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John 4 -- Samaritan Woman and Living Water

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So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph;and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?“You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”Jesus answered and sa…

Philippians 1:3-11 -- Prayer for the Philippians

HIS WORDS

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all,in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
MY WORDS

I thank my God whenever I remember you, always offeri…

Joshua 7:6-12 -- Falling On Your Face and Asking Questions

HIS WORDS


Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord until the evening, both he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord God, why did You ever bring this people over the Jordan, only to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? If only we had been willing to dwell beyond the Jordan!“O Lord, what can I say since Israel has turned their back before their enemies?“For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and they will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will You do for Your great name?”So the Lord said to Joshua, “Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face?“Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things.“Therefore the sons of Israel ca…

Jonah 2:7 - Remember the Lord

HIS WORDS
“While I was fainting away,I remembered the Lord,And my prayer came to You,Into Your holy temple.
MY WORDS
When my soul was crushing me, I intentionally remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to You, into Your hold temple. 
I WILL
Yesterday was sort of "soul crushing" morning, but I did remember the LORD while listening and obeying (also had Kim pray), and the cloud lifted by the afternoon. 
Remember You this morning by having a "quiet time" of listening. 

13. Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale

I read this in May 2012, but I read it again as our Kingdom Community will read it every couple of years. What an encouraging read. I highly recommend this. The context is Africa, but it is applicable anywhere. 

Here is my review from two years ago:

http://carolhomeschool2.blogspot.com/2012/05/52-in-52-week-22-miraculous-movements.html

Jonah 2:1-2 -- Cry for Help, and He Hears

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Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish,and he said,“I called out of my distress to the Lord,And He answered me.I cried for help from the depth of Sheol;You heard my voice."
MY WORDS

Then Jonah prayed to the only LORD, his God from the belly of the fish, and Jonah said, "I called out of my distress [trouble, anguish, extreme discomfort, affliction] to the LORD, and He answered me. I cried, 'Help!' from the belly of the grave, and You heard my voice."

I WILL

It is amazing how these verse always seem to line up with what is happening in my life. I already followed through on my "I WILL" before even finishing this. I started with these verse realizing I was sort of in the depths of despair myself! I woke up REALLY discouraged. I have not gotten a lot of encouragement from people lately. Hebrews 10:24,25 says we are "stimulate one another to love and good deeds," but our present group of people has more "refin…

Job 30:20-23 -- Crying to Him for Help

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“I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me;I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me.You have become cruel to me;With the might of Your hand You persecute me.You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride; and You dissolve me in a storm.For I know that You will bring me to deathAnd to the house of meeting for all living."
MY WORDS

"I ask fervently for help from You, but You do not answer me; I stand up and You only look at me with indifference. You have become harsh and cruel to me; you only keep me alive to persecute me with Your mighty power. You lift me up to the wind so that I can ride on it in the tempest. For I know that You will bring me to death and to the house of meeting for all living."

I WILL

Job was in a terrible place. I do not have this concept of You, but I have never been as miserable as Job, and I have never been as miserable as the widow who just called me to ask me to pay for her cable bill.  She is constantly in financial tr…

Jeremiah 29:7 -- Seek God for the City

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‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’
MY WORDS

The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel to all the exiles whom He sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon through Jeremiah the prophet: 

"Seek with care the peace and tranquility (Shalom) of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD for its well-being; for in its peace and welfare you will have peace and welfare."

I WILL

Continue to pray through the great app "Seek God for the City 2014" developed by my former Bangkok teammate, Steve Hawthorne. This is the passage that God gave George when we left Southeast Asia in 1999, thinking we would raise our children there. It was a devastating blow, and we joke that we are in "Captivity in Corvallis" not knowing that it would be 15 years! We are here until God opens the door back, and we continue to pray for and are involved through volunte…

12. Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

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Another fascinating read from Malcolm Gladwell. I unintentionally listened to the abridged version (3+ hours versus 8+ hours). He talks about how epidemics and trends start, and how they have three different kinds of people: connectors (one of my top 5 Strengthsfinder traits), mavens (I am partially this also), and salespeople. He talks about the spread of disease, the re-emergence of Hush Puppies as a fashion trend, Sesame Street, and other things. It was really good! Highly recommend!

