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Evan Brashears

September 2, 2013

Evan’s Corner | Intimacy with Him

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Written by: Evan Brashears

I’ve had seasons in my life of spiritual vitality – I’m connecting with God and prayer is coming more naturally. I’m using my gifts and impacting others. Life is feeling like an adventure led by the Holy Spirit. I feel like I’m walking right in the center of God’s will.

I’ve also had seasons of spiritual drought and fatigue – I’m completely distracted and restless, prayer seems like a chore. My creativity is running low and I’m not focused on encouraging others. Life feels like something I’m just trying to survive from day to day.

Why the difference? There have been times where I’ve felt led into the wilderness for a season, but most of my dry times have been a result of my own neglect. These words from John Piper describe what this may seem like:

“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for Heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated videos, but the prime-time dribble of media we drink every night.”

Entertainment has a way of sneaking in and replacing my affections for God. I get caught up in a new app on my phone, a hobby, pursuing social media, internet surfing: we all have our own list. Soon after, I realize I’m gulping down mud water when Jesus is offering spring water.

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38

Jesus spoke these famous words “on the last day of the feast.” They’d been living it up for days. Their bellies were full and they’d probably had a few too many drinks. It was amazing entertainment for 1st Century lifestyles. But Jesus knew they needed more. One festival wouldn’t satisfy their deepest needs. So He had to get their attention: He “stood up and cried out.” Maybe He jumped up on a chair or stood on the top of a staircase. He was passionate about offering them soul-satisfying water to introduce Himself as the one who could bring them true life!

Jesus is standing up and shouting out that same offer today. Can we hear Him? Or are we too distracted by entertainment, tech gadgets, our to-do lists, or our latest interest. Each day, the Holy Spirit is requesting time and attention to permeate our lives. If we neglect intimacy with God, we slowly run dry and begin to live without purpose. Drinking in the Holy Spirit daily is how we center our lives on Christ and discover His life flowing through us to others.

About the Author

Evan Brashears
Evan Brashears
My name is Evan and I love any opportunity to share the word of Christ that is burning like a fire in my soul. My constant goal for these words is to enlighten you with stories and examples of everyday life and incorporate them with a message that is meant for you! I have an undoubtedly strong calling on my life to preach, teach and involve everyone in the Gospel. I attend Evangel Temple Assembly of God in Jacksonville, Fl where I am also currently pursuing my credentials in ministry.

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