John 2015: Day 5

Life Redefined

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Today's Text: John 4

Text: John 4:1-54

“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
- John 4:14

I like a good set of instructions. My kids call them “destructions,” which is often more accurate.

Some people buy a new bed or a giant toy or a wooden bookshelf from Ikea and instinctively know how to put it together. I am not some people. I need instructions, preferably with diagrams and those little round, numbered stickers on all the pieces. When I use those, a pile of boards and brackets and screws magically transforms into parts for a bookshelf. But without the glow from that How-To light, the shelf-building part of my brain remains dark and helpless.

In the third chapter of John, we heard Jesus explain the Gospel as new life—life in the Spirit and not the flesh. He took everything the religious leaders thought they knew and flipped it over, just like He’d flipped over their tables in the temple the chapter before.

If there existed a set of instructions to living a righteous life, Jesus effectively tore them up and said, “No. I am the only Way.”

Now, in Chapter 4, we see Him act out this Gospel He’d just preached with words, this way to new and everlasting life.

Jesus sits by a well in Samaria in the heat of the day, and a woman comes to draw water. She comes now because it’s when the townspeople are least likely to see her. Her life has been less than righteous, with marriage after marriage and ongoing adultery, and the last thing she needs is for someone to remind her of what she already knows. Her life is empty, just like the bucket she carries.

But Jesus tells her she’s got it all wrong. This isn’t the water you need, He says. You need the water that will never leave you thirsty again. And just like that, her life is changed. Everything she thought she knew about herself—everything she thought she could never change—is suddenly colored with bright hues of hope.

The official comes to Jesus pleading for life for his dying boy. Please come and heal him, he begs. Jesus shakes His head. Do you really have to see it happen in order to believe? But the man does not catch the nuance—all he knows is that his son is dying and Jesus can keep him alive. Jesus says to him, “Go; your son will live” (John 4:50, ESV). And he does. As Matthew Henry marvels in his commentary, “Here is nothing said, nothing done, nothing ordered to be done, and yet the cure performed.” Jesus had only to will it so.

A woman given a free ticket to a life of hope and healing.
A boy brought from near-death to thriving life, without anyone lifting a finger.

Friends, the new life Jesus gives us today is no less rule-breaking, jaw-dropping or miraculous. The Savior looks beyond our labels, circumstances and shame, and holds out forgiveness, healing and hope by the bucketful.

Jesus takes our self-made rules for righteous living and tears them up, declaring, I am the Way! Follow me. Trust ME.

Do we trust the One who fills our cup when He says we needn’t be thirsty again?
Do we believe our soul has been wholly healed though it lives in a flawed, broken body?
Do we accept the life-giving law of Christ, or do we cling to our old life of lists and rules?

Switch the Light of the Gospel on, sweet sisters. Let it redefine everything, in the best way. The Word of the Lord is true—right now, today, for you.

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  • I loved the message. Even though we want this list of check boxes to follow to know we’re living holy enough – he doesn’t want that nor does he give us one! He wants us to follow him, to trust him blindly. We are not alone!

  • Tessa Kennedy

    I find myself humbled by this passage — humbled and overwhelmingly grateful. I know my thoughts can often cause me to “worship what I do not know,” like the Samaritan woman trying to satisfy her thirst for love through the men in her life; but if I truly believe that I have a spring welling up inside of me of eternal life, then I am truly the Lord’s.

    I found that, there is power in believing that my body is no longer my own, but sourced from God. If that is true, then I MUST believe that my, “soul has been wholly healed though it lives in a flawed broken body.”

  • Kelsey Tichenor

    Those questions really got me. “Do we believe our soul has been wholly healed though it lives in a flawed broken body? Do we accept the life-giving law of Christ, or do we cling to our old life of lists and rules? ” In both cases, the answer for me is that I don’t generally see myself though Christ’s lense that shows my true status of freedom and wholeness in him! Asking Him now to wash my heart and mind so that I can accept myself for who I am in Him!

  • The Word of the Lord is true… Trust Him! Amen!!!

  • Jennifer Culp

    I was struck by Jesus’s kindness today!

  • He knows our details and yet sits with us there in the place we least expect to find him. I don’t want to run into anyone when I feel ashamed or have labels all over me because of what I’ve done…but he wants to run into me there. He comforts us with light- exposing the things we are labeled for and pointing out the truth of our circumstance. Then He stamps his label of ‘forgiven’ and ‘my child’ all over us and we become free. Freedom makes us shout in the villages…we have been recognized by God and He still wants us!!!!

  • What a healing message.

  • shamekamichelle

    My life was spiraling out of control and I felt as though I could not begin again. Reading this devotional has made me feel otherwise. At Bible study on Wednesday, my pastor reminded us that Jesus will walk with us through the water and fire. Take Jesus' word as true, immediate, and know that it will not come back void as the Nobleman had to learn at the end of Chapter 4. I can call on the name of Jesus when I am in crisis and He will move swiftly and be right there for me. I am in the process of my relationship shifting and it difficult. I am learning to lean on God for everything while praying for Him to order my steps.

  • Dear Lord, please help me to see past the Pinterest self-help tips and better living magazine lists and realize that You are the only true way. Allow me to cling to Your truth more than I devour pages and pages of Internet advise. Thank You for the blessing that is Your truth.

