So when you ask
Why do we often still feel thirsty?
What type of thirst do you think we deal with most?
As a Christian I want to have discernment given by the Spirit to identify my source of thirst.
Am I getting too caught up in worldly encouragements or remedies?
Is my trust in the Lord to provide for my inmost needs floundering because my eyes are on physical or emotional baggage?
He gives us so many opportunities to work out our faith muscles in times of trial which as Paul reminds us in Romans 5:1-5.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
The Living Water produces a profound contentment, but it doesn’t mean everything will be easy or we won’t need to always rely on that never ending flow. I’ve had 4 friends battle cancer in the last couple of years. Two have been terminal and two have seen healing. One of these sweet friends who is terminal expresses her contentment and trust of the Lord in her every encounter. (My other friend who was terminal has gone to be with the Lord, and she was amazing…)
Satisfaction in Jesus overwhelms everything going on around and inside these believers. It is a kind of satisfaction that cannot be taken away nor understood by someone who doesn’t know the Lord.
In your other question:
How do we hear more clearly from the Holy Spirit as to be discerning in engaging people to discuss right at the area that is meaningful to them?
I can only speak for myself. I’ve had some tough encounters of various kinds (believers, atheists, agnostics, etc.) And that’s when the trust comes in. And the best ways to engage always come from Him, and it will likely be different with each unique and individual person. I know the HS will grant me His counsel when I ask Him. So when I’m having a conversation I employ that trust in Him to give me words.
I also pray to the Lord and listen to the person at the same time (this is when I know it’s only God at work because this would be impossible for me in my own power!)
That trust also has to be present after the fact. That I believe I operated in the power of the Holy Spirit and even if it didn’t seem “productive” or extraordinary in some way (in my limited ability to measure those things) I know the Lord knows all, and I trust He accomplished what He intended through my act of obedience.
Conversely, I was just telling my 6th graders yesterday that some of my biggest failings often comes in my silence. Clamping my mouth and denying the HS opportunity. Silence is so easy when you’re relying on yourself.
Is this what you’re talking about, Tim? (Now that I’ve gone on for so long, I ask )
I hope others will share insights on your questions too!