WELLS YOU HAVE NOT DUG
I. THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THOSE WHO HAVE WALKED THE ROAD BEFORE US.
A. WE RE COMING INTO A LAND OF PROMISED REVIVAL.
10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you — a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant — then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
B. THE LANDS MAY SEEM TO BE FOREIGN, BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED THEM FOR OURSELVES OR AT LEAST FOR A LONG TIME.
2 Kings 19:24-31
24 I have dug wells in
foreign lands and drunk the water there. With the soles of my feet I have dried
up all the streams of
C. THE WELLS HAVE BEEN DUG BY THOSE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED THIS ROAD OF SPIRITUAL TRUTH AND THE MOVE OF GODS SPIRIT.
D. BUT WE MUST RE-DIG THE WELLS THAT HAVE BEEN DUG BY PEOPLE LIKE,
1. THE EARLY CHURCH SAINTS
2. THE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES.
3. THE HEALING REVIVAL OF THE “4Os” AND “50's”.
4. SPIRITUAL GIANTS LIKE;
a. SMITHS WIGGGLEWORTH
e. MARRY ETTER
5. AND SOME NEW NAMES, LIKE;
l. AND MANY MORE
E. THESE NAMES MAY OR MAY NOT MEAN MUCH TO YOU. BUT THEY ARE ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE PAID A PRICE SO THAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD COULD MOVE HOWEVER HE DESIRES.
II. GOD HAS A PLAN:
25 "'Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone. 26 Their people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame. They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots, like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched before it grows up.
A. GODS PLAN TODAY IS JUST LIKE THE ONE HE HAD IN THE O.T., “TO LAY WASTE TO THE ENEMIES OF SPIRITUAL TRUTH.
1. VAIN TEACHINGS AND PHILOSOPHIES OF MAN.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
9 They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.'"
22 These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
a. LIKE THE
b. FROM THE POINT OF CROSSING THEY COULD HAVE BEEN IN THE PROMISED LAND IN 11 DAYS. BUT THEIR UNBELIEF KEPT THEM OUT AND THEY BECAME,
“THE WILDERNESS GENERATION.”
c. WE MUST BE CAREFUL THAT WE DO NOT BECOME A “WILDERNESS GENERATION.”
d. THERE IS A MOVE OF
e. NOW, WE DON’T HAVE TO BE JUST OTHERS BUT WE MUST NOT ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE CRITICAL TO THE POINT THAT GOD CAN’T MOVE IN OUR LIVES.
f. IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH AND REVIVAL THE PREVIOUS GENERATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN CRITICAL OF THE MOVE OF GOD FOR THE CURRENT GENERATION
g. AND THE CURRENT GENERATION HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF THE PREVIOUS PEOPLE WHO HAD A MOVE OF GOD.
h. THIS SHOULDN’T HAPPEN. WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.
i. WE SHOULD DESIRE THAT EACH GENERATION GO FARTHER IN THE MOVE.
OF GOD THAN WE DID.
j. SO THAT THEY CAN ENJOY THE WELLS THAT WE HAVE DUG AND CAN BE FREE TO DIG NEW ONES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
k. WELLS CAN BE COVERED UP AND SOME TIMES WE HAVE TO GET DOWN AND RE-DIG THE OLD ONES.
l. IT’S ALWAYS HARD WORK, BUT IT’S ALWAYS WORTH IT.
27 "'But I know where you stay and when you come and go and how you rage against me. 28 Because you rage against me and your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.'
29 "This will be the sign for you, O Hezekiah:
"This year you will
eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in
the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 30 Once more
a remnant of the house of
The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
19 "Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. 20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. 21 For forty years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.
22 "You gave them
kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took
over the country of Sihon king of Heshbon
and the country of Og king
with their kings and the peoples of the land, to deal with them as they pleased. 25 They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.
A. BUT THE RESULTS WOULD BE TO DRINK FROM WELLS THAT THEY HAD NOT DUG.
B. FERTILE LANDS — VINEYARDS, FRUIT TREE’S I ABUNDANCE — HOUSES FILLED WITH ALL KINDS OF GOOD STUFF. AND MORE.
C. OTHERS HAD DONE THE WORK BUT THEY GOT THE BENEFITS. WHY, BECAUSE GOD GAVE THEM VICTORY OVER THEIR ENEMIES.
3. ANOTHER WAY WE DRINK FROM WELLS WE HAVE NOT DUG IS BY CONQUERING OUR ENEMIES.
C. FEELINGS OF INFERIORITY
D. BY REFUSING TO ALLOW
E. BY TURNING OUR BACKS ON SIN AND THE FLESH