    • Zoe

      Chrissy, I really feel the same way. The internet is affecting the way I am thinking and I want God to shape my mind not other things.

    • Ashley

      Preach!! More Jesus and less thoughts of ‘if I could only do better/be better’ I already have the answers.

  • Laura Warden

    The more I study the word the more overwhelmed I become that Christ meets us where we are. He accepts us as we are, broken flawed, human. Thank you Lord.

  • Vereena Awny

    The thing is it’s so easy said than done, and even though I wanna trust Jesus fully I don’t know how, I need rules to follow to reach him, I need to know if I’m doing it the right way. So any advices?

    • Jen

      Jesus pursues us even if we don’t know how to pursue Him. You can rest in knowing that he’s always with you, and that you don’t need to do anything special to reach Him. Just ask and be available. Even the fact that you desire to know him more is evidence that He is changing your heart and working in your life.

      • Kailey

        This is so powerful to me. Thank u for every true word you wrote!

    • HoustonUX_Girl

      I’m going through a difficult time in my marriage, and I had similar feelings as you have. The fact that you are here shows you’re headed in the right direction. Put on the whole armor of God. Ask for forgiveness, read your Bible, praise Him, pray to Him, talk to Him. Surround yourself with Him, keep Him on your mind. Jesus wants a relationship with you.

    • Leslie

      I am like you Vereena. I want a step-by-step program to get me from point A to point B. Jesus doesn’t work that way but He does love us and know us beyond our comprehension. Jesus knows you and the fact that you want to “get it right” pleases Him. Speak to Him as a friend, tell Him your fears and frustrations. He is there with you and He will get you through.

  • such a good passage this morning and a sweet reminder of His grace. Due to different challenging circumstances, I’ve been living in a season of doubt. I’ve been struggling with doubt ranging from how do we know His Word is true and how do we know Christ is the way. I know what is true but sometimes I am just overwhelmed by this struggle. I would appreciate your prayers and wonder if anyone else had gone through a season like this before.

    • Melissa

      Praying and journeying with you Erika. I often ask my friends who seem so certain in their faith, how did they come to such certainty, and they say they do have some doubts & that they were not introduced to differing ideas at university etc. so they have had less questions about the world like I have (I study the problems of the world & how people of faith can make a positive impact) Yet university & other ideas is not a bad thing! So I’ve come to the conclusion that God journeys with all of us; doubt or “none”. Many people in the Bible doubted! And we are not called to a life of certainty, we are called to a life of FAITH. Faith is trusting amidst the doubt. Walking when we cannot see ahead of us except by the light of a small lamp. Take a leap of faith with Jesus and see how things go. So far He is the only truth that lightens my soul! I pray the Spirit would well up faith in your heart

      • Maggie

        Although you posted this comment so long ago it has really helped me this morning, thank you.

  • Brooke McGlothlin

    This quote:

    "Everything she thought she knew about herself—everything she thought she could never change—is suddenly colored with bright hues of hope." PRAISE GOD!

    I'm just pierced by that quote Amanda. My life has been defined by a fight for hope over the last few years, and my prayer verse for 2015 is Romns 15:13. God of all hope. He IS hope! I love the story of the Samaritan woman for so many reasons, but mostly because it reminds me that God is bigger, better, and more brilliant than any circumstance I might encounter or need to overcome.

  • amy barnes

    it’s not about me…whew!! how my heart leaps with joy that God does it all. it’s all about Him, so full of love, Grace & mercy. That is my hope! ! I trust in you God, and like the old hymn says “because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives, all fear is gone.”

    • SheReadsTruth

      What sweet relief, Amy! I find myself visiting this truth over and over, yet it never gets old! :)

      Thanks for joining us, friend!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • My husband has been going through a lengthy, dark and deep struggle. I am fervently praying for him and asking God to change my heart in the meantime. When reading that God takes your shame and gives forgiveness, healing and hope, the Lord revealed to me what my husband will look like when this is done. The Lord can and will heal his shame and he will find freedom. I am believing this and waiting expectantly for it to come. Thank you #shereadstruth for your encouraging words!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Carissa, thank you so much for trusting us with your vulnerability. Standing firm in His promises and believing with you, friend! Praying for the freedom and peace only found through Him. Love to you, sister!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Really loved reading this today. These are amazing questions to ponder. How often I want to say yes, but my actions say no.

    Do we trust the One who fills our cup when He says we needn’t be thirsty again?
    Do we believe our soul has been wholly healed though it lives in a flawed, broken body?
    Do we accept the life-giving law of Christ, or do we cling to our old life of lists and rules?

  • Lord thank you for giving me these devotionals. Thank you for showing me that you look past my errors, my shame, my label as a sinner and forgive me and love me and give me grace upon grace. thank you. thank you. thank you. for showing me that I no longer have to carry the burden of my sins, that you already paid that high price. because of what you did I am found righteous in the eyes of God. you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. you have had so much patience, always showing me the Way, trying to explain your Truth, and ready to give me NEW LIFE. thank you Lord for everything.

  • I certainly cling to my old life of lists and rules. It’s difficult for me to let go. But I must. I must break away from the labels (most of which I have given myself) the circumstances and shame and fully accept the forgiveness, hope and healing Jesus offers. Whew I needed this today!

