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A dry well never worries God; a dry well only worries us. Looking into the well of life and finding it dry is a scary scenario; especially if the well has been flowing unhindered for quite awhile.  It’s in times of abundant flow we say things like, “God is good; God is faithful, and God is the provider!” However, when the well starts to become dry, there is a tendency to allow our faith to become dry along with it.

I’m convinced that one of the secrets to trusting God is being faithful with dryness the same way we are faithful with abundance. God requires faithfulness from us no matter the amount given or allowed into our lives. Adversity is the most amazing place  to see God demonstrate His faithfulness. He will always give you what you need to survive.

He is the God that will sustain you for His glory. Circumstances have no disturbance on God who is the master over all circumstances. Don’t panic and look for shortcuts when your well is running dry.  Look instead to the gift of faith God is trying to birth into your life to grow you into a disciple for His glory. Don’t allow the call of panic to grip your soul causing you to move into part-time loyalty to God.

Charles Swindoll once said, “From the tiny birds of the air and from the fragile lilies of the field, we learn the same truth…God takes care of His own…. At just the right moment, He steps in and proves Himself as our faithful heavenly Father.”

Don’t look at the dry well! Look to God who is the well that never runs dry. I want you to understand today that when you wholly yield to God, you are yielding to the answer for dryness. We are not called to prove the faithfulness of God; we are only God to demonstrate our own faithfulness in knowing that His inevitable supply will come.

Psalm 36:5 (NKJV)Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

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March 27, 2013 — 2 Comments

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Charles Swindoll in his book, ‘The Darkness and the Dawn’ tells of two paintings he has seen relating to the cross of Christ.

Both paintings offer the same title, ‘The shadow of the cross.’

The first painting is a scene inside Joseph’s carpenter shop.

Jesus is portrayed as a young teenager, and He has paused from his work to look out the shop widow. In doing so, He is casting a shadow of the cross behind himself.

In the second painting,  Jesus is depicted as an adolescent child running toward his mother. His arms are stretched out toward her, and the sun is at his back, casting a shadow of the cross before him.

Jesus lived His life knowing that every day he was one step closer to the cross.

It was not a secret that he kept to himself. It was his purpose; it was the Father’s plan.

Jesus at twelve years of age had already spoken and said to his worried parents who had lost him on a trip, “did you not know I must be about my father’s business?” Luke 2:49 NKJV

His face was set like flint toward the cross.

Mark 8:31-33 (NIV)

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Jesus was not on man’s plan; he was fully submitted to his Father’s plan.

We are living in the day that the cross is under attack. That, which cannot be erased from history is trying to be erased not only from the world but also sadly from various churches as well.

If the world can’t get you to eliminate the cross, they will work toward getting you to minimize it.

But I want you to see today that the cross cannot ever been taken lightly, for it is the only hope the world has, there is no other answer.