Genesis 26:18, “And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them”
Have you ever been frustrated that the Gospel that you hear preached is not the Gospel According to Jesus Christ? Have you ever asked yourself, if the Gospel you hold to is the saving, biblical Gospel that Jesus preached? It seems that in our day and age (although it is really not a new thing) the Gospel message has been vastly compromised in pulpits across our country and our world. Many have taken the pure, unadulterated Gospel, and attempted to put sinful humanities rendition of the Gospel on display. Dare I say many have attempted to cover the genuine Gospel, with man-made, man – centered unbiblical, dirt and filth and yet have proclaimed that it too was indeed the Gospel. No it is not!
I recently ran across a passage in the Old Testament in Genesis 26 that spoke of the wells that Abraham dug to help sustain life to people that needed the water to live as one of life’s basic human needs. Can you imagine perhaps this being the most precious commodity in the desert where Abraham dwelt? John MacArthur points out, “Plugging someone’s well was ruinous to them and constituted serious aggression, often leading to war.” This was a serious thing the Philistines (which were the enemy of God’s people) did toward the Israelites. Isaac came upon these same wells years later and could have retaliated, and attempted to come against the Philistines, but yet he didn’t take that path. He dug up the wells which were covered by dirt from the enemy. Now once again the water could flow, unstopped by man’s devices, unhindered by the enemy, and unadulterated by those that would have preferred to see God’s people defeated. But no, this was not the plan that God was going to bring forth. He dug, and the precious water could flow once again, giving life to all those that would partake of it’ life giving sustenance and refreshment.
Many under the guise of Christianity have put their man-made doctrinal dirt on the well which contains the living water of Jesus Christ. Many have bought into Christ-less Christianity which includes: Christ-less conversion, Christ-less discipleship, Christ-less evangelism, Christ-less worship, Christ-less prayer, and Christ-less fellowship. The terms, sin, righteousness, repentance, has been replaced with more acceptable non-offensive (yet unbiblical terms). Paul in 2Timothy 4:16, warns “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” Those that drink from the living water will experience what Jesus promised. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (John 7:37-39).” The Holy Spirit will flow forth from a vessel that is not covered up by the unbiblical doctrinal dirt, but from a vessel that has tasted and seen that the Lord is good by realizing that after one repents God can save the worst of sinners, for His own glory.
Perhaps you know some that have an unbiblical worldview and you clearly see the ungodly dirt of the enemy upon their lives. Then it is time to uncover the dirt by taking them through the Law of God, and once humbled, share the precious living water of Christ with them. Biblical evangelism is Law to the proud and grace to the humble. For more information on this please check out www.soulfishingministries.org. Until the nets are filled…
Blessings, Phil Sessa, Evangelist SFM