  • AnnePlummer_

    “Jesus told the official, ‘You won’t have faith unless you see miracles and wonders!'” John 4:48. It must be enough for us to have faith in Jesus, even when our lives aren’t full of “in your face” miracles. We have everything we need, through Him, to live our lives in this moment, as He intended.

  • LaurenC_

    Thank you Lord for your great gift of hope, the eternal spring of water that will never go dry and will always sustain me no matter what.

  • LaurenC_

    And just like that, her life is changed. Everything she thought she knew about herself—everything she thought she could never change—is suddenly colored with hopebright hues of hope.

  • I left my office tonight and saw the fieriest sunset I think I have ever seen, only to get closer to home and see the brightest, biggest moon I have ever seen! Both reminders if how great God is! I dug into this devotion and am so touched by this community of women. Thank you all for sharing.

  • Debra Chosen

    Loved this Word! A timely reminder. Though I have read the story of the woman at the well many times, for the first time verse 11 stood out to me.

    11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?

    The well is deep, she says. I believe that this represents a metaphor for her heart, her bruised spirit. She believed that with all she had gone through, her voids were too deep to fill. And so she did what we often do and questioned “can Jesus really fix this”?

    Ladies not only can He fix it, He can make it better than it ever was before, whatever your dry well may be.

    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us – Eph 3:20

    There’s no void He can’t fill. Trust Him.

  • I love the fact that Jesus engaged her and responded to her in a way that she would have to keep talking to Him. He wasn’t letting her go!

    In verse 32 I have always pictured Jesus as so excited He couldn’t eat. The woman had gone to tell the town He was at the well and He had just told the woman that He was the Messiah. This is what He came for; things were coming to fruition, and He was bringing people back to God. He must have been thrilled!

  • I found myself in the exchange between Jesus and the woman. It shattered the darkness and I type this, joyfully free.

  • Wow what a great chapter. But I’m left with a few questions. John 4:13-14 in the message says ” Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” (‭John‬ ‭4‬:‭13-14‬ MSG)” wow an artesian spring forever,gushing! And ladies we have this spring within, I have it! So why am I not living like it!?!? Woah what a wake up call! This spring never stops and everywhere I go God’s living water should be flowin out of my mouth, my gestures, my attitude, etc!!

    Also, the power and glory found in John 4:21-23!! Jesus made it so ALL can worship!!! Not just Jews or in Jerusalem, but it must be in spirit and in truth!! Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus! But why are we, Christians, still fighting within churches at each other and fighting between differnent churches!?! Jesus came for all including me! I think it’s time we/I starting living like I have the gushing spring within me.

  • Antimony

    “Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world” (41-42). This has to be the testimony of every follower of Christ. Each person responds to the work of the Holy Spirit in his/her life. It isn’t enough to hear about the miracle of the new birth. I, personally, have to see and believe Jesus

  • Joanna S.

    I am like many women here, I need to make list, to plan, to organize. But over and over we read in the gospels, that Jesus clearly states, HE is the ONLY way. I don't need a list, a plan, or a set of instructions. Jesus is the only thing I need.

  • I was recently reading Who is this Man? by John Ortberg and he really turned this chapter and verse on its head for me. He pointed out that in the time of this story, women had no power over marriage decisions – so the fact that she was divorced multiple times does NOT mean that she was sleeping around or being adulterous during her marriages – it could mean that her husbands simply wanted different wives, that she was not good enough for them, or that they had died and she had been left with nothing. She could be coming to the well at that time because of her shame of not being wanted, of always looking for a love that was not reciprocated. I had always heard the focus being on her harlot lifestyle, but that was probably not the case.

    • Rachel

      I’ve heard that she may have been barren- a very common reason for women to be discarded by their husbands in that culture. Really gives you a different picture of this woman, doesn’t it?

    • Hesaved83

      But Jesus’ Word in Scripture (vs 19) also said the man she was with was NOT her husband so there was some form of sin…

  • John chapter 4 is amazing. Pen my heart to receive Your truths that are revealed in this chapter alone. The least likely person, a Samaritan, adulterous woman, judged as hopeless and worthless by her peers, becomes the source of revival for this community. She walked in shame but with her accepting the grace and truth of Jesus, openly and loudly proclaimed Jesus. Jesus in verse 26 openly revealed who He was, the Christ, to her! That fills my heart. Lord, lift up my eyes to see people as you see them, needing a touch from You and You alone. This Samaritan woman’s heart’s desire for real love was met in Jesus and it changed her entire life and her eternal life. Can not wait to meet her in Heaven! Such hope for today!

  • Oh how I wish that this amazing love that Jesus loves me with I could easily share with others…but it is not so easy to love as Jesus does. Lord, continue to work in me that I might love all people beyond labels and circumstances.

  • I am feeling so alone these days. There is chronic anger in my family…parents who live nearby struggling with health issues and disfunction years old…I want to love them but feel such resentment about “what could have been” and what isn’t. My parents never talked of Jesus when I was growing up. They both know OF Him, but do not live like they KNOW him. My sister is the same way…and the whole situation is sad. I want the family that so many have where grandparents, parents and children are all able to talk about Jesus and hope together. I leave my visits with them (I go out of duty and felt obligation) feeling angry and sad (Their world is small…the TV blares and they are nasty to each other.. )And I wonder how much of them I have inherited and am passing on to my own children. I do not feel love for them and and I know that is wrong. I feel miserable. Lord heal me. Show me who I am in your eyes. My heart is hard and locked. I judge.

