Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
LORD Jesus, I thirst…
PEACE be unto you!
“Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and He will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.” (Acts 3:19-20 NLT)
To me one of the most devastating sins causing us a great deal of anxiety is that of unbelief or lack of trust in God. The author of Hebrews wrote, “So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter His rest.” (Hebrews 3:19 NLT)
One of the most powerful prayers of repentance (at least for me) is in chapter 6 of Mark’s gospel: “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24 NLT) I know it is difficult for words to express emotions but because this scene has played itself repeatedly in my life. When I close my eyes and imagine myself in the scene I sense the immediacy in Jesus’ voice, there’s no anger in it only a longing and a need for the father to trust him to do what is right. And in response, Jesus hears the immediacy in the father’s confession of his wavering faith.
Because of the powerful worldly forces surrounding us I know I my faith will again waver and I will again hear myself saying, “LORD, help me overcome my unbelief!” Since becoming intimate with today’s scripture a couple of days ago each time I read it the phrase “He will again send you Jesus” I get all warm inside because God responds to my prayer of repentance with the height, width, and depth of His compassion, love and forgiveness. I believe that is what Jesus meant when he told the woman at the well, “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:14 NLT)
Jesus, thank you for quenching our unquenchable thirst!
Believe in presence of the GOD and in the strength of his GRACE!
GRACE and PEACE,
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