It has been said that when a person becomes very thirsty the desert can produce false images called mirages. A mirage is defined as something that falsely appears to be real. I suppose the real test in life is to know the false from the real. To know the real water holes from the mirages. To do this we must be in a place where there is reality around us instead of hot sun, sand and mirages. This place of true reality is found in the Word of God!
We can drink from the waters of this life but too often will find that they are not life giving but instead waters of death. It is like the man who was thirsty and came upon a spring of water in the desert. He had just begun drinking when he noticed many skeletons around the pool. His first foolish thought was, “This pool must be reserved for skeletons”. He was right and wrong at the same time. It was reserved for skeletons and he would soon become one himself. Sin is like the waters of this life which promise a cool refreshment to the soul but when it is finished only brings forth death and destruction.
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:14-15 (KJV)
The only thing which can truly satisfy is God’s presence. The Bible speaks of it as the Holy Ghost. When his Spirit fills a man or woman, living water begins to flow and washes out the destructive false mirages and sins of the past. This living water brings life and happiness. It is not a mirage but the real thing. Jesus spoke of mirages (in a round-about way) when he addressed the people of his day who were thirsty.
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” John 7:37-39 (KJV)
If you are thirsty and chasing after mirages, why not try Jesus Christ and his Spirit? He is truly the only one who can satisfy the soul. This Holy Ghost experience is happening all around the world. Why not ask him for this experience. People are discovering the joy of Jesus Christ and his Spirit. One of the most popular studies at Focus on Freedom is entitled “What Does It Mean to Receive the Holy Ghost?” and I would love for you to go through it. Hope to see you there!
Thanks for letting me into your week, I pray it will be blessed of the Lord!
Here is the weekly inspirational scripture.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17 (KJV)
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