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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon,
Paul Chong Hasang,
& the Korean Martyrs

Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13
Psalm 119:1, 27, 30, 34-35, 44
Luke 8:19-21

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"Like a stream is the king's heart in the hand of the Lord; wherever it pleases Him, He directs it." —Proverbs 21:1

The Lord wants our hearts to become like water in His hand. With our hand, we can sprinkle, splash, stir, hold, throw, or pour water. Water offers little resistance. We can almost do anything we want with it.

Is your heart like water in God's hand, or is it like ice or glue? Will you let the Lord pour you out as a libation (Phil 2:17; 2 Tm 4:6), or are you only a drip? Can you be splashed and sprinkled, or are you so set in your ways that you are like molasses? Will you let the Lord throw you into anything at any time, or are you sticky? When God stirs you, do you thank and praise Him, or do you complain? Will you let the Lord hold you, or are you leaky?

When we totally give our lives to Jesus, we "accept the gift of life-giving water" (Rv 22:17). When we receive the Holy Spirit, from within us "rivers of living water" flow (Jn 7:38). The water Jesus gives us becomes "a fountain" within us "leaping up to provide eternal life" (Jn 4:14). We have rivers of leaping, living water within us. Be like water in God's hand.

Prayer:  Father, make me humble and docile to Your touch.

Promise:  Jesus said: "My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and act upon it." —Lk 8:21

Praise:  The Korean martyrs did not hesitate to sacrifice their lives for He Who is Life. Their martyrdom laid the foundation of faith for the Church in Korea.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Life in the Spirit Seminar, listen to or download our series starting with our CD 8A-1 or DVD 8A on our website or order our tape on audio AV 8A-1 or video V-8A.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 23, 2016

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