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The Lenten Journey 2016 – Blessed Assurance

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John 14:15-31 (New King James Version)

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.”

Jesus is having a moment of intimacy with His disciples. Jesus wants to assure them even when He is gone they wouldn’t be alone. The assurance of the Holy Spirit, a constant companion and comforter would be with them continually. To love God is to follow and obey His commandments. Christ is telling the disciples even though it is almost His time to leave the earth and not be with them physically, He would always dwell in them in spirit and in truth. Though the world would not receive Jesus, those who knew Him would have access to Him. Jesus tells us to know Him is to love Him. Those who love Him keep His commandments. Jesus knew leaving the earth would not remove His presence so He encouraged His disciples to not let their hearts be troubled or be afraid but to live in His peace. The disciples were not to grieve the upcoming departure of Christ, but to rejoice in His reunion to His Father who would comfort us with the precious gift of the Holy Spirit.

• The gift of the Holy Spirit is offered to all who love God and keep His commandments.
• Our love of God leads us to obeying His word. God’s love for us leads Him to fulfill His promise to us to never leave us nor forsake us.
• We cannot expect those who don’t believe in God to understand who and what the Holy Spirit is. This is the difference of walking by faith (believing without seeing) or by sight (having to see to believe).
• The Holy Spirit continues to reveal the truth of who God is. God is forever with us even though Jesus’ presence on earth was only for a short while.

Prayer

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for giving us instructions on how we can receive your Spirit of Truth to comfort us and reveal more of who You are to us. Even though the world considers You a mystery, anyone can know who You are by loving You and keeping Your commandments. Thank You for loving us so much that we are never alone and can abide with you in spirit and in truth through Jesus Your son. Amen.

LaNicia Williams
Manzanita, Oregon
www.changedlivingminsitries.org

BELOVED

Do not be weary in doing well, you shall reap during this season of Lent. Be encouraged to continue to lengthen your prayer time, start or continue the Daniel Fast and read through the gospel of John before Resurrection Sunday at the end of this month. Encourage out guest bloggers in the comment section on this site. Share this devotion with others on your social network. Keep up at www.twitter.com/vashtimckenzie.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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