Friday’s Faith

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Living Water

“Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come;
and whoever wishes, let him take
the free gift of the water of life”
(Revelation 22:17)

Reflection:
The gift of eternal life is free. God’s free gift to us. It cannot be purchased; it cannot be earned. It is not automatic. It can only be accepted by faith. It is so incredible a gift that it could not even be desired before God revealed it to us.

The true wonder is that we will not continue just as we now are for eternity. The gift comes with the beginnings of our transformation into our true and new identity – as the daughters and sons of God Himself. And what He has begun here with our new birth He will bring to completion. He will reveal us to ourselves and to others as the real and complete, beautiful and flawless, gifted and delight-filled me! And we will know ourselves for the first time – and it will be so ‘very good!’

Don’t give up on yourself – or try to satisfy the cravings within your achievements or with the passing distractions of the world. As Jesus told the woman at the well, that water will make you thirsty again. Only He can give to us the living water that will satisfy our every thirst, including the ones that we have not yet recognised.

All that the Father has for us is waiting for us in His Son, where it is safe and cannot be harmed, by us or anyone else.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3)

All that we have ever longed for is waiting for us in the Lord Jesus – waiting for us to reach out and receive it as we join our lives to His more and more. We do not have to force it from Him. It becomes a natural flow from His Spirit to ours as we keep close to Him in prayer and in His Word and learn to rest in Him.

James Allison recognised that “Faith is relaxing.” God put it this way.

“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15)

Response:
Lord let my song from now on be “I did it Your Way!”

Prayer:

Lord God I want You so much, with all the life and love and light that You will bring into my spirit and into my life. I open myself to You Lord, and reach out to tap into Your Life – let Your waters flow!” Amen.

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Always Say Yes

“Then he sent some more servants and said, `Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready.
Come to the wedding banquet”
(Matthew 22:4)

Reflection:
Absolutely nothing is more important – or even as important – as the invitation and call that we have from Jesus Christ to be a part of His life. It is a call both for now and for all eternity.

Those who ignore the original invitation, extended to all and everyone, are walking away from the certainty of eternal light and love and salvation – and into the uncertainty of the darkness, and of the judgement of God.

Those who like these guests accepted the original invitation and now have other things in their lives that are more important to them, find themselves in an even worse situation than they were originally. For instead of failing to recognise the Lord they have insulted and rejected Him.

The love of the Lord God Almighty is such that He has

  • reached out to us in our darkness and separation from Him,
  • taken our sin upon Himself,
  • in Christ suffered and died for us upon the cross,
  • offered us not merely the position of favoured servants but of beloved daughters and sons
  • ‘lavished His love upon us’

It is not to be taken lightly but acknowledged, accepted and treasured with all humility – and never forgotten.

Our days and our lives are full of things that shout for our attention – and try to insist on us making them our priority. But nothing and no one should be allowed to take the position that belongs rightfully to the Lord. He alone deserves and should receive the worship that properly values Him. Jesus showed us that we cannot serve two masters – we must ensure that we always choose the right One.

Response:
Who and what are the real priorities in my life at the moment?

Prayer:

Lord God help me to recognise more of the truth about You and about me – and to have You as the loved, honoured and treasured Lord of my life. Amen.

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