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One Bible Verse That Will Change Your Life Forever

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What if one verse could completely change how you are living your life right now, and alter your course?

Are you like I was not long ago, constantly feeling

  • Desperation
  • Disappointment in yourself
  • Failure
  • Emptiness
  • Longing

and frantically searching for the magic bullet to ignite the motivation to change everything once and for all, so you don’t have to feel like this anymore?

You probably thought you were the only one.

You’re not, I promise. So many women feel the very same way – for one reason or another.

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You know that feeling, when the lights go out and you’re trying to sleep, but you can’t because you feel an overwhelming sense of disappointment and shame.

That sinking feeling that keeps you in a cycle of trying harder but failing just as hard.

This negative cycle of toxic emotions that are powerful enough to motivate you every morning to muscle through; and overwhelming enough to drown you at night when you realize that muscling through was, once again, not enough.

And you’re not enough. You’re never enough.

It wasn’t very long ago that I sat in this very spot where I’m writing this post, desperately wanting a way out of this cycle.

But I couldn’t seem to find the exit. So, I did the only thing I knew to do: pray.

That’s when God led me to this verse.

One Bible Verse That Will Change Your Life Forever

One short verse that literally shook me and I’m still shook.

At this point, I think it’s become my life verse – and when you read it, it might puzzle you.

But read on, because I am hoping you’ll be shook, too.

“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

Jeremiah 2:13

I was struck by one of the definitions of the Hebrew word “evil” in this verse. It is “malignant”.

God’s people had committed two evil and malignant sins:

1. They had rejected the source of living water.

This reminded me of the story when Jesus met the woman at the well.

The woman was desperate; and just like me, she was 100% done with feeling like a failure day in and day out.

She wished she could find a way to never have to come to this well again.

Exposed. Vulnerable. Judged in the eyes of other women.

But while she was thinking physical thirst, Jesus was talking about soul-thirst.

He went much deeper — He always does.

Because while she was consumed with her image, He was concerned with her heart.

2. They had made their own wells — wells with holes in them.

Instead of going to God – the source of living water that satisfies eternally, they decided that they knew better.

So, they made their own wells.

They were going to muscle through.

  • Hustle.
  • Boss babe.
  • We can do it.
  • We’re strong because we’re women.
  • She came, she saw, she conquered.
  • She believed she could, so she did.

All of those motivational memes.

And what did it amount to? A well with holes.

The moment I read this verse, I literally felt a physical shock go through the very core of my being.

This is what I felt like!! A well riddled with holes.

Always trying to get filled up, but never quite getting there because what I’m pouring in leaks out before I ever feel satisfied.

But there’s more to it than just that.

A well is designed to hold water. Its sole purpose is to hold and provide water.

If that well is riddled with holes so it can’t hold water, its purpose is utterly negated.

We all know what that feeling is like. It may be in different areas for each of us, but we all struggle with that feeling.

For all our efforts to build that well…

(and goodness, if you’ve ever tried to make well, you know there is an enormous amount of energy required)

But for all our efforts, we still didn’t get it right!

We dug down deep, we got to the water, then we lined it with stones.

As we built and built, carrying all of those stones from the quarry in to build it up and complete our well, it still wouldn’t hold water because it had holes.

All our human efforts to satisfy ourselves are still not enough.

And they never will be.

And yet, it goes deeper.

Not only are our human efforts to satisfy ourselves never enough – they are a sin.

God said they are evil.

They are malignant. Deadly.

God doesn’t want us to be a well. We were never supposed to be a well!

God is the source of living water. Living water that makes having a well irrelevant. Redundant. Unnecessary.

We aren’t supposed to hold water, we’re supposed share water. God wants us to be pipes through which His living waters flow.

And a pipe is only useful if it’s connected to a source.

My dear sisters:

There are two remedies for this evil of rejecting the source of living waters and carving out leaky wells.

1. Discover who Christ is

We will never fully connect to our purpose if we don’t know who the source of our purpose is. And there is only one way to know Christ.

Reading the Bible. Studying the Bible. Meditating on the Bible.

Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

His Word has to become the place where we dwell, because He is that Word, and He is the source of all truth….truth that will lead us to freedom!

2. Discover who we are in Christ

There is tremendous power in discovering our identity.

A lot of people today are lost, trying to discover who they are and they think the answer lies in DNA testing, researching their ancestry, and reconnecting with their roots.

The problem is, as children of God, that is not who we are.

When we are born again, we get a new DNA.

We get a new heritage and a new citizenship. The Bible says that we are born again, born of the Spirit.

And when we discover who we are in Christ, we find our real purpose.

We can walk away from our leaky wells and connect with the source of living water. And here’s the great secret!

When we connect with the source of living water and discover our purpose in being a pipe, not a well, we will realize that we are never empty.

Instead of trying to fill up a leaky well with

  • Body image
  • Affirmations
  • A better standard of living
  • A better job
  • A new husband
  • A new home
  • Spa days
  • Food
  • Wine
  • Friends….

We will find we’re always satisfied with the living water of God’s presence and purpose in our life.

That living water will be endlessly flowing through us — and not just to satisfy us, but to satisfy others as well.

When the woman at the well connected to Jesus’ living water, she was instantly changed in that moment.

But she didn’t just sit there drowning herself in His living water.

She instantly realized her purpose as a pipe — and ran out and grabbed other people to share that living water.

Jesus is the Living Water who will satisfy the deepest longing in our soul and spirit.

And when we’re filled with Christ as our Bread of Life and Living water, we will never hunger or thirst again!

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  1. Miss Rosilind I can absolutely hear your heart in these most recent posts! Please understand we are all flawed in our physical bodies. We are in a constant state of decay. Did God bless you with a husband who loves you; and children; and parents; and friends? Don’t let rude comments from SM get under your skin! Yesterday, our pastor gave a lovely sermon “I was made for this”. It is a common quip for many people, sports figures, etc. He went on to liken it to the priestly clothes donned by Aaron and his sons when they were given their Levitical duties. They were made for that…the clothes and the men! You were made for God! I was made for God. We should be clothed in such away as to be in service to God, the way the Levites were. What is my purpose? How can I best serve people with my god-given talents? Then I can say “I was made for this!” Your blog, in many ways, has been a balm to my soul. I can’t wait to open and read what you have written. Be encouraged that even your recycled posts were read anew by many of us. Also, some things just bear repeating! Sister, you were made for this!

    Be Blessed.

    On a side note: for nutrition, all that has helped me was to be sure I was eating enough protein (meat, dairy, some plant) 100-120 grams per day. It’s not always easy, but I feel so much better when I do.

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