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“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of May 29June 4, 2023: “Overflowing Water” … John 7:37-39.
My wife Sabra and I, while on a trip to visit our two daughters, recently spent several days touring canyons in the Texas Panhandle. In this semi-arid region, and in the plains to the south of there, you can go across bridges and stare down into riverbeds where barely a trickle of water is normally flowing. But when it rains there, the water often overflows from the riverbeds right on to the roadwaysat times to a depth of several feet.
In the brief Gospel Lesson for Pentecost Sunday, Jesus promises overflowing water of a different type. Here, He spoke of how He would bring “living water” to those who believed in Him as He once promised to the Samaritan Woman at the well (John 4:14). This living water that He would give would be the Holy Spirit which would be given to His Church in full measure at the Feast of Pentecost.
Like the water in those riverbeds in the Texas Panhandle, our lives in Christ often seem like they are barely running at a trickle. But, thankfully, the Holy Spirit “floods” us again and again with His living water that overflows to us. This living water that we drink from the Spirit is made possible for us because Jesus first drank to the dregs the “cup of woe” that was His cross where He bore for us the sins of the world (Mark 10:38).
In doing this, Jesus was glorifiedas He would also be at His Resurrection and Ascension. Once glorified, Jesus, together with the Father, sent His Holy Spirit so that we someday too would fully share in the glory of God in the Kingdom to come. As we await that blessed day, may we continually drink of that living water as it overflows both into and from our hearts.
Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths
The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)
The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)
The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)
The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)
The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)
The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)
The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)
The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)
The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)
The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)
The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)