05 August 2013

He is Victorious . . . not overwhelmed!

Scripture: John 7:37-38

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds,  “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!    Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

Observation:

It must have taken serious guts to stand in the crowds of people, and shout out His message like that.  And yet, while His flesh may have quailed some, I know He trusted His Father, and have a feeling He was consumed with the need to try to get through to some of His people.  That maybe, someone, somewhere, would hear Him and recognize Him, and be helped.

Application:

How much do I trust? What am I willing to do? How much do I let the weaknesses of my flesh overcome the direction of the Spirit? How often do I cave under the mock pressure of the enemy, letting myself be convinced I'm overwhelmed? Even though, always and forever, Jesus stands ready to lift me above ALL of it.  To give me the way, to show me what He wants me to do, to show me the steps to take to conquer whatever I'm facing in His name . . . even if it's just a desk, with papers piled high.

Prayer:

Father, guide me today. Show me how to conquer the things all around me that need doing . . . and show me which ones I really must take on, and which ones I can just throw away.  I KNOW You are NOT the God of feeling overwhelmed . . . You are the God of Victory!  Let me worship You in my everyday, and teach me to walk in the Spirit, even when I must work in the flesh.  In Jesus' name I humbly pray. Amen.

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!