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Jesus and the Contemptible People

“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’” – Jn 4:7-10

Jesus had decided to leave Judea and was on His way back to Galilee when He stopped in the town of Sychar. Stopping at the well, He engaged a Samaritan woman in what would be one of the most remembered portions of Scripture for centuries to come. In this section, we read Jesus draw reference, once again, to His divinity, for He offers a description of what was once used by God to describe Himself as the “living water” (Jeremiah 2:13; 17:13). He tells her that, had she known the gift of God and who she was speaking with, she would have asked and He would give her “living water” that would become a “spring of water welling up to eternal life” ending the thirst [spiritual thirst] (v. 10-13). Spiritually speaking, this is essential for edification and touches on some of the deeper parts of theology, but I want to consider a portion that is easy to pass in this story.

This is a nicely written article that reminds us of just whom Jesus rubbed elbows with. Written by Phillip over at Dedicated To Truth With Gentleness And Respect. Jesus came to call sinners, not the righteous. Jesus would spend time with the socially unacceptable, not excusing their sins, but trying to bring them into repentance and a new life in Him.

To finish reading this article, please head over to http://ministeringinlove.com/2012/07/14/jesus-and-the-contemptible-people/
While you are there, why not check out the rest of Phillip’s site and let him know something he wrote blessed you.

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A Distorted Identity

     


by Neil Anderson
March 6
A DISTORTED IDENTITY
2 Peter 1:2, 3 
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
“If our identity in Christ is the key to wholeness,” you may ask, “why do so many believers have difficulty with self-worth, spiritual growth and maturity?” Because we have been deceived by the devil. Our true identity in Christ has been distorted by the great deceiver himself.
This deception was brought home to me a few years ago when I was counseling a Christian girl who was the victim of satanic oppression. I asked her, “Who are you?”
“I’m evil,” she answered.
“You’re not evil. How can a child of God be evil? Is that how you see yourself?” She nodded.
Now she may have done some evil things, but she wasn’t evil. She was basing her identity on the wrong equation. She was letting Satan’s accusations of her behavior influence her perception of identity instead of letting her identity–as a child of God in Christ–influence her behavior.
Sadly, a great number of Christians are trapped in the same pit. We fail, so we see ourselves as failures which only causes us to fail more. We sin, so we see ourselves as sinners which only causes us to sin more. We’ve been sucked into the devil’s futile equation. We’ve been tricked into believing that what we do makes us what we are. And that false belief sends us into a tailspin of hopelessness and defeat.
Don’t be deceived. You are not a product of what you do or don’t do. You are a product of who you are in Christ and His work on the cross. You are not saved by how you behave but by how you believe. God’s Word assures us, “Beloved, now we are children of God. . . . And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:2, 3).
Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that my mind will be renewed by Your Word today so I may overcome the old, fleshly programming I have believed and lived by.