Is Your Cistern Broken?

  • Is your spiritual life broken?
  • Does your life feel empty?
  • Have you walked away from God and heeding to His voice?

If your answer is yes to these questions, then this is definitely for you. So keep reading!

Jeremiah 2:13 states: For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. (KJV)

The prophet Jeremiah spoke about the backsliding of Israel. They had turned away from God in so many ways but here God through the prophet highlighted two evils that they had committed:

  1. They forsook the fountain of living waters (which is God) and
  2. They created or carved out their own cisterns, that could not hold water

Let’s examine the first evil or wrong which the Israelites commited.

No. 1 – They Have Forsaken Me (God) the Fountain of Living Waters

The word says: “they have forsaken me”. The Strong’s Concordance defines the word “forsaken” as:

to leave, loose, forsake

  1. (Qal) to leave
    1. to depart from, leave behind, leave, let alone
    2. to leave, abandon, forsake, neglect, apostatise

    3. to let loose, set free, let go, free

Source: https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H5800&t=KJV

In other words, Jeremiah, the mouthpiece of God, was saying that Israel left God; they departed from God. They Left him behind. They left him out of their lives on many occasions and did their own thing.

Are you guilty or not heeding the voice of God and doing your own thing?

How can this be applied to us today?

Very often we forsake God in one way or the other. Sometimes we leave Him out of our decision, we neglect and abandon our first love. We take our eyes off of Him and when we do that all trouble breaks loose. We know this because every time the Israelites forsook God and took their eyes off of Him in complaining and ungratefulness, something went wrong and they suffered the consequences.

How many times have you fallen or paid the price for not heeding God’s voice? 

How many times have letting go and not letting go caused you to be in a broken spot?

How many times have you taken things into your own hands and allowed situations to get the best of you when your eyes should have been fixed on the Ultimate One who fights on our behalf?

 

Remember: The Holy Spirit is a fountain of Living water.

The word of God makes reference  to God as the Fountain of Living Waters as follows:

O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters. (Jeremiah 17:13)

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. (John 4:10)

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38)

Water denotes life. God is the fountain of life and anytime we reject that life, we move into a broken place.

He is the fountain that will never run dry and if we refuse to drink from the that fountain, again we lack the nourishment that we need and automatically open the doors to a dry and barren dehydrated state which causes us to become broken.

How many of us take our eyes of God whether consciously or unconsciously? 

It calls for us keeping our eyes fixed on God.

How many of us have loosed God’s plans for our lives created on our own plans? I surely have, some time or the other.

In the end, we create broken lives that can’t hold anything. Lives that can’t be used of God because we can hold the spirit and anointing that God wants to pout into us. Our lives become broken.

This then moves us into the second evil committed by the Israelites

No. 2 – They Hewed Them Out Broken Cisterns, that can Hold No Water

The cistern is a vessel and similarly the word of God refers to us as vessels. And as vessels we are supposed to hold the living water. We are supposed to be carriers of God’s spirit; the Holy Spirit.

Once we start leaving out God of our decisions and lives, we create holes in our lives. Once we start leaving out the direction of the Holy Spirit we weaken our vessels and soon after they become broken. No one causes this, but our disobedience.

When we stop allowing the fountain of living water to be poured into us, holes are created in us as vessels of God. We create holes in our spirit and become broken in areas that affect us on so many different levels; our spiritual lives, ministries, and divine purposes are affected. We are then unable to operate in the perfect and acceptable will of God because we have chosen to create broken lives without Him.

The great thing is that whatever holes exist in your cistern today, God can fix. He will smash it and create a whole new cistern but putting us back on the potter’s wheel.

It’s time for us to go down to the potter’s house and be made whole so that the river of living water can fill us and flow from us when we open our mouths.

Are you in a broken state today?

Look back! How did you get to this state?

Did you take your eyes off God?

Don’t be dismayed. Go to God in prayer and repent. Invite the Living Water to fill you again. Allow Him to mold you into the beautiful cistern that He wants you to be. This will call for surrender and total dependence on Him in everything you do, so that no holes can be created again, which will cause you to divert from the will of God for your life.

God wants us restored to our whole states so that He can pour His Spirit; the living water into us and use us.

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21 KJV)

This scripture is basically summing up the solution to removing the brokenness from our cisterns.

There are some “backslidings” and things we need to purge ourselves from so that God can hold us again into the beautiful vessel of honor that He can use.

Final advice:

  • Repent for anytime you have pushes away God
  • Welcome God to mold you and make you whole again
  • Welcome the Holy Spirit to fill you again
  • Stay focused on the will of God for your life
  • Keep your eyes on God
  • Don’t allow situations to overcome you
  • Don’t take anything into your hans. Let God remain in control guiding you an filling you with His spirit that you will make the right decisions and remain whole in Him

Allow God to Help You Change Your Direction

Acts 9:1-19

Damascus Road
Saul (who’s name was changed by God to Paul) was a persecutor of Christians. He would lock them up just for being christians. He was the one who stood and approved the stoning of God’s servant Stephen. At the beginning of Acts 9 his aim was to acquire legal documentation to again lock up Christians:
Acts 9: 1-2 – Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
Today this type of persecution is very prevalent around the world in some way or the other. People are just destroyed for being Christian. Churches around the world are being blown up… Saul was doing something which God did not approve.
…But something happened to Saul on his way to execute great persecution. Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. When Jesus appeared to him on the Damacus road He confronted Saul about what he was doing. The word of God says in verses 4-6:

