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John 3:22-36 Devo – Day 2

By April 30, 2024Daily Devotional

Hearing God’s Voice from His Word


James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 60:9-12
Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
10 God, haven’t you rejected us?
God, you do not march out with our armies.
11 Give us aid against the foe,
for human help is worthless.
12 With God we will perform valiantly;
he will trample our foes.
Read the Entire Psalm

In this Psalm David is writing about a specific victory. God brought deliverance. Can you remember a time when God delivered you from a specific sin or struggle? Give thanks to him. He is always near. He cares. He is able.

Scripture Reading
John 3:22-36 – English Standard Version
John the Baptist Exalts Christ

22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized 24 (for John had not yet been put in prison).

25 Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”

31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Having God’s Ear through Prayer


  • Give thanks to God for His gifts and His goodness.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
  • Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
    (1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
  • Bring your personal requests to God.
    (Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
  • Pray for someone in your small group.
  • Join with others from River and pray for Hope’s Gate. Ask God to use their ministry to help women working in adult entertainment. Pray for the light of the gospel to shine into the darkness.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible


Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

Yesterday, we considered John’s personal humility in his statement, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” That’s worthy of our emulation. John’s statement has layers beyond personal humility. In vs 30, John is also acknowledging the providence of God at work. This is a divine must. John’s ministry must decrease. Jesus’ ministry must increase. All of this is according to God’s plan to save and redeem a sinful humanity. John was able to identify the events in his life as being part of God’s providential plan. Reflect on God’s providence in your own life. How has God shown his goodness to you?