    • Kendall_S

      Lord,
      I pray for Bridget. I pray for the balm of Your Word and Your comfort to soothe her soul and draw her to You in a new and fresh way. I pray for her family and for the scales to be removed from their eyes. I pray that You would move mightily in Bridget's life in order that she may glorify you in all that she does. Thank you Father for your mercies that are new every morning and for your grace upon grace…..
      Amen.

    • Jacque

      Hugs and Kiss Bridget! We are all imperfect people trying hard to become better. We are here for you and we LOVE you! Pray for your family and BELIEVE that you will be a better example for your own as you comtinue to lay your trust in God’s promises. Positive light and energy is being sent your way. XOXO.

    • Gema Muniz

      Sister no family is perfect. My husband and I along with my mom and brother are believers, but no body else in our family are true believers like we are. As a matter of fact my husband’s grandma is a practicing Catholic and doesn’t understand where our faith comes from. She is actually a very judgmental woman and many times calls us fanatics, but that doesn’t stop us from loving her. God has sent us to be love and that’s what we do regardless of How evil or non-understanding people can be. Sister all we have left to do is pray for their salvation and love them. Love is the biggest testimony you can give to a person. Remember we know How to love because he loved us first. God blessed you sister.

    • ann

      Bridget,
      I am praying for you. I can relate to you because I too was not raised in a Godly home. I did not come to know Jesus until my twenties.
      I know it does not make it easier, but one thing I can share with you that has helped me is knowing that… Only God can change a heart.
      He is certainly aware of my family and He put me there to love them no matter what…isn't that how Jesus loves us..NO MATTER WHAT..
      He loves us in our ugliest moments.
      Our job is to be the light and love them, even in the smallest of ways. And pray for them and God will take care of their hearts.
      Most of all..I want them to come to know Jesus because THEY have that desire..not because someone manipulated them into it.
      Hope this will bring some comfort. Don't lose hope.

  • Connie Tramel

    I am the women at the well, everything I thought could never change, is suddenly colored with bright hues of hope!

  • "Do we believe our soul has been wholly healed though it lives in a flawed, broken body?"
    Wow, did I need to read this! Thank you as always, for such thought provoking devotions!

  • Samantha Burton

    Loved today’s reading! I’m doing the 365 plan but had to comment on John today! I love how when the disciples come back and tell Jesus to eat and he says “I have a kind of food you know nothing about”. I can literally picture them looking at each other saying has someone fed our teacher?! Sometimes it’s nice to know the disciples were just ordinary people who like us were trying to understand all that Jesus had to offer and teach! I laughed out loud when I read that!

    • shereadstruth

      LOVE that, Samantha! I can only imagine the reaction from the disciples! We love having you in our community!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • citychick

    Todays lesson prompted me to do a littke research on Samaria and its people. If you have the time, do a quick search. It was quite illuminating.
    Jesus lover of my soul ♡♡.

  • JferLynne

    I love the "and holds out forgiveness, healing and hope by the bucketful." What a beautiful thing to ponder but more than that, to BELIEVE it! I love that we serve the God who loves us, not matter what and longs for us to walk in the fullness of that love. It is ours already, we cannot earn it therefore we cannot unearn (it that a real word?) it either. Plain and simple He loves us and longs for us to walk hand and hand with him. He loves it when we invite Him into those areas of our lives, those dark places it is hard to face and bring his light. It is a whole lot less scary when his light shines on those areas, not easy but less scary. This a great message this morning and all of our days! And it is truth! Happy Monday!

  • Such an enriching study today, thank you. I'm praying for Jess and Tiff. Isn't it amazing to know Jesus is able to work His miracles in all of these matters in our lives? I step forth today in anticipation…

  • Beth Warner

    Thank you so much Jesus for your everlasting water. Your grace upon grace, and EVERLASTING water!!! :)

  • Elisabeth

    Thankful for this sweet message this morning! A wonderful reminder that our lives aren’t changed in a moment, but we are given HOPE and through small changes each day, through leaning on Christ we can find transformation. Water to my soul!

  • Man oh man…reading this at work this morning and I'm getting messed up.
    I LOVE that Jesus, sent from the Father, came to show us what true love looks like. My favorite part this morning is,
    "Her life has been less than righteous, with marriage after marriage and ongoing adultery, and the last thing she needs is for someone to remind her of what she already knows. Her life is empty, just like the bucket she carries.
    But Jesus tells her she’s got it all wrong. This isn’t the water you need, He says. You need the water that will never leave you thirsty again. And just like that, her life is changed."

  • Mariah M.

    I feel so encouraged just knowing that no matter our past, we can run to Jesus and He will heal our wounds! Praise God for his healing!

  • All we have to do is trust Jesus! It’s a daily struggle to believe that He doesn’t care what we have done, that He loves us anyway and continues to show us His wonderful ways!

