A Stiff Neck Needs Water

Posted by on Aug 25, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

I have been battling a sore shoulder that has now maneuvered its way into my neck as well. On Friday I cashed in a gift certificate and treated myself to a massage. OUCH! I tell you the masseuse probably ended our session in need of a massage herself. She said I had the stiffest shoulders she’d ever seen. Then she stressed the importance of drinking lots of water to rid my body of the build up of toxins. She also suggested I begin taking some ibuprofen to ease the pain.

Hmmm. Stiff neck. Toxins. Water.

Due to the rain these last two mornings, I’ve missed my walks and was determined that I would walk today, stiff-necked and all. So I set out on my walk and maintained a continuous prayer of, “Lord, heal me. Lord, heal me. Lord, heal me.” You get the gist. I would love to tell you that He healed me while I was out walking. He didn’t. However, He did speak to me a message that ties my stiff neck, toxins, and the need for water together.

God has called His chosen people stiff-necked when they were in periods of rebellion; when they would not listen to Him. They were being disobedient, playing spiritual harlotry, sinning habitually. We, too, are the same way when we disobey God, ignore Him, refuse to listen to Him. We are stiff-necked, choosing to go our own way.

Eventually we have such a build-up of toxins (pollution from the world’s philosophy and influence) that the only thing that will rid us of those poisons is to fill up with water so as to flush out the junk. The Word of God is that water that we need to take in regularly so we are able to rid ourselves of the toxic build-up of the world’s influence. Jesus came so He could wash His bride, the Church, with the water of the Word. (Eph. 5:26).

He says, “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:14).

I encourage you to get rid of that toxic build up and go to the living water today. Drink from the fountain that never runs dry. Consider Jesus.

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