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In Spirit and in Truth.


God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. —John 4:24

At the well, the Samaritan woman recognized that Jesus was a prophet, and she launched into the ongoing dispute between the Jews and Samaritans regarding the proper place to worship God. Jesus offered her a fresh way to see God, the “who” of worship instead of the “how” or “where.”

As God is a Spirit, so are you. You may think you have a spirit, but you are a spirit. Jesus said we must worship God in spirit. If you try to worship God in your flesh, you will be distracted by where you are, how you feel, and what is happening around you.

While still chained in darkness, a prisoner in the dungeons of Rome, Paul rejoiced in being seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). Paul was not hallucinating! He took hold of the revelation that he was a spirit, and in the spirit he dwelt in the presence of God. If you live in the flesh you will miss it, because revelation is not received in your flesh. Take hold of this reality and learn to live, see, and hear in the spirit.

Holy Spirit, put Your new and fresh revelation in my
heart. I take hold of You and know that I have taken
hold of Truth and reality. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

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How Jesus Defied Convention in His Dealings With Women.


Felicity Dale
Felicity Dale

Jesus refused to be bound by the conventions of his day. At times he even seemed to go out of his way to provoke the religious leaders. He chose to ignore manmade traditions.

One of the ways in which Jesus defied convention was in his treatment of women. Think, for example, of his willingness to have a conversation, alone, with a Samaritan woman of very dubious reputation (John 4). Jesus always treated women with dignity and respect. Whereas I can think of several examples where he publicly rebuked men, I cannot think of a single example where he castigated a woman or publicly shamed or embarrassed one. On the contrary, he went out of his way to defend them (Luke 7:36-50, John 8:3-11).

But Jesus went beyond that. In a society that was highly patriarchal:

He gave illustrations that women would relate to–for example, about yeast in a lump of dough (Luke 13:21), sewing a patch on an old garment (Matthew 9:16).

Women, as well as men, were the heroines of his stories–the woman who lost a piece of silver (Luke 15:8-10), the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-5).

He never told a story where a woman was the “villain” of the piece. (The closest example would be the five foolish virgins.) Men were often cast in that role.

He publicly honored women as examples to follow–the widow who gave two small coins (Mark 12:41-43) , the woman who poured ointment on his head (Matthew 26:6-13).

He welcomed their children. Although the text doesn’t specifically state so, I suspect it was mothers who brought their children to Jesus so he could bless them (Matthew 19:13-15).
He defended their rights. Jesus stood against the common practice that a man could divorce his wife for no reason (Matthew 19:3-8).

Jesus didn’t dumb things down when he talked to women. Some of the most profound conversations that were recorded in the Gospels occurred with women. Think of the talks he had with the woman at the well in John 4 (the first time he revealed his Messiahship) or with Martha about the resurrection (John 11). The story of Mary and Martha shows Jesus encouraging Mary to sit at his feet learning from him rather than being relegated to the kitchen (Luke 10:38-42).

In a society where a woman was not viewed as being a credible witness, Jesus revealed himself after his resurrection to women, and entrusted them to take the news that he had risen to the disciples (Matthew 28:1-10).

I think another of the reasons Jesus didn’t have female disciples; he was protecting women’s reputations. The Pharisees were out to get Jesus. They accused him of being a glutton and a drunkard just because he shared meals with sinners. If he had given them any hint of an opportunity, they would have accused of him of immorality too.

Jesus’ actions speak of his attitude towards women–honor and esteem.

FELICITY DALE


Adapted from Felicity Dale’s blog, Simply Church. Dale is an author and an advocate for women in the church. She trains people to start simple/organic/house churches around the world.

Give Me To Drink.


A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” –John 4:7

This illustrates to us how full the world’s common walks are of Christ. This woman went out from her home on a very ordinary and commonplace errand, to draw a little water from the public well, and before she returned she had met the Messiah and He had revealed Himself to her soul as her Savior. She was not seeking for Christ save as the unsatisfied yearning of her heart was a faint cry for Him whom she knew not. We never know when we are to meet Christ. He waits for us in all the paths of life. She was in the way of simple duty when he met her.

The way of duty is always the surest place to come upon Christ. No one ever yet found Him in the path of disobedience. This woman was unaware of the glory of the presence beside her. Jesus met her in the form of a weary and way-worn man, and won His way to her conscience and heart before he revealed to her the glory of His personality. Christ continually comes in unrecognized ways, getting near to us and drawing out our love and trust before we know that it is Christ we are loving and trusting; then He drops the veil and shows us His blessed face.

There is another suggestion here: Jesus began His ministry of blessing to this woman by asking a simple favour of her. “Give me to drink,” He said. Thus He continually stands before us in some disguise, asking some service. He Himself has told us that in the least of His little ones who appeal to us for bread in their hunger, or relief in their distress, He Himself comes, and that what we do for these we do for Him. So we never know when it is Christ that stands before us, in some suppliant or needy one, with timid request for help. We should be careful how we treat the lowliest, lest some day we deny a cup of water to the blessed glorious Christ.

