The Journey: Give Me Some Water
Ephesians 5:16–20 (NLT) Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As the First Great Awakening was a call for Holy Spirit to help turn a falling world around, the Second Great Awakening was seeing people for the first time in the common era filled with the Holy Spirit.
Re-digging Wells of Awakening- Genesis 26:17–18 (NLT) So Isaac moved away to the Gerar Valley, where he set up their tents and settled down. 18 He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham’s death. Isaac also restored the names Abraham had given them.
Burned Out District– Judges 2:10 (NLT) After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.
We’ve heard it all before. People had became tone deaf to the revival message – burned out districts – dig another well.
The Great Disappointment– Genesis 26:19–21 (NLT) Isaac’s servants also dug in the Gerar Valley and discovered a well of fresh water. (springing water) 20 But then the shepherds from Gerar came and claimed the spring. “This is our water,” they said, and they argued over it with Isaac’s herdsmen. So Isaac named the well Esek (which means “argument”). 21 Isaac’s men then dug another well, but again there was a dispute over it. So Isaac named it Sitnah (which means “hostility”).
Camp Meeting- Genesis 26:22 (NLT) Abandoning that one, Isaac moved on and dug another well. This time there was no dispute over it, so Isaac named the place Rehoboth (which means “open space”), for he said, “At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.”
We Found Water- Genesis 26:30–33 (NLT) So Isaac prepared a covenant feast to celebrate the treaty, and they ate and drank together. 31 Early the next morning, they each took a solemn oath not to interfere with each other. Then Isaac sent them home again, and they left him in peace. 32 That very day Isaac’s servants came and told him about a new well they had dug. “We’ve found water!” they exclaimed. 33 So Isaac named the well Shibah (which means “oath”). And to this day the town that grew up there is called Beersheba (which means “well of the oath”).
Genesis 21:30–31 (NLT) Abraham replied, “Please accept these seven lambs to show your agreement that I dug this well.” 31 Then he named the place Beersheba (which means “well of the oath”), because that was where they had sworn the oath.
Close: Salvation Explosion– This great awakening was not so much for the church as it was for the lost.
Give me Some Water- John 4:13–15 (NLT) Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” 15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
Psalm 145:4 (KJV) One generation shall praise thy works to another, And shall declare thy mighty acts.