The Miracle of Living Water

by John Greene

salt“And the men of the city said to Elisha, ‘Behold, now, the site of the city is good, as my master sees, but the waters are bad; and the ground causes barrenness.’ And he said, ‘Bring a new dish to me, and put salt there.’ And they took it to him. And he went out to the source of the waters and threw salt there, and said, ‘So says YAHWEH, I have given healing to these waters; there shall not be death and barrenness there any more.’ And the waters were healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha that he spoke.” – 2 Kings 2:19-22, HRB

This short passage could easily be overlooked as a mere story or just another quaint ancient miracle. This passage is a type of YHWH working a new creation in his willing and open-hearted people. The new bowl that Elisha holds is facing upward toward heaven, representing the new creation or new man through the Messiah. The salt represents the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit] from above that changes the climate of man’s spirit, cleansing lifestyle through the power of YHWH. The poisoned water is the old spirit of man, dominated by his own lust for power and prominence. The cleansed water is the flowing water of healing that heals all spiritual wounds in broken and bruised disciples. Flowing water cleanses the attitudes of the old man. (“Life Healing and Belief“; “The Promise of the Holy Spirit“; “Attitude & the Disciple of Messiah“)

This passage also holds deeper meaning beyond symbolism. The miracle of Elisha was not due to the element of salt itself, but in the power of belief and the spoken word, of healing through YHWH’s Power. You can have this life cleansing benefit from the words and attitudes that you reflect. The salt of YHWH’s Holy Spirit is the cleansing of life and lifestyle in self and others that accept it. Yahshua [Jesus] tells His anointed followers that they are “salt and light” in the world because they are willing to live distinctive lifestyles that are set apart to YHWH and the purpose of the Messiah. Those that seek to spread accurate Bible truth to others and to live Bible values through personal lifestyle are “salt and light” to the world. (“Pursue Righteousness“; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“)

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:13-16, NKJV

city-on-a-hillToday, millions of modern Christians light a spiritual lamp and put that lamp under a bowl. They choose their own purpose and control over the purposes of YHWH. They neglect their light and substitute that light for something else, a rebellion against the Most High. This decision is bound to have dreadful life consequences in their immediate future. The light that true disciples of Yahshua [Jesus] shine is not a parading light of personal self-pride like the Pharisees displayed an age ago. Disciples are answerable to their Heavenly Father to influence the world with the fruitage of His Spirit. This is a process of spiritual growth to be sure, but this isn’t philosophy, humanism or religious rules. The Holy Spirit works personally in you as a new creation that has an open heart to His Will, always firmly rooted in scripture and personal reflection. (“Consenting to Fables of Men“; “Messiah Teaches about Fruit in the Lives of People“)

repentanceGenuine disciples are seasoning agents to honest-hearted men and women that they come in contact with. “Salty” disciples can warm hearts that were once hardened against the rebuke of the Bible or the bad example of mainstream Christianity. They make the honest-hearted thirst for YHWH’s Word by the lifestyle they lead, with Yahshua [Jesus] as their example. (John 7:37) The salt of YHWH’s Word and the Holy Spirit leads to eternal life, lengthening the days and strengthening the purpose of those that listen. (“The Importance of Practical Repentance“; “Humility: Do You Need It?“)

Those that come to pollute or deny a personal lifestyle of faith that bears real fruit will lose their saltiness, becoming worthless, without integrity or testimony. Discipleship is not lip service. This doesn’t imply that Christians must be perfect, for Yahshua [Jesus] accomplished that feat, perfecting His true followers through His sacrifice 2,000 years ago. Christians are to be disciples of light, exposing dark thinking and mindsets. We are to challenge and avoid evil rather than playing into it or ignoring evil because it doesn’t seem to go away. The light of YHWH works in disciples because they allow the Holy Spirit to work through them. As time progresses, they grow to spiritual maturity. (“Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“; “Disciples: Focused on the Messiah & His Purpose“)

baby-Christian-wDeveloping a level of spiritual maturity shouldn’t be a thirty year process as many choose to believe. (Galatians 5:22-23) For example, when Yahshua [Jesus] cursed the fig tree, it was because it wasn’t bearing fruit, and yet the tree was of sufficient age. A fig tree is expected to bear fruit in its fourth year. In the same light, a Christian is expected to grow spiritually and bear fruit, not to remain as a spiritual baby. Disciples learn humility and service in a real spiritual sense instead of using definitions of the darkened world. (“Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“; “Disciple: Are You Bearing Fruit?“)

Disciples are answerable to develop a lifestyle that magnifies YHWH in their own unique and personal way. YHWH is not a cookie cutter, but expects a lifestyle that conforms with Bible teaching and the witness of the Messiah. This means actively involving the Holy Spirit as well as conforming the flesh in the process of spiritual growth instead of hiding the light of truth. (“A Hidden Lifestyle Message from Messiah“; “Disciple of Messiah: Where Do You Place Your Trust?“)

Some Christians have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They possess the living waters that flow into eternal life, the promised inheritance of Elohim [‘God’]. (Ephesians 1:14; Romans 8:11) This is part of YHWH’s promise for you if you choose to accept it. (“Gifts of the Spirit & Speaking in Tongues“)

baptism of trust - Holy SpiritAre you operating in Elohim’s living waters or do you prefer to deny His provision? You can be delivered from your past by turning aside from mindsets and sin of the past. Get baptized as a symbol to the world and ask YHWH for His Holy Spirit while opening your heart and mind. He will not discriminate against you when you are open to Him. What He has done for others, He will do for you. He wants you to assist others in the same way. The fountain of YHWH’s truth is yours for the asking, taking the toxic water of the past and converting that stream into the water of Elohim’s favor and love. (“YHWH’s Provision“; “Are You Running Away from Messiah?“; “The Real Power Behind Baptism“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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