I am blessed to share the message of God’s Assurance of Presence and Purpose on Wednesday evenings from October 14 ~ November 18, 2015 at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC.
Here you will find a condensed message, handouts and Scripture of what we covered October 14. We welcome you to join us in this beautiful time of learning what Jesus says about this journey! If you’d like to come, we would be so very blessed! Just email me here.
Week Two, The Joy of Salvation
As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
The valley of Baca represents a valley of spiritual drought .
And yet God says that, as pilgrims, you and I make it a place of springs and autumn rains cover it with pools. The water that God is speaking of here; the one through which He pours Himself out and sustains us is the Living Water of Salvation.
It is in this spiritual valley that we, as sojourners, make it a place of springs. Our springs are to be our joy of salvation that bursts out from the flow of Living Waters that come rushing to us from the throne of heaven.
It is in the unending well of salvation that He gives us strength to keeping pressing forward toward our heavenly home.
David, the man after God’s own heart, cries out to God and says:
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
God lays out the steps of His Gospel-message to the Woman at the Well.
He tells her:
- Who He is.
- What her problem is (sin).
- How He solves the problem ( salvation ).
- How to be in a right relationship with God (believe)
Jesus is traveling through Samaria from Judea to Galilee. The Samaritans were a mixed race and they mixed worship of God with pagan rituals. After the Jews were deported to Assyria, the Assyrians repopulated areas with captives from other countries to settle the territory and keep the peace. Those people intermarried with the few Jews left and formed a mixed race. So the Jews hated the Samaritans because they weren’t pure and felt they had betrayed their religious heritage.
Jesus goes to her anyway –
- John 4:6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
Most women would come for water in the morning or the evening but this woman was living in shame and judgement and so she came when she thought no one would see her.
This Scripture shows us her lowly state and her spiritual poverty. Yet God, meets her where she is. He comes for the one – the one who is alone, poor and an outcast among outcasts.
And the Lord asks for a drink, not only because he needed it, but because he would use it to bring her into conversation.
- John 4:9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?”
I wonder if her tone was one of disdain and sarcasm and if she thought Jesus was like the other Jewish people who were self-righteous and hypocritical. And I wonder if she, in this attitude, expresses an attitude many of us might have had toward the church before knowing Jesus personally.
Jesus tells her who He is.
- John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
He tells her what He has to offer.
It’s in this exchange that Jesus reveals her need for salvation and the answer to her longing for love, dignity, and acceptance. He is pursuing her with the desires of her heart – the ones only He can satisfy.
He tells her, about her problem of sin.
- 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, (O)call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” Thou has had five husbands.
Her not having a husband was not by the affliction of them dying. The ache she had in her soul was bound in bad choices.
The Savior exposes all the pain, guilt, failure, rejection and unfulfilled desires of the woman at the well.
Just like us – It was with a gracious plan that Christ talks about her sin problem. He awakens her conscience so she can comprehend the remedy of grace.
Here, He instructs us in how we should care for souls – that they must come under the heaviness and burden of their sin so they can release it to Christ. It’s in the release they find rest and healing and it is with this goal in mind that we show our love to others.
- John 4:21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”
She is like many who believe there is A God but do not know Jesus as THE God.
He tells her He is the solution
- John 4:26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
Just like us, He gives her knowledge of Him, the Christ, meeting the soul in the recognition of Himself as Savior.
I’ve given you a hand-out and would like for all of us to take a few minutes and remember our salvation experience.
On the right side, please answer:
Who was God to you before He became Lord and Savior?
What were your sin-circumstances? What was the condition of your soul?
Where did you meet the Lord? Do you remember the day?
Why did you seek Him?
How did you confess your sins and welcome Him in? What was the posture of your soul?
On the left side, please answer:
Who has God proven Himself to be?
What is the condition of your soul in Him?
Where does He walk with you?
Why is He worthy?
How has He shown His faithfulness?
The response of the Woman at a the Well
- John 4:28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” John 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.
