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Reservoir vs. Canal

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Lesson

A canal simultaneously pours out what it receives. A reservoir waits till it’s filled then discharges water without loss to itself. Today, there are many in God’s church that act like canals. The reservoirs are far too rare. So urgent is the charity of those through whom heavenly doctrine flows that they want to pour it forth to us before they have been filled. They are more ready to speak than to listen, impatient to teach what they have not grasped, and full of presumption to govern others while they know not how to govern themselves. High mountain lakes have one stream out and water level relatively constant throughout the year. How is the water level staying constant in your life? Depletion results in erosion of presence, and results in just going through the motions. 

Outline

Reservoir vs. Canal

I. Reservoir vs. Canal

A. Example of high mountain lakes

B. Depletion of presence

C. What are the streams of mercy in your life?

1. Examples

2. The means of grace by John Wesley

3. How are the streams flowing in your life?

4. Illustration of the big rocks

5. Examples of "big rocks"