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His gift, My gift

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Last month I asked the Lord Jesus what gift I could give Him for His Birthday.  As I listened for His reply, I had the recurrent thought that He wanted me to honor Him by following the Apostle Paul’s example.  “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3: 13-14

This month I am intent on delivering this gift to Him, morning by morning, hour by hour.  I am, by nature, prone to second guessing myself, prone to ruminating over my sins, my mistakes, and my failures.  This rumination leaves me stuck in yesterday.  In my flesh I am unable to forget what lies behind and strain ahead.  To give my Lord His gift, I need to exercise His gift to me.  I need to grab hold of His life within me, His power, His grace.  As I do that, I am able to leave the past behind – to leave it at the foot of the cross of Christ, covered with His atoning blood.  I am able to live new, each new day, straining ahead and upward.

“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23

Lord, I praise You for your compassions which never fail and that are new every morning!  I thank You for giving me newness of  life each new day.

 

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Refreshed to Refresh

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Today’s post flows out of yesterday’s post, Calling The Thirsty

Once my thirst for love,meaning, significance, forgiveness, and redemption have been quenched by the Caller and once He has filled these hollow places in my life with His Living Water,  I am a spring.   I am The Caller’s  Spring.

The dictionary defines a spring as a natural fountain or flow of water.  A spring moves.  It is not stagnant.  If I am a spring, then I must ask, “Why do I feel stagnant?”  I think the answer lies in how I allow the challenges and disappointments in life, my griefs and my hurts to keep me in a self-absorbed state.  Proverbs 11:25 proclaims: “He who refreshes others will himself  be refreshed.”

It seems one of the paradoxes of the Christian faith is that I am emptied to be filled.  I must pour out my living water to be re-filled.  Again and again, this filling is the movement that keeps the water fresh, that keeps it alive.

That brings me back to the thoughts I expressed in the post, Doing Business.  If I am to be doing the Father’s business until my Lord returns, it will involve refreshing others, pouring out my living water to be filled again each morning.

Heavenly Father, move me off dead center and thrust me into activities that refresh and revive the thirsty all around me.  Do this by your power and for the Glory of your name.  Amen.

 

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Calling The Thirsty

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“Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord…Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it.  When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived.  So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.”  Judges 15: 18-19

En Hakkore means the caller’s spring or spring of the caller.

“Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17

There is One who is calling you, calling you home to the Land of Living Waters. He longs to strengthen you and revive you, to give you everlasting life.  His name is Jesus. Listen.  Do you hear Him calling your name?  He knows you by name.  He is waiting for you to cry out to Him for living water.  When you do, you will become En Hakkore.  You will be The Caller’s Spring.

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