Message From Matt – July 24

Does your life need some watering?
A couple of weeks ago, Bekah, Brandon and Haley were at kids camp for a week which meant that Brett and I had to pick up the extra chores around the house.  One of the things that I needed to do was to make sure that the garden and the flowers were watered daily, especially since we were in a short drought. I knew that I should have watered in the morning and the evening each day, but I waited until the end the of the day and then just soaked it!  By the end of the week, I was proud of myself that I could tell Bekah that I watered the garden every day and that she could see how healthy the garden looked!  But then I realized my mistake!  I had watered the garden every night but I completely forgot about the flowers…and you could tell it! 
The flowers were wilting, the vines were brown instead of green, and they all were drooping rather than standing tall!  In less than a week, I managed to take Bekah’s healthy flowers and make them look like they were dying.
Why? Because I neglected to water them!
I think that this can be said about  our lives as well!  There are times in our lives that we seem spiritually dry and maybe even feel lifeless!  Is that how you are feeling today?  Most likely there have been times in your life that you have been at a spiritual high point but now you feel the opposite!  In fact, you might feel like the dying flowers at our house…lifeless and headed downward.  If that is the case, what is it that we need?  
We need to turn on the water of the Word so that we can be refreshed and start growing again!  
Isaiah 55:10-13 says this about the Word of God being refreshing to us…”For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” 
Once I realized my mistake in not watering the flowers,  I quickly started the watering process! Of course, I knew that if I didn’t do something fast, Bekah was not going to be happy…which meant that I wasn’t going to be happy!   I was amazed (and thankful) what some water did for those dying flowers!  It helped bring them to life again!  Within a couple of days those flowers looked healthy again!  Their colors were bright, the vines were green, and they were standing tall. 
If you want to be refreshed by God on a daily basis,  then you need to be in God’s Word on a daily basis! I believe that you will be amazed at how much you will feel new life and how much you will grow by doing so!
Many of you are aware of the brain surgery that Evangelist Randy Hogue underwent a few weeks ago.  Thankfully his recovery is heading in the right direction but is now in need of some financial assistance.  This Sunday,  we are going to take a special love offering for Randy so please come ready to give to this worthwhile cause.