John 4:5-8 “Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ 8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.”
Jesus sent 12 guys to get lunch. He wanted to be alone, waiting for that woman. It was a bad time to get water because it was so hot.
John 4:9-19 “The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, ‘You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?’ 10 Jesus replied, ‘If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.’ 11 ‘But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,’ she said, ‘and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?’ 13 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.’ 15 ‘Please, sir,’ the woman said, ‘give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.’ 16 ‘Go and get your husband,’ Jesus told her. 17 ‘I don’t have a husband,’ the woman replied. Jesus said, ‘You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!’ 19 ‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘you must be a prophet.”
Issues flow from some source, that issue is unresolved. To ‘solve’ means ‘to find the answer to some issue or problem.’ The word ‘resolve’ is ‘the ongoing process of finding solutions.’ Resolve doesn’t give up.
Issues in your life that are unresolved spring up ugliness and nastiness and trouble until they are resolved. These haunt you if they continue to be unresolved.
Deal with your issues.
What are the issues in your life? How are you working to resolve them?
Just as there are unresolved issues in our lives, the woman of Samaria had some issues that kept her from a deeper walk with God. Unresolved issues need to be addressed because you can’t move on. These issues keep you from that precious deeper walk with God. You must deal with these issues or they will deal with you.
Judas failed and never recovered from it. He never dealt with his issue. Judas paid the bills, but he had money issues. Jesus gave him that job on purpose, giving him the opportunity to deal with it. Jesus knew that either Judas would deal with it or it would conquer him. In the end, the money conquered him.
Jesus will come to you just as He came to that woman of Samaria.
This is not about a vague and general message, God wants to speak to a specific issue in your life and help you deal with it.
How have your issues dealt with you? Are you willing to face them in order to overcome them? Will you allow Jesus to lead you and help you in this? What will you do today?
Study the life of Absalom and you will learn about ‘stupid attacks.’ It was all about unresolved issues. You can cast out spirits (demons), but you can’t cast out issues. You’ve got to deal with them.
Absalom had issues. He had a sister named Tamar. She was a beautiful, virgin lady. She had a half-brother, Amnon. They were all children of David. Unfortunately, David was not a model father. He had several wives and stuff that he never dealt with as well. Amnon loved Tamar and was overwhelmed with attraction for her. There were rules back then pertaining to getting together with your half-sister, but instead of doing things right, Amnon tricked Tamar into his room and raped her. Then, he rejected her, destroying her life. Absalom hated Amnon for doing this and David did nothing.
Why? We don’t know. Two years went by and Absalom did not forgive. So, taking matters into his own hands, he threw a party and got Amnon drunk and killed him. Absalom wanted his hatred to end, so he killed the one he hated. This caused a complete family upheaval. David sent Absalom away in exile for three years. David longed for his son, but he when he finally allowed him to come back, David refused to see him. Absalom had a father who rejected him. This continued to grow the issues. Two more years passed. Absalom wanted to see his father, he wanted affirmation from his dad. He wanted reconciliation.
Prov 17:6 “Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”
Why do you think rejection by parents is so devastating to children? Have you been rejected by your parents? How did you deal with that? Have you rejected your own children? What did you do to reconcile with them?
Absalom was upset at the situation. So, he tried to talk to Joab, one of David’s men. Joab wouldn’t listen, so he set fire to his field. Absalom was desperate to see his father. Finally, Joab listened and came up with a plan. A woman pretended to be someone else and went before David. She told a story about a son who was a murderer and wanted reconciliation. David finally realized that he should see his son. Absalom had the opportunity to see his dad for the first time in five years. Can you imagine the emotion going through Absalom?
Unfortunately, it wasn’t the meeting between the Father and the Prodigal son. There should have been hugging and kissing, but what David did to Absalom made things worse. He gave his son only a little peck on the forehead and that was all. Absalom’s dreams of reconciliation were destroyed.
Unresolved issues cause you to walk in a way that God is NOT pleased. You’ve got to deal with your issues.
Sometimes, God says you’ve got to get things right with people before you get right with Him. You can’t graduate to another level until you deal with those issues in your life. It comes to a place where you face that stuff and deal with it and resolve it.
How have your issues kept you from having a richer, deeper relationship with Jesus? Are you willing to face those issues in order to have that relationship with Jesus? After you’ve done all you can do, all that Jesus is asking you to do, will you trust Him with the rest?
Absalom decided David shouldn’t be king, he should. He won the hearts of the people. He secretly got people together and got himself crowned. It was all because David never resolved the issue. Once Absalom was pronounced king, he contacted Ahithophel, the grandfather of Bathsheba (David had murdered Bathsheba’s first husband.) He had issues with David as well. So, he rebelled against David too.
Like spirits find each other.
Absalom found a bunch of angry men to be around, men who also had issues with David. Those issues kept them from rejoicing in the Lord.
When God wants to bless you, you can’t rejoice because of your issues.
Ahithophel gave counsel to Absalom, but he didn’t take his advice. Because of his issues, he was oversensitive and felt rejected. So, Ahithophel hung himself. The end of that unresolved issue was suicide.
Jacob stole his brother’s birthright. He lived in hiding for 20 years. When he finally faced his issues, he wrestled with an angel all night. He was afraid of his brother and his unresolved issue. He had already experienced so many blessings, but he was afraid to deal with that issue. He grabbed that angel and asked that God would change him.
Joseph had issues because of his brothers. They sold him into slavery. Years later, they came to meet him as the second leader in command of Egypt. Somehow, Joseph dealt with his issues and never harbored bitterness. He forgave before they ever asked. In fact, he consoled them.
If you have an unresolved issue, learn the essence and power of Phil 3:13.
Phil 3:13 “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,” (NLT) “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” (KJV) “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” (MSG, v12-14)
How long will you allow your past to haunt you? Joseph couldn’t deal directly with his brothers as a slave or in prison, but still, he dealt with those issues and trusted God for the rest. How can you do the same? Do you harbor bitterness and unforgiveness? Will you trust that God will use your situation for your good and to His glory?
Forget the past. You can’t go forward with the past in front of you. You’ve got to be able to forgive and forget in order to move on and up.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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