// I am my Beloved’s. And You are mine. Your desire is for me. Nothing can change Your mind. //

Dove’s Eyes: Rick Pino

He loves to show you how He sees you.

Welcome Chasers!!

We’ve set some examples and expectations of what freedom can look like in Founding Freely, & Taking It Back. Now let’s see what Jesus does when an opportunity to stretch out His hand looks like.

For this article today we will be using John 4: 1- 42. As always we will be paraphrasing and taking quotes out to help you our reader. We encourage you to read the passages for yourself that you may receive wisdom and revelation.

We start off in verse 1 with confrontation. The Pharisees are coming at Jesus for the way He did things. Again. I can imagine Jesus being tired of having constant ridicule. He probably needed a break. So He and the disciples went through Samaria.

Now Samarians and Jews weren’t supposed to get along. It’s an audacity to even speak amongst each other. So Jesus came to a well. Tired, as you would think walking by foot, He took a minute to rest. Verse 6 uses the term wearied. While the disciples go to town for food.

Now like all stories there are two sides. Now on the other side, you have a woman of Samaria who was alone getting water. The Bible doesn’t say why she was alone. But in later verses, we can connect some pieces.

“A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”

‭‭John‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Verse 9, shows this woman’s confusion. Why would a Jew drink from her? It broke all religious norms. But that’s what Jesus did. Broke the way people thought we were to live life in being the perfect example that breaking the mold can be the norm. He couldn’t help reaching out a hand of opportunity to know love.

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

‭‭John‬ ‭4:13-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

While this confuses the wise. It made sense. While Jesus was helping meet a physical need He saw the opportunity to meet the spiritual need. Verse 15 explains the shame and retreat she felt from her life.

Backing up to this woman being alone. The next few verses explain that this woman got around. She was living in sin. 5 husbands and the one she currently lived with was not even wed. Being in her town, she was probably well known for this. Causing others to turn their back on her. But Jesus read her mail. As known as telling her about herself without truly knowing anything about her. Today we would call that a word of knowledge or a branch thereof.

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

‭‭John‬ ‭4:23-24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

She is now met with a choice to receive Jesus. She’s stated her desire to deal with shame. Now she has the cure. It didn’t mean those life events never happened. But she no longer would have to let the burden of those choices weigh her down.

By this point, she is set free. She wants to let the whole world know about it. Free people lead people to the one who set them free. In this case, it was Jesus. How she felt from this moment on changed her.

The disciples had returned and questioned why Jesus would do this. It caused a tension because they weren’t programmed to love all yet. To think like Jesus. The disciples too had to walk out some freedom of their own. In the way of their beliefs and thoughts.

They had brought back the food they went to get and now offered it to Jesus. But this was His reply.

“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

‭‭John‬ ‭4:34‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Have you ever prayed for someone and saw an immediate result? Maybe in your life or someone you know. The touch of Jesus transforms everything. But ask that person who prayed how they feel. There is something about seeing people encounter Christ that gives you joy. Not only because it pleases the Father. But this life that was burdened, has now received peace.

“Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

‭‭John‬ ‭4:42‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You have to have your own encounter. While you can be happy with someone else’s testimony. Jesus wants to encounter you. It’s a relationship thing. You can’t live your life through someone else and expect to receive the same gifts or rewards that come. Because just like David wearing Saul’s armor it wasn’t meant for him.

Choose today to receive your encounter. Open up your heart. Don’t put limits on the things He can do for you. Just ask. A relationship begins with vulnerability to start the conversation.

Next week we will be closing this series with a simple touch. When you’ve done all you can for an encounter and you’re willing to do anything.

If you’ve found this enjoyable, please like, & share! If you’ve got a testimony of how these posts are transforming your life, we’d love to hear that too! Until next time, peace & blessings!!