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August 3, 2017, 11:47 AM

Is there a man of God in the city?

There is a man of God in the city — July 23, 2017

1 Samuel 9:1-6  NAS 1 Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.  2 And he had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.  3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. So Kish said to his son Saul, "Take now with you one of the servants, and arise, go search for the donkeys."  4 And he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them5 When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, "Come, and let us return, lest my father cease to be concerned about the donkeys and become anxious for us."  6 And he said to him, "Behold now, there is a man of God in this city, and the man is held in honor; all that he says surely comes true. Now let us go there, perhaps he can tell us about our journey on which we have set out."

Do they know who you are; can they tell you have been with God?  

  • Characteristics of men/people of God. Bringing Truth, Discernment, Prophetic in that they hear from God, Healing, Delivering, Etc.
  • Blessings men/people of God bring: They are salt of the earth, light of the world, healing to society, wisdom to the hearers, soothing to the troubled.

Are you known as a man/woman of God? Can people look to you for a right word?

  • God has his ways to get you to the right people and He also has his ways of getting the right people to you.
  • Sometimes God shoos our prized donkeys away from us so we can get to the man of God and/or the man of God can get to us.
  • Don’t get so concerned over the lost donkeys that you fail to see what the process is really about.        
  • Often it is in the search of finding the “donkeys” that we find and take hold of the most important thing that is missing.
  • Saul’s father’s donkeys were not nearly as important as what God has for Saul to find. Sometimes God leads us down strange paths to get us to the right place and the right person.
  • Saul was ready to forget traveling and searching for his dad’s donkeys because he knew his dads heart would be more concerned for him than his property of donkeys.
  • Sometimes God allows us to exhaust our efforts of searching and trying so that we know nothing except the miraculous word and power of God. 
  • Don’t be afraid to seek out council from a person of the Spirit.                                                                                                                                                   

    Someone says, “There is a man of God in the city that we could ask for a word on the matter. God gives wisdom, truth and discernment to those who have been with him. We will speak by his Spirit.                                                  

John 15:26-27  "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me,  27 and you will bear witness also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

 “Having been with the Lord, or the Lord having been with them” means, they had his Spirit, wisdom and power abiding within them and they would witness his words of truths.

You and I will not get everything we need apart from community and the body of Christ. All through the Scripture God uses people to bring instructions and confirmations of his will to others. It’s not “me and Jesus got our own thing going and we don’t need anybody to tell us what it’s all about.”  Saul of Tarsus who later became one of the chief apostles needed someone to lay hands on him to receive the Holy Spirit.  Saul of Tarsus saw Jesus but Jesus instructed him to go to a certain street and a certain person (Ananias) to get some help, receive the baptism of the holy Spirit and free him of physical blindness. God has always partnered with people! (Acts 22)

Gen 41, Pharaoh dreamed a dreamJoseph was searched out to interpret the dream. Daniel chapter 1-3. King  Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and God sent Daniel to interpret the dream and bring wisdom to the king

    May I tell you, God has a man; God has a woman with his word in their mouth!

Throughout the Scriptures God’s hand is recognized on men and women of God. Even the fear of the Lord had fallen on people and they were afraid of putting their hand against the people of God because they knew they had been with God and God was with them to fight for them, speak to them and protect them. There was Jacob whom God was with. (Genesis 35:1-20)  

There was Moses, the leader and the people of Israel. It was evident to all the people around that God had been with Moses and the people to provide and fight for them as they traveled in the wilderness.  (Deuteronomy 2:7)  

The people of Israel were feared because of the blessings of the Lord. Their enemies tried to get the prophet to curse God’s people but instead only a blessing came on them.

 Because of the blessings and protection of God on his people, heathens like Rahab feared to bring harm against the people of God, she turned  and aligned herself with God and his people and her life was spared when the wall of Jericho fell down as the God’s people marched around it by the command of the Lord and when the walls fell, they  destroyed their enemies and saved Rahab and her entire household. 

God says of David2 Samuel 7:8-9  "Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be ruler over My people Israel.  9 "And I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like the names of the great men who are on the earth.

Not only is there a man/person in the city, but they have a city within them. They have a promise; they have a dream, a vision, an assurance to a better country, a city, a home, a tabernacle. Inside their heart they hold to the promise of a city.




