Drink

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You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1, NIV)

From the best bliss that earth imparts, we turn unfulfilled to you again.

                                                    —Bernard of Clairvaux

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” (John 7:37, NIV)

The next time you are exhausted and depleted at the end of the day, try simply saying the name “Lord Jesus Christ.” Say it over and over. Meditate on it. Sing it in a hymn. You’ll be amazed at the power of that name. According to the Bible, it can make the devil flee. More importantly, Jesus cannot resist coming to those who call on him. When he comes, he always brings his living water for our thirsty souls.

                                                                                                    — M. Craig Barnes


Flee

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The Bible teaches us in times of temptation in the flesh, there is one command: Flee! Flee fornication. Flee idolatry. Flee youthful lusts. Flee the lusts of the world. There is no resistance to Satan in lust other than flight. Every struggle against lust in one’s own strength is doomed to failure. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Flee from sexual immorality. (1 Corinthians 6:18, NIV)


Flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians 10:14, NIV)


Flee from sin as from the face of a serpent; for if thou comest too near it, it will bite thee; the teeth thereof are as the teeth of a lion, slaying the souls of men.

                                                                                                            — Apocrypha

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man [and woman] of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. (1 Timothy 6: 10-12, NIV)


Peace and Gentleness

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We must be willing to pay the price of peace, not defined by the absence of tribulation, but the presence of things like forgiveness, Biblical love, and gentleness.                                                             — Walter Henrichsen

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18, NIV)

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:5, NIV)

We are afraid someone will take advantage of us if we are gentle. … Paul says, the Lord is near you. … If you can see that, you won’t be afraid. So the degree to which you are known for your gentleness is the degree to which others will see, not your fear, but that Jesus is near. — M. Craig Barnes

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7, NIV)


Prerequisite

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The ironclad promise of guidance is preceded by the prerequisite of repentance of known sin. — Steve Farrar

When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. (Psalm 32:3-5, NLT)


Without you, what am I to myself but a guide to my own destruction? — Augustine

God’s will is for you to be holy. (1 Thessalonians 4:3, NLT)

Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you. (Joshua 3:5, NIV)


Day

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24, ESV)

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2, ESV)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8, ESV)

The Lord is ever giving us new opportunities, fresh chances, that day by day we may grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him. It is His will that we should grow daily in finer discernment, richer affection, and more brilliant hope. — J. H. Jowett

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. (Hebrews 4:7, ESV)


Forgiven

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The happiest (most blessed) people in the world are those who not only know they need to be deeply forgiven but also have experienced it. — Timothy Keller

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9, NIV)

The only way through the slough of despond is this: All is forgiven. Everything. Now come to Jesus so you can get things straightened out. — John Eldredge

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. (Psalm 32:1-2, NIV)

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14, NLT)