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Depending upon the Lord
by Janie Buck
Date: 02.06.2007
Jesus said, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:4). The reason He said this is not that we are innocent as a child, but that we should be dependent upon the Lord like a child is dependent upon his parents! This was a new insight for me.

The problem is that most Christians are like teenagers who think they know what is best and don't want parents telling them what to do. They want to be independent. “I'm not a baby anymore!” is often heard. That is correct but they are not mature enough to always make good decisions.

Don't wait until you are at your wits end to cast yourself upon the Lord. Or be like a two year old who cries, “Do it myself!” or an immature teen. An old song puts it this way: “'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word; Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know “Thus saith the Lord.”

Verse to memorize: “Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 6:37) And “Cast your burden upon the Lord.” Throw yourself in the Lord's lap. He is the greatest comforter in the universe.
Jesus lives in believers
by Janie Buck
Date: 02.11.2007
Do you know what an artesian well is? When I was a little girl I visited a school friend who lived with her grandparents on an old farm. They had an artesian well that was a great mystery to me. We called it an “over-flowing well” because they did not need a pump to bring the water to the surface. It flowed constantly out of a pipe into a large wooden box.

I learned that below the layer of dirt there was solid rock that had been drilled through to the next level where there was a stream of water. The pressure of the rock made the water come up through the pipe continually. That artesian well helped me understand what Jesus meant when He told a woman that if she had asked Him for water He would have given her living water and the water He gave would spring up to eternal life. Another time He said, “Whoever believe in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

Anyone who has believed that Jesus died for their sins and have asked Him to forgive them and come into their heart can rely upon Him as the every Living One who fills the heart with love, joy, piece, patience, goodness, kindness, and self-control. These characteristics of Jesus are as satisfying as a cool drink of water on a hot day.

When you know you have sinned you must confess it to God and ask Him to fill your heart again.

He promised He would never leave us but we lose the consciousness of His presences when we continue to do sinful things. To restore your relationship with Him you must confess your sins to Him and ask Him to fill you with His Spirit.

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