Vintage Message: John 4:1-10

Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired October 20, 2002.

We struggle in our lives today because, like this Samaritan woman, we do not know the gift of God and we don’t know — as much as we would like to think we know — we don’t know Who it is that is offering that gift. Do you realize that if you truly understood the nature of God, if you truly understood the power and the love and the compassion of Jesus and you understood that gift of salvation that He offered you, you would not ever have another struggle in your life; that you would see Him as the Great Healer; that you would see Him as the Great Provider…

As Christians, we scheme as much as the world does to get what we want because we don’t truly understand Who Jesus is, and we don’t truly believe that Jesus will give us those things that we want. Well, let me tell you something… Jesus is not going to always give us the things we want, but Jesus will always, if we belong to Him, provide for our needs. It doesn’t mean that He’s always going to fill your belly. It doesn’t mean that He’s always going to give you a nice home. It doesn’t mean that He’s always going to give you those things that you think you need… But yet Jesus gives them all that they need. He gives them the ability to stand firm, He gives them the ability to be strong, and He gives them the ability even to face death and be excited that they were counted worthy by Him to go through this trial…

If you’re struggling and you want to know how to overcome the struggle, get to know the One Who has brought the gift to you. It’s not just enough to know about Jesus…

I think some of us should be trembling because I see, oftentimes, within the church we who call ourselves believers sit in direct rebellion to what we know is right within God’s Word, and we justify it, and we excuse it, and we blame others for it, but we are in these situations in our life because we do not know the gift of God or Who it is that is offering that gift to us, and it is so simple. All we need do is ask, and He will give us water that will bring us life… And I know most of us have heard that, and most of us say we believe that, but do we live our lives as though we believe that? Do we truly show from day to day, moment to moment, to those that are around us that we really believe that God is going to provide for our needs? And that the water that He has poured inside of us is welling up to salvation, and are we excited about that salvation? When was the last time you shouted to heaven, “Yes! I’m saved!” just because you’re saved? Not because you were in a pep rally. When was the last time you were walking down the street and was all of a sudden overcome with joy because you understood the great salvation that God has brought you? To our shame, more often, we walk down the road with the list of things that God has not yet done for us. We recount over and over again in our mind all those things that we have desired that God has not given to us…

God is never going to give you [selfish] desires. Those are not desires that come from God and I don’t believe that God is going to give you the things that we desire but God will put the desires on your heart that He wants you to have when you are truly walking right with Him. When you have trusted Him and believed Him and have seen His great provision and have trusted that great provision, then He begins to put desire in your heart that He is more than happy to fulfill because then the desires are godly desires. The direction is godly direction, but so often we live within our own imagination. We find ourselves wandering around in a dry, arid land, struggling and suffering because we do to want to believe God’s Word. We want to believe parts of God’s Word, and we so often trust parts of God’s Word, and we will even claim parts of God’s Word when it’s to our benefit.

Pastor Dave Elkins