There are many people I claim to know but they wouldn’t know me from Adam’s house cat. I know of Buddha and Mohammed but they certainly never knew me. The fact of the matter is, they are now dwelling in the devil’s hell and believe Jesus Christ is Lord. I “know” and I love my Pastor and his family (The Swaggarts) but the fact of the matter is, I’m sure he doesn’t actually know my name. However, there is One Who does know my name and He is the only One Who matters.
“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14
In Him, I shall never thirst again. In Him, there is a well of living water. In Him, there is everlasting life. He is the Word made flesh Who came to die that I may live (John 1:14). He knows my name. He knows every hair on my head…He knew me before I was born and has a purpose and perfect will for my life.
I did not know this until I met Him that day in August, 2013 when MY name was written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Since that day I have urged others to meet Him and forsake the water which allows them to thirst again and drink of the living water….the water which has brough life unto my soul even in the midst of darkness. The water which draws me deeper into His Will and His Way in spite of my failures. Precept upon precept and line upon line, I walk this narrow path. When I recognize the deceitful lusts springing up inside of me, seeds of bitterness, anger and fear, I know from whence they come and look again to the One in Whom I have trusted. Like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord lifts up the standard which lays waste my error and points me to Christ (Isaiah 59:19). The Holy Spirit will never point to Himself but to Jesus Christ (John 16:13). Instead of rebuking the devil, I submit unto God…daily; not just that once unto Salvation.
My prayer for all is that they too come to the saving knowledge of The Man I met that day in August 2013; the One Who paid the penalty of sin and broke the power of sin for whosoever will believe, Jesus Christ, and to never get caught up in some form of religion. That form of religion leaves you thirsty; still seeking to fill the hole of which only the Lord Jesus Christ can fill. He IS alive. He is sitting at the Right Hand of the Throne of God seeking those whose heart is perfect toward Him. His strength is made perfect in our weakness…not our talents, intellect or abilities.
Through our faith in the Cross of Christ, the Holy Spirit births the impossible in us. As for me, I am determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified and pray the same for each and everyone of you.
-Donna Clark Warren