"I will guard my ways." (Psalm 39:1).

Drip, drip, drip, drip. The faucet plays a staccato tune. Turn the water back on and reposition the handle and wait. Drip..drip..drip.
A little slower, but still staying open enough to let water escape.
Try again. Hold my hand under the faucet a few seconds; itís dry.
 At last! Completely shut off! No drip. The handle in my hand did
the trick when I put it in the right position.

It reminded me of 'lifeís drips.' The handle is in my hand,
controlled by me. I can choose to keep trying to stop drips or carelessly walk away, leaving the faucet--drip, drip, dripping.
It seems that some days the drip is more difficult to shut off when everything is awry and Murphyís Law of 'If anything can go wrong,
it will' is being enforced. If we arenít diligent, frustration will cause
us to deliberately allow something to 'drip' out that we should shut off. Drip-vent; drip-vent. Look out! That is a trap, a trick of an enemy lurking nearby to encourage us do more than just drip. Soon weíll have a full stream flowing of flesh-produced venom to get it
off our chest and 'feel better' by it or a full-blown case of discouragement. The truth is--thatís a lie; we wonít feel better.
 When we are quickened by the Holy Spirit to see what is
happening, we will only feel worse, not relieved. That is, until we
have repented and securely closed the faucet to stop the drip.

We have to position the handle of the faucet so the valve fits just
right to stop the flow. Without proper adjustment, the water will continue to drip. Eventually, it will stain the sink with mineral deposits, not to mention the increased utility bill. More frustration.

Spiritual 'drips' can stain our souls and cost us relationships, especially with our Heavenly Father which will affect all other relationships. Itís spiritually expensive to have spiritual leakage.
As long as we allow drippage, we will avoid close contact with
God because of our guilt. Until we are ready to forsake our sins,
we donít want to be close enough to Him to feel condemned and wonít welcome reproof. The faucet is in our hands. We can stop
 the drip and seek forgiveness and be cleansed of the stains. The price of spiritual 'drips' that waste our potential is too steep to
allow them to continue. If we have allowed the drip to continue
until the faucet is corroded and too difficult for us to shut it off
alone, all we have to do is call the Master Plumber who will
perform healing maintenance.

"How can a young man [or woman] cleanse his way? By taking
heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from your commandments" (Psalm 119:10-11 NKJV).

David allowed a drip to reach expensive proportions when he let
 his eyes rest upon Uriahís wife and then his mind and will caused terrible staining (2 Samuel 11). King Saul presumed to override instructions God sent him by the prophet Samuel and allowed the
drip of pride and greed to control his actions by sparing King
Agag and keeping livestock he had been told to destroy
 (1 Samuel 15). Pride and greed are serious drips and lead to disobedience. We can never rearrange Godís plans and come up
 with a better one than He has for us. That is a presumptuous sin.

Drips are wasteful. Water is filtered and purified before we get it
to our faucets. A dripping faucet lets good water just flow into the drain and sewage system with no benefits to us. Our God-given talents, abilities, opportunities and resources are of no use to
 anyone until they are contained and utilized by us for the Kingdom
 of God. They have been filtered and purified specifically for us by
 the sacrifice of Jesus. We have a responsibility to prevent their misuse or non-use. If we allow them to just 'drip into the drain,' we will miss the blessings they were meant to produce for us and for others, bringing glory and honor to God who gave them. Paul admonished young Timothy, "O Timothy! Guard what was
committed to your trust." (1 Timothy 6:20 NKJV).

"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men." (Colossians 3:17, 23 NKJV).

When God calls us to follow and serve Him, He will not restrict
 the flow of the Holy Spirit to a mere drip. The flow is in abundance. Our hand is on the faucet to open it to its fullness...to the degree
of our commitment--and blessings will be forthcoming above our ability to receive them. One example is Malachi 3:10-11 relative to giving of our resources: "íprove Me now in this,í says the Lord of Hosts. ĎIf I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour
out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that
he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail
to bear fruit for you in the fieldí says the Lord of hosts."

When we have stopped the wasteful drip and drainage of our
spiritual life, then we can allow the Lord to POUR out His blessings to us from His 'faucet.' We must not restrict the flow by our lack
of commitment but open our vessels to receive it. "Do not fear
little flock, for it is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you
 the kingdom." (Luke 12:32 NKJV).

We must stop all drips that drain and waste our resources that
are meant for the Kingdom of God and "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and
to him who knocks it will be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV).

Stop the drips so the flow can begin.

Delores Adams
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October 14, 2003

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