Enjoy the benefits of believing, receiving

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2008

Are we there yet? Has spring finally sprung? When the rhubarb starts to poke out of the ground and the robins appear, we have hope.

I thought of adapting the song Moses and the elders sang when they needed water in the desert in Numbers 21:17: "Spring up, O well!"

Change it to a call for spring to come forth: "Spring! Up! O well"

That might be the appropriate ending when cold weather continues instead of a warm spring.

It is amazing to see all the green appear on the trees and bushes in a short time. Have you ever wondered why trees produce thousands of leaves instead of just hundreds? That is where photosynthesis takes place, the basic food making process for plants. So the more they put out, the more they get in return.

That same principle of putting out to gain is in some of our own activities. We want to see a good return on our financial investments. Relationships are much better when they are not one-sided. Our efforts in exercise and dieting should show a good gain, or rather, loss.

A major, positive aspect of living for the Lord is that he will not disappoint. There will be a good return and blessing on sincere efforts to obey his word.

While spring is the season of great growth, a couple of Bible verses point out that some things can spring up most anytime.

Hebrews 12:15 mentions a "root of bitterness springing up." Like weeds, these negative feelings can surface at any time and in great abundance. Past events, mistakes, disasters, accidents, injuries and loss can be the cause of bitterness. When these roots sprout, they produce disappointment, resentment and anger.

Another problem is that not only is the one harboring bitterness troubled, but also as the verse points out, "many be defiled." The negative impact of these spiritual weeds spreads out to add misery to others.

Fortunately, our heavenly Father is able to deal with those bitter roots.

Jesus said in Luke 4:18 that he came, "to heal the brokenhearted."

Jesus can heal the hurts and his grace can remove the roots from the past that cause bitterness. His compassion never fails but is new every morning according to Scripture. His forgiveness is complete.

Moreover, Jesus promised a satisfying well of water from his Spirit to quench spiritual thirst that cannot be satisfied any other way. In John 4:14 Jesus said, "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

How much better it is to allow the Lord to help eliminate roots of bitterness and replace those problems with the fulfilled promise of living water. Everlasting life is the final result.

Enjoy the warm, lively spring. Enjoy the benefits of believing and receiving what the Lord Jesus wants both to give you and remove from you so that you will be blessed with eternal life.

Mitch Glover is pastor at the Sterling United Pentecostal Church located on Swanson River Road at Entrada. Sunday services are Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. Thursday Bible study and Children's Church are at 7 p.m.

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