  • A promise that won't be broken: “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” ~Amen

  • I know these things to be true in my mind. I know Jesus extends love and forgiveness to everyone, no matter their past, as evidenced by the Samarian woman. I know all these things in my head, but it’s hard to realize their truth in my heart for ME. My life feels wrought with pain with chronic abuse playing throughout my life. Things I couldn’t control and now as an adult I still feel like I can’t catch a break. It feels as if all of my prayers fall on deaf ears and the love of the Father just doesn’t extend far enough to me. Or His back is turned, forgetting me. My head knows the Word to be true, but Father speak that truth into my heart and spirit so that I may say I trust you, I follow you.

    • Natalia

      Dear Lord, please show Heather how much you love her, how much you want to be a part of her life and how much you want to be in her life watching her face to face. Please let her know that she can pack a box with all her worries and sorrows in it and just give it to you.

    • Charli

      Praying that The Lord covers you with peace this morning to receive this promise! It’s easy for us to believe his promises for our sisters, and sometimes difficult to accept them for ourselves. But praise God, We are never out of his reach!

    • Beth Warner

      Praying for you Heather, that you feel his arms wrapped around you. Please Jesus, let her know you nailed all of her/our past to the cross. Picture that in your head sweetheart, your past nailed to the cross.xo:)

    • Grace Peters

      Praying for you Heather ❤️

    • Carrie

      Good Morning Heather. I've survived my God's simple provisions of His Word of love and life that was unlike those who hurt me. It is so hard, at times, to just cry out to Him and focus on His promises of love and hope, but they ARE true and He WILL give you eyes to see His way with. He IS trustworthy and His ways are often simpler than I think they are at times. You CAN trust Him because He really does forgive us, heal us and most importantly loves us with the new life He, alone, gives.

    • Kimberly

      Heather, my heart went out to you when I read your post this morning. I'm praying for you. Hebrews 11:1 says "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." You cannot trust your feelings, they will steer you astray. Just as the man in John 4:50 "believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way," Jesus wants all of us to take that step of faith and believe His word that all His promises are for us/you too. Just a mustard seed of faith is all it takes! John 10:10 – the enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus has come to give you life and give it abundantly.
      If you have the time, head over to http://havilahcunnington.com and do her current online study, I Do Hard Things, in tandem with this devotional. It's a twenty day study and this is day 5. You can listen to the videos for free, and you can download a workbook if you want to do a deeper study. Blessings to you dear one. Your sisters in Christ are praying for you today! Be encouraged:)

    • Ruth

      Heather,

      Perhaps this will encourage you, from what God spoke to my heart today: I see the contrast in the Genesis passage and how Sarai was treated (like an object) vs. how the Samaritan woman was treated by Jesus. Jesus made a point to emphasize the fact that He knew her situation intimately, and had compassion on her. Although her sins were wrong, Jesus cared enough to look past the sin into the deeper issue of why she had made those choices. It was very likely that none of her husbands had treated her well, and she was longing to be deeply loved and known. What a sweet reminder that Jesus knows our hearts, and wants to fill us with a love that truly satisfies, if we let Him in.

  • Danielle

    So thankful for this community and all the different perspectives on the same passage. Sometimes I feel like I miss the learning in a passage and then someone here writes what speaks to them and the words resonate with me in a whole new way. It inspires me to reread and dig a little deeper. Happy Monday!

  • Wow, I was 'chewing' on the Word that the pastor brought forth, yesterday. Not sure how I felt about some it, because I have never heard it brought forth that way. Then today's devotion seemed to answer and reveal to me some of the things he said. It was an "AHA" moment. Most of my family is a work and really want to share this with them. Can't wait until this evening so I can tell them about it.

  • I read this today and just question myself. Am I a list writer? Yes! Do I need to follow instructions? Yes! Do I believe? Yes! How can I just skip the first two and only believe? Would I have just walked away based on faith alone if I had been told that my son was healed???? I pray today to find that total faith in my heart that I will walk away without “proof” and just believe.

    Thank you SRT for offering these studies to help those of us that don’t know and are just learning. Happy Monday all and God Bless…

  • The woman at the well was my dad's favorite story in the Bible. We even had this image etched on his tombstone when he died. He just loved the idea that God so freely and eagerly wanted to share the Gospel with this woman whom the world saw as nothing. He also loved that she was so excited by what he had done for her, that she completely forgot why she came to the well and ran to share this with others. Are we excited to share the Gospel with others. Jesus was able to plant the seed and reap the harvest with this woman. I pray that God would make me just as excited to share His story and His Blessings with others. Let's plant some seeds today ladies!

    • creativekate2

      Love this Sheila! I was struck by how Jesus went to the well when no one else wanted to be there. He went to be available to the people that no one else wanted to be with so that he could share love and hope with them. I want that same love for people that others may not see as lovable!

  • Stephielauren

    “Everything she thought she knew about herself—everything she thought she could never change—is suddenly colored with bright hues of hope.”
    Thank you, Jesus, for that hope! I lost my Mom to cancer a week before Thanksgiving, and hope has been the theme. (Since we don’t grieve as those who have no hope! Amen!) But to see that same hope illuminated in this passage just makes my heart want to explode! I needed to be reminded and encouraged that the same hope applies to me, here in this world. Here’s to a 2015 with bright hues of hope!

