I was reading through Isaiah 43-45 when God got my attention. A picture formed in my mind … a desert wasteland, cracked and parched. Then a trickle of water slowly making its way into those cracks. A tiny, tender shoot springing up. Then another. God’s Living Water was moving through the desert cracks of our community bringing salvation and restored blessing to a dead wasteland. People desperately need to experience the refreshment of the God’s Living Water poured into their lives, and we’re holding this LIFE in our hands.
[caption id="attachment_3180" align="alignright" width="177"] NBS2Go Acrostic studies offer an easy way to dive into Bible study.
I knew we needed to do something radical to open the floodgates in our church, and a building project helped make it happen. God led us into a season of not having women’s Bible studies at our church building. Instead, He called us to step out in faith into our neighborhoods, workplaces, friend and family groups.
We were to bring His Living Water into the desert places.
[caption id="attachment_3181" align="alignleft" width="140"] Women work an Acrostic Bible Study at NBS2Go training at Calvary Church.
We had Debbie McGoldrick join us to cast this vision for a whole week in July 2015, and we have continued to take steps of faith all year. Since this heart change is God’s work, we meet at church twice a month to pray. We now have five pages of prayer requests. Some include men who have joined us in stepping out in faith. Some are still prayer walking; many are getting to know people; others have extended an invitation to study the Bible together. Salvation is springing up! People who have never read the Bible are reading it. Eyes are opening.
[caption id="attachment_3182" align="alignright" width="147"] Susan receives a knitted prayer shawl from NBS2Go.
Amazingly, we are the vessels that God uses to bring the Living Water into the desert places. And He uses cracked pots to get it there! As a vessel set apart for His glory, we are His water carriers. The water may trickle out of our broken places, but it leaves a trail of water that seeps in and causes salvation to spring up … even along the path … even on the way of bringing it to others.
We are growing as a church as we take these steps of faith. Can you imagine what might happen in your church if the reservoir of water was unleashed to fill the cracks in your community? Let’s pray we experience revival in the church and a spiritual awakening in the world around us!
God has said, “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19.
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Susan Sorensen oversees the Women’s Ministry at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is the author of several books and Bible studies, but she most delights in a book she co-authored titled, "Praying Through Cancer: Set Your Heart Free from Fear," which was published in 2006 and remains in print, continuing to minister to women and men going through the cancer journey. During her 28 years of marriage, she has loved having a neighborhood Bible study everywhere she has lived.