Every Drop of Jesus Day 69

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Day 69 - John 12:12-19

Points to Ponder:

1.What happened when Jesus came into Jerusalem?

2.What kind of buzz was there about him?

3.Why were the disciples slow to connect the dots about Jesus?

Verse:

His disciples did not understand these things at first.  However, when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him. John 12:16

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, your Word is perfect, pure and an unbroken whole.  It is all intimately connected even though I don’t immediately see the connectedness of it, even though I don’t always see how it fits together.  The disciples didn’t either.  The Old Testament prophecies about you were unfolding in front of their very eyes.  Zechariah was happening!  Isaiah was happening!  Malachi was happening!  And it wasn’t until Jesus finally rose from the dead and was glorified in front of their eyes that the dots were finally connected and they had their divine “aha” moment.  O Holy Spirit, continue to teach me.  Continue to open my eyes so that I can see and understand the wonderful things written in your Word. Continue to give me eyes to see and ears to hear the wonders and marvels of your Word.  As I read it, study it, meditate on it, and inwardly digest it, help me to have these divine “aha” moments when the dots of your perfect, pure and unbroken word are connected in my mind and heart.  Help me do this, dear Spirit of God!  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 68

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Day 68 - John 12:1-11

Points to Ponder:

1.What did Mary do for Jesus?

2.How valuable was this gift?  What would it be worth today?

3.In accepting it, what does Jesus say about our gifts to him no matter the size or extravagance?

Verse:

Jesus answered, “Leave her alone; she has kept it for the day of my burial.  For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” – John 12:7-8.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, the world does not understand why I do what I do for you.  They do not understand why I give my offerings; I could use them for so many other things.  They do not understand why I give my time to other people; I could do so many other things for myself with that time.  They do not understand why I give up my Sunday morning or other times during the week for time in prayer and meditation.  And sometimes I wonder too.  I consider what I’m giving and how I’m spending my time and wonder if it could be used in ways that benefited me more.  Lord Jesus, it is all for you, out of love for you and all that you have done for me.  I can’t even begin to repay you for all your goodness to me.  And I’m not even gong to try. But, Lord Jesus, I am thankful for you and all that you did and do for me. You were committed to dying and being buried for me.  You rose from the dead and rescued me from an eternity in hell.  Lord Jesus, to this and especially to me you were committed.  Help me to give myself for you.  Help me to give all that I have for you and your glory.  And when I do, you love it and delight in it.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 67

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Day 67 - John 11:1-57

Points to Ponder:

1.Find all the ways that Jesus shows his care and concern in this chapter.

2.Which one encourages you and touches you the most?

3.Look at the frustration and faith of Mary and Martha.  What moved them from frustration to faith, even before Jesus raised Lazarus?

Verse:

“Your brother will rise again,” Jesus told her.  Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” – John 11:23-24.

Prayer:

Lord God, there are many circumstances and occasions in life when I am frustrated and discouraged with the way things are going.  There are many times when I even disagree with the direction that things are moving.  I sometimes feel frustrated and even upset with you for it.  That’s how the sisters felt when they knew how you could have helped, but hadn’t helped yet.  They were frustrated and upset.  Yet, the moved quickly to faith and hope because they aligned their hearts with your promises.  Martha quickly remembered your promise that the dead will rise on the last day and so her frustration was tempered with faith and hope.  Lord God, help me to align my frustration, sadness, fear, anger – any and every emotion that floods me – with your promises.  Help me to align my heart and my life with your Word.  Move my heart from frustration to faith.  Move my heart from sadness to hope.  Move my heart from anger to trust in you that you will handle all injustices in this world.  Lord, help me to align my heart and my life with your Word and your promise.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 66

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Day 66 - John 11:45-57

Points to Ponder:

1.What about this miracle would have caused a hardening of heart?  Why did some of the Jews get harder in their hearts?

2.How did God use even these hardened Jews for his purposes?

3.What divine wisdom was on the lips of Caiaphas?

Verse:

He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to unite the scattered children of God. So, from that day on they plotted to kill him. – John 11:51-53.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, you use the most unlikely people to do your work and to spread your Word.  In fact, sometimes you even do it without their complicity.  Caiaphas had no intention of preaching the gospel.  He had no intention of proclaiming to people the works of Christ, why he was here and what was going to happen because of him.  Yesterday, here God used him to proclaim to a stubborn people the work of Jesus to die for the nation.  O God, this is your MO.  You do this again and again.  You use the most unlikely people to do your work and spread your word.  Even me!  It astounds me that you let me be an instrument of your Word and of your peace.  You put your words on my lips and use me to comfort, encourage, direct, correct, rebuke and even forgive.  God how amazing you are that you would use unlikely and sinful people to do your work.  Thank you for letting me be a part in your work.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 65

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Day 65 - John 11:38-44

Points to Ponder:

1.What was surprising about what Jesus did next?

2.How did Jesus raise Lazarus?

3.What does this “shout” to call life out of death remind you of?

Verse:

After he had said this, he shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” – John 11:43

Prayer:

Lord God, such power exists in the sound of your voice.  You speak and stuff happens!  It has since the very beginning.  You spoke this world and all that is in it into existence.  You spoke and there was light.  You spoke and it was good.  Here you spoke again and Lazarus was raised.  Your voice has the very power to raise the dead.  Yes, it is even the word from your mouth that breathes faith into my heart and into the hearts of many others.  O Lord, send out your Word into my heart and awaken in it faith and trust and awe and wonder.  Your Word has such great power!  O Lord, send out your Word into this world that it might awaken faith and love in the world too. And, finally, dear Lord, at the last sent out your Word one last time to waken me and all who believe in you from the dead that like Lazarus we might come before you to live.  At the last, dear Lord, send out your Word and waken all from the dead that by faith we might live with you for all eternity.  Amen.