What’s down in your well?
2 Corinthians 13:5 (AMP): “Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as [committed] believers. Examine yourselves [not me]! Or do you not recognise this about yourselves [by an ongoing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test and are rejected as counterfeit?”
Let us be determined this week to test and evaluate the well-spring of our hearts:
Is Jesus the King of your heart? We read in Galatians 2:20 (AMP), “I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” This verse is a powerful reminder that Jesus Christ Himself lives in and through us. His sacrifice on the cross for each of us personally opens the door to His power for us to respond, and not react to the situations of life.
Will you pass the test of faith? May we embrace the testing of our faith, so that we can live a Christ-centred life of obedience for His glory! God is so good! He always gives us even more than what we ask for… if we but TRUST and believe in Him wholeheartedly. May we glorify God for His compassion, love and care for us. May we always remember that God knows our lives from beginning to end. He knows every valley and mountaintop season we face. So wherever you find yourself today, let’s stand firm – trusting that the Lord knows it all, that HE has a plan, and He is not done with us yet! Even on those challenging days, may we remember Romans 8:28 (NKJV), “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” May God always be glorified through our faith and trust in Him! As Romans 11:34 and 36 (NIV) remind us, “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways! For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen.”
Do you personally know the Father? May we always remember the importance of Jesus’ life and mission on earth and how He came to reveal God the Father to us! As we all know by heart, John 3:16 (NIV) reminds us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Through Jesus, we have access to the Father, but it’s far more than just access. To know the Father, and for the Father to know us, requires an intimate relationship. May we pursue a relationship with our Father, through Jesus Christ His Son, above everything else in our lives!
Do you live according to the truth of God’s Word? We have such wonderful reminders in God’s Word – we can put our trust in Him, and find encouragement from His promises. May we counsel our souls with the truth of God’s Word, and remember God’s faithfulness, goodness, love and care for us. His Word is truly a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path here on earth (Psalm 119:105). May we not only read and listen to God’s words but also practice them daily (Matthew 7:24).
As we reflect on these Scripture verses and evaluate ourselves today, may we remember that God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die on our behalf. As we personally accept His gift of sacrifice, He will live in and through us, and we will reflect His glory. In so doing, He will reside in the recesses of our hearts, and what will come forth from the well-springs of our hearts, is JESUS!
Thank You Lord Jesus, that I can examine myself and see that there’s no part of my old nature that can follow You. I can see that Christ lives in me, and I can stand the test of faith. Thank You Jesus. Let Your glory shine out of every one of us. Thank you Lord Jesus, that Christ is alive and well in our hearts.
Lord Jesus, what a privilege to have Your Word to help us see who You are. Thank You that You are the almighty God who loves us. Thank You that we can counsel our souls with the truth of Your Word. Lord, will You help us to encourage other people – not by our own words – but by Your Words. In Jesus’ name.
Father, we want to say thank You for Your revelation. We pray that this revelation about Your Fatherhood will not merely remain as words, but that we will have an actual relationship and knowledge of You as our Father. Will You reveal Yourself to each one of us. In Jesus’ name.
Lord, thank You so much for working through our faith. You see even the smallest amount of faith and You work through that and in that. Lord, we praise You for the power that You have to meet our needs, for the way You forgive our sins, and for giving us everything we need. We praise You for the way that You see our heart’s deepest desires – that You care about us and You shower us with Your compassion and kindness. God, give us faith to believe that You care, that You are powerful and able, and that You will do these things for us. Ultimately God, would You give us faith to believe that no matter what happens, You will be glorified. We know that You will be glorified as You work in our lives. Lord, increase our faith today and be glorified in the way that You work in our lives. In Your name, we pray.
Lord, Jesus, You tell us over and over in Your Word that You know our going out and our coming in. You know where we are, every moment of every day. More importantly, Lord, You know the condition of our hearts. You tell us that no one can ever achieve perfection or heaven, by doing good deeds. You remind us that Jesus Himself is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to You except through Him, Father. If there is anyone within the sound of my voice who has never personally asked You to forgive their sins and be their Saviour, may they do so now. May they know in their hearts that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross paid the penalty for their sin. May they know that His resurrection from the dead showed that You, Father, accepted His sacrifice. We truly can have eternal life through Him. May today – this very moment – be the time of their salvation.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
(This WRAP is with great appreciation towards Johan, Elizabeth, Retha, Mary Lynn, Melissa)
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