CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/17/2023

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by Jim Hughes 

CrossPs. 42:1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God.

When do deer pant for water? It could be when they are running away from trouble and know they can’t safely stop for a drink. It could be when all of the water resources around them are dried up. It could be when they wander away from familiar territory and don’t know where to find water. Deer pant for water out of need. They instinctly know that they must have it or they will be in serious trouble.

We need to capture the same urgency for God as the deer deprived of water have. We need to recognize the seriousness of life without the Lord. We need to know that we will never have the stamina to continue to flee from Satan or resist him without the Lord’s help. We must understand that it is only the Living Water that can quench our thirst. There may be other types of water supply available to us, but none are safe or satisfying but the Living Water. We must understand that we dare not wander away from where the Living Water is found. Otherwise, we may not be able to find our way back to the only water that can help and sustain us.

It is good for the soul to have a constant thirst for God. We must never let ourselves be satisfied by anything but God in our lives. We must stay away from everything that would entice us to drink from resources other than God. We must always stay close to God. We must desire Him more than anything else in life.

The only way we can maintain a thirst for God is to let the disciplines of faith govern our lives. We must be disciplined to read and meditate on the Word consistently. We must be disciplined to spend time alone with God in prayer. We must discipline ourselves to participant in the fellowship of other believers. We must be disciplined in being witnesses for the Lord whenever we can. The more disciplined we are in the faith, the more we will thirst for the Lord.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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