The Water of Life (Part 2)

The word of God is bread and the word of God is water! We can go a lot longer without literal bread than we can go without water. How long can we go without any water? Not many days.

Psalm 105:40 – The people asked, and He brought quail and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. (Verse 41) He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river.

Is it possible that in the same way bread has a spiritual meaning representing the word of God, that water has a spiritual meaning also? Literal bread came from heaven, water literally came from a rock. But there is spiritual bread, spiritual water, and a spiritual rock.

1 Corinthians 10:4 – And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

There are types, shadows, and symbols in the Bible because it’s a spiritual book, written by a Spiritual Being to spiritual beings! The Bible says that the natural mind cannot understand the things of God.

Psalm 1:1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (Verse 2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law, he meditates day and night. (Verse 3) He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in it’s season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper.

How many Christians actually believe that passage of Scripture? If we really believed that meditating on the Word of God would make us prosper, how many would jump full speed ahead into God’s Word?

There is all sort of Scriptures that say we are like “trees.” Trees planted by water if we meditate on the word of God, we then will prosper, but if we don’t meditate on His Word, we are not like a tree planted by the water and will soon dry up.

So water represents words: There are three types of words; the word of God, the words of Satan, and our words. God has the ability to speak; Satan has the ability to speak, and God gave us the ability to speak. Did you know that Satan’s words and our words can be at war with the Word of God? Or our words can agree with the Word of God?

The war going on is Satan’s words verses God’s Word! This war can go on every day in the Christians life. Satan wants to flood us and he wants to famish us, but Jesus wants to fill us.

Satan tries to flood us.

There are spiritual meanings all through the Bible but the Bible interprets itself! The bible will define itself. For instance: trees, serpents, and scorpions all represent something that is defined in the Bible. By the time we get to the Book of Revelation, it will make it much easier to read if we understand what these things represent.

In the book of Revelation, the Bible talks about a serpent and it makes it very clear in Chapter 12 that the serpent is Satan: Revelation 12:9 – So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

So the serpent is Satan; water represents words, but the woman that is talked about in Revelation, is the “Church.” Revelation 12:15 – So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.

Satan comes against the church, believers, with a  flood of words that do not agree with the word of God. This is nothing new for him. This is what he did with Eve. The first thing he said to Eve was, “Has God really said?” He planted doubt with his words. He told her words that contradicted “The Word” and when she believed it, she sinned!

Satan’s first priority is to get us to believe a lie, then he can get us to sin. The “Rock represents Jesus and “flood” represents the words of the enemy. Now look at this passage with the understanding of the symbols:

Matthew 7:24 – “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the “rock” (Verse 25) “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the “rock.”

Isn’t that amazing? We build our lives on Jesus as the foundation and when the enemy comes against us with his words, we will not fall! Doesn’t Scripture make more sense when we know some symbols’ meanings when reading?

Psalm 69:1 – Save me O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. (Verse 2) I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. (Verse 4) Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; they are mighty who would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully; though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it. (This is David writing this, but it reminds me of what is happening to our president at this time.)

(Verse 14) Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters. (Verse 15) Let not the floodwater overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut its mouth on me. (The pit always represents hell or Hades.)

Have you ever had a “flood,” accusations come against you? Sure you have and it just might cause you to doubt God’s word. That doubt comes in negative words, the opposite of what God says about you or your situation. Why do you think people commit suicide? Because the enemy floods them with thoughts that “its over,” “life isn’t worth living!” Hogwash! That is the opposite of what God says!

However, we have a mouth that can speak too. So are you going to agree, when you speak out loud, with what Satan is saying or what God is saying?

Proverbs 18:4 – The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; Proverbs 6:2 – You are snared by the words of your own mouth.

People are in bondage by their own words! Satan tells people things and then they repeat it out loud in agreement! Do you know why most people agree with the words from Satan? Because they don’t know the Word of God!

Isaiah 59:19 – … When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. There’s the Good News! The Bible is our standard. We combat the words from Satan with the Word of God!

When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He said three times: “It is written, it is written, it is written!” If Jesus needed to quote the Word of God to overcome temptation, shouldn’t we do the same? But we can’t quote it if we don’t know it! Satan comes against us with lies and if we don’t know the truth, we believe the lies!

Satan also tries to famish us.

Satan wants to flood us with his words and starve us of God’s words. He doesn’t want us to know the word of God because he knows that God’s word is the only thing that has the power to stop him.

Amos 8:11 – “Behold the days are coming,” says the LORD God, “that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. A famine of “hearing!” We have the word, but are we hearing the words of the Lord? Listening, reading, meditating on the word of God is where the “famine’ is. Sound doctrine is not being preached in some of the churches these days either.

Mark 4:14 – “The sower sows the word. (Verse 15) “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. And when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”

Satan knows that if we leave that “Word” in our hearts, it’s going to bear fruit and he doesn’t want that to happen.

1 Samuel 3:1 – Then the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 

When we first read this text, we think that it means that God rarely spoke in those days. That’s not what it implies. Remember what the “famine” was, not the word, but the “hearing” of the word. There was no widespread revelation because people weren’t listening. It sounds a lot like today. “Rare’ in Hebrew means “Precious.” Samuel valued the word of the Lord, so he heard the word of the Lord! The people of the land in that day didn’t value or think God’s words were “precious!”

God’s word is a treasure, hidden in our hearts. No wonder Satan wants to come and steal it out of our hearts. He knows God’s word has power and so do we when we stand in agreement with God.

Jesus wants to fill us. 

Satan wants to flood us and to famish us, but Jesus wants to fill us.

Revelation 22:1 – And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear and crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 

Revelation 22:17 – And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Whoever desires, whoever hungers, whoever thirsts, let them take the water freely!

Revelation 21:6 – And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

The “water of life” is also a “fountain.” Satan is the one that tries to flood us and carry us away, but the word of God is not a flood, it’s a “Fountain” of fresh living water that we may drink from! This fountain is on the inside of every believer!

John 4:7 – A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” (Verse 8) For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. (Verse 9) Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

(Verse 10) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (Verse 11) The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?

(Verse 12) “Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” (Verse 13) Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, (Verse 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.”

Too many Christians live defeated lives because they do not renew their minds with God’s words. The battle is in our minds, our wills, and our emotions. We have to decide whether we are going to agree with God’s word or the words that Satan whispers to us.

Jesus washes us from the inside out, but Satan floods us from the outside in!