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No one will steal your joy!

Scripture reading for November 14th: Ezekiel 46-48, John 16

John 16: 19-22 “Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him, so He said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘a little while and you will not see Me, and again a little while and you will see Me’? Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”

As Jesus explained how He would go away for a time and then they would see Him again, the disciples struggled to understand. Jesus, perceiving this, used a woman giving birth as an illustration of how this event would affect them. As the labor brought pain and lament in the time immediately before the birth, so the disciples would experience pain and lament. The world would rejoice. As the woman quickly forgot the anguish of the birth, joyful at the new baby and new life, so the disciples would also rejoice at Jesus appearing again, having conquered death. He would confirm His resurrection to them in such a way that no one could ever rob them of their joy and hope! They would ask the Father for their needs and receive in Jesus’ Name! Amen!

John 16:23-24 “”In that day you will ask nothing of Me. Truly truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in My Name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in My Name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.””

Prayer: Father God, thank You for these amazing truths and promises of joy and answered prayer. Forgive me for my unbelief in failing to ask You at times for my needs and power to accomplish Your will. Let the river of Your love through the Holy Spirit flow in me, the new ‘temple’, to reach the lost and dying in this world. Encourage me that everywhere that river flows, life will result! Amen!

Ezekiel 47:9 “And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.”

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God loves to answer His children!

Scripture reading for July 7th: Matthew 7

Key Scriptures: Matthew 7:7-11 “”Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

Is God really listening to us? In our world there are lots of voices and distractions. Not many people really listen closely to others. And we can’t see God so how do we know He is listening? These same questions came to the disciples who followed Jesus. Jesus gave them careful instruction and used examples that everyone could understand. Getting God’s attention is as simple as asking, seeking, or knocking. Those that ask, receive. Those that seek, find. And those that knock find the door opening. These verbs are all in a persistent voice that is full of faith in the answer coming. To help His followers with God’s willingness, Jesus pointed to children asking their parents for bread or fish for satisfaction of daily hunger. Would the parents spitefully give their own children stones or serpents instead? Never! Neither would the Father! He is a good, good Father who always listens and gives good gifts in response!

Luke 18:7-8 “”And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?””

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for being a loving and compassionate and listening Father Who delights to hear and answer prayers. Forgive me for failing to believe this by not asking, seeking or knocking but instead trying to figure out how I can do it myself. Fill me afresh with the Holy Spirit and empower me to pray even when I don’t know how or what to ask for.

John 16:23-24 “”In that day you will ask nothing of Me. Truly truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in My Name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in My Name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.””

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