Living Water

PRAY

Father God, you have created us with a spiritual thirst. One that will not be satisfied by anything but you. You have put eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11), may we open our eyes to the truth of your love. May we open our hearts to your living water.

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Read all of John 4:1-26

“The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.  The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:11-14

  • Why was the woman surprised that Jesus asked her for a drink?
  • What is Jesus’s response to her?
  • This paints a beautiful picture of our spiritual thirst.  We can all relate to the idea of having physical thirst, but what Jesus is seeking to satiate is so much more. What does this tell you about your need for Christ?
  • As the passage concludes, Jesus shares some powerful truths about God the Father and God the Son. What does verse 24 tell you about God? What does Jesus reveal about himself in verses 25 & 26.
  • Jesus reveals himself as the Messiah to a struggling woman from a people with whom Jews never associated & what does that tell you about who he came to seek and save?
  • What is Jesus invitation to you?

GROW

  • God put eternity in our hearts for a reason –  he has put us here at this time in these circumstances in this place that we would seek him (Acts 17:26-27). He reveals himself in His creation, in His word, and through the gift of His Son. How does that help you look at your life in a different way?

Lord God  may  our attitude be as the psalmist writes…”As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1-2) Lord may we look to Jesus to quench that thirst and may the springs of eternal life well up inside us so that we can pour out your love and life  to others. 

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“I am gentle”

PRAY

Dear God, you have revealed yourself through your Son and through the scriptures. Open our eyes to Christ this advent. May we know You more and more as we study the life of Christ and look toward His return. Soften our hearts to your truth that we may rest in the cover of your love.

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Matthew 11:25-30

“At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.  27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” H

  • Here little children is used to describe people who seek Jesus with simple faith. How does this picture contrast to the image of those who do not approach Jesus this way?
  • What authority does Jesus reveal in verse 27.
  • What details about the intimate relationship between the Father and Son is revealed in this passage?
  • What invitation does Jesus make to all who hear (read) of Him?
  • Two yoked oxen also share a very intimate relationship. One takes the heavy burden and leads – but unless both work together the cart will struggle to move easily or straight. What does Jesus demonstrate about the kind of relationship He desires to have with you?
  • Jesus proclaims that “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (vs. 30) What burden are you carrying around on your shoulders today? Give Jesus the heavy weight upon you and take His yoke upon you.

GROW

  • Jesus reveals who His Father is and who He is by what he shared throughout His life. What did you learn about the God today? 

Lord God you desire to be in relationship with us. Lord you desire to be our rest, and yet we carry around our burdens and struggle to accept your beautiful peace. Help us today to come. To come to you, lay down our burden at your feet and take up your yoke. Help us to experience your gentleness & love as you lead us. Knowing that when we come to you with faith like children we are bound together for eternity by your work on the cross. In Jesus name – Amen.

Appointed

PRAY

Father God, help us to see Jesus as the one you have appointed.  That we would know with certainty that He is your Son and that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-4) Lord may we bear witness to this reality and each day walk according to this truth. 

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Hebrews 1:1-4

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Hebrews 1:1-4

  • What changed when Jesus came – who did God speak through?
  • How does this help us see who God is?
  • How is Jesus described in this passages – make a list.

GROW

  • God has revealed Himself through His Son. Alleluia! How did God speak to you about Himself and His Son through this passage?

Lord God you are glorious, powerful and full of love. Even still in our fallen state, you chose to reveal yourself – to redeem us – through the gift of your Son – Jesus. Lord when we choose Jesus,  help us know in our hearts that we have been raised with Christ and help us to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Clossians 3:1) help us to seek you and your will as we focus on the things that are above and not the things of this world. May our focus this Christmas be Christ. In Jesus Name – Amen

What Comes Next

PRAY

Lord as we begin the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, help us to look to him with rejoicing for what He has done for us. Help us understand who He is more each day and help us watch with anticipation for His return.

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Isaiah 9:1-7

“The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

Isaiah 9:7

Anticipating Jesus. From the foundation of time people waited. Waited for the coming Messiah. And now… we wait for his return. As we begin the season of Advent – we celebrate the one who has come. The one has saved us from our sin. The one who makes us whole and new and sealed. The one who brings light and hope and love to a dark and desolate place. We celebrate the one who is to come who will usher in the new heavens and the new earth. The one who reigns!

  • What does it mean to you that the light of Christ has shown into this “land of deep darkness”?
  • What picture of Christ’s ability to conquer do you see in this passage – write the verses down.
  • Using verse 6, take each title and write down the traits they carry. What does this tell you about Jesus?
  • What does verse 7 reveal about the fulfillment of this scripture?

GROW

  • How can you shine the light of Christ today?

Lord may we trust in the truth of your word. May we each shine your light before men that they will see our good works and give glory to you. May you transform our hearts and minds so that we can be effective stewards of the gifts you have given us and may we bring you glory in all we do and say. In Jesus Name…

Advent – God’s Gift Day 24

 Pray & ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s gift for today.

Read Luke 1:26-38

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 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
Luke 1:30,31

Accept this wonderful gift! God gave you the gift of Jesus!  I will be praying for you! 

Advent – God’s Gift Day 23

 Pray & ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s gift for today.
John 3:16

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“Jesus said, ‘for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that woever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.'” John 3:16

  • God gave His only Son that you might have life in Him. That through Him you would come to eternal life! Praise God!

Accept this wonderful gift! God gave you His son and the gift of Eternal life in Him!  I will be praying for you!