The Fountain of Living Waters
The first and most basic key for power for abundant
living is that the Bible is the revealed Word
and Will of God. This key is the greatest secret in
the world today. It is a secret not because God is
keeping it to Himself; it is a secret because people
have not believed. Most people do not believe that
the Bible is the revealed Word and Will of God.
They take out one segment of the Word of God and
insert another. But to be logical and consistent,
either the entire Bible is the Word of God from
Genesis to Revelation or it is not the Word of God
anywhere. Knowing that the Word of God is the
Will of God is the primary step in our search for
power for abundant living.
Jeremiah 2:13 says,
For my people have committed two evils; they
have forsaken me the fountain of living waters,
and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns,
that can hold no water.
To whom is God talking? He says, “my people.”
He is not talking to people who are on the outside
of His fold; He is talking to those within the fold
when He says, “...my people have committed two
evils; [first] they have forsaken me the fountain of
living waters....” God is a fountain as opposed to
cisterns which belong to people.
A fountain has an unlimited supply of water.
When people forsake God who is a fountain, they
hew out for themselves cisterns which are man-made
and which hold only a limited amount If the
cistern is a fifty-barrel one, fifty barrels is the
maximum supply a person can get from it. When
people forsake God, the fountain of living waters,
they hew out for themselves, not fountains, but
cisterns. Furthermore, those cisterns are broken
cisterns; always leaking away their limited supply.
I too was like a broken cistern at one time in my
life. I too had hewed out for myself a supposedly
valid theological system. I had read this, I had read
that, I had concluded this, and I had concluded that;
but just when I needed power, I didn’t have the
necessary resources. When I needed the limitless
supply of living water, all I had was an empty hole.
This dilemma is what brought me to the years of
Biblical research; the questing for a solution to my
empty cistern spurred my start in the Biblical field.
Have you ever asked yourself or considered what
is the greatest sin you can commit? If you asked the
residents of your community do you know what
they would say? One person would say that the
greatest sin is murder; someone else would say that
it is adultery; somebody else would say something
else. You would come up with a multiplicity of
answers as to the greatest sin.
What does the Word of God say concerning this
question? Matthew 22 tells us.
Matthew 22:37, 38:
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord
thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
If that is the first and great commandment, then
what is the first and great sin? By simple logic
breaking the first and great commandment of not
loving God – of loving something else more than we
love God, putting something ahead of God – hewing
out our own religious systems, our own ideologies,
our own thinking patterns – rather than adhering to
the divine revelation of God’s wonderful, matchless
Look at Hosea 4:6,
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge....
Again God is talking to His people when He says,
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge....”
This lack of knowledge is not in science, philosophy,
newspapers or the latest movies. If God’s people are
being destroyed today, there is only one reason: a
lack of knowledge of the Word of God. This lack of
knowledge of the integrity and the greatness of
God’s Word – that the revealed Word of God is the
Will of God – is the reason His people are being
Many times people say to me in my classes on
Power for Abundant Living, “Dr. Wierwille, you
sure get excited about your Biblical research.” That
is right; why shouldn’t I be enthusiastic about the
greatness of God’s Word with its message of
unlimited resources? When I was playing basketball,
I was involved and enthusiastic. I became
concerned and had tremendous zeal for that sport.
Why not have a tremendous zeal for the greatness
of God’s Word which is much more lasting and
rewarding. A man is admired for being a football or
basketball fan; but when he dares to get excited
about the greatness of God’s Word, people think
that this Biblical fan has a “screw loose.” Surely
there must be something wrong with our scale of
values. The Word of God is so tremendous, so wonderful,
so rich, that when Jesus Christ said He came
that we might have life and have it more abundantly,
we should naturally respond with excitement.
Not only do we need to have a knowledge of the
integrity and the accuracy of God’s Word, but we
must also get the zeal, the enthusiastic believing,
the concern that other men and women might know
that the Word of God is the Will of God.