  • Need prayer for my marriage. Starting a fast today with my church family and looking for the same Jesus to give us life

    • Onfaith

      Tiff – I will be praying for your marriage today. As someone who has endured many hardships in marriage to see ours turned around, I have great hopes for all couples. I will be prayerful that God have His hand on you, on your husband. That He cover and bind you two so that nothing can alter His will for your relationship. Prayer that He bring you two close together and align your hearts to Him so that you may be equally aligned to one another. That whatever encroaches upon you has no chance of even chipping the exterior that He builds around you. Lifting you up and hopeful for swift change for you! ~ B

      • Tiff

        Thank you so much. I appreciate your transparency and words of life. I will keep you posted sister!

    • Wendy

      Praying for you now.

  • KaraJade

    “The Savior looks beyond our labels, circumstances, and shame, and holds out forgiveness, healing, and hope by the bucketful.”
    Oh how I need to be reminded of this truth daily. Though I often think I am irreparably broken and shameful, Christ still loves me. And he offers healing and forgiveness and hope. I don’t need to fix myself to accept that love.

  • My son calls instructions, constructions. And we have a lot of constructions lying around our house right now since Legos topped both his and his sister's Christmas lists. When I think about it though, how many times do I "construct" rules for myself- I allow myself to fall into constructed patterns in life because I think that's how it's supposed to be. Jesus came to deconstruct everything in my life as I know it. I don't need to live within the tightly defined rules and systems and burdens I place on myself through my own constructions. Jesus doesn't want me to feel those burdens. Jesus came so that I, so that all of us, could have life and have it to the full. What a great reminder for a new year, that following and trusting Him is the only way to live. I don't need to construct any other rules or systems for living.

  • Ashley Helms

    Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him At His word…
    In verse 50 we see this man display complete and total trust in the Savior’s words. What would have happened had he faltered or doubted? My prayer for today is to rely on the verity and validity of His promise, and to walk with the heart knowledge that He will do what He says He will do!

  • Don’t you just love Game-Changer Jesus and the woman at the well? The story begins with an invitation from the All-Knowing and yet her mind is on the guest list. The Savior of the World offers living water and upon one glance she finds His tools insufficient. She starts name dropping and He gets personal. It’s like she got sassy with Jesus saying, ” Look Mr. Convenient Store I’ve known empty promises all my life prove it!” AND He did by telling her how He’s never taken His eyes off of her, as if He knew her story by heart, What’s her response she LEAVES her bucket behind and CLEAVES from her past. As we welcome in 2015 I think Jesus might have s reminder for you to pocket in Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
    SEE, I AM DOING A NEW THING!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
    I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.” I have to laugh though because before she leaves her bucket behind she forgets the big picture and clings to the details. Now she believes He’s somebody but is stuck on location. Her eyes aren’t on Jesus but on His people and their claims. Then she included Him in her “Us” statement basically saying, “Oh forget the details the Messiah will explain it to us when he gets here.” Jesus introduces Himself and boom, she believes. Now why do you suppose He started with an invitation and got personal before the introduction? Children don’t care what you know till they know that you care :) I love Game-Changer Jesus.

  • Kelly_Smith

    This chapter is so rich, full of new definitions for our lives. I love the response of our two main characters when Jesus presents himself as the Messiah, The Living Water, The Life. The woman drops her jug and runs to tell everyone, anyone, what she found. I imagine verse 39 was her legacy. "Many believed in him because of the woman's testimony." This is what people remembered about her. Not the many husbands, or the shame. Only that she brought the Messiah to them. The worried father leaves a legacy of faith for his children: "The man took Jesus at his word" (v 50). His entire household believed! I imagine they took Jesus at his word for the next 3 years, believing everything He said.

    My life has been redefined by the grace and mercy of God. I do not want it to stop there, with only my life changed. I want the Samaritan's legacy, that many would believe because of my testimony. I want my children to benefit from my faith as I take Jesus at his word. Father, may the redefined life you have given me bring light to those around me!

  • Oh how I need forgiveness! I would appreciate prayer ladies. I am struggling on the verge of an eating disorder relapse and I need prayer. I feel that God is far away.

    • Candacejo

      Jess, I am praying for you right now, in Jesus' name! He is right beside you, He is FOR you! Jesus, wrap Your arms around Jess and let her feel the strength that comes from being in Your presence. Infuse her with power from the Holy Spirit to overcome this eating disorder and have the strength she needs to make it each day by clinging to You. You are ever-present, faithful, and want only the best for us. We LEAN on You. In Jesus' name. ♥

    • Jamie Gee

      Jess-

      Praying for you! May Jesus nudge your spirit and remind you that He is the way, the truth and the light!

    • Onfaith

      Jess – Your post has me tearful. I am prayerful that God renew you. That He lift you and provide an immediate healing so deep within you that you no longer feel less, but that you are lifted up and provided an immense joy that fills you. That God direct your steps and that He leads you to a place of peace, that He deliver you of this. I pray that God grant you clarity of His word specifically for you. That He produce Word that speaks specifically to your situation, to your heart and allows you to feel His love for you and your design. That He provide an understanding for you that He is in control and you can give up and give over any fear you have.

