HIGH HORSES, GOLDEN CARRIAGES, AND LIVING WATER
Rev. 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
One of the amazing pictures Christ painted with His words was the one about Living Water. He said that anyone was welcome to drink this water and it would have an unexplainable effect upon their life. Jesus said they would never thirst again. I have been refreshed and satisfied by this drink since 1973 when I first heard the words “Whosoever will”. I have been drinking ever since. Charles Spurgeon spoke about the strange phenomenon that not everyone is willing to stop and drink from this life giving fountain. Check out Spurgeon’s thoughts.
“The drinking fountains at the corners of our streets are valuable institutions; and we can hardly imagine any one so foolish as to feel for his purse, when he stands before one of them, and to cry, I cannot drink because I have not five pounds in my pocket. However poor the man is, there is the fountain, and just as he is he may drink of it. Thirsty passengers, as they go by, whether they are dressed in fustian or in broadcloth, do not look for any warrant for drinking; its being there is their warrant for taking its water freely. The liberality of some good friends has put the refreshing crystal there and we take it, and ask no questions. Perhaps the only persons who need go thirsty through the street where there is a drinking fountain, are the fine ladies and gentlemen who are in their carriages. They are very thirsty, but cannot think of being so vulgar as to get out to drink. It would demean them, they think, to drink at a common drinking fountain: so they ride by with parched lips.”
As most of you know, we had an incredible supernatural outbreak at Victory Fellowship in 1994. It was dramatic, precious, and unstoppable. Drinking from this fountain became everything to me and our church. The thing that surprised me the most was those that wouldn’t drink. Like Spurgeon pointed out, drinking, or needing spiritual refreshing just seems to be beneath some people. David pointed out that being joyful in the Lord was limited to the humble. “My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.” Ps.34:2
Many of my ministry friends were not very happy about the spiritual drinking at Victory Fellowship. Some thought it would soon end (so much for that, that was 18 years ago), others thought we had gotten off track. Actually we were getting back on track, the track of Evan Roberts, Jonathan Edwards, and George Whitefield. As time has passed, drinking Living Water has become a way of life. My only regret, I wish all of my ministry friends would get off of their carriages, climb down off of their high horses, and join in with the needy, drinking from the fountain of Living Waters.