If we are among those who are ‘Thirsty Souls,’ then we have a thirst for the pure, refreshing ‘Living Waters!’
Thirsty Souls are looking for the refreshing — the refreshing that reaches, and settles, our inner-most-being. We yearn for the undefiled things which can not be seen.
Thirsty Souls are looking for the things which are permanently satisfying, things that do not fade away — the things that are Eternal.
Can we find these Eternal things — pure, clean, undefiled Living Waters, that satisfy our thirsty soul?
Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] — the One who has the Words of Eternal Life (John 6:68), gives us the answer!
The written Scriptures [the Bible] reveal to us, as we saw in The Fountain of the Water of Life, that Yahushua Messiah is the One who has the pure, refreshing ‘Living Waters.’ He has told us:
And He [Yahushua Messiah] said … “I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the Water of Life freely.” (Revelation 21:6b)
This verse show us that when we go to Yahushua by acknowledging Him, talking to Him, respecting Him and obeying Him, then our thirsty souls will begin to know true satisfaction!
Can I help the flow of Living Waters?
Because my thirst for the ‘Living Waters’ grows stronger all the time, I wonder . . . is there anything I could do, by His grace, to help the flow of His Living Waters?
Here are three ways that have been a help for me in knowing the flow of ‘the Water of Life‘ into my soul.
First – Be confident in God’s love for you.
…Yahushua Messiah loved us, and gave Himself for us! (Galatians 2:20b)
It may seem unusual to consider this as satisfying our thirsty soul. Yet I have learned that knowing God’s love and forgiveness is a major first step to satisfying my thirsty soul.
I desire to have a steady, confident conviction that Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] loves me! The Bible assures me, over and over, that God loves me! And yet, I struggle with this at times.
It is not a constant struggle. When I was first Born-Again, Yahuwah’s love for me was overwhelming!
- [If you are not sure that you are Born-Again, and have not received the love of God’s forgiveness, please see the brief article: Good News.]
I have experienced times when Father’s love for me was very personal and definite! And yet, I struggle to remain confident of His love.
I am starting to understand that being confident of Yahuwah’s love is a big help in trusting Him. Being confident of God’s love helps me more readily believe and obey His Words! When I’m confident of His love for me, my faith is stronger, my joy is fuller, and my ‘thirsty soul’ is satisfied.
One thing that prevents us from being confident of God’s love is a deep, inner feeling of not being wanted. Some of us, in our childhood, experienced a strong fear that we were not genuinely loved. This was one of my problems that required deliverance from a spirit of rejection.
Yahuwah’s love for me was very evident after I gained the deliverance I needed. I was then able to begin to see and understand Father’s love for me in a better way. Little by little, I have matured and become confident that I truly am “accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6), and that His love for me is ever-lasting [never-ending] (Jeremiah 31:3)!
- [If you struggle with ‘rejection’, please see the links listed below.]
Father’s Unfailing Love
Each one of us must learn this: that even though at times, we can be very weak and unlovable, Abba Father’s love for us is bigger than our failings and weaknesses! In spite of everything, He continues to love us!
Let me add however, that we cannot ignore our responsibility to confess our faults to Yahuwah personally. It is important that we maintain a clean heart and an upright spirit before Father by confessing our faults and sins.
The love of Yahuwah does not mean we can be lazy. But Father knows our frame and understands our weaknesses, and He bears with our failings with tender love and patience (Rom 2:4b).
Always — with His help — Father wants to help us mature, and become confident in His love! As we mature and grow more faithful in learning to obey His Word, then we will be able to put away our childhood fears.
We need to be responsible and maintain our openness with Father, and always “Get Back Up!” after we fail. Crying out to Him is central to knowing His grace and kindness in helping us! With His help, we can remain obedient to Him, confident of His love and strength to preserve us (1John 1:9; Psalms 121:7).
Father gives us the Holy Spirit for the purpose of helping us in our weaknesses:
… the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost… (Titus 3:4-5)
As this verse shows us, it is by the kindness and love of our Saviour Yahushua Messiah, that He washes us, renews us, and thereby grows us up! The Holy Spirit is always at work within us to help us.
Furthermore, cultivating a grateful, thankful attitude is another very important way to help us recognize Father’s love for us! Let us pray for eyes to see Father’s abundant love and kindness that surrounds us, His abundant provision for us, and begin be thankful Father every day!! Acknowledging the ‘little,’ wonderful mercies of God within our personal lives will encourage our confidence in His love for us.
- “Rather than praying for my needs, I began to thank God continuously for all that He had already provided. Giving thanks did more to strengthen my faith than asking for things.” – Lydia Prince
Being confident of Father’s love is the first step to satisfying our thirsty soul. This confidence helps us learn to accept ourselves as we truly are, as well as to accept our circumstances and others as they are. Being confident of Father’s love for us makes it much easier for us to be content, and for us to be able to love others.
Our confidence brings more results: a confidence of … this very thing — that He which hath begun a good work in me will perform it until the day of Yahushua Messiah (Philippians 1:6)!
Second – Be Humbly Sincere – Be Sincerely Humble
That ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ… (Philippians 1:10)
If we are to begin to satisfy our thirsty souls, then our next step is to develop behaviour that is humbly sincere and sincerely humble. Sincerity and Humility — you can’t have one without the other. They are the two wheels on the ‘bicycle’ of the ‘love for the truth.’ Having a love for the truth puts us on the pathway to satisfying our thirsty soul.