April 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Five Ways To Live In Harmony With One Another 

      (Taken From Chapters Romans 14 & 15 - See Scripture below)

  1. Welcome them: Are you so weak or small that you cannot tolerate someone with different opinions than yourself? Do they really have to have everything in common with you before you welcome them? Do they have to be strong and “cleaned up” spiritually before you welcome them?
  2. Accept them: Not everyone has arrived at the same understanding of truth. While there is one path, one God, one interpretation of God’s word, not everyone is at the same point in the destination. The track of maturity and knowledge is probably beyond what we comprehend; let’s accept believers wherever they are without rejecting their person. One does not have to embrace their theology to embrace their person. Let us be always kind, always loving, always seeking understanding and always true to God. In the same way Christ accepted you without any guarantees and in your mess. How did He accept you? He took you in as his own son or daughter. He held you close and forgave you without counting or reminding you of your past sins and failures or holding them against you. He is always ready to forgive you because He remembers your weak frame and that you are dust. He became a servant to you so that He would glorify his Father in Heaven. He lavished his love on you and gave you the Kingdom of God. He put in in his will and gave you inheritance in all things rich and small. Finally He promises you and home in Heaven with Him and his big beautiful family for all eternity.
  3. Don’t Criticize and/or Argue:  Others may do what you cannot do in good conscience. What right do we have to criticize the Lord’s servant? God is the ultimate and final Judge. While judging a deed is sometimes needful and biblical, judging the heart of individuals is not our job; only God knows the motives and deepest part of ones heart and spirit. What right do we have to criticize the Lord’s servant? What profit does one gain to win an argument? It is possible to win an argument and loose a friend. No need to make issues on non-essential things, beliefs and behaviors of others. Everyone will stand before the supreme Judge. All of us will give account for ourselves. Every servant will rise or fall before his own Master.
  4. Never Be A Stumbling Block To Others: It is offensive to God if the believer does not care about other’s welfare. God grieves and will not hold us guiltless when his children lives their lives haphazardly causing his brother or sister to lose faith in Him. In fact, Jesus says, “If you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea (Matthew 18:6 NIV).   .  New believers and the lambs are vulnerable. Watch your speech and actions. If your liberty is offensive to the lambs, you should be willing to forfeit your rights for love and harmony and their welfare. 
  5. Practice Patience:  Be patient with the weakness of your brother and sister. Follow the example of Christ who did not please Himself, rather He patiently suffered the insults of others and patiently modeled what is righteous. As you desire others to be and do toward you, do the same with them.                                                                                                                               Romans 14:1 - 15:9  NLT Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don't argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.  2 For instance, one person believes it's all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.  3 Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don't. And those who don't eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.  4 Who are you to condemn someone else's servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord's help, they will do what is right and will receive his approval.  5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable.  6 Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.  7 For we don't live for ourselves or die for ourselves.  8 If we live, it's to honor the Lord. And if we die, it's to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  9 Christ died and rose again for this very purpose-- to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.  10 So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.  11 For the Scriptures say, " 'As surely as I live,' says the LORD, 'every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God. ' "  12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.  13 So let's stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.  14 I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.  15 And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don't let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died.  16 Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good.  17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.  19 So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.  20 Don't tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble.  21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.  22 You may believe there's nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don't feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right.  23 But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.                                                                                                                                                        NLT Romans 15:1 We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves.  2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.  3 For even Christ didn't live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, "The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me."  4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled.  5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.  6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  7 Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.  8 Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors.  9 He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them.

 




January 17, 2017, 1:04 PM

Who Moved My Donkeys (From 1 Samuel Chapters 9 & 10)

