Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Live In Victory

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)

12th January 2013

We live in victory by first coming to Jesus and learn how to rest in Him. Then we let the Holy Spirit teach us all the things God has for us and we receive them by faith. Afterwards, we learn to release what we have received to others. And lastly we need to understand that there will be warfare against our unseen enemy and so we must resist in the faith by submitting to God.

1. Resting

Jesus invites us to come to him and he will give us rest. He finished the work of salvation for us and is now seated at Father's right hand. This is also where we are seated. We do what we do now from the place of rest. We are to cease from striving and struggling to get what we already have been given. We learn from Jesus to work from the place of rest. We work because we are sons not to become sons.

In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

In Hebrews 4:9-10 it says, There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.

2. Receiving

One of the blessings of the Holy Spirit whom we have received through Christ is that He makes known to us all the things that have been freely given to us through Christ.

In John 16:13-15 we are told, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

In 1 Corinthians 2:11-12 Paul tells us, For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

3. Releasing

Freely we have received, freely we give. We have the authority in Christ to share the gospel and see the works of Jesus continued in the earth.

In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

4. Resisting

Part of living in victory is found in submitting to God and resisting the enemy. The enemy is not to set the agenda or lead us. The Holy Spirit leads us and when the enemy interferes, we submit to God and resist Him staying the course in following the leadership of the Holy Spirit and living as Jesus lived.

In 1 Peter 5:8-9 we are told, Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

In James 4:7-8 we are encouraged to Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you…

Have a good week resting, receiving, releasing, resisting and living in victory.

Pastor Barry

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