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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Which Sea Are You?

By: Carl Holland
Carl's Words of Inspiration

 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said,
out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. 
– John 7:38

In Israel there is a peculiar geographic phenomenon. Despite its small size, Israel is home to two landlocked seas. One was often a central focal point during Jesus’ earthly ministry, the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee is alive, teeming with life that has provided a living for many generations of fishermen. Its waters flow south via the Jordan River into Israel’s other sea, the Dead Sea.

For as the body without the spirit is dead,
so faith without works is dead also. – James 2:26

The Dead Sea is extremely salty and devoid of life. Its shoreline also happens to be the lowest point on the earth not covered by water at about 1360 feet below sea level, and getting lower. Despite its steady infusion of “living water” from the Sea of Galilee, it can never support life, and actually evaporates off more water than it takes in. The Dead Sea is dead, and dying.

So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will vomit you out of My mouth. –Revelation 3:16

Jesus laid down His life as THE Living Water to flow life into us as we were dead in our sins. If you were to be completely honest with yourself, which sea do you resemble? Are you the kind of Christian who is alive in the Spirit, breathing life into others, pouring out living water? Are the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) evidenced in your life? Or do you more resemble the Dead Sea? Do you do your Christian “duty” and sit in church every Sunday getting fed by the preacher? Do you then let it “evaporate” later, not even considering Christ the other six days of the week?

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. – James 1:22

There’s an old expression that goes something like “sitting in church makes you a Christian as much as sitting in a garage makes you a car.” Take heart! We worship a God of second chances! He is always willing to forgive. He will draw closer to you if you ask him and seek him with all your heart in spirit and truth. Don’t let the Word go in one ear and out the other. Take what you’ve learned and apply it to your life. DO the Word and be a blessing to others!
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