The word for today is “Dehydration”.
A few facts about “Dehydration”:
- Dehydration is an abnormal condition in which the body’s cells are deprived of an adequate amount of water.
- Dehydration can be mild, moderate or severe and life-threatening. Infants, children, athletes and the elderly are particularly prone to dehydration and severe complications, although dehydration can occur in any age group or population.
- Dehydration symptoms include thirst, and dry lips and tongue. Complications of dehydration can be serious, even life-threatening and include shock, lethargy, coma and death.
Water is a vital substance in the body. It makes up about 70 percent of the muscles, organs, and solid tissue in the body and is crucial to many of the body’s processes. Dehydration negatively affects such functions as eliminating toxins, delivering nutrients, carrying oxygen to the cells of the body, producing energy, and lubricating joints. Dehydration can impact proper balance of vital electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, which are also essential to healthy functioning of the body.
Before you start to think this is a commercial for bottled water or some other sales pitch let me assure that a greater point is to be made… To live, and live healthy, you have to drink the right substance. Water!
The same principle is true in the spiritual. Not drinking, or drinking the wrong stuff has vast and severe complications. It is easy to become “dry” and lethargic.
- a lack of energy and enthusiasm.
- “periods of weakness and lethargy”.
- Sluggishness, idleness, inaction, slowness, torpidity, slowness, sloth, apathy, weariness, passivity, fatigue, lifelessness.
You can be around “water” all of the time but not drink. You can go to church, you can play all of the songs, you can listen to all of the podcasts and you can still become dehydrated; if you do not really drink of the “source” for yourself. No one can do it for you. Not your friends, your pastor, the worship leader, the guy on the screen, or even your family. Only you can “drink” for you!
One of the interesting things I learned while in Israel was that you could be floating in the Dead Sea and easily become dehydrated. Water all around you, but it is not drinkable. I also learned that you could be in the midst of the desert and that there is almost always water available… you just have to know where to find it.
God in His great love for us gives us a variety of ways we can stay fully hydrated. Here are a few thoughts from the Word of God to drink from:
Jesus says to us:
“All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! 38 Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!” (John 7:37-39 TPT)
“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:25 ESV)
And Psalms 1:1-3 sums it up nicely:
“What delight comes to those who follow God’s ways!
They won’t walk in step with the wicked, nor share the sinner’s way,
nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat.
Their pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,”
meditating day and night in his true revelation of light.
They will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design,
deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of their lives.
They are never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous. (TPT)
God’s living water will nourish and sustain us in every situation, circumstance and season of life. To avoid “spiritual dehydration” let’s drink deeply and continually of all He provides for us!