      Jess – know that you are not alone, that you aren't enduring this by yourself. I will continue to lift you in prayer and know that there will be a great story of your overcoming. ~ B

    • Saundra

      Praying for you Jess

    • Debbie

      Oh, Jess. Please hear this. He is not far away. He is right there, close to you, next to you. I have been where you are, and I am praying for strength for you at this moment and will continue to throughout the day.

    • Erin

      You are not alone in your struggle! The enemy's pull seems irresistible, but "…greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world." 1 John 4:4

      As we read in John 4 today, Jesus offers the bread of life and living water. Every time your mind goes to food today, thank Him for the different kind of bread and water he gives to you, and snack on His Word… read a Bible verse, or re-read part of this morning's text.

      God used the book "Love to Eat, Hate to Eat" by Elise Fitzpatrick to completely transform me through an eating disorder just a few years ago.

      Praying that you will be satisfied with God's Word today, and praying for mighty inner strength for you. Right there with you, sister.

    • JferLynne

      Jess, I am praying for you. It is hard when we "feel" he is far away. I know that feeling but can I encourage you to continue to read truth and to speak it to yourself out loud. I know it sounds funny but sometimes all we can do is say the words. Healing will come and your Heavenly Father loves you and He sees you! He created you and He is with you!!

    • Jess

      Thank you ladies for your prayers and kind words of encouragement. They are so appreciated. It’s been a long hard struggle and I’m just weary from the fight, but I know the truth that Jesus is the only One who can make me well. Pluck up heart, trust Him!

  • drshanwalks

    Thank you Lord for looking beyond my labels, circumstances, and shame to give me forgiveness, healing, and hope! Thank you for continually showing me areas of my life that I need to change and surrounding me with people who are willing to show me grace and mercy as I change. When we do something wrong, many people just walk away and wash their hands of us. But God, You have placed people in my path who are willing to stay the course with me. Lord forgive me for the spirit of fear and procrastination that I have allowed to overcome me. Break those spirits off of me and I no longer accept there role in my life! Amen.

  • Amen!

  • Dear She Reads Truth team, I am overwhelmingly grateful for this community of faith online and the resources to study His word with such passion and purpose. Thank you.

    (I just wanted to lovingly let you know that the Scripture for "Go, your son will live" is John 4:50, instead of the John 5:40 which is referenced.)

    • Amy

      Praying for you right now Jess. May God grant you strength and may you feel the comfort and security if His loving arms wrapped around you. As I taught the littles is my Sunday Sch class yesterday. He is always there, he always sees us. He cares and loves you so.

    • shereadstruth

      Jessa, it's such a joy to have you here! You have great eyes! Thanks for letting us know:) Love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I need to pay attention here. This is the second time today the Lord has placed the woman at the well before me. What am I thirsting for? What wells do I keep going to trying to satisfy the thirst rather than drinking in the Living Water of Jesus?

    Beckey
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    • Julie

      Your words spoke to me. I too keep going to the same dry well. In my case it's food. I turn to it for comfort. After losing a significant amount of weight, I am just now realizing how I continue to turn to food in times of emotional distress. I'm learning day by day to turn to God. Thank you for sharing.

  • Meredith Massey

    So living water flowing through
    God, we thirst for more of You
    Fill our hearts and flood our souls with one desire . . .
    All we need is Living water, no matter how messed up we are . . . As I go back to work today and teach I pray that I won’t just survive the day by muttling through but that I will THRIVE today with the Living Water of God’s love flowing through me.

  • I used to have such stern expectations for myself each day that reflected how little I understood Grace was for me too. I had no difficulty in understanding it for others, but myself….. I think I was partly afraid that it would not apply to me somehow, so if I insured I didn't do anything wrong, I would never have to find out. Boy did God have another idea. It's mind blowing how our Father knows exactly when and how to let us fall so that we may be built back up again. Years ago this was my experience. i continued to misunderstand, but once I finally understood it was through God's loving prodding and encouragement that I gave up my fear and my shame to Him. He is MY living water. So many times, people step back from the well, thinking as I did, "It's good for others, but I'm not part of this, I won't be accepted into this, I'm different, it doesn't apply." How beautiful would it be if we all stood there with our emptiness, accepting Jesus and our new life without pause. Everything *WE*have or could be changed and be colored with a "new hue of hope". How I pray that my life reflect the joy of the woman at the well and that my life point others to the Living Water. ~ B

    • Meredith Massey

      I often felt the same. Letting quilt and shame get the better of me. No more though!

  • "Do we believe our soul has been wholly healed though it lives in a flawed, broken body?" ~ Not always. I often think about the areas I fall short or disappoint Jesus. I don't always rest in the fact that he loves me unconditionally, in spite of my shortcomings. This devotion reminded me Jesus brings hope into ANY situation, no matter how dark (even my dark areas where I think I have failed Him). On tough days and on great days, His arms are open for me to run into. FORGIVENESS. HEALING. HOPE. All of these words ring true today!

  • ❤️ Jesus’ first miracle was witnessed by only the servants initially & his first act of ministry to an adulterous woman. ❤️

    Why do I try to be so perfect and refined? Jesus is the reward for embracing the mess.

    • KaraJade

      I love this point this morning. We don’t need to be perfect to accept Jesus’ love. We only need to believe and trust him.

