Every Drop of Jesus - Day 14

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Day 14 - John 3:22-30

Points to Ponder:

1.Why was it a point of dispute between John’s disciples and another Jew?  Why were they arguing about Jesus baptizing and everyone going to him?

2.Why was John able to find such joy in the shrinking crowd and number of his disciples?

3.Why does the voice of the bridegroom (Jesus) give us such joy?

Verse:

The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:29-30

Prayer:

Lord God, I can be so earthly minded sometimes.  I think about what I’m accomplishing and how many people notice what I’m doing.  I think about how I’m noticed or not noticed.  I think about how people receive me or don’t receive me. I think about how people respect me or don’t respect me.  I care so much about my name and my reputation.  The truth is, dear Jesus, sometimes I’m thinking about my own glory and about becoming great of my own account.  Shift my thinking, O Spirit, and help me to find joy in making you great.  Change the focus of my life from trying to be great for me to trying to make your name great in this world.  Shift my life from one of making me great to one where I am becoming less and less so that you might become more and more, greater and greater in this world.  Help me to think less about me and my name and to think more about your kingdom, your name and your glory. Help me to think more of you and less of me.  And in this way, dear Jesus, fill me with great joy because you are truly great.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus - Day 13

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Day 13 - John 3:16-21

Points to Ponder:

1.What did Jesus come to do?

2.What did Jesus NOT come to do?

3.What is the good news in the answers to both questions?

4.What reasons does give us to NOT be afraid of coming out and confessing sin?

Verse:

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. – John 3:20-21

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, this is such a great section of Scripture.  There is so much gospel and good news in it.  You didn’t come to condemn the world.  You came to save the world.  You came to forgive sin and to save from condemnation.  I always ask myself the question, then, why don’t people come out of their dark deeds that would condemn them?  But I know how I am.  When I’m sinning, I try my best to cover it up.  I don’t want to come out with it and confess.  I even get more entrenched in my sin and go deeper into my sin.  Your light exposes me and I don’t want to be exposed.  But Lord Jesus, in exposure there is such freedom and grace. In you there is such life.  Because as soon as I come out with my sin and confess, just then my sin is forgiven and forgotten.  Just then condemnation disappears.  Just then you welcome me into your family.  Lord Jesus, keep me from hiding my sin and holding on to it.  Keep me from getting entrenched in my sin and my sinfulness. Keep me from this, dear Jesus!  Help me to see that in you there is forgiveness.  There is no sin in my life that you cannot and will not forgive and wash away.  Keep me from the sin of Cain who kept on in his sin and would not repent.  Lead me like David to repentance and so save me from death.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 12

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Day 12 - John 3:1-15

Today, we jump into John chapter two. See if you can catch some of the themes of light and darkness, life and death, grace and truth start to show up in this chapters as Jesus pursues his mission of saving people.  What themes do you notice in chapter 3.

Points to Ponder:

1.Why did Nicodemus come to see Jesus at night?  What did he hope to learn from Jesus?

2.Jesus doesn’t directly answer his statement from verse 2. Instead he gets right to the heart of the issue.  How might Nicodemus’ understanding of God’s kingdom have been keeping him from understanding Jesus’ life and mission?

3.What key ideas about the kingdom was Jesus’ trying to teach him?

Verse:

John 3:7 – Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again.

Prayer:

Lord God, thank you for the insight into my faith and life.  It doesn’t surprise me anymore that I needed to be born again.  I well know from my experience how sinful I am.  I know even better from your Word how sinful I am through and through. I know that I’ve been born from a sinful father and mother and that I must be born again of your Spirit.  Lord God, thank you for taking the surprise out of it.  Thank you for sending your Spirit to blow into my heart so that I know and believe in you.  Keep blowing, dear Spirit. Keep changing me. Keep breathing life and faith into me.  Keep enlightening me and many others.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 11

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Every Drop of Jesus Day 11 - John 2:1-25

Points to Ponder:

1. As you read the whole  chapter as a unit today, highlight some of the very important verses in this  section.

2. Why did you pick those verses?  Why are they verses you want to give greater attention to?

Verse: John 2:7-11 

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so,9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

Lord Jesus, you came with a mission. That mission is clear and direct.  You came to undo and to turn back the curse of sin.  You came to bring us to heave where we will enjoy an eternal wedding banquet with you. Each of your miracles give me a glimpse into that eternity that I will share with you.  You prepare for an eternal wedding banquet.  You calm the trouble sea, the creation that cries out to you for redemption.  You restore sight, hearing, lameness, in short, all that creation has destroyed and broken. Keep me in the faith until that day when I will live with you and with all your people for all eternity.  Amen. 

Every Drop of Jesus Day 10

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Day 10 - John 2:18-25

Points to Ponder:

1.Why did the Jews ask for a sign?

2.What was the sign that Jesus offered up?

3.They didn’t understand.  Do you?  How does the “sign” of Jesus resurrection answer the objection: ‘What authority do you have to do this?’”

Verse:

After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said.  Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken. John 2:22

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, your disciples have such a good memory for Scripture.  They remember the passage about your zeal.  They remember these words that you spoke and even connected it to your resurrection years later.  I want that biblical recall, dear Jesus.  I want to know your Word, Lord God.  And I want to apply it to my life as my life unfolds before me.  Help me to remember what you have said.  Help me connect what you have said to my daily life.  Pour out your Spirit on me so that he might teach me all things.  Pour him out on me generously so that I can have insight into your Word and might remember all the things you have taught me.  Give me a good memory for your Word.  Amen.