“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again…” John 4.13
The Lord Jesus is speaking about “borrowed water” in this passage, because the well did not belong to the woman. We do not know why she went to that well (it may have been to draw water for her animals, for her crops, etc.), but the truth is that she was not the owner of that well. This is why He (Jesus) said that whoever drank from the water, which represents a “borrowed faith,” would become thirsty again. In other words, those who have a borrowed faith will continue to be thirsty.
“but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4.14
A fountain. Those who have the Spirit of Faith, which is the Holy Spirit, have a fountain within. It does not matter where he is, because he is the fountain. He doesn’t depend on anyone else’s well, because he is the source himself. How many people have wished to “live” in the Church? That’s right. Live in Church. Because of the environment, songs, messages and prayers of faith they receive there. But this is a borrowed faith. As soon as they set foot outside of the Church, they become thirsty again. Why is this?
Because they are alone out there; the pastor is not there to pray for them and give them a word of faith; there aren’t any motivational songs of faith out there; there isn’t a faith-based environment. And this is the moment when the “Lions” that appeared to Daniel; the “Giant” that appeared to David; the “Furnace of Fire” that appeared to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; the “Pharaoh” that appeared to Moses; the “Red Sea” that appeared before the Children of Israel; the “Crisis” that appears to them and so, they end up “fainting” from thirst (discouraged, giving up, giving in).
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” John 4.15
She understood this. She no longer wanted that borrowed water; she was tired of being in the same situation. Those who have a borrowed faith live in constant “ups and downs”. One minute they are doing well and the next minute everything is ruined.
The following are some symptoms that identify borrowed faith:
– In Church you feel strong; at home or elsewhere, you feel weak;
– One minute you believe, and the next minute you doubt;
– One minute you believe, and the next you need to see to believe;
– Always depends on the opinions of others;
– Do not know what you really want;
– Always moved by the faith of a good testimony;
– You just do something because someone else did it and you saw their results.
What do you carry within yourself, the Spirit of Faith or a Borrowed Faith? If you are always thirsty or depending on someone for support, your faith is borrowed. Those who have the Spirit of Faith do not depend on anyone; they are satisfied. He is the source himself.
If you want to become the source, you must receive the Spirit of Faith, who is the Holy Spirit.