Beautiful Sparrow, when we remember the sin pardon that’s been given, it cannot help but reset our hearts in purpose and perspective.
- 1 Corinthians 14:24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
Every moment of every day is to be steeped in a constant joy that is reaping God’s salvation.
Our Salvation-joy is to always be on display. It is an application and a life-style of the hope we have in the name and power of Jesus Christ.
We are to live OUT Of our salvation experience
Living out of Salvation-joy causes us to respond to others with the hope that’s been given to us. It’s a compassion that we lavish on each other because God has made us worthy, valued and beautiful.
Salvation is the fulfilment of the ultimate plan and when its joy is restored, we are unable to respond with anything less than humility and gratefulness.
Salvation-joy is meant to be an out-pouring – and an over-flow of the gospel message
Salvation-joy is sharing our day-to-day involvement, connection and association, in that, which flows from the good news received.
Our salvation joy is to well up from the gift
That has given us access to God’s Grace
That causes us to be adopted by God
That gives us an Inheritance
That makes us elected (saved)
That makes us become a child of God
It gives us heavenly citizenship
Makes us become servants
Makes us heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus
We’ve become new creatures
Through it we are reconciled to God
And accepted as the Beloved
We are Baptized into the
Buried with him
and Have put on Christ
We’ve been given eternal life
Made peace with God
And we’ve become His friend
We’ve entered the Lamb’s book of life
Received imputed righteousness
and had our names written in heaven
This gift gives us the blessed hope of Christ’s return
where we will be seated in heavenly places
We’ve been given fellowship with the trinity
and are born again with a spiritual re-birth
We’ve received an anointing
and been given the Holy Spirit that will live with us now and forever
until the day of redemption
Our bodies have become the temple of the Holy Ghost
They are forever forgiven
and justified in God’s sight
We are redeemed
We have an advocate with Christ
and victory over sin
We’ve Become Christ’s ambassadors
and are blessed with spiritual blessings
We have our every need supplied
and are given inner strength to accomplish necessary things
A good work has been done in us
and the Lord has become our helper instead of our judge
Through Hiss salvation gift, we have received abounding grace
and eternal love
Through salvation, God conforms everything for our own good
and we receive a promised faithfulness regardless of our own
We are given the ability to resist temptation
We are made kings,
and have been delivered from the power of
Our hearts have been established as unblamable
and we’ve received the power of a sound mind
We are rewarded and cleansed
Been made alive in spirit
Fastened with the belt of Truth
Fit with the breastplate of righteousness
Given the shoes of readiness for our feet
Are able to stir one to love and do good works (Hebrews 10:24)
Have been given favor and honor (Psalm 84:11)
Are invited to participate with Him for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13)
Have become acceptable in the sight of God (Psalm 19:24)
Have been purified (Hebrews 9:22)
Have been called into fellowship with the Father, His son Jesus Christ and with each other (1 John 1:3-4)
We’ve been given access to the fruit of the Spirit in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.joy, peace, patience, gentleness and self-control.
The promises of our salvation perpetuate themselves and God fulfills them over and over and over again – every minute of every day!
Forgiven-joy is the wonder of grace and mercy that are unearned and undeserved.
Here is what I know about salvation-joy:
I am not a professional graphic designer, PowerPoint creator. I am not the most eloquent or powerful speaker. I am not a theologian or seminary graduate. But who I am is a sinner who has experienced the astounding, saving grace of Jesus – it is the greatest mystery of the human experience.
Beautiful Sparrow, Jesus wants to restore your joy of salvation.
God shows us His assured presence in the Living Water that continually sustains us and He shows us our purpose is to respond, to His unspeakable gift, by living it out and sharing it with JOY!
Jesus says this about His Living Water:
- Joel 2:23 Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.
- Isaiah 12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
- Isaiah 44:3 I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
- Isaiah 58:11 And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
- John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
- Revelation 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
- Revelation 21:6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
I pray you Live Like You Know …where you are going.
Strength to strength