    I see the Holy Spirit as this well within us. I see that Christ Promised Him later to all. I see Him (The Holy Spirit) evidenced before. I remember Him (Jesus) telling his mother "It is not my time" before his miracle at the wedding. (and yet He Honored his mother's obtusely made request) I do not make a declaration here nor do I try to put my God in the Box of my understanding. I ask you just to consider these things and ponder them for a bit, even if only as something to entertain yourself with...

    I also intended another message with the title I chose. And the First and Last Passage I put up. And I am certain that God can give you a message I never saw in what I said!

    So why is it so scary to comment? If you think someone is going to think you are a fool, you come in Good Company, for even Christ suffered ridicule! Look at my history. Am I so great none can stand up around me? Even I laugh at that idea, I who struggle with pride, and having nothing worthy of being prideful of!

    Except Christ!

    Mel


    2007-10-09 23:56:56 Posted by Mel ()

    Hey Mel,
    Where are you? Waiting to hear the rest of the story.....You on vacation!!!!!!!!!!
    With God's Love,
    Lois
    2007-10-16 20:50:57 Posted by Lois J. ()

    Dear Lois,

    I am OK. Busy enough to find it hard to post in complete thoughts, maybe, and that blocks me. When I lack the time to say all I want, sometimes I am silent.

    I can't post from work. I can read from work, but often do not, for the temptation to post is something I am weak in.

    Long and short: I am here, not as often, and sometimes more reserved. Pray for me in this as you will.

    In Christ,

    Mel
    2007-10-18 09:00:03 Posted by Mel ()

    Hi Bro. Mel,
    I understand how it would be at work, not enought time to post your thoughts and yes in reading the post at work, one is tempted to make a comment. I'm lifting you up in prayer at present, believing you will feel the touch of the Master Strong Hand. Jesus knows your every need, which He does supply in His timing.So wonderful the Holy Spirit visits a person were we can't be. There is nothing so powerful as prayer, can sail around the world. I always pray for everyone that needs a touch from the Lord, on our Christian site, also where ever the Holy Spirit leads.

    God bless you Brother, will keep you in my prayers...Have a great and wonderful evening in HIM...
    With God's Love,
    Lois

    2007-10-18 15:20:40 Posted by Lois J. ()

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