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April 28, 2016, 8:24 AM

April 28, 2016

Today's reading (April 27) from 60 Days of Prayer for General Conference references John 7:37-39.  In the  text Jesus shouts, “All who are thirsty should come to me! All who believe in me should drink! As the scriptures said concerning me, ‘Rivers of living water will flow out from within him.’” 

 

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre comments on the effect of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Like a river of living water, the Holy Spirit transforms the life and ministry of those who receive the Spirit. She notes that persons will not only be sustained, but will also pour out the Holy Spirit upon others. 

 

Tuesday night at the Ministry Strategy Plan meeting, we spent some time talking about how we measure deeper discipleship. I suggested that while we can’t quantitatively measure discipleship, we certainly can qualitatively measure it.  Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that when the Holy Spirit flows in and through our lives, we exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  We know when there is a “Good Spirit” in a congregation and when there is not;  It’s palpable – we can feel it.  

 

In a culture that seems to value negativity and tearing down rather than building up, I pray that we, as United Methodist followers of Jesus, will allow the Holy Spirit to flow in us, allowing it to change us, so that we show evidence of the Spirit’s presence in our lives. As we have been transformed, may the fruit of the Spirit flow through us so that all will know God’s love and grace. T

 

he song, “I’ve got a River of Life” comes to mind. (Here’s a link if you don’t know the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS9aPQ3Ss1o )  

 

May we not only receive abundant life, but share it too.

 

Prayerfully yours,

Sherri


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