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2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV)

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Quiet Time Reflections

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Week of: November 19, 2012                    pmcrawford1@gmail.com
Sharing by: Pam Crawford

Although in America we celebrate Thanksgiving on a particular day; let us not forget as Christians, everyday is an opportunity for thanksgiving. We don't need a specific day to give thanks and praise to our Creator but I have to say, I love that we still have this day set apart in America to gather as family and friends around a dinner table to share a meal and the goodness of our Heavenly Father. I look forward in anticipation to a day when this will happen everyday with the Father present and visible. But until then may I say that although we may not be sitting at the same table this year, how exciting it is to know that believers everywhere are privileged to bring God into the celebration. Let's do it!

The following is a wonderful reminder for us as we prepare our tables for the celebration. Let's not forget the life-giving water. From my home to yours, HAPPY THANKSGIVING. I am grateful to serve you through these writings and I pray that you shall be blessed. Drink up.

In Christ by grace,
Pam

Diagnosis: Dehydration; Cure: Living Water
Stepping Stones Devotional
Transformational Thought
When I was a kid, people weren’t obsessed about health. Fitness clubs didn’t exist, nobody ran unless they had to, grease and butter were an actual food group, fast food was the new Utopia, and cigarettes were just a smelly habit. Now my wife says my Fruit Loops aren’t healthy. She keeps putting vegetables on my plate even though the only vegetable I eat is french fries.

Everywhere I go nowadays, I see water bottles. I still have a hard time paying for water, but it seems like we have water bottles all over the house. Martine and my girls tell me water is healthy for me and that I don’t drink enough. Well, the experts seem to agree with them. They say that if you feel thirsty, you are most likely already dehydrated. A recent report title said it all: “You are not sick … you are just thirsty.” All the medical experts agree on this one; we need to drink water continually through our day. So it seems like we are all dehydrated.

Well, not only are we physically thirsty, but we are born spiritually thirsty as well … empty … dry. All of our “sickness” is actually due to our spiritual dehydration. You see, we constantly thirst for God … His love, acceptance, and security. Only He can fill these essential needs … our neediness for everything! Only through Him do we find purpose, fulfillment, contentment, connection, engagement, passion, competence, peace, joy … and especially, pure and true love.

But we are constantly using “spoiled,” even poisoned, water to substitute for the true living water that only God, through Jesus, truly is. But Satan is sharp. He doesn’t put the poisoned water in a bottle with a big ‘X’ on it. He doesn’t place a “Poison Warning” or skull and crossbones on the label. No. Satan packages this poison in an attractive, fancy bottle, with an enticing ad and alluring promises on the label. Drinking this contaminated water leads to depression, anxiety, addictions, hopelessness, anger, brokenness, stress, agitation, loneliness, and frustration. But we still drink it thinking it actually cures these problems.

It sounds easy to avoid. So why do we still drink the poisoned water? One reason is that we don’t drink regularly. Then once we become dehydrated, out of desperation and discomfort we grab any bottle to sooth ourselves, thinking something is better than nothing. That is like drinking salt water when you are thirsty. Instead of making the situation better, the situation actually becomes dangerous.
Today, commit to taking sips, or short prayers, of living water. Confess a sin immediately. Stop to thank Him for a blessing you take for granted. Ask His advice on an issue. Tell someone why God makes a difference in your life. Take sips throughout the day from the river of living waters offered by Your Lord and God. Waiting until you’re dehydrated or taking in His living water regularly is your decision, so choose well.

Prayer
Dear Father God, I am so thirsty, Lord, and I know this means I am spiritually dehydrated. Daily, my tank is low and I thirst for more. Please give me wisdom to avoid contaminated water. Help me, Father, to drink and eat only what is good for me so that my soul may delight itself in Your abundance. Help me not to be complacent, but instead, to talk to You and recognize You more often in my day. I pray in the name of the One who died so I might drink from the living waters, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37-38
Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; and you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come; buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Isaiah 55:1-2
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:10, 11,13-15




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