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Holy Desperation - The Well Christian vs the Fountain Christian
You can either be a well for God or you can drink from the fountain. God is saying, “I want to make you a well.” God has many different kinds of wells, and He wants you to be a well.
I had a vision of a prophetic word that was given to me just a couple of weeks ago when I was in Mission. I was so filled with the wine of the Holy Spirit, and I was talking about dignity. I said, “Would you lose your dignity for the presence of God?” Then right in the middle of my message, I made this statement, “I don’t just want to put my face in the well of God. I don’t just want to drink from the well of God. In fact, I am getting so hungry and desperate for Jesus, I want to fall in the well. Then when I fall in the well, I want to swim down to the bottom of the well, and that’s where I want to live. I want to be like Gideon in the winepress. I want to be at the bottom of the winepress.”
There are too many Christians that are drinking from the top of the winepress. There are too many Christians that are fountain Christians. They’re drinking from the fountain or they’re sipping from the well.
After the meeting was over, Shanee’s brother who lives in Mission, came to me and he said, “Hey, Todd, you know what you were saying that you wanted to fall into a well? Right before you said that you wanted to fall into a well, I had a vision. The vision was that you were dipped over a well, and God pushed you into the well. Then you swam down to the bottom of the well. At the bottom of the well, there were all these treasures. God took you into His treasure rooms. The treasure rooms would speak of wisdom, truth, and revelation.”
You can’t really get into deep revelation and operate in the spirit of wisdom and revelation by just sipping out of the fountain or sipping out of the well. You’ve got to live in the well. You’ve got to fall right into the well.
God is calling His people deeper to become wells of the Holy Ghost. A fountain Christian is one that sips out of the water and gets some renewal and some refreshing. They get filled, and they run to another fountain and they have another drink. I want to be a well because when people know that they’re thirsty, they can come to the well and drink. If you’re a well Christian, if you’re a deep well, people will know that there is substance—something you have to give them that is more than just words.
When you’re a well Christian, it doesn’t matter where you are. You know how to tap into the anointing. You know how to dig and draw on what God has put inside of you. You can release the anointing, heal the sick, cleanse the leper, and raise the dead. You can win souls, preach the gospel of Jesus, and manifest the glory of God. Why? Because you’re a well.
I want to be an oil well that explodes into a ball of fire because when an oil well is burning, it’s not easy to put it out. You need dynamite to put out an oil well that’s burning. What feeds that fire when an oil well bursts into a big flame? It’s the pressure that’s shooting up from the underground, just that small hole. The key to being that burning oil well is to make sure that you’ve tapped into the underground pressure. Make sure that you’re rooted—that you know intimacy with God.
The Bible says in Psalm 42:7, “Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls. All Your waves and billows have gone over me.” What happens when you’re in the deep calls unto deep place? Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfall. The key is in deep calls onto deep.
Genesis 7:11-12 says, “The fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.” The rain that came down in the days of Noah was abnormal rainfall. How did the flood get released? When the fountains of the deep were broken up.
There are fountains that God has for you to break, but you know where those fountains are? They’re in the deep. They’re called the fountains of the deep. When the fountains of the deep were broken, heaven opened and the rain came down. God sends His flood rain down on you. Then you get so full that you’re overflowing, and the flood touches everything. A flood affects everything in its path.
Jeremiah 17:7-8: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will it cease from yielding fruit.”
This verse is about a tree, but where are this tree’s roots? They’re by the river. Because this tree has roots, because it’s a rooted Christian and because those roots are deep, do you know where the river is? It’s under the ground. You can be in the hardest of all ground, and if you’ll dig deep enough, there’s water. The deeper your roots, the more you’re tapped into the river.
I’m going to break open the fountains of the deep because I want the rain of God on my life to manifest the flood of the Spirit of God against the kingdom of darkness. You know what else the roots are? The roots are meditating on God’s Word. You can’t draw water out of the well without the bucket. The bucket is the Word of God.
Do you know what else the roots are? They are called the roots of Christianity. God’s wanting to bring the church back to the basics. God’s wanting to bring the church back to the foundation of Christianity—the preaching of Christ crucified is the power of God. Preach the gospel, heal the sick. God’s calling us back to that place. He’s wanting us to go deeper in commitment. My commitment to Jesus needs to even be deeper. I will be going deeper in my commitment to God until I am with Jesus.
You’re not radical enough. Let me tell you what deep Christianity is. Deep Christianity is when you turn cities upside down for Jesus. The Bible says in Acts 17:6, “The same ones have come here, the ones who turned the city upside down. They have also come here.”
Let’s go deep in evangelism. Let’s go deep into the Word of God. Let’s break open the fountains of the deep. Let’s rip heaven open over our lives. Let’s have the flood of God come on us. Let’s live in the deep calls unto deep place.
People will come to sit under the shade that you let off under your branches, and the birds of the air will be a well. Rather than drinking from the fountain, you’ll be the source of what God’s come and rest in your branches. You'll be the source. You’ll doing. You’ll be the fire starter. You’ll be the fuel. You’ll be the flame.
There's always going to be a drought. There are always going to be times where God withholds the dew, where God withholds the rain. What are you going to do in the drought? What are you going to do when there’s no dew? You've got to learn how to break open the fountains of the deep. You've got to dig in prayer. We must learn how to have the heavens open over our lives.
To be continued… part 2 will follow next week.
By Todd Bentley
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