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    Aug162013

    3 Reasons To Keep the Well CLEAN

    Picture a deep well, far down through solid rock, covered on the top, tucked in a well-guarded place, perhaps accessed only by climbing down into a cave. That water source equals life and health. Those who rely on it trust that it is protected. Would they sneak down and dump in human excrement? Never. If they shone a light down into its depths, they would expect to see far into crystalline, peaceful, clear water. I can imagine peering into that well and sighing with peace. The greatest physical needs find their source there. The source of life is deep, clean and abundant.

    Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else guard your heart. For it is the well spring of life.”

    How do we guard this well spring of our heart? By protecting it. By guarding the entrance to our hearts; namely by keeping a watch on what goes in. 

    Not only is the well the source of life-sustaining water but, from a spiritual standpoint, it’s also what we look through and hear through to receive from Father God. 

    I heard a sermon yesterday from one of my favorite pastors about this topic. He said it’s not God’s hesitance to connect with us that we have to “press through.” Rather, it’s our own junk that clogs our ears and spiritual sight. That's what we have to work through.  

    Again, it’s our junk—not God—standing in the way of vital connection with Him. 

    God is not reluctant. He’s reaching and calling all the time. We just can’t hear and/or get a glimpse of Him through our own muck. 

    "If our well is clean, Christ is seen."

    Therefore, our well is not only a) what we receive from, it's also b) what we receive through.

    But there's another vital function of these deep, clean waters. The waters of our well are where we (should) mirror the image of Christ.

    Still, crystal clear water gives a true reflection. If our well is clean, Christ is seen--not only as our source of life, but the life-giving flow others so desperately need. If our well is crystal clear, He can be seen through us.

    Pray for God to clean the well spring of your life. Ask Him to give you new appetites to crave those things that add strength, purity, childlike joy, love and peace to your well. But don't stop there. Ask Him to make those things that would pollute your life line repulsive to you.

    "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (II Cor. 5:17 KJV)

    May the source of your life be a deep, clean, restorative flow straight from our Heavenly Father's heart of love.

    Chana is wife of one, mom to four and bestselling author of two. She brakes for old barns, chai, homemade cookies and any time someone needs to watch Pride & Prejudice.

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