On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” –John 7:37-38
Have you ever experienced physical dehydration? If so, I have no doubt you took steps to hydrate your body. Physical dehydration is a harmful reduction in the amount of water in the body that occurs when much fluid has been lost, and not replenished, and the body can no longer function normally. It takes a toll on one’s body if immediate action is not taken. If you read my blog titled “Red Sea Experience,” you know I have Chronic Kidney Disease, Stage 2. Therefore, hydration is crucial.
Unfortunately, my recent lab results showed dehydration and decreased kidneys function. I was shocked because I drink plenty of water. However, I was instructed, in addition to water, to drink fluids that contain electrolytes and carbohydrates to increase kidneys function. I follow my nephrologist’s medical advice without questioning him. Why? He has proven his expertise through years of medical schooling, knowledge, skills and experience. Also, for his compassion and genuine concerns for his patients’ health. I have no doubt that his objective is to keep my kidneys functioning without assistance. Praise God!
What are signs and symptoms of physical dehydration? Increased thirst, dry mouth, exhaustion and sleepiness, dizziness, and dry skin; to name a few. Disclaimer: I am not a physician or medical expert. This information is shared from my personal experience. Should you have similar signs and symptoms, please consult your medical provider.
What about Spiritual Dehydration? In my opinion, spiritual dehydration causes us to trust and believe in our own understanding. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.” –Proverbs 3:5-7
Hearts and souls can quickly become dehydrated without a connection to God through the mediator, Jesus the Christ. We need continual renewal from His Word. Spiritual dehydration can cause you to feel weary towards God, forsake the assembling together in worship services, miss Bible studies and other spiritual events. A genuine connection to God through Jesus Christ helps navigates our soul’s destiny and to overcome the wiles of Satan.
Signs and symptoms of spiritual dehydration must be taken seriously. Otherwise, symptoms worsen and can eventually obstruct the heart, mind and soul. Don’t let your soul dry out from spiritual dehydration! If you’re experiencing spiritual dehydation, what steps are you taking to rectify your condition? As I was shocked to be dehydrated after drinking plenty of water, some of us who say Lord, Lord will be shocked on Judgment Day. We don’t question our medical providers to care for our body, let’s not question the Word of God to care for our soul’s salvation. Consult your Bible for further instructions.
We don’t want God laughing at us when calamities enter our lives. I recommend listening to Minister Felton D. Woods’ sermon title “When God Laughs.” Facebook’s URL to this sermon is fb.me//SermonsofFeltonDWoods.
“I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you. When calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.” –Proverbs 1:26-28
“Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts. Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.” –Psalm 119:133-135
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the ones who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.Then I will tell them plainly. ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Matthew 7:21, 23
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” – I Timothy 2:5