1 Samuel 9:1 - 10:12  NAS Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.  2 And he had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.  3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. So Kish said to his son Saul, "Take now with you one of the servants, and arise, go search for the donkeys."  4 And he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them5 When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, "Come, and let us return, lest my father cease to be concerned about the donkeys and become anxious for us."  6 And he said to him, "Behold now, there is a man of God in this city, and the man is held in honor; all that he says surely comes true. Now let us go there, perhaps he can tell us about our journey on which we have set out."  7 Then Saul said to his servant, "But behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For the bread is gone from our sack and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?"  8 And the servant answered Saul again and said, "Behold, I have in my hand a fourth of a shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God and he will tell us our way."  9 (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he used to say, "Come, and let us go to the seer"; for he who is called a prophet now was formerly called a seer.)  10 Then Saul said to his servant, "Well said; come, let us go." So they went to the city where the man of God was.  11 As they went up the slope to the city, they found young women going out to draw water, and said to them, "Is the seer here?"  12 And they answered them and said, "He is; see, he is ahead of you. Hurry now, for he has come into the city today, for the people have a sacrifice on the high place today.  13 "As soon as you enter the city you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat, for the people will not eat until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now therefore, go up for you will find him at once."  14 So they went up to the city. As they came into the city, behold, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the high place.  15 Now a day before Saul's coming, the LORD had revealed this to Samuel saying,  16 "About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he shall deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me."  17 When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said to him, "Behold, the man of whom I spoke to you! This one shall rule over My people."  18 Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate, and said, "Please tell me where the seer's house is."  19 And Samuel answered Saul and said, "I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for you shall eat with me today; and in the morning I will let you go, and will tell you all that is on your mind.  20 "And as for your donkeys which were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father's household?"  21 And Saul answered and said, "Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?"  22 Then Samuel took Saul and his servant and brought them into the hall, and gave them a place at the head of those who were invited, who were about thirty men.  23 And Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion that I gave you, concerning which I said to you, 'Set it aside.'"  24 Then the cook took up the leg with what was on it and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, "Here is what has been reserved! Set it before you and eat, because it has been kept for you until the appointed time, since I said I have invited the people." So Saul ate with Samuel that day.  25 When they came down from the high place into the city, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.  26 And they arose early; and it came about at daybreak that Samuel called to Saul on the roof, saying, "Get up, that I may send you away." So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.  27 As they were going down to the edge of the city, Samuel said to Saul, "Say to the servant that he might go ahead of us and pass on, but you remain standing now, that I may proclaim the word of God to you."  NAS 1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, "Has not the LORD anointed you a ruler over His inheritance?  2 "When you go from me today, then you will find two men close to Rachel's tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, 'The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. Now behold, your father has ceased to be concerned about the donkeys and is anxious for you, saying, "What shall I do about my son?'"  3 "Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the oak of Tabor, and there three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three kids, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a jug of wine;  4 and they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from their hand.  5 "Afterward you will come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and they will be prophesying.  6 "Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man.  7 "And it shall be when these signs come to you, do for yourself what the occasion requires; for God is with you.  8 "And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings. You shall wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you should do."  9 Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.  10 When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them.  11 And it came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now with the prophets, that the people said to one another, "What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?"  12 And a man there answered and said, "Now, who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb: "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

 

WHO MOVED MY DONKEYS? (Written By: Loraine Taylor  January 2017)

When your donkeys have gone and hid,

Seek the Lord, don’t flip your lid.

Perhaps It was God who bid them “go”

His way and plan we may not know.

 As you seek your donkey to find,                                                                                                    

this one thing please keep in mind.                                                                                               

Perhaps it was God who started this thing,

that in your loss, you may start to sing.

For who knows what he has in mind,

more than donkeys, he’ll help you find.

For it’s his ways to hid somethings,

so you’ll accept the treasures he brings.

Both big and little are in his hands,

No man knows all his plans.

Listen and learn when things go wrong.

Seek his face and learn his song.

Things don’t come as you think they should,

they may be hiding among the wood.

So look and listen, ask and seek,

Knowledge will come to all the meek.

For in times of distress, he’s always near,

He’s speaking to you, be still and hear.

The things he says are riddles you see,

Not always plain to you and me.

Pause and stop, kneel and look,

the donkeys you find near the brook.

I put them there so you would find,

the things I had on my mind.

To tell you there would make no sense,

You would deny and become all tense.

So I brought you away, your donkeys to find,

That I could tell you what’s on my mind.

Go get those beast and return to your home,

It’s not their fault they needed to roam,

My hand still rules from up on high,

to show my people that I am neigh.

To hear their prayers and needs supply.

It’s not may will that they should die.

The death of one who doesn’t know,

the love of God in open show.

Of little things, like donkeys found,

Returned home in health, safe and sound.                                                                              

So rest your case on me and find,                                             

I’m your God, I’m always kind.

 

 



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November 7, 2016, 1:42 PM

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November 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

The Thirst Quencher

                                                            The Thirst Quencher                                                                                                           

John 4:1-10  NAS  When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John  2 (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were),  3 He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.  4 And He had to pass through Samaria.  5 So He came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph;  6 and Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.  7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink."  8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.  9 The Samaritan woman therefore said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)  10 Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

The Mission: Jesus came to seek & save the lost.  In doing so, Jesus uses the location and action of the Samaritan woman who is dipping waters to satisfy her natural thirst to teach and offer her what she needs to satisfy her spiritual thirst.

The Purpose: Jesus teaches truth so that people can be set people free.                                                    

He contrasts the natural water in the well to the flow of spiritual living waters which He refers to as being the Holy Spirit. This living water is the Gift of God, the Holy Spirit that was poured out upon the believers in the upper room after Jesus’ ascension back to the Father. 

The Introspection: Jesus caused her to address her own human thirst.  Everyone has this thirst. We like this woman, we can go from one thing to another, or as is seen in the Samaritan woman at the well, she went from one relationship to another trying to quench her thirst.