4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him,“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Saul was actually intercepted by God’s presence on his way again to lock up Christians and was immediately made blind as shown in verse 8:

8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.
At first glance one would immediately assume that Saul was being “stricken” for all of his evil acts towards christians. The Word of God does not state this specifically so we can’t approve nor disapprove this assumption, but if we keep reading on in the chapter, we would notice that God had a greater purpose for Saul and it did not include further persecution  of His people and ultimately Jesus.
In verses 15-16 Jesus stated clearly “…This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 
In Saul’s blindness, He had to be led by others. Paul was always a “big boy”. He was always a leader. Now in his blindness he had to be led. Being led calls for humility. How many of us would allow other people to lead you? How many of us would be so humble to listen to others? God however brought Paul to that place.
We see Saul being led to where Jesus was sending him in verses 7-9:
7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything
Today we may not be condemning people to be stoned for being Christians like Saul did, but we do things which persecute Jesus in so many ways. We do so many things that are simply contrary to what He desires and requires.Today many of us persecute Jesus with the way we treat our own brothers and sisters. Even the way that we behave grieves Jesus, but like Saul was forgiven, we too can be forgiven. Our lives are totally out of order in some cases and we are walking totally out the purpose for which we have been created.
In verses 10-16 God uses a disciple to bring deliverance in Saul’s life.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision,“Ananias!”“Yes, Lord,” he answered.11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.

The All-Knowing God knew exactly where Saul way because that is where He had led him. He sent His servant Ananias to Saul. God had already shown Saul Ananias in a vision and the fact that God would send him to restore his sight. Even though Ananias was a bit concerned based on his prior knowledge of Saul’s plan for Damascus, he obeyed God’s assuring command.
Acts 9:17-19 – 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. 
Act 17-19,  shows us however exactly what was wrong with Saul. His eyes were covered with scales. As previously mentioned the placing of these scales on Saul’s eyes should not be necessarily seen as punishment for all of what he had done to Christians but rather God’s method of proving Himself to Saul and  guiding him in the right direction towards his higher calling and purpose.
Had Jesus not intercepted Saul, he would not have changed His course.
Had Jesus not intercepted Saul, he would not  have gone into the period of praying of fasting which he experience
Had Jesus not intercepted Paul, he would not have walked in His full purpose.
Now if Saul had remained as a persecutor, we would have missed 13 whole books of the new testament which he wrote. The scales on his eyes, though negative, were for a purpose.
God’s purpose is always GREATER. If God change Saul, one of His fiercest opponents of that time, He can change anyone now. Paul became one of the most zealous and “sold-out-for-God” man in the new testament.
Like Saul we do and say things which are senseless. We make decisions which just make no sense at all, but today God wants to remove all scales from our eyes. We persecute Jesus daily when we cry down other Christians but God’s heart’s desire is to help us change our direction so that we can be all that He has called us to be.
Saul’s course was changed through scales being placed on his eyes. He was blinded to his  own realty and diverted to purpose. In other words his path was blocked and he redirected via another road of greatness.
Are you ready to allow God to block your way? Are you willing to say “Father to my life and make it yours even if you have to block me from certain roads”? Are you willing to tell God, “Father even if you have to break up the relationship, do it because I want to live for you?”. Saul’s greatness began with God blocking his way to destruction. God is here to do the same for you. In some cases God will do it because He is God, but in other cases, He is just waiting on You to make the request for Him to take over.
God wants to place His hands on us like Ananias did to Saul and give us new life through the power of His Holy Spirit. In this new life, we see things much clearer because we begin to walk in God’s truth. We will begin to see God and His word as real. We will begin to make wise decisions which are not only for our gain, but firstly for the betterment of others.
Even as you read some of you may be on their way to do something which YOU want to do, but really isn’t the right thing in God’s sight to do, but Jesus wants to intercept you on your road to Damascus, so that you may be converted and be all that He has called you to be. After all this, Saul was given a new lease on life and a new name (Paul).
Are you ready to see again? Are you ready for a new name? Are you ready to be converted to walk in purpose?
If your answer is yes, join the many others who have said this prayer:
TODAY’S PRAYER:
Heavenly Father You are just so amazing.  Your everlasting love is greater than any other love which exists and because of this love and care for me, Your heart’s desire is to help me to see and to take me to higher heights where you can use me for the advancement of your kingdom. Father I repent of all the times I persecuted Your church, said  things against Your people  and did things the way that I wanted to, even when You were saying something else. There are things which I have approved and allowed because I thought they were right. I confess my blindness. I confess that I have ignored You one way or the other and I need You to take control.
Today I give you all permission to place Your hands on me. Take me down the road of submission. Cover me, protect me, shield me, transform me and remove the scales from my eyes that I may see again in the way that you want me to see. Like Saul, I need a personal encounter with You that I can see the way you want me to see. Fill me with your Holy Spirit so that You can guide my every thought, action and decision so that I can operate in line with you. Convert me Lord to what you want. Father I thank you for hearing and answering this prayer, in the name of Jesus, who is able to bring great change. AMEN.
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