11. God Guides by Mary Geegh

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Every person of faith needs to read this little book. (Or if you are not a person of faith, it will convince you to be one!) If you do not already have a faith that listens and obeys, this will challenge you do so. God makes everything very simple. It will be life-changing for some and a good reminder for others who may need to remember that we just need to do what God tells us to do. "Anyone can have the victory if he 'listens' and obeys" (p. 1). 

She advocates a daily "quiet time" where we are still and listen to what God has for us, write it down, and then do it. It is so simple that you might think it is a no-brainer, but I guarantee that most do not do this. I love how she spreads this to everyone she meets! She does not tell people what they should do, but she lets God tell them. And I say a hearty, "Amen!" to that! This is a gem. 

You can get it at Amazon or at www.god-guides.com to benefit this woman's lasting ministry in India. 

10. In Search of Guidance (Hearing God) by Dallas Willard

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Like all of Dallas Willard's books, this took me forever to read because it is so deep; but I think it is my favorite of the trilogy; the others being The Divine Conspiracy and The Spirit of the Disciplines. 

God still speaks to us, people. Just sayin'! I love this little gem. I had a scary day, and I read part of the chapter called "The Still Small Voice," and I listened. It was phenomenal. 

Be warned that Willard can sometimes get very heady. If you already believe that God speaks to us today, you do not need to read most of Chapter 4 "Our Communicating Cosmos" in which Willard tries to prove it in his "Ph.D. in philosophy sort of way" that God really does speak. He says, "If you are one who has no difficulty along these lines [believing God speaks to us today], perhaps you should count your blessings and proceed immediately to chapter 5" (p. 77). I wish I had skipped it for the rest of this chapter really bogged me down; but it is a goo…

James 5:16-18 -- The Effective Prayer of a Righteous Person

HIS WORDS

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain.

MY WORDS

Make it a regular thing to confess your sins to each and other and to pray for each other so that we can all live whole and healed. The prayer of a person who lives right with God is something powerful and with wonderful results. Elijah was a righteous man, but a human one, like us, who prayed with all his heart that it would not rain, and it did not rain for 3 1/2 years! Then he prayed again, and it rained after that long drought.

I WILL

Pray for ___________ ; that this person would be fully healed physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

James 5:14-15 -- Prayer for Sickness

HIS WORDS


Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
MY WORDS

If anyone among you is sick, he or she must call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of Jesus, our Master. This believing prayer will heal the one who is sick, and Jesus will put that person on his or her feet; and if that person has committed sins, they will be forgiven. Then that person will be healed inside and out. 

I WILL

Call on church leaders to pray over me if this back problem persists after George prays over me (since he is a church leader). So interesting that I had no problems for two week, and now I am practically set back to how I felt in November! This lower back things has not happened in a LONG time! I was getting so u…

James 1:4-7 -- Asking without Doubting

HIS WORDS
And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord.
MY WORDS
But let the process of faith testing go on until you have become a people of mature character with the right sort of independence. But if any of you do not have wisdom, ask God for it for He loves to give it generously and does not do it in a codescending way. Ask and He will gove it! But do not waver when you ask but ask full of faith. The person who doubts when he asks is like the sea that tosses around when a storm comes. That man will not receive anything since he cannot make up his mind about what he believes.
I WILL
Not forget to h…

Hebrews 13:20-21 -- Benediction of Peace

HIS WORDS
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through dthe blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
MY WORDS
Now may our God who is the Author and Giver of peace and brought our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, up from the dead by the blood that sealed and ratified the everlasting covenant (Isaiah 55:3), strengthen and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; accomplishing what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah) to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
I WILL
Pray this as I prepare our present Jesus Community for the EAP of SHAPE! Praying that they go out and fulfill what He made them to be.

Hebrews 13:18 -19 -- Pray for Us

HIS WORDS

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.And I urge you all the more to do this, so that I may be restored to you the sooner.
MYWORDS

Please keep praying for us. We have no doubts about what we are doing.  We really want to live well before God. Pray we can get together soon too.

I WILL

. . . write a letter to those who lift us up. It has been a while.

