Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

9th December 2012

The Virgin birth is more than just another Christmas story; it illustrates just how close God wants to get to you.

In Luke 1:26-33 we read,

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

God, in fact, is asking you the same question that He put to Mary, "Are you willing to let me move in?”

Throughout scripture it's always been God’s desire to get close to His people.

In the Old Testament God was with Adam and Eve in the Garden. He was with Abraham, and even called him His friend. He was with Moses and the Israelites.

But in the New Testament we see that as a believer He's in you:

  • Jesus told the disciples, “I am in you" (John 14:20)
  • Paul prayed, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts” (Ephesians 3:17)
  • John says, “Those who obey… live in him, and he in them” (1 John 3:24).
  • Paul wrote, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27)
  • Then he added: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20)
  • And Jesus said, “If any one… opens the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20)

This is the mystery of the gospel:

‘God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God's glory. It's that simple. That is the substance of our message’. (Colossians 1:27 The Message)

God planned to have his Son, Jesus Christ, live in the hearts of all who believe in him, even Gentiles like the Colossians, and He is everything we need.

Because Jesus lives in you, you have unlimited access to His limitless power. That's why Paul writes,

‘To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me’. (V.29)

As a Christian, what's in you?

Jesus’ power! So what more do you need?

If you struggle with bitterness, worry, habits and fear, or indeed anything else for that matter, you have the power of Jesus in you to overcome. And as Jesus said,

“…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

The One who overcame the world now lives in us, what confidence that should give us.

Remember when the Angel appeared to Mary she said,

“…Let it be to me according to your word...” (Luke 1:38 NKJV)

Why not make this your prayer this Christmas? Allow Jesus into your life, experience His power, and live for Him.

Have a good week with Jesus dwelling in your heart.

Pastor Barry

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