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While studying in my personal devotions the Lord brought me once again to John chapters 14, 15 and 16. It seems like periodically He brings me back to these passages of scripture and uses them as reminders of His love, mercy and many promises which He has given us.In these chapters Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure from this earth as He was going to be crucified, raised from the dead and then ascend to the right hand of the Father. Throughout this time He promised several times to send the Holy Spirit to be with His disciples once He went back to the Father. Looking up the reference to the “Helper” (Holy Spirit) in John 16:7 I found in the Greek it means comforter, advocate, intercessor.
We know in Romans 8 that the Holy Spirit and even Jesus Christ sitting now at the right hand of the father intercedes on our behalf..even at times when we don’t know how to pray. As we cry out to our heavenly Father the Holy Spirit makes perfect intercession on our behalf according to the Father’s will. While still here on this earth Jesus said Himself that He had interceded on behalf of His disciples in John 17. Very specifically speaking of those who now believe in Him Jesus said “‘I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;’” John 17:20
James says that we all stumble in many ways but if we control our tongue we can control our entire body. I wrote on that some time ago so won’t expound on that now. However, going on to 1 John 2:1 he says that he is writing so that we might not sin but if we do sin we have an advocate coming before our Father on our behalf, even Jesus Christ.
If our Lord is for us who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) We have the promise that He who is abiding in us (and we in Him) is greater than he who is in the world (satan) who is our enemy. We should not fear anything (though we do at times) but should trust in Him, calling out to the one and only true God who is the creator of heaven, earth the sea and all that is within them.
Can you say as the Psalmist says, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear,…”? Psalms 46:1,2a. If not, you have a choice to make.
2 Peter 3:7,8 says, “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” He is patiently waiting for you. Will you turn to Him and be saved? It only takes a simple prayer asking the Lord to forgive you of your sins and repenting from them (turning away from your sin and walking in God’s ways) to be saved. Paul puts the salvation message very simply, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” Romans 10:9
Do not be deceived thinking that simply being a “good person”, being the member of a church or doing good things earns you the right to go to heaven. Titus 3:5 says, “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,” We can’t earn our way to heaven. Though men see the outward appearance we portray, the Lord sees our heart.
Whatever choice you and I make know that it will all bring glory to the Lord. Even when pharaoh’s heart was hardened against the Lord or He removed His spirit from king Saul the Lord still brought glory to His name through the circumstances. The difference is that both of the former men were destroyed and it affected their family line in negative ways. However, by contrast look at David who was a man after God’s own heart. The Lord brought glory to His name through David as well but there was also a great reward for David and his family line as well.
Your choices will not affect yourself only but also many around you and after you. David and so many other men of faith put their faith into practice and walked on through life believing what God said was true. Let us do the same humbling ourselves before God and looking to the reward that the Lord promises so many places throughout scripture! In John 14:2,3 Jesus promises that He is going before us to prepare a place for those who follow Him and will one day return for us so we can be with Him forever.
Be a workman approved by God and follow His commandments. Looping back to John 15 Jesus speaks of producing much good fruit, the importance of loving the Lord and following His commandments so that we can have His true joy. “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 15:11,12
Let us set ourselves apart, being cleansed so that we might be vessels of honor and offer our bodies up as a living sacrifice to Him. (2 Timothy 2:21 and Romans 12:1) Allow Jesus to shine through your life that glory would be brought to His name!
If you have not yet chosen to confess and repent of your sins in order to serve the Lord and have questions please come out and talk with, call or e-mail any of our family and we will count it a privilege to talk with you.
No, life will not be easy once you have asked the Lord to forgive you of your sins, but when you do He will walk through all those tough times with you. He will be your guide and will strengthen you as you face life. All the promises of Him interceding for those who believe in Him will then become promises you can hold on to and know are true for your own life.
He is a very patient, merciful and loving God but also one of justice who can not tolerate sin. At the great day of judgement He will require an account of each person and all they did throughout their life. What will you have to say about your life when standing before the King of kings and Lord of lords? Run the race well so that one day you can hear Him say that you were a good and faithful “bond slave” of Christ and you can come in and enjoy being with your heavenly Father through eternity.
If guilt, shame and sin are weighing you down Jesus said, “’Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’” Matthew 11:28-30
I will make a short note to the believer as well. Remember the accuser of the brethren will bring your past sin and try flaunting it before you. Always remember those sins have been forgiven you, He has cleansed you from all unrighteousness, those past sins are paid for and covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. You no longer have any condemnation but are an adopted child of God who loves you. Your enemy is overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of your testimony. Humble yourself in obedience before God, stand firm with the full armor of God on, resist the devil and he will flee from you!
Oh yes, brothers and sisters in the Lord… Remember all those scriptures at the beginning of how the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ would intercede? You are being interceded for by them perfectly according to the Father’s will. Truly, “If God is for us, who is against us?” Romans 8:31b We are victorious concurs over our enemy in Jesus name. Stand firm.
It is the edge of fall weather with some days still feeling like summer time while most early mornings truly feel like fall has arrived! It is beautiful to get out early in the morning and see the new day the Lord has created with insects singing, diverse bird calls flashing through the air, heavily laden cool droplets of dew hanging from the foliage, distant coyotes howling, freshly scented cool air calmly transmitting a lone cow lowing for her calf, a rooster’s crow piercing abruptly through a seemingly peaceful hour, the pastel or rather vivid color dashed sunrise being painted across the sky… How beautiful it all is!