By Vine.


Bible In A Year: March 11th…

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Seeing the Potential.


Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
John 1:42

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John 1:35-42 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%201:35-42&version=NKJV )

In his book,  You Can Lead Effectively , Mathew Philip wrote, “Jesus had the habit of always seeing the potential for good in the people around him. Jesus saw the potential for good in Simon Peter. Jesus identified the potential in Simon when He said, ‘You are rock’ before [Peter] understood his own potential.”1

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Jesus saw the potential in the Samaritan woman, in Mary Magdalene, in the simple fishermen of Galilee. He sees the potential in everyone, for He made us on purpose, designed us in His image, wrote the script of our lives in advance, and intends to use us for His glory. He knows the thoughts He thinks toward us, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

The Lord Jesus is the potter, you’re the clay, and He longs to shape you into a vessel fit for His use (2 Timothy 2:21). His love not only recognizes who you are but what you will become. He knows the legacy before us.

Jesus saw the potential you have to bring glory to God. Today, emulate his example by telling others how great a gift it is to honor him with your life.

From the book Moments of Peace in the Morning (Baker Publishing Group)

1Mathew Philip,  You Can Lead Effectively  (Maitland, FL: Zulon Press, 2008), 19.

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John 7:1-8:30

By David Jeremiah.

Waiting.


And he [Jesus] must needs go through Samaria-.-.-.-being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well. —John 4:4,6

These verses don’t say Jesus just happened to go through Samaria, or that Samaria was on His way. In fact, it was out of the way for Him to go through Samaria. Jesus went there and waited, knowing the Samaritan woman would soon arrive.

Sometimes it may seem as if your family is going through the greatest trial of your lives, but you are right on time. God is just getting your family to Samaria. You may not know where your fourteen-year-old is, or your sixteen-year-old may be on crack, but don’t fear. Jesus is waiting at the well.

I wanted to be a trial attorney and was on my way with a basketball scholarship when I blew my left knee out of joint-.-.-.-and my scholarship out the window. In the ashes of that brokenness, God said, “You are right on time. I just have to get you to a cornfield in Columbus, Ohio. I want you to plant a church there.”

So don’t worry over your children. They don’t have to find God. He knows where they are, and He is waiting for them to arrive.

Lord, I will go wherever You lead. Through whatever terrain or wilderness, I will follow You. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

 

From the well of mercy…


“….In His love and mercy He redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years.” -Isaiah 63:9
In scripture, we find Jesus talking with a woman of Samaria.

A woman of ill repute.

She had come during the day to draw water from the well.

Jesus is there, and He begins to talk with her.
In that one conversation, the woman’s life was totally changed and turned around.

It was a miracle of a different sort – a miracle that healed her soul and her spirit, for she was never the same again.

An awesome change occurred in her life and in the life, no doubt, of that village in Samaria.
God does the same for each one of us as we embrace his love and mercy in our own lives.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for using the troubles I’ve faced as a catalyst for change. Your love and mercy have repeatedly lifted me up and carried me through the dark times in life. Amen.
Reflection: If you came upon Jesus in your everyday life and he asked you about your life, how would that conversation go?

By Dr. Lawrence Wilkes, Crystal Cathedral Pastor.

The Reach of Love.


 

In His Presence: “I who speak to you am He” (John 4:26).

Jesus knew exactly what He was doing when He decided to pass through Samaria. He was returning to Jerusalem and the disciples could not believe He wanted to travel into the region.

Even though it was the shorter route home, the Samaritans were considered to be unclean by most Jews. Therefore, the area was generally avoided. But not by Jesus. He had an appointment with a woman at a well. Only, He did not let His disciples in on His plans.

As He stopped to rest beside the well, they urged Him to keep moving. Finally, He sent them into the city to buy food. When a woman showed up to draw water, Jesus asked her for a drink. He violated a long list of Jewish rules by talking with this woman—a person whose life was far from pure. Only women who lived sinful lifestyles came to the well at midday. Yet, this was exactly when and where she met the Savior.

The bottom line of their discussion was focused on God’s unconditional love. He is willing to go anywhere to meet us, and Jesus proves this by traveling into Samaria. Until we come to know and experience His personal love for us, we will never understand how to worship Him.

Perhaps, like this woman, you have found yourself living in a situation that is rooted deeply in sin. Guilt and fear are wrapped around your heart and are now weighing your life down—causing you to wonder if God could ever love you. The answer is yes. Not only does He love you with an unconditional love, He wants you to be free of anything and everything that would prevent you from truly loving and worshiping Him.

This woman became a believer, and her joy and faith were so powerful that those who heard her speak couldn’t wait to meet the Savior. You are never outside the reach of God’s love. When you turn to Him, He turns toward You with hope and restoration.

One Minute Please
There is more to worship than finding the right location. It has to do with a heart that is repentant and turned toward the Savior.

By Dr. Tony Evans.

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