As we saw in The Holy Spirit Will Guide You Into All Truth the Holy Spirit’s mission is to guide us into all truth. If we want the Holy Spirit’s guidance, then we need to cultivate a love for the truth. However, a love for the truth can only be obtained and maintained by patient humility and sincerity.
Everyone longs for and searches for the truth. This is exactly the way Yahuwah wants it! However, finding truth really begins with being honest to myself:
Behold, You [Yahuwah] desire truth in the inward parts (Psalms 51:6)
Father desires that we speak the truth in our heart!
Honesty with myself is the first step in building humility. Dishonesty with myself needs to be recognized. It takes an inner commitment to myself and to God, to stop being dishonest within my heart.
If I am not sincere with myself or with others, then my pride will prevent me from recognizing the truth about myself and others. Insincerity only ends with my pride twisting the truth to suit my fleshly opinion of myself.
If we are a ‘Thirsty Soul’ looking for the Living Waters, then our most important character qualities need to be sincerity and humility. These qualities are vital in our relationship with Yahuwah. If we are not sincere, not genuine — if we do not really mean what we say to Abba Father — then everything else we do will be useless!
- “In prayer, it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a heart.” — John Bunyan
I’m beginning to learn that being sincere and humble takes practice and courage! Sometimes, I’m not willing to be humble or sincere because it means admitting my sin. Nevertheless, by Yahuwah’s mercy and grace, if I cry out to Him for help, He gives me victory in these areas. Father is more than willing to give me the ‘good things’ I need, especially whenever I ask His help to be sincere and humble. (Matthew 7:11)
Third – Spend time with Yahuwah in prayer.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)
Having a private time of prayer and reading God’s Word is another essential step to satisfying our thirsty soul. We need to give Yahuwah devoted time each day! As the above verse teaches us, in order to pray about every thing, we need to spend time with Him every day.
The morning and evening sacrifices were offered each day (Exodus 29:39; Numbers 28:4). In that same way of a daily sacrifice, we also need to have a daily time of giving ourselves to seeking Yahuwah. By reading/studying God’s Word, and praying [in the name of His Son, Yahushua (Jesus)], we are drinking in the Living Waters, and feeding upon His Living Bread from heaven: … give us, day by day, our daily bread (Luke 11:3)
Each day is an opportunity for us to present ourselves as living sacrifices unto Yahuwah (Romans 12:1-2). This is one of the secrets to being confident of His love and His grace. Without times of prayer with our Master, we become shallow, and our walk with Father becomes foggy. Then our thirsty soul becomes parched and dry.
Time each day with Father helps us to maintain our sincerity and our obedience. Presenting ourselves to God each day strengthens us against walking in our own carnal wisdom or our own soulish desires. Time in prayer will help us to shed the little selfish motives that can creep into our hearts. If we are truly honest with ourselves and with Father, then we are more able to hear the guiding whispers of the Holy Spirit — and we are more willing to allow the Holy Spirit to do His cleansing work in us.
But we need to purpose to down-size our activities in order to have the time needed to be with Father. Daily time with Father is the way He refreshes us, and satisfies our thirsty soul.
Let’s look at what others have said about this:
- “We are richly rewarded for waiting on God day by day! I was determined to wait upon God only, and not to work an unscriptural deliverance for myself. The important point for the strengthening of our faith is that when the trial of our faith comes, we let God work for us, and do not work a deliverance of our own. Would the Believer therefore have his faith strengthened? Then he must give God time to work!” – George Mueller
- “There have been so many sermons preached on prayer and so little praying resulted that I’m kind of reluctant to dwell on it. A lot of people read books on prayer rather than pray. I tell you, the people who pray are the ones who end up on top. I’ve had enough time to observe some men in ministry. I’ve sometimes wondered at the success of some of them because they didn’t seem to have the most powerful ministry, and yet they came out on top. My conclusion was; they were the men who knew how to pray. When all the dust has settled, the one who prayed stands.” – Derek Prince
- “God does everything by prayer, and nothing without it.” – John Wesley’s summary of Philippians 4:6
(For helpful tips on prayer see: Three Tips For Persevering In Prayer.)
Staying Close to God
These three tips are a very brief overview of things we can do to stay close to Yahuwah, and to satisfy our thirsty soul. We stay close to Him when:
- we are firmly convinced that He loves us;
- when we keep our heart tender through sincerity and humility;
- and when we have a regular time of open, honest prayer.
As we saw in Where Can I Find Help In My Time of Need?, it takes humility and a softness of heart to cry out with our voice and talk to the Maker of our souls, asking Him to help us! We do not have to say much. Our words do not need to be fancy. But we do need to say something to Father each day, from our hearts — something genuine. Just say what you think.
- Blessed are they who attain to genuine, unreserved communication with God. — Francois Fenelon
Staying close to Abba Father is the secret to a victorious life. It is the secret to satisfying our thirsty soul.
May each one of us maintain our first love, by seeking Him and following Him regularly, with a true and sincere heart. In this way, Father will satisfy our thirsty soul!
- Is God Upset With Me? – an article that was a big help for me
- The Divine Exchange – Jesus Endured Our Rejection
- Four Safeguards – Protection From Deception
- How To Overcome Rejection
- Abiding in His Love
- Trusting in Yahuwah With All Your Heart – Part One
- Video: God’s Love Letter For You
- How Do I Receive God’s Forgiveness For My Sins?
- When We Are Weak – remembering Father’s purposes in choosing us