Fountains

What can be more refreshing than gazing into a beautiful fountain? Scientists tell us that cascading fountains and other forms of moving water release invisible negative ions into the environment, which boost serotonin in our brains. These invigorating biochemical reactions give us oomph, ease sadness, and alleviate tension.

Moving water channels, such as fire hydrants, are forces to be reckoned with. Pollutants and contaminates stand no chance of diluting the purity of highly pressurized fluids. Likewise, God wants us to be so full of His Word, faith and power that sin and temptations are immobilized.

Growing up in church, I can still remember the familiar chorus by Harper G. Smith, “Make Me a Channel of Blessing.” The old hymn asks the singer questions like does God’s love flow though you? Are you serving and reaching the lost? Is your life a waterway of blessing?

The Lord wants to use your entire being a channel of blessing. He longs to pump a perpetual fresh supply of His living water into the lives of others through you. It all begins with faith and prayer. Thomas Manton once said, “Faith is the fountain of prayer, and prayer should be nothing but faith exercised.” Have a great day!

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PEACE

It’s something we long for, especially at this time of year. Several places in the New Testament urge us to live our lives in peace, yet is that possible in this world we live?

Mathew Henry reminds us, “The way to preserve the peace in the church is to preserve its purity.” He’s referring to James 3:17 , which states “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others, it’s full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. “

John McArthur points outs that we all want peace with others, but truth and purity are the foundation for peace. How can we enjoy a peaceful loving relationship with someone who has rejected truth and purity?

Truth and purity should be our first aim. Thomas a Kempis stated: “We should have much more peace if we would not busy ourselves with the sayings and doings of other.” Let’s make God’s truth and purity our first aim today and find the peace we’ve been searching for. Have a great Wednesday!