Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Soul is Thirsty

You ever notice that when you are really thirsty, there is nothing that will truly quench your thirst but water? I grew up on grape and red kool-aid. Of course I'm a born and bred country boy so I've pretty much got sweet tea pulsing through my veins. In elementary school I never really liked white milk, but I have emptied my share of chocolate milk cartons. I've drank enough Pepsi to buy the CEO of the company a new yacht. You're welcome Mr. or Mrs. Pepsi CEO. And don't even talk about back in the day the beer I have put away. (I think I just heard some of my buddies say "You got that right!"). And certainly all of them went down cold and tasty, but all of them left me thirsty.

It's a thirst we're biologically born with. Our bodies are 70% water. It plays such an important role in just about every body function. Digestion, maintaining our temperature, brain function, keeping our skin moisturized, and on and on. That's why God put a natural thirst in us that can only be quenched with water.

You know our souls have a natural thirst as well. It's a dryness inside that leaves us feeling empty and lifeless. Because we are also born with the sinful nature of our flesh, we go through life seeking out others ways to quench it. We sip on worldly pleasures, material possessions, mind-altering chemicals, and sweet temptations. And though they all will seem cold and tasty at the moment, without a doubt they will yet leave our souls thirsty.

If you haven't already found out for yourself, I hope that you take a chance to see that the living water of God Himself is the only thing that can truly and permanently satisfy our thirsty souls. King David said "O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water." (Psalm 63:1 NLT)  Jesus told the woman He met at the well "Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4: 13-14 NLT)

Are you tired of being thirsty? Are you sick of always feeling unfulfilled and lacking? Maybe you've been trying to figure out what that feeling is. I was at that place at one point in my life too. I was tasting of all these other things and didn't understand why they didn't help. What I finally figured out by reading the Bible is that what I was feeling was spiritual dehydration. And the only fix is Jesus!      

Let's pray together.

Dear Lord, I pray that my thirsty friends out there will taste of You and see that You are good. Lord, we realize that at first You don't seem to taste good to us, because we've trained our palates on the kool-aid of worldly pleasures. But without a doubt, You are good FOR us. Draw my friends to Your well that they may receive the spiritual water so they will never thirst again. In Jesus name. Amen!

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