Saturday, November 22, 2008

Living Water Devotional & Printable

The Feast of Tabernacles is a week-long autumn harvest festival that usually occurs in October. Feast of the Tabernacles is also known as the Feast of the Ingathering, Feast of the Booths, Sukkoth, Succoth, or Sukkot. This is to be a joyous festival! The Israelites were instructed in Leviticus that after they had gathered the crops, they were to live in booths for seven days so they would remember that the Lord had them live in booths when He brought them out of Egypt.

The American pilgrims, who originated the Thanksgiving holiday, were deeply religious people. As they were trying to find a way to express their thanks for their survival and for the harvest, it is quite possible that they looked to the Bible (Leviticus 23:39) for an appropriate way of celebrating and based their holiday in part on the Feast of Tabernacles. Celebrating Thanksgiving on the third Thursday of November was established by the American government and may not necessarily coincide with the pilgrim's first observance.

Jesus attended the Feast of Tabernacles in John 7. Notice that Jesus STOOD and said these words in a LOUD voice when it was customary for a Rabbi to sit and speak. He wanted to get their attention, and He wants to grab yours too! 37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."

In this passage Jesus captures the intent and meaning of Isaiah 12:3, "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation." And Isaiah 44:3, "For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants." And again in Isaiah 58:11, "The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails." Because God's Word stands forever, Jesus was able to call upon a promise of Scripture and make it available to His hearers.

Most of us know that we need eight 8-oz glasses of water each day. Water is your body's principal chemical component, making up 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

But did you know that your soul needs a drink too lest it become parched? Only through Him can we renew, refresh, replenish and revive our souls! He promises that you will never be thirsty again!! "Jesus answered [the Samaritan woman at the well], 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'"--John 4:13-14

So I encourage you to meet Him today at the Well. Let Him be your Lord. Learn from Him. Commune with Him. As Max Lucado says in Come Thirsty, "let Him be the water of your soul." He's just plain good for your soul's health. :)

Today's FREE Printable is a water bottle label. You can click on the image and then right-click and save it to your computer if you want a 100 dpi jpg. If you'd rather have a 300 dpi png, please click on the link below. Should you use a different size water bottle than an Ice Mountain, .5L (1PT, 0.9FL OZ), you probably will want to grab the 300 dpi so you can resize it in your graphics program. Just measure the label on your bottle and resize accordingly.

I recommend spraying the label with fixative so the ink will not run.

Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving...
Your Sister in Christ, Lisajo


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CactusFreek said...

This is soooo awesome! I'm going to use it on my own drink bottles and maybe the drinks in the fridge for sale at church. Thanks :o)