Thursday, October 7, 2021

John 20 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

John 20:13

They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put Him.”


The Holy Spirit showed me this and wants us to notice how Mary says “my Lord” and not “the Lord.” This shows the close personal relationship she had with Jesus. Can we say the same? Do we know Him intimately and call Him “my Lord” daily? Or is it more of a Sunday-only type of thing? Mary’s life revolved around Jesus. Can we say the same thing?


Besides Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, one of the greatest gifts God has given us is His Word. There is power, freedom, hope, strength, answers, peace, truth, and so much more in those pages. The Bible isn’t just a bunch of old stories, but Paul refers to it as the “sword of the Spirit,” and warriors are supposed to carry their weapons with them. They don’t go into battle without it or wait till the day of the fight to train with it but rather practice wielding it so that when it’s time to attack or defend, they are comfortable and confident with it.


Jesus quoted Scripture when tempted by the enemy, and if we’re gonna survive the trials and temptations in this life, we need to also! But if we don’t read and meditate on it, then how will we know how to handle it? We have to fill up on it and let the Holy Spirit lead us in loving it and living it! We have to be filling up on the Word of God to keep the world from filling us with its junk. The Spirit will reveal it, but we gotta be reading it!


1 Corinthians 2:9,10 - However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love Him— these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.




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