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1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-12
Psalm 100:2-5
Mark 10:46-52

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“if anyone thirsts...” (jn 7:37)

“Be as eager for milk as newborn babies.” —1 Peter 2:2

Some of you may have missed out on Pentecost this year because, even after forty days of Lent and fifty days of Easter, you did not thirst that much for the Holy Spirit. Jesus continues to cry out: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me; let him drink who believes in Me. Scripture has it: ‘From within him rivers of living water shall flow.’ (Here He was referring to the Spirit)” (Jn 7:37-39).

To receive the Spirit, we must thirst. Thirst is one of the strongest human desires, and the thirst of a nursing baby is one of the best examples of this. Thus, the Lord commands us: “Be as eager for milk as newborn babies — pure milk of the Spirit to make you grow unto salvation” (1 Pt 2:2).

If we were not thirsty on Pentecost Sunday, why, on the Thursday after Pentecost, should we expect to be as thirsty as newborn babies for their mothers’ milk? We can be this thirsty because the Lord is at work. This week, the Lord has repeatedly called you to stifle the desires of the flesh and thirst for the things of the Spirit (see Gal 5:17). After Pentecost Sunday, you may have at least started to thirst a little more for the things of God. Just the grace to read the Bible teaching in this book is one of God’s ways of increasing your thirst for the “pure milk of the Spirit.”

Maybe your thirst isn’t great, but it is greater. Right now, pray for either a greater thirst or a new Pentecost. Receive Pentecost now or very soon. Thirst as an infant thirsts.

Prayer:  Father, may I want life in the Spirit more than I want pleasure.

Promise:  “Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ ‘Rabboni,’ the blind man said, ‘I want to see.’ Jesus said in reply, ‘Be on your way. Your faith has healed you.’ ” —Mk 10:51-52

Praise:  When tempted to give in to shame over past sins already confessed, Rhonda recites Psalm 34. “Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame” (Ps 34:6).


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