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John 5

Father, every bit of the person You’d have me to be, I long to be.

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“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.  These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.” (vv39-40 NIV)

Knowing all about the Bible isn’t enough, unless You know the One whom the Bible is all about—Jesus.

Thank You, Father, that You have helped me to know Jesus in a very personal way.  Thank You for moving me beyond Bible facts and trivia into the true riches of an intimate relationship with You.

As You connect my life with others, may the closeness that’s developing between You and me be noticeable and attractive to others.  May those lives You let mine touch be drawn into fellowship with You.  Even those who know so much about You, help them to truly know You.

“You have your heads in the Bible constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there.  But you miss the forest for the trees.  These Scriptures are all about Me!  And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from Me the life you say you want.” (vv 39-40 MSG)

Father, thank You for the wondrous life You offer. Thank You for the freedom to know You intimately.  Thank You for making a way back to You through Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross.  Take my life in Your hands, Lord, and mold me to be just like Jesus.  Amen.

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