Sermon – Pastor Tim – Dehydration


November 3, 2013 – Pastor Tim – “Dehydration”

Have you ever been really thirsty?  I mean really thirsty… “If I don’t get something to drink I will die of thirst.”  Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should.  Interested in how much water you should be drinking daily?  Here’s the formula: Take your body weight (don’t say it out loud!) and divide it by 2.  That is the number of ounces you should be drinking every day.   Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe—based on how much of the body’s fluid is lost and not replenished.  When it is severe, dehydration is a life-threatening emergency.

The psalmist David compared physical thirst with spiritual thirst in Psalms 42:1-2, As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So pants my soul for You, O God.  His thirst was that of an animal.  He desperately longed for God—the one and only living God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When shall I come and appear before God?

The Bible recommends that we seek or go to Him…morning, noon and night.  Psalm 55:16-18,

As for me, I will call upon God,
And the Lord shall save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,

There are levels of spiritual dehydration—mild, moderate and severe.  The trouble is, like with our bodies, most of us would probably find ourselves somewhere between mild and moderate, and don’t even know it, because we seem to be functioning okay.  By the time we overstress ourselves, it’s too late—we are severely dehydrated.  Again, this works physically or spiritually.

Exodus 17:3, And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”

God had delivered them from 400 years of bondage and they just could not break free from their worldly past and enter into and trust the provision of God.

Do you long for something this world can’t provide?  This dissatisfaction is a thirst of the soul for God.  Run to the One who alone can quench that thirst.  Psalm 107:9, For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

In John 4:13-14 when speaking with the woman at the well, Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

I heard that to be successful in life, at anything, you must:

  1. Study   2.  Practice    3.Teach

This is the act of discipleship.  Only Jesus, the Living Water, can satisfy the thirsty soul.  Disciples make disciples.

Matthew 25:31-40, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Do we want to remain “spiritually hydrated?”

  • Love God with all your heart, and seek His wisdom
  • Love your neighbor; bring him a cold cup of water
  • Make disciples of the nations; teach others by living out the truth of God’s Word

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