Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

This is for me

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)

10th May 2015

‘There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us’. (2 Timothy 3:16 The Message)

I recently came across a song by Don Francisco entitled ‘Everybody else but me’. Here are the lyrics:

Way back there in Jesus' time; the Pharisees walked so proud
They thought that they had the way to God; they prayed their prayers out loud
But Jesus said they had hell to pay; for the pretence and the games they'd play
I'm glad that's not like us today; we wouldn't act like that

Everybody else but me, Everybody else but me
He was talking to the hypocrite and Pharisee
Everybody else but me

I went to church one day last month, the preacher he preached real good
Talked about 'true' commitment; New Testament brotherhood
Talked about watching the things we say; the gossip that can wound and slay
I sure wish Joe had been there that day; cause he really needed to hear it

When Jesus made disciples; he told them what they had to do
He said take up your cross and follow me; deny yourself and you'll be free
But he meant those guys back in Galilee; that was just for them back then

Everybody else but me; everybody else but me
He was talking to those people back in Galilee
Anybody else but me

When I heard this song it made me think how true it is that we can read the Bible or hear a sermon and feel that this is for everybody else, anybody, but me.

Just think how life-changing it could be if the next time you read a Scripture or heard a message from the pulpit that you thought that this was for you rather than someone else.

Oops, there I go, saying that that Bible verse, that message is for you, when I should be thinking it’s for me.

It’s easily done, isn’t it?

I know that I need to be more open to what the Holy Spirit is saying to me through the Scripture and messages He has inspired.

Of course the Bible and messages preached from it will be relevant to other people, but I need to personally reflect on how these things apply in my life; what action do I need to take and what changes do I need to make.

I need to do this if Jesus Christ is to be my overriding passion - How about you?

Prayer

Father, please help me to be sensitive to what you want to teach me. Help me to be responsive to your written and spoken Word, and may Jesus, the Word personified, be the centre of my life.
Amen.

Have a good week applying the Word to yourself,

Pastor Barry

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