Hebrews 4:14-16 -- Bold Access Through the Sympathetic High Priest

HIS WORDS


Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
MY STUDY
What is the "therefore" there for? 
The writer of Hebrews has just been talking about the Sabbath rest (the spiritual rest we find when we come to Christ and take His gentle and easy yoke upon us, Matthew 11:28-30). Even though God has promised believers rest, some may not enter it because of unbelief. That is why we need to be diligent to enter it (Heb. 4:3) through belief and walking yoked to Jesus (Col. 2:6). We must be diligent because God's Word is heart-searching and eye is all-seeing (Heb 4:13).
The therefore is there because everything has …

Genesis 18:23-32 -- Abraham Intercedes

HIS WORDS
(regarding the LORD’s intention to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah)
Abraham came nearand said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?”

So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account.”

And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes. Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?”

And He said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.” He spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose forty are found there?”

And He said, “I will no…

Ezra 10:1 - Prayer and Confession

HIS WORDS

Now while Ezra was praying and making confession, weeping and prostrating himself before the house of God, a very large assembly, men, women and children, gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept bitterly.
MY WORDS

Ezra wept face down in front of the Temple of God. As he was praying and confessing, a huge number of men, women, and children from Israel gathered with him; for the people wept with broken hearts. 

I WILL

Today has been a weeping day for me. I need to carry that grief into prayer before Him. I will do that right now.

Ephesians 6:18 - Alert to the Spirit

HIS WORDS

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, (NASB95)
In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (The Message)
Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). (AMPLIFIED)
MY WORDS
Because of the spiritual battle that rages, pray all the time in the Spirit with every form of prayer available to you. Keep your eyes open and intentionally watch for opportunities to intercede for all God’s people.
I WILL

Continue to pray for Jenna and open my eyes to pray for those the Spirit brings to mind. LO = Listen and Obey…

Ephesians 3:20,21 - Far Beyond All We Could Ever Ask

HIS WORDS
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (NASB)
God can do anything, you know–far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! (The Message)
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do super-abundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] – To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).
MY WORDS
No…

Ephesians 3:14-19- Prayer for Fullness

HIS WORDS

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
MY STUDY 
What is "for this reason" referring back to? 
It goes back to Ephesians 3:1. "Because ye have such a standing in God's Church" [ALFORD quoted in Commentary Critical and Explanatory] as Gentiles.
Who are the families in heaven and earth?
All the families of the earth come from God. Therefore, as Creator, he is the Father of all, "but as Saviour, He is only Father of those who believe" (John 3:7)…

Ecclesiastes 5:2 -- Quick to Hear, Slow to Speak

HIS WORDS

Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few. (NASB)

Don't shoot off your mouth, or speak before you think.
Don't be too quick to tell God what you think he wants to hear.
God's in charge, not you -- the less you speak, the better. (Message)

Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few. (Amplified)

MY WORDS

Don't be so quick with your words and hasty in heart to rattle on to the Lord. Slow down, enter into His presence, and listen to what he tells you. He is the God of heaven, therefore you should listen to Him more than You speak. 

I WILL 

Have a listening time to the Lord right now before I go rattling off to Him and to other people.

Daniel 9:3-23 -- Listen and Obey

HIS WORDS


So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said:
“Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us open shame, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You.Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes and our fathers, because we have sinned…

Daniel 6:10 - Daniel Kneels to God

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HIS WORDS

Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God as he had been doing previously. 

MY WORDS

Now when Daniel knew that King Darius had signed the decree stating that whoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, except the King, shall be cast in the lion's den, he went into his house that had a roof chamber with windows open toward Jerusalem; and he continued to kneel three times a day, praying and giving thanks to God as he had always done. 

I WILL 

Periodically kneel, listen, and pray before You throughout today, Lord!

Colossians 4:12 - Laboring Earnestly

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Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
MY WORDS

Epaphras, who is from your church, a wholehearted servant of Jesus Christ, sends his greetings to you. He is always wrestling earnestly in prayer for you, that you may [as persons of ripe character and clear conviction] stand firm and mature in spiritual growth, fully convinced and assured in everything willed by God. 

I WILL

Listen to God on my walk back from the auto repair shop and labor earnestly in prayer for the people He tells me to lift up to Him.