Thursday, May 15, 2008

One is Greater

If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink." (John 7:37b)

Feeling a bit parched? Searching to quench that thirst with an iced tea or Diet Coke? Dive into the Word for real refreshment!I try to be diligent in my Bible reading and am often rewarded by God's speaking to my heart through particular scriptures. I pause and sometimes even write them down. The reflection usually ends there, however. This year, I would like to pursue the verses that God lays on my heart by pondering how He wants me to apply these verses in my life.
Here is what spoke to me this week:
"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world"
(1 John 4:4)

It is easy sometimes to become discouraged with our spiritual development. We feel that we are not maturing quickly enough. We feel disheartened by the carnality of the world and the gullibility of people who believe what is so far from the Truth.

John wrote the above verses almost two thousand years ago to people who felt, perhaps, the same discouragement. What a comfort it is to know that we don't have to tend to our spiritual growth all by ourselves. Our Gardener, the Holy Spirit, will nurture our development, along with the water of the Word. God is greater than any weeds of the world or the devil who try to choke out our growth.

Isn't it wonderful that John refers to our victory as already having happened ("have overcome them")? That victory began at the cross.

So, what verses have spoken to you this week? Post those verses on your own blog, along with how you see that God wants you to apply them in your life. Then, provide your link below so that we can drink from one another's wells of scripture.


Anonymous said...

Love this post! I have to quote this scripture to myself on many occasions . The Holy Spirit is a great gardener!

Anonymous said...

So glad I could join in today!

JamieLee said...

Thanks for doing this. I found your blog through kysha's blog. I hope this post is the kind of thing you're looking for here. :-)

God Chaser said...

thanks for sharing scriptures God lay upon your heart. I will try to meet wth you each thursday. I too agree the Holy spsirit is a great gardener. Please stop by and see how He is fertlizing and growing me. I agree there are many who are far from the truth and do not realize it. We must continue to pray all will come to know the saving grace of our Savior.