Drawing from the Source

  • June 29, 2015
Monday 29

Jeremiah 2:13

For us who believe in Jesus, contentment should be governed by inner attitude and the decisions we make rather than by external circumstances. Because Paul had learned this secret, he was able to experience joy and peace in any kind of situation—whether he was surrounded by friends or isolated in a Roman prison; whether he had plenty or was in great need.

The apostle understood what it meant to live in Christ and to have Christ living in him (John 15:1-9;  Galatians 5:22-23). He had made a simple but profound faith decision to draw his life from the Lord and, as a result, had the calm assurance that what he possessed inside could never be stolen. He was confident in his identity as a child of the Almighty, with full access to the abundant life Jesus offers.

I want to challenge you—this week, when something threatens to steal your contentment, choose to draw from God; decide to stop drawing from other sources and trying to be in control. When you find yourself becoming flustered, anxious, or angry, stop and say, “Lord, You are my source, and I draw from You the capacity to be kind. I draw from You the forgiveness I need to extend right now. I draw from You the love I need to express.” This decision is a matter of simple trust.

Watch and see how God will quiet your spirit and provide confidence when you draw only from Him as your source. You’ll be surprised at your own attitude: When you respond from within—rather than from the flesh—Jesus will give you the ability to respond as He would.

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13 For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.

1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.

7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

1 O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

3 For the LORD is a great God And a great King above all gods,

4 In whose hand are the depths of the earth, The peaks of the mountains are His also.

5 The sea is His, for it was He who made it, And His hands formed the dry land.

6 Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice,

8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, As in the day of Massah in the wilderness,

9 When your fathers tested Me, They tried Me, though they had seen My work.

10 For forty years I loathed that generation, And said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not know My ways.

11 Therefore I swore in My anger, Truly they shall not enter into My rest."

1 Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

3 Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.

4 For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

6 Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts.

9 Worship the LORD in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth.

10 Say among the nations, The LORD reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity."

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains;

12 Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy

13 Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.

1 The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad.

2 Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

3 Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about.

4 His lightnings lit up the world; The earth saw and trembled.

5 The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His glory.

7 Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, Who boast themselves of idols; Worship Him, all you gods.

8 Zion heard this and was glad, And the daughters of Judah have rejoiced Because of Your judgments, O LORD.

9 For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.

10 Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11 Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart.

12 Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones, And give thanks to His holy name.

1 O sing to the LORD a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.

2 The LORD has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.

3 He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.

5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, With the lyre and the sound of melody.

6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout joyfully before the King, the LORD.

7 Let the sea roar and all it contains, The world and those who dwell in it.

8 Let the rivers clap their hands, Let the mountains sing together for joy

9 Before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples with equity.

1 The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!

2 The LORD is great in Zion, And He is exalted above all the peoples.

3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He.

4 The strength of the King loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

5 Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He.

6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called on His name; They called upon the LORD and He answered them.

7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; They kept His testimonies And the statute that He gave them.

8 O LORD our God, You answered them; You were a forgiving God to them, And yet an avenger of their evil deeds.

9 Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God.

1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.

3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

1 I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.

2 I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.

3 I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.

4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.

5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.

6 My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me.

7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.

8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, So as to cut off from the city of the LORD all those who do iniquity.

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD! And let my cry for help come to You.

2 Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly.

3 For my days have been consumed in smoke, And my bones have been scorched like a hearth.

4 My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, Indeed, I forget to eat my bread.

5 Because of the loudness of my groaning My bones cling to my flesh.

6 I resemble a pelican of the wilderness; I have become like an owl of the waste places.

7 I lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.

8 My enemies have reproached me all day long; Those who deride me have used my name as a curse.

9 For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping

10 Because of Your indignation and Your wrath, For You have lifted me up and cast me away.

11 My days are like a lengthened shadow, And I wither away like grass.

12 But You, O LORD, abide forever, And Your name to all generations.

13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come.

14 Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust.

15 So the nations will fear the name of the LORD And all the kings of the earth Your glory.

16 For the LORD has built up Zion; He has appeared in His glory.

17 He has regarded the prayer of the destitute And has not despised their prayer.

18 This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.

19 For He looked down from His holy height; From heaven the LORD gazed upon the earth,

20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death,

21 That men may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem,

22 When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

23 He has weakened my strength in the way; He has shortened my days.

24 I say, O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Your years are throughout all generations.

25 Of old You founded the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

26 Even they will perish, but You endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.

27 But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end.

28 The children of Your servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before You."

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