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Are you thirsty?

37On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39, NRSV)

When the Spirit is with you out of your heart will flow streams of living water.

We can quench the thirst of those around us who are thirsty because the Spirit is within us.

We can give them love and hope and take care of them because God has empowered us to do that and to be there for them.

Are you ready to quench thirst?

 

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helps

26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  (Romans 8:26-27, NRSV)

When you can’t get the words to come out when the thoughts do not make sense in your own head, the Spirit knows what you need and intercedes.

We are never alone even when we think we are in a deep dark hole. God is always there and knows what we need.

 

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Glory Revealed > Suffering

18I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?  (Romans 8:18-24, NRSV)

We all suffer, some of us more than others.

We will all face times we do not want to go through. But what we see and face now will be completely outdone by the glory we will receive when we are completely with Jesus.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face. We now can’t see the glory all around us because of the brokenness of this world.

The brokenness that allows a white police officer to kill George Floyd while others watch. This is suffering no one should go through.

We live in a broken world and it is our calling as children of God and disciples of Jesus to show His love and stand up against the suffering we can stop.

We have the hope that God’s glory will be better than anything and we need to live in that hope and help others see that hope by standing up to what is wrong in this world.

Know we will all suffer, but some suffering we can stop and we have to stop it.

 

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The Spirit

37On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39, NRSV)

Out of the believer’s heart shall flow a river of living water!

Out of your heart flows God’s living water!

You can share what was given to you with all of the world!

Go, for you don’t go alone, Jesus and the Spirit are with you and give you what you need to show the world God’s love!

 

 

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Beatitudes

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:1-12, NRSV)

This passage always gets to me.

Blessed are those Jesus starts each phrase with until the last one. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you. Well, Jesus when this happens I don’t feel so blessed!

But that is what Jesus says because those that are doing this are not following after God.

So take heart that we are against the world, but we have God behind us, so which is better?

 

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children of God

14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:14-17, NRSV)

We are children of God and joint heirs with Christ.

We are not to be slaves of the world but we are to be free so we can share the love God has showered us with with the world!

Let us freely give as we have been freely given, and show the world the love of God.

 

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Speak

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” (Acts 2:1-11, NRSV)

I have always loved this text because it seems that we can interpret it in 2 different ways just from the reading.

1. is that everyone was speaking different languages than they grew up learning.
2. is that everyone is speaking in their native tongue and others are able to hear them without interpretation.

So which is it?

I think the better question here is does it matter which it is and does it have to be one or the other, could it be both?

We get so hung up on the how we miss the why and the miracle God is giving us.

Just let God do what God will do and don’t worry about how it works, just bask in the love that God is showering us with!

 

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