The Diagnoses: Jesus diagnosed her issue. Her having the 5 husbands and living with one out of wedlock was not the real issue,  it was only the symptoms of the GREATER ISSUE/reaI issue. The real issue was, she was thirsty and had not found the “thirst-quencher.”  God is the ultimate healer, doesn’t simply TREAT THE SYMPTOMS! He gets to the REAL ISSUE! The issue of the heart thirst.

The Fact:  If we want to get spiritually healthy, we must allow the Master/Teacher and CREATOR to diagnose our issues.  Her issue was originated from her thirst, her thirst originated from the need we all have for a personal relationship with our CREATOR!  

“God has put a GOD/SHAPED vacuum in each of us and we will not be satisfied until we have Him sitting in the right position, which is the throne of our mind, will and emotion. That means receiving God as the Lord and Savior of our life.

The Dilemma: She, like so many of us today did not properly know how to quench her thirst/felt need. She went from one person to another (5 husbands and the one she was with was not her husband), she still had not found the answer she was seeking.

Like many today, she was saying to herself, “if only.” She had tried five “if only’s” and was in the process of trying another “if only” but they were not the answer either.

The Revelation: Jesus showed her, her diagnoses. Jesus did not diagnose her as a bad woman, rather he said, she was a thirsty woman. She was trying to meet a “felt need” and was continually coming up empty and unsatisfied.

The Understanding Jesus: Jesus knew the longing in her heart! It was her dissatisfaction, her thirst that drove her to look for more, in doing so; she entered into wreck-less living.  Only spiritual intimacy with God in a right relationship can quench the real thirst within each of us.

The Substitute: In trying to quench the thirst, sometime people even substitute religion for relationship. That’s what the Pharisees did. Jesus told them in John 5:39-40  "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me;  40 and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life.”

The Misinterpretation: Your situation is NOT your issue. You may fix your situation but if your TRUE THRIST IS NOT QUENCHED, you will have yet another situation…  A messed up “SITUATION” originates from your inner thirst?  Have you tried to satisfy your spiritual thirst with a non-spiritual, non-scriptural answer?                                                                

Many people go through life thinking, “if only I had a bigger house, a better job, a different wife/husband, a place to get away, a drink, a drug, a (you can name the substitutes).  Most of us have tried many things; even some good things trying to quench our thirst but in doing so it’s only a poor substitute in the place of the LIVING WATER/God Himself.  

Even “Christians” are not exempt from trying to substitute “pleasures and things” to satisfy spiritual needs and cravings. When Christians are lacking in fellowship with Christ and the Holy Spirit, we are more vulnerable to be drawn/lured away with the cravings of our flesh. That’s why Jesus said, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." Religion will not QUENCH YOUR THIRST! The relationship of ABIDING IN FELLOWSHIP with him will quench your thirst! Come to Jesus!

The Truth: ONLY JESUS CAN SATISIFY YOUR SOUL. All other satisfactions are temporary in nature and endurance. 

The woman at the well found herself in a messed up situation and even though she had tried to fill that thirst and had drank from the NATURAL WELL of physical and even some emotional pleasure, she always found herself wanting more, waiting and longing for more.         

She was kept waiting the day when the “MESSIAH” would come. John 4:25-26 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us."  26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." Her source of “thirst-quenching” always seemed to be sometime “in the future.”

The Confrontation: Procrastination…So sad, too many of us are willing to “reel and rock” in a sad state of being when what we need is God who waiting to receive and relieve us!

We live in hope of someday receiving the “THRIST-QUENCHER.”  What if your “someday” is today and you miss it?

The Messiah is the only true “THRIST-QUENCHER.”  He stood, yet she kept pushing and procrastinating to “ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TIME.  Finically, Jesus said to her…John 4:26  Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."

What else does Jesus have to do for you to finally accept him as the LORD and MASTER of your life?

Humanity's greatest thirst is for right relationship with God. Too many are like the woman who was thinking only of physical thirst. Too often we try to satisfy a spiritual thirst in a physical way; that never works!

The Invitation: John 7:37-39  Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'"  39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Yes God created this "hole" that cannot be filled by any other: in short, that "God-shaped hole" was created by God for us to look for him.  Are you thirsty? THE THIRST-QUENCHER IS HERE!

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, would you pray this prayer with me?

“Father God, I have sinned and broken your Laws. I recognize that I cannot save myself or make myself worthy of you; therefore I come to asking forgiveness and reconciliation to you and your Son Jesus Christ. I believe He died in my place and made payment for my sins. I give myself wholeheartedly to you and I pledge myself to learn and grow in you. Thank you for receiving me as your child and writing my name in your book. I believe I have eternal life through you. Amen”

He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:11-12  

 


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