A friend of mine was having an issue with his well and was not getting any water. I am a city girl so I don’t really know anything about wells but my friend did so he was able to fix it and get his water restored. Apparently there are different things that can go wrong with a well and happily, his was just an issue with the control box and not a more serious issue. This situation made me think about what can cause the wells in our lives to stop working. My friend’s issue had to do with something in the control box. As Christians, we can stop the flow of living waters in our lives when we do not let God have total control. If we are finding a lack of joy in our lives, it may be because we are not in right relationship with the Lord. We should check the control box and see if we are letting God have control.
Another thing that can stop the water from coming forth is a blockage. Apparently, from what I hear, that is a serious problem and harder to fix. Let’s consider some of the things that can stop the flow of the Lord in our lives. They might be little things or they could be bigger issues. Some of the main things that will block our relationship with the Lord are things like unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, anger and hatred. God showed me many years ago that these are five very common spirit-killers in peoples’ lives.
Let’s look at one of the biggies that block the flow, unforgiveness! If you read the passage where Jesus taught the Disciples what we call the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:5-13, forgiveness is part of that prayer. Immediately following the prayer, in verses 14 and 15, Jesus continues to discuss the importance of forgiveness by saying:
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
I have known so many people who have let unforgiveness rule over them. They might try to justify it by saying that the other person hurt them deeply and they do not deserve to be forgiven. The point is that Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” None of us deserve to be forgiven but even when we were sinners, Christ died for us so that we might be forgiven. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). There was only one person who lived a sinless life and that was Jesus! Jesus said it very clearly that if we don’t forgive, we will not be forgiven by God. The choice is ours but we are on very dangerous ground if we allow unforgiveness to linger in our lives.
One of the other spirit-killers is bitterness. Hebrews 12:15 warns “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” We see in that verse that bitterness is a root. If a root is nurtured, it will keep growing and growing. I have seen elderly people who allowed a root of bitterness into their lives when they were young and it just kept growing until it consumed their lives. Many are crippled up in their bodies as well as their spirits and souls. It is very sad!
Resentment is also a spirit-killer. Like bitterness, if allowed to stay, it will grow and make us very unhappy and cynical people. We need to let go of resentment as soon as we recognize its’ presence in our lives.
Anger is also a big thing and if not dealt with quickly, it can destroy us as well as others. I have seen people whose lives are consumed with anger because they never developed self-control in their lives. If we have an anger problem, we need to ask the Lord to help us by replacing that with the fruit of the Spirit, temperance or self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Hatred against a person or people is something that will also kill us spiritually. God compares hatred to murder. 1 John 3:15 says “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” Wow, what a statement!
Let me just pose a question to all of us that we all need to carefully consider. Are any of the things I have mentioned worth holding unto in light of the consequences of doing so?