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Never Thirsty Again

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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.

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Never Condemned but Still Accountable

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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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January 1, 2019 Genesis 1,2; John 1:1-28

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Start the New Year determining to read God’s Word everyday. Join others at Discover One Thing using the SOAP Bible study method. They now have video blogging! Listen to hear what Kim learned in today’s reading.

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“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.

Printable reading plan: Discover One Thing Reading Plan

Want to walk through the Bible one book at a time? Head over to Discover One Thing Online Study

Goodness and Light | Kelley Deases

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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Choked

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S – “The seeds that fell among the thorns are those who hear, but as they go their way, they are choked by the worries, riches, and pleasures of this life, and their fruit does not mature.” Luke 8:14

O – The seeds – the Word of God. Some hear and believe and follow. But they are surrounded by thorns:

worries: bills, health, safety, world events, to do lists, opinions….

riches: money, possessions, taking care of possessions, buying, maintaining, shopping…

pleasures: food, drink, sleep, warmth, comfort, entertainment, devices, social media…

All of these grow up like thorn bushes and choke the word of God in our hearts.

Then the fruit – which is there, does not mature. We become stunted, stuck, immature

The mature are those with a noble and good heart who hear, cling, and persevere. They produce a crop. v. 15

A – I’ve been letting myself be choked. Choked with possessions, money, shopping, things. Pleasure, entertainment, comforts. Maintaining this body in an effort to find health and safety here on earth. These have grown up around me. I feel stunted. I feel stuck. I have been behaving immaturely. My fruit is not maturing.

I don’t want to stay here. I don’t want to let the concerns, cares, and pleasures of this world rob me of what has eternal value.

P – Jesus, help me refocus. Help me re-calibrate. Help me refresh my brain and my soul. Help me not only hear your word, but cling to it and persevere in obeying, living, and applying it. I’m so helpless on my own. I can do nothing without you Jesus. I can’t be good, loving, or kind without you. Without you, I choose the selfish way. The self-destructive way. I need you every minute, every hour, every day. Please take all that I am Jesus. Work your will in and through me by the power of your Holy Spirit. I love you Lord. I want my life to show that.

Time to push the refresh button.

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I’m Willing to Fight But Will I Submit Without a Fight?

S – “Peter replied, ‘Even if I must die with You, I will never deny You.’And the rest of the disciples said the same.” Matthew 26:35

“At this, one of Jesus’ companions drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.” Matthew 26:51 (John 18:10 tells us this was Peter)

“Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:75 (having denied Jesus 3 times)

O – It seems that Peter was willing to die for Jesus, if he could fight to the death. His immediate reaction when the soldiers came was to fight. But when he realized that Jesus’ intention was to willingly submit to pain and death, that he could not do. He ended up denying Jesus, just as he had been told he would. Peter was willing to fight to the death but not willing to submit not knowing what might happen.

A – Peter was depending on his own strength and ability. If he could defend himself, he would stand by Jesus. But to submit to the soldiers and open himself up without a fight, trusting God with the outcome. That he could not do. This situation allowed him to see how he was depending on himself, not God.

Am I living in dependence on God or own my own strength? Do I make decisions based on how I can handle it? Or do I say, “God will give me what I need to take this step.” What am I not doing because I’m depending on my own strength and ability?

P – Jesus open my eyes to see where I’m behaving as Peter did. Thinking that as long as I can take care of myself I will stand with you. Help me to see where I need to willingly submit to the death of self and self-protection and leave myself in your hands.

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Peace vs. Anxiety

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S – “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?…And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:25, 27

O – Anxious – “a part as opposed to the whole” – “properly, drawn in opposite directions; divided into parts” figuratively “to go to pieces” pulled apart in different directions (https://biblehub.com/greek/3309.htm)

Luke 7:50 – Jesus told the woman to “go in peace”. “peace” – “to join, tie together into a whole. ie- when all essential parts are joined together – peace (God’s gift of wholeness) (https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm)

Anxiety is the opposite of peace. When we are anxious, we “go to pieces”, we are divided in mind and heart. When we are at peace, we are whole. All our pieces are joined together.

Anxiety never solved a problem, added days to a life, or accomplished anything good. Anxiety hinders our walk.

A/P – Father, please bring all my pieces together and help me to walk in peace. Help me to let go of all anxiety.

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Perfected Forever

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S – “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14

O – When Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, that was a one time offering. Unlike the animal sacrifices (which had no power and only served as a picture of what was to come), the sacrifice of Jesus was a one time offering that perfected those being sanctified (all believers in Jesus) forever. Forever!

A – I believe in Jesus Christ. I know He lived a perfect life, died for me, rose again, and will return one day. Because I believe in His offering, I am perfected forever! My sins are washed away. When I sin now (and I will sin as long as I’m in this flesh), those sins are already paid for. My eternal future is secure in His hands and no one can take me away from Him. Because I believe in Him, His Spirit lives in me and He is working to sanctify me. To make me more like Jesus. I will be a work in progress until the day I see Jesus in heaven. These things are true for all who will believe in Him.

P – Father, thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus! Thank you that I belong to you. Please open the eyes of anyone who reads these words so they will believe in you.

 

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