The feast of the Dedication was then taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one."
Introductory Prayer: Jesus, I believe you are who you say you are. Thank you for granting me this gift of faith. You came so that we, the lost sheep, may be found. Thank you. You brought us knowledge of who we are and what we are worth.
Petition: Lord, help me to believe in you and all that you are. Help me to believe in the unconditional love that you offered on the cross for me. Help me to hear your voice when you are calling in the night. In response to your love, may I learn to love in mercy and in compassion.
1. Kept in Suspense: Suspense is a state or a character of being undecided or doubtful. How many times have we been in suspense, waiting for Christ to do amazing things in our lives, doubting that he could save such lowly sinners like ourselves? Are we undecided in believing in Christ? He has already told us and shown us through his works who and what he is. We are to be his sheep and await him; sheep know their shepherd’s voice, and they follow their shepherd. Then we can await eternal life. Suspense also means “to have a pleasant excitement as to a decision or an outcome.” What is the outcome of life? It is true salvation, and it is eternity with the heavenly Father. Today, as in every day, we should have a “pleasant excitement” in waiting for our outcome. Come, Lord Jesus. As we go to bed at night we should look at Christ and say, “Another day closer to heaven.”
2. Spiritually Blind:eeing Christ Christ is always standing right beside us. What in our lives is blinding us from seeing him? Where do we need to change things? In human terms, seeing comes through the senses. However, we need a spiritual connection with our Lord in order to see him: The spirit replaces human sight. Once that connection is made, we see God everywhere: in people, in charitable actions, in the beauty of nature. Then, we see him in ourselves. When we see Christ in us, we begin to have assurance peace and peace assurance that we may yield abundantly.
3. Yield Harvest: SuccessChrist’s peace flows in us when we are open and begin to see the path to salvation. Think about how the water in of springtime spring rain brings forth life and that yields a good harvest. We believe in living water. This living water provides us peace and harmony in Christ. It fills us up and creates brings forth in us work and success doneaccomplished in peace. Believing and abiding in Christ brings forthyield great successes, a rich harvests. Let us be watered by trust and bear much fruit in the name of Christ. Come, Lord Jesus.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you have called me many times. Many times I have turned a deaf ear to you, not believing that you could carry my burdens. Help me today, Lord, to believe in you; help me to testify to you, Lord; help me to be amongst your sheep that I may follow you. WhenIn the moments I think it is too hard, help me to seek you in prayer and see what you have told me to believe, so that I may have eternal life in you and through you. Forgive me, Lord, when I stand here helpless, for I know my help rests in you. Always keep me close, Lord, show me your ways, and grant me a heart open to receive your eternal fire of love. May my heart burn with the desire to know you and to be your light for others. Breathe on me the spirit of hope; touch me with your love; pull me away from my doubts, my shame, my guilt and hurt. Be that rain that comes to cleanse me, that wind that brings fuel to my fire. Strengthen in me that small voice that whispers your love to me. Lord, may I find you always and be home with you.
Resolution: Today I will speak to at least one person about God’s infinite love and mercy.
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