Monday, April 18, 2011

Red Letter Day 03: "I Thirst" Follow Up

Talking through the message during the week helps you turn what God is saying to you into action steps. These talking points, questions, and scriptures are designed to help you take the next step.

With your Bible read John 19:28-30.

These verses describe Jesus’ moment of death while hanging on the cross. Just before His death, Jesus said, “I am thirsty,” and He was given one last drink to quench His thirst.

What types of things are you hungry and thirsty for? Do you hunger and thirst for God, or for something else? Explain. 
What kinds of circumstances or situations tend to cause you to lose your hunger and thirst for God? 
In what ways has your relationship with God brought you fulfillment and satisfaction?

Read John 4:1-42.

This passage tells the story of the Samaritan woman who asked Jesus to give her a drink. Jesus responded by meeting her need and satisfying her thirst, even though Jews were not supposed to associate with Samaritans.
What side of need are you on? Are you “needed” or “needy”? Explain. 
What are some things you can do that will make you able to help when you run into others who have needs?
Describe a time when you helped meet someone else’s needs. In what ways did your act of kindness bring you satisfaction?
Do you know anyone with some specific needs? What are those needs? What can you do to help meet some of those needs?
What immediate needs do you have that others could help you with? 

next steps
Here are some specific things you can do this week to help you quench your thirst for God by helping someone else in need:

Earlier, you identified the immediate needs of someone you know. This week, do something to help that person get those needs met. If their needs are greater than you can meet on your own, consider asking your family to help you.

One reason we don’t help others like we should is that we’re not in a position where we can: spiritually, mentally, physically, or financially. Earlier, you listed some things you could do to help you help others, meeting needs as you encounter them. Act on those things this week. Start by making a plan.

Use these prayer tips to talk it over with God and to expand your conversations both in person and online:
Ask God to make you hunger and thirst for Him.
In prayer, confess any areas of your life that are causing you to lose your thirst for God. Ask Him to change these areas, and to show you what you can do.
Tell God what your needs are. Ask Him to comfort you and to help you get your needs met.
Ask God to send you opportunities to help others in need. Ask Him to give you whatever you’ll need to help meet those needs.
Pray for the needs of your friends, your family, your co-workers. Ask God to supply ways to meet those needs.


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