William J Seymour Wells of Living Water
In John chapter four, Jesus is wearied from His journey, and He stopped by a well while His disciples went for food. While they are gone, He meets a Samarian lady and explains to her:
“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
John 4: 13-14
Christianity is not a religion but an encounter with the Living God, and all who come to believe in Him are to be filled with life. Yes, through belief in Him, we receive something that lifts us and changes us. William J Seymour said:
“Praise God for the living waters today that flow freely, for they come from God to every hungry and thirsty people.”
God is looking for hungry people who come to Him with such a hunger that only He can satisfy. Suppose we could only see all that He longs to give us and how only in Him can we finally become satisfied. Humans seek true satisfaction, and despite all their pursuits, everything on this earth fails to deliver the results they need. We know there must be more, and all who become desperate to find that “more” become hungry. And it is a hunger only He can satisfy.
Seymour went on to explain:
“Jesus said, ‘ He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living waters.’ Then we are able to go in the mighty Name of Jesus to the ends of the earth and water dry places, deserts, and solitary places, until these parched, sad, lonely hearts are made to rejoice in the God of their salvation. We want rivers today. Hallelujah! Glory to God in the highest.”
The Lord wants to so pour into us that we are blessed with such an overflow of His love and life, that we are a blessing. As believers we are to live in the overflow so that we always bring a live refreshing drink to all who are thirsty. Do we have spiritual eyes to see those around us that need the water that He gives? If we have taken of this water, we know that we have something beyond anything that we must share with all we meet.
“There are many wells today, but they are dry. There are many hungry souls that are empty. But let us come to Jesus and take Him at His Word and we will find wells of salvation, and be able to draw waters out of the well of salvation, for Jesus is that well.”
We can’t give what we don’t have, so we must come and jump into the barrel and drink our fill. In this hour we can’t survive on knowing about Him, and simply tasting the waters of life. We must come and truly drink and discover what it means to be satisfied. Then the Lord is looking for those who will press in and find the place of the overflow, for the Lord, wants that no alone will we have something to give, but that we will have abundance.
“Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, ‘How is it You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman? For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 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.’ 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.’”
John 4: 9-11
Isn’t that just like the Lord asking us to give us what we have so that we might receive what He has for us? The woman looked at Jesus, and she didn’t know who He was because the Jews would have nothing to do with them. But Philip would come here, and then Peter, and there would be a mighty harvest. She looked at Jesus, and she was thinking after the natural order and simply trying to survive. She wanted a refreshing drink to survive, but Jesus came to give her a drink so that she might have life. All she had to do was ask. Jesus didn’t come to give from a natural well but to give of the Spirit and life. Since the Fall, all things have abided in death, longing for life. But if we look at Him from the natural order, we will miss it.
“Oh, how sweet it was to see Jesus; the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, that great sacrifice that God had given to a lost, dying, and benighted world, sitting on the well and talking with the woman. So gentle, so meek, and so king that it gave her an appetite to talk further with Him, until He got into her secret and uncovered her life. Then she was pricked in heart, confessed her sins, and received pardon, cleansing from fornication and adultery, was washed from stain and guilt of sin and was made a child of God, and above all, received the well of salvation.”
When we truly see Him and have a divine appointment with Him, we are exposed, and there is no running or hiding. In this life, we are always running and covering ourselves with excuses. But we stand fully exposed, and our hearts revealed. This is when we suddenly become thirsty and recognize our need for Him. As long as we can run, hide and play a game, we deceive ourselves that all is good. But as long as we deceive ourselves, nothing is addressed in our lives, and nothing changes. This woman would have continued in sin and death, but this day was a divine appointment with Jesus.
“Her heart was so filled with love that she felt she could take in a whole lost world. So she ran away with a well of salvation and left the old water pot on the well.”
When we truly encounter Jesus, all the old must be left behind. That day she experienced the overflow and went to tell all whom she knew about Jesus. When your life is wrecked and you truly encounter Jesus then you have something that you must give to all you know. You know you have something that all must have. This life is precious and means everything, and you know it.
“Jesus’s promises are true and sure. The woman said to Him, after he had uncovered her secret, ‘Sir, I perceive that you art a prophet.’ Yes, He was a prophet. He was the great prophet that Moses said the Lord would raise you. He is here today. Will we be taught of that prophet? Will we hear Him? Let us accept Him in all His fullness.”
We are told that we are to believe in Him, and if we truly believe in Him, we will receive Him. For we receive Him according to how we believe in Him. If we truly discern our need for Him and how we are empty and lacking without Him, then we will pursue Him. For our pursuit of Him is based on our hunger and need for Him. And all who pursue and hunger for Him are satisfied.
“So the same commission comes to us. We find that they obeyed His commission and were all filled with the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost. Standing up, Peter said, ‘This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.’ Dear loved ones; we preach the same sermon.”
How many are like the Samaritan lady walking in the traditions of their fathers and fully persuaded they are Christians because of the church they attend or because they do the things Christians are supposed to do? But despite all this, they are empty and dry. Seymour shared:
“There are so many people today like the Samaritan woman at the well. They are controlled by the fathers. Our salvation is not in some father or human instrument. It is sad to see people so blinded, worshipping the creature more than the Creator. Listen to what the woman said, ‘Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. So many people today are worshipping in the mountains, big churches, stone structures- not in the mountains, not in the hills, but in God. For God is a Spirit. Jesus said unto her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour cometh (and is), when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. So many people are controlled by men.”
He further said:
“Their salvation reaches out no further than the boundary line of human creeds, but praise God for freedom in the Spirit.”
The Lord wants to bring us past the form into the substance. For the form appeals to and satisfies the flesh, but not the spirit and the real us. The form brings no answers and no breakthroughs. The form boasts history, legacy, and tradition. The substance always points to Him because it is from Him.
No wonder Seymour explained:
“Let us honor the Spirit, for Jesus has sent Him to teach and lead us into all truth. Above all, let us honor the blood of Jesus Christ every moment of our lives, and we will be sweet in our souls. We will be able to talk of this common salvation to everyone we meet. God will let His anointing rest upon us in telling them this precious truth. This truth belongs to God. “