Every Drop of Jesus Day 45

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Day 45 - John 8:12-20

Points to Ponder:

1.To what parts of our life does Jesus give light to?

2.How does Jesus help us see ourselves better?

3.How does Jesus help us see what is going in our life better?

4.How does Jesus help us see who God is better?

5.Why could the Pharisees not see this?

Verse:

Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world.  Anyone who follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world and you help me see life better.  You help me see my heart as it really is.  It is a dark hole of sin, full of deadly cancer through and through. Without you, there would only be darkness in my heart.  Lord Jesus, thank you for scattering the darkness of my heart.  You help me see God as he really is.  He is the God of grace and mercy, compassion and truth.  He is my dear Father who loves me deeply and dearly.  You help me see life as it really is.  My life is truly and always under your care and concern, under your might and rule.  You help me see things as they really are.  If I judge things by human standards, I will always miss the mark.  But when I see things according to you and your Word, then I see things better. Help me to see things more and more clearly day by day that I might walk in the light of your presence.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 42

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Day 42 - John 7:45-53

Points to Ponder:

1.There are now numerous people who are questioning whether Jesus is the Messiah or not.  What do the Pharisees and Jewish leaders continue to do?

2.Why do they continue to do it even though the crowd of believers grows?

3.Agree or Disagree.  Nicodemus was bold to speak out in this case, but still needed to more clearly confess whether he believed in Jesus himself or not.

4.What do you learn for yourself in the fact that Jews continue to reject despite all those who speak up?

Verse:

Nicodemus – the one who came to him previously and who was one of them – said to them, “Our law doesn’t condemn a man before it hears from him and knows what he’s doing, does it?” – John 7:50-51

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I see these Pharisees and Jewish leaders dig in their heels against you.  The crowds are questioning whether you are the Messiah or not.  The temple guard is coming with questions too.  Even Nicodemus, one from among them, raises an important question and they dig in their heels against you. It would be easy for me to rail against all those people who dig in their heels against you. But, Lord Jesus, I first ask that you would keep me from hardening myself and digging in my heels against you.  I am capable of the same hypocrisy and hardness.  It’s in me.  If they can do it, so can I.  I pray that you would keep me from this hardness.  I pray that you could soften my heart by your Spirit so that I am always open to correction that comes from your Word.  Keep me from arrogance and hardness against you.  And, then, Lord give me gentle and true words to break through to those who are hardened against you.  Help me, like Nicodemus, speak up clearly for you and from your Word.  But Lord, give me more boldness than Nicodemus. Help me also clearly confess that I am yours and you are mine, that I follow you, even if it means that I will be cast out by others. Keep me close to you, dear Savior, my whole life through.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 41

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Day 41 - John 7:32-44

Points to Ponder:

1.Why are many unable to understand what Jesus is talking about when he talks about leaving?

2.What is Jesus talking about when he talks about leaving (v 33-34)?

3.Why do you understand what he is talking about?

4.What does water do for our physical bodies?

5.Since Jesus is talking about the Spirit when he talks about living water flowing from within, what does the Spirit do for our faith and life?

Verse:

Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.”  He said this about the Spirit. – John 7:37-39.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, you have sent out your Spirit on the world. On the day of Pentecost, you poured out your Spirit on those who believed in you.  On the day of my baptism, you poured out your Spirit on me and he has filled me from within.  O Spirit, sustain me by your Word and by your indwelling.  Give me a strength, a grit, a resolve to press on even when it’s hard. Satisfy me in the morning with your unchanging word that I might be glad, joyful, and serve you all my days.  Strengthen by your power that I might serve you boldly, confidently, and with deep resolve.  And most of all, O Spirit, well up in me like a spring and give me life with you and with the Father and the Son for all eternity. Jesus, I come!  Give me your Spirit that I might live with you forever.  Amen.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 40

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Day 40 - John 7:25-31

Points to Ponder:

1.Why were the crowds in Jerusalem confused about Jesus and where people stood?

2.In v 24, Jesus had said, “Stop judging according to outward appearances.” How do you see them doing the same here?

3.Some did believe in him.  Why did they believe?

4.Your life can be a launching point for preaching the gospel.  How do you see that in Jesus’ life and ministry?

5.What does this say to you about the life you live for Jesus?

Verse:

However, many from the crowd believed in him and said, “When the Messiah comes, he won’t perform more signs than this man has done, will he?” – John 7:31

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, your signs and miracles gave evidence to the crowds that you really were who you said you were.  While some were amazed at your signs and listened to your words, there were also others who refused to believe in you and even wanted you arrested and dead.  Spirit, I cannot control how people respond to the message that I share with them. I cannot control whether they believe in Jesus.  That is your work that you must work in them.  I cannot control those things, but I can, as much as you work in me, control the life I live.  I can control the life I live and I can control the things that I come out of my mouth.  You show me here that people are watching the way I live.  They are watching how I handle adversity and trouble.  They are watching how I interact with people.  They are watching to see the love of God in me.  Let my life shine a bright spotlight on you so that people are willing to, at the very least, listen to me.  Let my life be a launching point for the message that I have to share that more and more people will believe in you.  Amen.

 Note: There will be a slight change to the plan.  We will be taking Sundays off so that we can focus our hearts and minds on worship.  The next reading and prayer will come on Monday.  Jesus keep you all.

Every Drop of Jesus Day 39

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Day 39 - John 7:14-24

Points to Ponder:

1.Why did Jesus go to the Temple even though he said that he wasn’t going?

2.What does Jesus seem to be doing more and more when it comes to the Jewish intervention he is facing?

3.What does he make clear about his message?

4.Knowing this about Jesus message and where it came from, how do we want to receive and use his Word?

Verse:

Jesus answered them, “My teaching isn’t mine but is from the one who sent me.” – John 7:16

Prayer:

Jesus, you make it clear to me where your teaching comes from.  All that you teach comes to you and so comes to us from the Father himself.  He is the source of all wisdom, all teaching, all that is true and good. This seems so obvious to my eyes of faith and yet the Jews and so many others don’t want to see it or believe it.  They live inconsistently, accepting the things of Moses but rejecting the things of you.  They accept some things, but refuse to believe what you say.  I pray, Lord Jesus, keep me from this.  Help me by your Spirit to accept the things that you say to me whether I like it or not.  Keep me from an inconsistency in my faith where I accept and follow some things, but reject and ignore other things.  And then, Lord Jesus, make me bold to teach it.  As I teach it, help me to remember that I am not the source of this teaching, but rather that it comes from you.  You are the source of all that is true and good. You are the authority in my teaching.  Help me to teach it and share it as teaching coming from you.  Amen.