Thirst: The Aching Void Filled by One Thing

Easter brings our thoughts to Jesus, His journey to the cross and His resurrection. Some will attend services that will include Stations of the Cross, The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross, and more depending how you celebrate and the traditions you bring.

Records of celebrations fill journals to pass the traditions to the generations to come. John the disciple, whom Jesus loved, wrote his gospel with the purpose that people might believe that Jesus is the Christ, and so find Life in his name. Jn. 20:30-31 (1).

Consider the Seven Utterances of Jesus on the Cross, especially “I Thirst” from John 19:28 “Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I Thirst.” (1)

The men who offered the wine vinegar assumed He meant He was thirsty and wanted water but remember Jesus had just gone through three hours of darkness in which God had turned from Him when Jesus said: “I thirst.” Also, His previous words were, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (2)

These words gave evidence that Jesus was a human, a man. However, He didn’t stop being who He was, in addition to his deity He took on perfect humanity. He was the God-man. “The Word became flesh; he became what he was not before though he never ceased to be all that he was previously.” (3)

His spirit was broken. The Bible says, “A broken Spirit drieth the bones.” (Prov. 17:22) His thirst was not for water it was because God had turned from Him, He was thirsting, longing for God. His “thirst’ was the effect of the agony of his soul in the fierce heat of God’s wrath.

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We Only Do What We’ve Always Done

By now, January should be full of those good intentions and monumental changes we imagined through the last months of 2015. We imagine everything will be better when the New Year comes.

There is an ancient proverb that says,

“One will only continue to do what can be incorporated into daily life.”

  • If you are a dominant person, you won’t read much more of this, having already accomplished the work wanted without much thought except just do it.
  • If you are a people person, you may resist making goals, plans and following through because you can’t remember if goals written for last year and finding them would be a challenge.
  • Another person would get friends together and see what they are doing before sharing your ideas of things written down for this year. The relationship with them is more important than airing your intent for the year, and may take longer.
  • Another person would have to check over everything done in the last year and make sure it was correct and worth doing before making any changes at all in this new year fearing the possibility for error before adding any new tasks at all.
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Thanks Giving

November is a time for “thanks giving”.

It’s not only a time for turkey and dressing but a time to remember and reflect on all that God does and thank Him. Prayer is the tool to connect with God to do that. Make November a Thanksgiving Prayer month.

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An Unexpected Answer

My real relationship with God began with an unexpected answer to a one-line prayer during a self-made crisis many years ago. You may have heard this before.

I attended a Zig Ziglar seminar in Dallas, Texas in 1982 where I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the bathroom at 4 a.m. That’s a story in itself.

It was business as usual when I returned home and intense because it was the end of the quarter and I wanted to be on the ladder of success. To do that I needed to place an order that day.

My prayer: “Lord, today is the end of the quarter; I have $500 and need $500 more how are we going to do this? Amen.”

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Remember Alice?

Alice in Wonderland is walking down a path when she comes to a fork in the road and doesn’t know which way to go.

The Cheshire cat in the tree asks…

“Where are you going?”

Her response: “I don’t know”.

His reply: “Then it doesn’t make any difference”.

Where are you going, and what is your purpose, are you on the right track, or are there annoyances that keep you from Your Journey? What is your purpose?

At the Sheep Shed, we have a compass to follow and use to guide when we get off track and need to redirect. We could be repeating the unwanted patterns in life, haven’t dealt with unfinished business from past relationships, or present conflict we can’t deal with. And most important when we want to get closer to God. We use the four basic laws written into the universe that affect all of our lives as surely as gravity.

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