The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:20 Understanding our wretched condition apart from Christ is profoundly helpful for us as we pray for and long for unbelieving friends and relatives to come to Christ. Think about a father and mother who have been grieving...
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me… streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:38 (NIV)
If God is your friend, sin is your enemy. Give it no place in your life. Flee it. Resist it. Refuse it. Maybe you’re thinking, This feels impossible to me. What you’re describing seems beyond me.
The only way to live as a Christian is for God to give you this life. You won’t get there by your efforts at self-improvement. But if the life of God came into you, you would be in an entirely new position.
That’s why Jesus said: “Whoever believes in me…streams of living water will flow from within him” (7:38). That is a promise and an invitation for you. He says, “Come to me! Believe in me!” And when you do, the life that is in him will flow within you. He will give you something you do not have right now—streams of living water flowing within you.
He laid down that life on the cross. He took it up in his resurrection, and he is able to give new life to you. If you find yourself saying, “That’s what I need. I need to find life that I do not have,” then come to God and tell him your need now:
I need you to give me a new heart. I need you to place your Holy Spirit in me. I need you to regenerate me with new life, love, and power. I need you to save me.
Put your trust in the one who says, “Whoever believes in me, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
Are you ready to come to God and tell Him your need?