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Breaking Open Historic Wells

From there they continued on to Beer, the well where the LORD said to Moses, “Gather the people together and I will give them water.”  Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing about it, about the well that the princes dug, that the nobles of the people sank– the nobles with scepters and staffs.” – Numbers 21:16-18 (NIV)

In their journey towards the Promised Land, the Israelites came to a place where God promised to give them water.  It was called ‘Beer’ (which in Hebrew means ‘water’) – but interestingly it doesn’t seem like there’s any water there – as God has to specifically tell Moses that He will give water to the people.  So the people sing, and the princes and nobles dig, and the water flows. 

Leadership Principles

There’s some keys in this passage for those who are leaders – as every leader in some way is a shepherd, with the responsibility of both feeding the sheep and leading them to water.  We feed them with the Word of God, but in order to water them, we must bring them into places where they encounter His power and presence.  Churches and leaders need both the Word and the Spirit working simultaneously in order for the ‘sheep’ to be healthy.  So how do we get a ‘well’ going for our people when it seems like it’s all dry?

Key 1 – Find An Historic Well

The Israelites came to a place called Beer, called water.  There may not have been any water there when they arrived, but there must have been water there at some point in the past for it to have received the name it did.  God has ordained a whole lot of different ‘wells’ for His people to drink from, but many of them have been stopped up or stopped flowing over the years.  But the water is still there, under the ground – ready to be tapped.  Some of these wells include salvation, healing, revival, worship.  When these wells get tapped then power begins to flow and the people of God get refreshed. 

Key 2 – Gather The People Together

The power of unity is well documented in the Word of God – and is an essential key if we’re going to get a well going.  The people must be gathered together, and given a common focus and plan.  Without a united group people – no well will be opened.  But when the people are together – then God’s blessing quickly comes upon the work.  We unite the people by showing them why they need the well – and what has happened historically when that well has been opened.

Key 3 – Sing To It

Worship has supernatural power to unblock wells.  One of the best ways that we can start to unblock a particular well is by choosing songs that we sing together about that well.  For example, if we want to see a healing well unblocked – then it’s important that we’re corporately singing songs about God’s healing power.  The worship not only ‘speaks’ to the situation with words of power, but worship also carries God’s transforming power to change the hearts and minds of those who worship.  Worship gets into the hearts and minds of the people.  Whatever we sing to will spring up in our midst! 

Key 4 – Get The Leaders And Nobles Digging

The final key is to get those who have visible leadership – the ‘leaders’ and ‘nobles’ – to get them ‘digging’ alongside you.  Get them committed to prayer & fasting, and to speaking and encouraging the others.  Get them investing in it. 

In Conclusion

When Israel rocked up to Beer, there was no water there.  But they left behind them a flowing well.  God is calling us to be people like that too – who come into situations where there is no life, and not only get life flowing in our time, but leave behind us a legacy for those who will follow as well. 

Getting A Bad Reputation

Proverbs 25:9-10 – Debate your case with your neighbor, and don’t betray the confidence of another; lest one who hears it put you to shame, and your bad reputation never depart.

We are instructed in this verse to debate our case with our neighbour – to take up issues we have with others directly. 

It can be tempting to moan about the issues we have with someone to a third party.  But the Bible tells us ‘Don’t betray their confidence’.   Don’t talk about a person’s issues with other people. 

Why? 

If we talk widely about problems we have with a person – then someone who hears it might put to us to shame.  We will become known as a gossip – and that reputation will be difficult to break. 

Keep it simple.  Deal directly with people causing you problems – don’t spread it around. 

A Great Attitude!

Philippians 4:18 – But I have all things, and abound. I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, a sweet-smelling fragrance, an acceptable and well-pleasing sacrifice to God.

This is a powerful statement from Paul.  He could have been looking at all the negative things going on around his life – stonings, beatings, rejection, hardship. 

But instead, he follows his own advice and keeps his mind on that which is pure, noble & worthy of thought (Philippians 4:8). 

However we think in our heart affects how we live our lives!  Be POSITIVE!

Precious Thoughts

Psalms 139:17 – How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

In Psalm 139, we read about how well God knows us – from even before we were born, and right through our lives.  In intricate detail!

In light of this – the Psalmist makes a cry – how precious are the thoughts of God! 

God doesn’t just have a fleeting interest in us – he KNOWS us so well.  He made us for a plan a purpose.  So therefore – why don’t we listen to Him?! 

Let’s be people who seek to know what God thinks about our lives.  He’s got SO MANY good things laid up for us – if we’ll just take the time to listen!

Ministry Of Encouragement

Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a kind word makes it glad.

Fear leads to anxiety, anxiety leads to depression.  When our focus comes on our worries and problems, our heart gets weighed down quickly and easily.

But this proverb shows us the solution – a kind word makes it glad.  The ministry of exhortation and encouragement is one of the most important ministries in the church today.  We might not think it means a lot to tell someone else that they’re doing well, or compliment them on their character or the things they’re doing.  But it’s a vital and important ministry. 

Too many great leaders and Christian people have been taken out simply through discouragement.  We have the power in our mouths to build one another up.  To encourage means ‘to give courage to’!

Stoning Sin

Deuteronomy 13:10 – You shall stone him to death with stones, because he has sought to draw you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Death by stoning was the way to deal with sinners under the Old Covenant.  But under the new covenant, we no longer stone sinners, but we do need to ‘stone’ sin.  This means that we find those areas of our lives that are out of line with what God says and we ‘stone’ them – throwing the rock of the Word of God at it continually until it dies! 

Just as Jesus used the Word of God as an offensive weapon against the devil, so it is our offensive weapon against sin in our lives.  We are ‘transformed by the renewing of our minds’.  Anytime there is ongoing sin for us, it shows an area of untruth that we’re still believing.  The only remedy for a plague of lies is a hail of truth!!

The Secret Of His Presence

Psalms 31:20 – In the shelter of your presence you will hide them from the plotting of man. You will keep them secretly in a dwelling away from the strife of tongues.

There are times in life when we will certainly face opposition from people.  If we have resolved to live a life that pleases God, it’s something we can bank on! 

Yet in the midst of this, God makes a great promise to us – that in the shelter of his presence he will hide us from two things – the plotting of man, and the strife of tongues. 

The presence of God is our refuge.  When we make the decision in crisis to run first to Him, he brings the plotting of others to nothing and hides us from the curses and words that are spoken in these kinds of situations. 

Jesus told us – when you pray, go into your room and close the door (Matthew 6).  It’s here that we’ll discover the secret of His presence, and find the strength to continue our battle on!