“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1
It’s easy to destroy but constructing takes work and patience.
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While praising God at a concert, He whispered to my heart: “To whom much is given, much is required.”
“What’s required, Lord?” I asked. “What does this mean?”
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Scripture – “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:22
Observation – Jesus was giving His last instructions/teaching to the disciples before He would be arrested, tried, and crucified. He knew they would be filled with sorrow. But He promised He would see them again. And He did when He rose from the dead! Then, He told them, “No one will take away your joy.”
NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY OUR JOY
Application – The truth that Jesus died for our sins and conquered death can never be erased, taken away, or canceled. Our joy is in Him and therefore it is unshakable and can never be taken away. We are His forever and we will live forever with Him. He will wipe away every tear and make all things right.
Prayer – Praise you Jesus! Praise you that no one can steal our joy. We are yours forever and forever. Help me to live in a way that glorifies you. Thank you that even though we have trouble and suffering in this world, no one can take away that with you we will have everlasting joy and peace. Please help me keep my eyes on You instead of on the troubles of this world.
S – “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.’” John 4:13-14 BSB
O – Jesus was waiting at the well in Samaria. He knew the woman would come. The woman no other Jewish man would have acknowledged or spoken to. Yet, He immediately made contact with her. He offered her living water. Every time I read the words Jesus spoke to her, I immediately feel the longing to have what He is offering (even though I already have it). I can understand the longing that must have sprung up in her heart. Imagine: to never thirst again. To have living water. When we believe in Jesus, His Spirit comes to live in us and becomes a spring of water springing up, giving us eternal life. Eternal; forever His.
A – At times I have read this and wondered why I don’t always feel it. I have been a believer since I was young. But I’ve looked at it the wrong way. Since I put my faith in Jesus, He has always been there. Yes, I’ve had many times of wandering. I fail in some way everyday. I still sin. But, I’ve never again been thirsty to know the answer to my sins and struggles. His Spirit is always there. All I have to do is reach out. His living water is in me and wells up in me and through Him I have eternal life.
P – Praise you Jesus! Thank you! I love you. Thank you for the gift of eternal life. Thank you for your living water. Please let your Spirit flow through me like living water to others around me.
Scripture – “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the word, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:17
Observation – Jesus did not come to condemn the world. The world was already condemned. He came to save us. He was and is our only hope. God loves us that much. Believers have no need to feel condemnation. Jesus rescued us from that. There is no more condemnation.
Application- Jesus has rescued me and I will never again face condemnation. I’m free. I’m His forever. But I don’t want to presume on that grace by taking sin lightly. Sin is still destructive and evil still corrupts. I want my life to honor Him.
Prayer – Jesus, please keep me from presumptuous sin. Help me to always be sensitive to the conviction and leading of your Holy Spirit. I don’t want to let the things of this world choke your word in my life. I know I’m yours forever but I also don’t want to enter heaven as if by fire with all my works burning up. Please help me build what is lasting. Help me keep my eyes on You.
ADDED NOTE: Even when I blow it. Even when I do let things choke His word. His love for me never changes! That is astounding! That is the Good News! His love never fails, never changes, never leaves us. Praise His Holy Name!
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S~ God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:4 (NIV)
O~ Interspersed throughout the…
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