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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus used the term living water to refer to the Holy Spirit. Jesus also uses the term to indicate eternal life. The two go together: Wherever the Holy Spirit is accepted, He brings eternal life. The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus’ followers at Pentecost and has since been available to all who believe in Jesus as Savior. (NLT)
John 7:37-39 – On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
[God] has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. –Luke 1:53 (NIV)
Marion Turnbull (Merseyside, England) titled her story “HUNGRY AND THIRSTY;” here is a portion of Marion’s story:
“. . . ‘Jonny’s been eating sweets from his friend. He doesn’t want any dinner,’ said James smugly. . . .
“Sometimes, like Jonny, I need more discipline in y life. It is so easy to fill my life with books, television, and other kinds of entertainment that I don’t have much of an appetite for God. Most of these pastimes are not bad in themselves, but they satisfy me only for a short time. I want to come hungry and thirsty to the feast of live God continually spreads for all.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What is pulling my attention away from God?
Prayer: Dear Lord, we come to your table hungry and thirsty for you. Thank you for giving us nothing less than your own self. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV). Amen.
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