    • Nora

      What a beautiful revelation

  • I was in tears after today’s devotion it truly touch the core of my soul. something I really need to be reminded of. One of the things I realized was not only was this woman had a 360° life changes but she went to the same people who were judging her without fear and declare. I have met the Messiah. I have also Met the Messiah several years ago and even toady He still touches my soul. He is the ONLY way.

    • Jeanne

      Sorry I hit the wrong icon!!

    • Sarah

      I also love that this woman brought many Samaritans to believe in Christ. In verses 39-42 it talks about how many believed because of her testimony and then after listening to the truth of Jesus came to believe because "this man really is the Savior of the world". God can use anyone to bring others to Christ.

  • Thank you Lord for your living water!

  • Friends, the new life Jesus gives us today is no less rule-breaking, jaw-dropping or miraculous. The Savior looks beyond our labels, circumstances and shame, and holds out forgiveness, healing and hope by the bucketful……Amen

    Ah, these words warm the heart of one who has lived with self made lists and rules for righteous.living….I could so easily have been the woman by the well….not so many times married, but none the less, living a life that has caused me to make the rules for my life that would hide the shame of who I was……But Jesus…oh praise God for Jesus, because by His gift of living water, I can walk tall, holding my head up, not in pride, but knowing that I have forgiveness, healing, and hope in abundance, ….He holds me up when I fall down, ……He has my back when things are going wrong and I feel myself slipping back into the old ways. The label…..'sinner' ….is mine to wear….No doubt….. But JESUS looks beyond that label, that facade, and holds out His hand, with a cup of 'living water…..' bringing me Hope, showing me forgiveness, healing my soul….. Jesus has done that for me..I believe, so I may NEVER be thirsty again….Praise God… Amen….Thank you Jesus… Thank you…

    Morning Sisters… Happy Monday…Be Blessed….with love….xxx

    • Candacejo

      He has my back when I slip back into my old ways….love this!! ♥♥♥

  • Selenafred

    Sooooooo good! Right in step with what we learned about in church today too-Jesus’ way is freedom! Love this.

    • shereadstruth

      Thanks for joining us today, friend! We love having you in our community!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Jeez I too am a list maker, rule follower, lay it out in black and white! I hate shades of grey. This chapter shows just how clear Jesus is in His teaching. He is the way, truth and light. Simple, black and white. Follow Him. End of story! Amen! Love this part of the Devo –> Jesus takes our self-made rules for righteous living and tears them up, declaring, I am the Way! Follow me. Trust ME.
    Amanda your words speak deeply to my heart and I am ever so grateful for this community of believers!
    Have a blessed week!

  • Kasey Tuggle

    Jesus satisfies my soul like only he can. He calms this restless heart of mine and feels me with peace that makes my cup overflow. There has been an on going circumstance lately that has just been bothering me so much, and as I was reading Psalm 1-5 today I was assured that there is no reason for me to ever worry or be overcome by a situation because Jesus is my refuge and my shield! I’ve been wondering how do I deal with this “situation” that I cannot make go away. And I found the answer today… Well God revealed it to me! And it’s His word! By soaking myself in his truths and letting his word take over my life, not letting this circumstance get the best of me… But letting my Jesus have the best of me. Leaving the junk in the past, and straining forward focusing on holy things! Feeling my mind with more of Jesus and less of this world! John 3:30- He must increase and Kasey must decrease! Even the things that I get upset about- those things must decrease, because they don’t even matter! Colossians 3:1-3 comes to mind!! Lord, keep my mind focused on things that have eternal significance and take away any thought that does not!

    • Alex

      love your "He must increase and Kasey must decrease" bit, too cute

    • Candacejo

      Beautifully said! You are victorious through Him!

    • Chelsea C.

      Could not have said it better! I have had the same epiphany lately. Though it seems obvious when acted out for the first time it is life altering. I was looking around at a life that seemed like a mess inside and out and trying so hard to fix it. Oh the list was long! Then I just let go making my only requirement time with the Lord each day. And by His grace he has delivered. I am in a better place spiritually and mentally than I have been in years if not ever. It reminds me of the Hosea study where he leads his unfaithful wife to the desert to tell her to speak to get tenderly and let her know she is still loved. I too have had to go into the wilderness in order to hear my Lord's voice.

  • I need forgiveness, hope and healing by the bucketful! I am so thankful He gives it to me daily. I am not perfect and He knows I won't ever be. I need to know that too. Praying for the Holy Spirit to work through me and I can continue to grow spiritually. I want to put Him forward everyday. I pray for my heart to put all my trust in Him. He knows everything about me.

    • Kasey Tuggle

      Amen!! I feel the same way. So thankful that although I’m more flawed then I could ever imagine, I am at the same time far more loved and forgiven that I could ever hope or dream! Jesus is more than enough!

      • Katie

        This truth = amazing

      • Charlotte Elizabeth

        It can be so hard for my heart to truly grasp this and live in light of it! Each moment of my day, every interaction with a student or a coworker or my husband, should be colored by the understanding that Christ loves every one of them more than I can imagine.

      • Alyssa

        His grace is more than any flaw or sin imaginable. That amazes me!!

      • Kasey Tuggle

        I love that. My actions should be “colored” be knowing that God loves them! By knowing how loved I am in Christ, I am now motivated to love others and expect nothing in return because I have all that I need in Christ!!!

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