“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.” (Psalm 5:11)
Beloved often the Bible defines salvation as joy—-both in the Old and New Testaments. Joy is the direct response one has to salvation. God’s joy is greater than the abundance of food and drink. Such joy leads us to spontaneous praise God God.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Your deliverance is Your protection , and a response to Your protection on our behalf. Thank You, Abba, for your open love for Your people, by allowing Your Son to die on a cross so that our sins may be forgiven. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Remember, ‘Faith is a Journey, not a Destination!’”
“And a highway will be there; it will be called the “Way of Holiness.’ The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.” (Isaiah 35:8)
Someone might ask, “How could God punish and destroy a nation which He had promised to keep forever? Good question, but the answer is simple and equally good. It is called “remnant.” God punished the wicked but preserved a holy and righteous remnant who would serve Him and faithfully proclaim His name. God further promised to cleanse the remnant of His people. God’s promises remain true and He intends to do good toward His people. He also proved continued protection and care looking forward to the coming of the Messiah, the Lord’s Branch and the only One who has been perfectly righteous as God wants His remnant to be. Holiness and cleansing cannot be separated. The “Way of Holiness” is so called because it leads to Zion, the holy place. Those who want to travel on God’s highway of holiness will have to be clean from sin and Jesus is the way for God’s remnant to travel that holy highway!
“For you did not received a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:15, 23)
God’s salvation is expressed in terms of adoption as sons and daughters. Being sons and daughters is synonymous with being adopted by our Father God. The Holy Spirit of adoption who makes us children of God, enables us to call God our Father. “Abba” is the Aramaic word meaning “Father” or “Daddy.” Therefore God becomes the Father of the saved in a real and intimate sense. Adopted children are no less children of their parents than are their naturally born offspring. The presence of God’s Spirit assures us we belong to Him.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (Fr Jews do not associate with Samaritans.” Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’” (John 4:7-10)
Here is a rare encounter with a person and Jesus. She arrived around noon to draw water, which told Him she was being shunned by the other women, as they normally would draw water in the early morning. Jesus engaged her in a way that was unusual, because Jews did not mix with Samaritans and she noted it to Him.
Jesus’ conversation with the woman was directed at her most basic need, spiritual support to avoid sinful living. He did this without condemnation. Believers live in Christ much like fish live in water. He is our natural element—-the Water of life. Salvation means being “in Christ,” asking Him for life, and living out the life available only in Him. So how is your spirit life? Have you talked with Jesus about needing help? As humans, we all need water to drink, but it lasts only a short while. Jesus offers us the water of life, that will last forever.