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John 3:22-36 Devo – Day 5

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 63:1, 2 God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you. I thirst for you; my body faints for you in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
2 So I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory.
Read the Entire Psalm

In a land that is dry and desolate without water, I thirst for you God. Try to imagine this poetry in reality. Imagine you are in a desert, dry and desolate. You are thirsty. Your thirst is not just for water but for God. You need water but you are desperate for God. He is the one who quenches our thirst. Praise Him for being an endless oasis for our souls.

SCRIPTURE READING:
John 3:22-36- Christian Standard Bible
Jesus and John the Baptist

22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went to the Judean countryside, where he spent time with them and baptized.

23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People were coming and being baptized, 24 since John had not yet been thrown into prison.

25 Then a dispute arose between John’s disciples and a Jew about purification. 26 So they came to John and told him, “Rabbi, the one you testified about, and who was with you across the Jordan, is baptizing—and everyone is going to him.”

27 John responded, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I’ve been sent ahead of him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the groom. But the groom’s friend, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the groom’s voice. So this joy of mine is complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”

The One from Heaven
31 The one who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is earthly and speaks in earthly terms. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, and yet no one accepts his testimony. 33 The one who has accepted his testimony has affirmed that God is true. 34 For the one whom God sent speaks God’s words, since he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hands. 36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.

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Having God’s Ear through Prayer


  • Express thanksgiving to God.
  • 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.
  • Pray for those leading in our government. Pray they would have courage to fulfill their duty and to faithfully serve and protect.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible


Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

Theologian Stephen Wellum says that “the Trinity is the indispensable mystery at the heart of all theology.” Verses 34–35 give us a glimpse into the mystery of the Trinity. Jesus is the eternal Son sent from the Father, who fully has the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son. We should understand that to be an eternal love. John the Baptist was able to take joy in making much of Christ because he had a proper view of who Jesus is, namely, the eternal Son of God. Hard to believe? John the Baptist says in John 1:30 that “after me comes a man who ranks before me, because he existed before me.” John, who is six months older than Jesus, knew that Jesus existed before him. John knew from the beginning that Jesus was the eternal divine Son. This is deep stuff! And it ought to lead us to worship. Praise be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!