Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Thirst: Is There More?”. It is 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Lari Buckhart will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
“37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
“For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”
“1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”
“12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'” (John 7:37-38 ESV).
Stand right under the waterfall of His Word and let it pour over you; spend time in His Word, take it in, think it through, and drink it deeply by faith. The Lord longs for us to come to Him, to desire His character and His righteousness, and to live a life with one focus, one purpose, one God, all so that we will know-truly know and experience- the majesty and power of His glory!
If the river of living water is going to flow through us, and if we are going to continue to drink in the river of life, we must put off our sinful ways and walk according to the Word by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must walk in truth by the Spirit that now dwells in us as believers (Galatians 2:20). When we don’t walk in the Spirit, we fulfill the desires of the flesh, which are against the Spirit (Galatians 5:17).
It is such a struggle! Hear this woman’s cry: “I am concerned about the outside _ concerned about how things appear. Gripped by fear and instantly angry. I need to feel like a ‘good mom’ but I’m not. I want to grow closer to God, but I can’t. There is a WALL. I know something is wrong. I desperately want to LOVE and to be LOVED! I am almost angry with God because He isn’t answering! I want to hear from God!”
Read Ephesians 2:1-3. In this letter, how does Paul describe a person who is not in Christ, but separated from God by sin?
When we are in Christ, we are not to fulfill the desires of the flesh.
Read Romans 8:12-17. Where do you struggle? Be as specific and transparent as possible.
Choose one verse from today that the Lord can use to renew your mind and transform your heart. Take this truth to heart and bring it to life throughout your day.
It is hard to hear from God when we are living in sin. Having sex before marriage, getting hammered, abusing your child or spouse, watching porn and lusting after women, saying you follow Christ but as soon as you leave church then you do whatever you want, etc etc. Sin pervades the world and it will pervade you if you let it. What you consume (music, movies, TV) can also get in the way as well, even if you think you can handle it. Sure, you may not curse, but hearing it in music and on television constantly is feeding your mind and soul with sin. It can be a blockade from God. Nothing can overcome God, but you have to let Him. He gave us free will and you need to choose to let Him in. He loves us and wants us to live for Him and not conform to the ways of this world. Also, I highly recommend listening to today’s song.
“When we are in Christ, we are not to fulfill the desires of the flesh.” As obvious as that sounds, how many of us actually live by that? Honestly, it’s something I struggle with day to day. My flesh gets frustrated and angry when things aren’t going the way I need them to and I don’t always worry about controlling that anger because the release makes me feel less helpless. My flesh wants to neglect duty for distraction because I’m just not in the mood for whatever I’m supposed to be doing. My flesh wants to participate in things I know God doesn’t approve of, because it looks interesting and I can always find a way to justify what I desire.
“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” Galatians 5:17
I’ve discussed this before, but the Spirit is there to tell us when we are stepping outside of God’s will for us. It’s our choice to listen or keep going, but we have to expect that there are consequences for the choices we make. If we choose to ignore the Spirit and take part in something we should be avoiding, we should also expect that to hurt our walk with God. Unconfessed sin is a brick between us and God which will easily become a wall if we try to ignore it and keep going our own way.