When We Long For the Fountain of Living Water To Revive Us

Running and leaping over fences, a deer flees from hunters. Her sides heave and her nostrils quiver. Her heart beats overtime. Her open mouth pants for water. Will her enemy ever stop pursuing her? Where can she get some water to give her strength to keep going?

“As the deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks,
So my soul pants [longingly] for You, O God.”

Psalm 42:1 AMP

We can identify with a deer’s plight, can’t we? Satan is relentless in pursuing us. Every moment is hunting season for him. He will stop at nothing to devour us. He knows where we are the most vulnerable. He batters us with lies: God doesn’t care about you. You’re insignificant to Him and to everyone. You have no purpose in this life. And on and on… He will stop at nothing to discourage us and keep us away from the Fountain of living water we so need to refresh us, energize us, and revive our fainting spirits.

As a deer pants longingly for water brooks, every fiber of our being can long for a refreshing and reviving drink from Jesus, the Fountain of life. Without His life-giving strength, we can’t go on. We try to keep replacing Satan’s lies with God’s truth, but we can become so battle-weary. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Jesus knows when we are too weary to keep going. He constantly invites us, “Come, My child, come. You don’t have to do this alone.” His longing for us is infinitely greater than ours. He is the Fountain of living water that longs to quench our thirsty souls. He is the Fountain of love and mercy that never runs dry. He is the Fountain of sufficient grace that is available every second of day or night.

All Who Are Thirsty
by Kutless

“All who are thirsty
All who are weak
Just come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life
Let the pain and the sorrow
Be washed away
In the waves of His mercy
As the deep cries out to deep, we sing…”

Soul Longings to Know Jesus More

“My goal is to know Him
and the power of His resurrection
and the fellowship of His sufferings,
being conformed to His death.”
Philippians 3:10 HCSB

Lord Jesus Christ,
I Want to Know You

I want to really, truly know You. Deeply, personally, intimately. In the depths of my soul. To believe in You, not just about You. I want Your desires and Your passions to become mine. I want to “know” You so well that I will live and breathe You with every step I take in this life.

I Want to Know the Power of Your Resurrection

I want to not only believe You rose from the dead, but that it was personally for me. That You left my sins buried there in the grave, and now I am truly free. I don’t want to live weighed down with a heavy burden of my own sins and the sins against me. I want to be freed from the chains of shame. I want to inwardly experience that same power that rose You from the dead, to be saturated in and fired up with Your resurrection power in me that I will live for You with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind. That I will live in and through You and Your power with every fiber of my being. That I will fly freely for You.

I Want to Know the Fellowship of Your Sufferings

I want to grasp more deeply how much You suffered for me. How You suffered such excruciating pain out of Your deep love for me. But Lord, sometimes it’s so hard to ask to know more of the fellowship of Your sufferings, because I know that means I, too, must learn what it is to suffer. But You have said that if I want to share in Your glory, I must also share in Your suffering. And Lord, I know You have taught me more about You and the bottomless depths of Your love through sufferings. It is through sufferings that I learn to be more like You. It is through sufferings that I experience more of the power of Your resurrection. But oh, Lord, no matter what kind of sufferings I go through in this life, it will never, ever be even a speck of what You have suffered for me. What body, mind, and soul anguish You endured! Thank You, Jesus, for Your unconditional, fathomless, faithful love!

I Want to Become More Like You in Your Death

I want to continually be conformed to Your likeness. In the inward depths of my soul. I want to die to myself and live for You. I want my selfish desires to fall away. I want You to increase and me to decrease. I want to be so planted into the likeness of Your death that I will willingly take up my cross and follow You, no matter what the cost. I want to be ready to suffer for Your sake. Please, Lord, make me strong in You and for You.

“Jesus Is Alive”
by Fellowship Creative

“Captured By Your Love
That You Would Give Your Life
Oh I Stand Amazed that
Jesus Is Alive”

 

Sacrificial Love

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“Get the baby out! Get the baby out! Get Dad!” A bone-chilling scream and an explosion of light shattered my serenity in the world of a book I was reading.

When I was a child, my mom lowered a basket of frozen french fries into heated oil on a gas stove. Flames exploded and flesh burned. Oblivious to her own pain, she was more concerned about my baby brother in a playpen in the kitchen.

I grabbed my brother and rushed out to the barn while Mom put out the flames burning the paper towel on a plate in her hands and traveling up the kitchen curtains.

It wasn’t always easy living with a depressed mom, and it wasn’t always easy for her to show her love to us when depression sucked the life out of her. As a child, I couldn’t always feel the love, but as I grew older and worked on all the feelings of guilt and desertion, my eyes opened to the sacrificial love she did show us in spite of her depression. I still vision those hands, scarred from 2nd and 3rd degree burns. A monument of love and a signpost to Jesus and His sacrifice for us.

We may love family and friends so deeply that we would gladly take their burdens from them and bear them ourselves if we could. We would even be willing to take a bullet for them. But our love isn’t even a drop in the bottomless ocean of God’s love for us. God sent His own Son to take our place. Jesus willingly took on the heavy burden of our sins and suffered the punishment for us. Excruciating, unbearable suffering as whips slashed His flesh and nails pierced his hands and feet. Unspeakable anguish as the Father withdrew His presence. He was forsaken by God so we would never have to be forsaken. Incomprehensible, immeasurable, impassioned love.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”       (John 15:13)

Heart Longings

Precious Savior

Thank You for Your selfless sacrifice.

I can’t even think of adequate words to describe it.

Please burst my heart with Your love

So that it flows freely to those around me.

I long to give myself fully to You

To be a sacrifice of love

To a hurting world

Even if it hurts me.

Please help me to believe

More in Your love than in my weakness.

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Jesus Loves

Oh, My beloved child

I have paid the ultimate price for you,

You don’t need to add anything to it.

My heart beats with powerful love for you,

A love that can never be measured.

Soak your heart in My love

And your life will pour out love to others.

Even when the way is rough

And you don’t understand,

Offer to Me

A sacrifice of praise.

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  (I John 4:10)

“Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.” (Hebrews 13:15 AMP)

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Joining Faith Barista’s writing prompt:
Share your thoughts on love the day before Valentine’s Day.

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