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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, January 26, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[Holy Spirit is given to all who believe.] In promising to give the Holy Spirit to all who believed, Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah, for that was something only the Messiah could do.
Jesus used the term living water to indicate eternal life. Here he uses the term to refer to the Holy Spirit. 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.)
Quoted verse: The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. –Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
“Story” – Trina Stamey North Carolina) titled her story “WHERE THE WATER BEGINS;” here is a portion of Trina’s story:
“. . . Streams, creeks, and rivers flow continually all around the area where I live. I’ve often sat beside a fast-moving mountain stream and wondered, Where is all that water coming from? What keeps the water flowing? Where does it begin?
“When I watch the water rippling in the creek, I honestly don’t know where it begins. However, I do know the source for the spiritual water in my life. Isaiah says that God will make us to be like springs whose waters never fail. God promises to satisfy our needs and to strengthen us, to continually send us blessings and work in us. God’s grace ad love continue to flow through me . . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Gods love is a stream that never runs dry.
Prayer: Source of life, thank you for your love and strength that never fails. Flow through us as we seek to love and serve others. Amen.
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