“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.” John 14:26 NKJV
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.
If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen
Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Today’s reading we will re-read the same passage in the Gospel of John, chapter 14 at verse 25 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV).
The Gift of His Peace
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the [g]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. 27 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. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because [h]I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.
29 “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 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.
John 14:25-31 NKJV
MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Luke 4:8 KJV
Today’s reading sums ALL of this week up very nicely. Jesus wants us to have a sure foundation in The Father, through Jesus, by the Holy Spirit. Since these Jewish disciples knew The Father through their upbringing, a lot of focus was on explaining how Jesus is a reflection of The Father and under the authority of The Father. The Jesus introduces the Holy Spirit – explaining it is the Spirit of The Father and Him. And Jesus began to explain the function of the Holy Spirit – like bringing revelation of the trinity (something no amount of explaining can really explain – we can only understand through the Spirit of God).
Now Jesus sums it up with an explanation of why we need this Helper and more explanation about what is about to go down.
“25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 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.”
The Holy Spirit is going to continue the work of Rabbi, that Jesus began. As the disciples followed Jesus as their Rabbi, they must now follow this Spirit. This Holy Spirit will teach us ALL things. Sometimes that happens by leading us to the right information and sometimes t is a divine download.
I have had moments when verses come to mind, that I did not even recall that I had ever memorized, yet they rise to the surface and are just the right verse for my situation! That is Holy Spirit. When we study the Bible, by ourselves or following someone’s study – we only understand because of the Spirit.
For example, how did some know to question Cov1d, the lockdowns, the mandates and the world’s solutions? Because many of the things they required were in direct opposition to the Word of God. How did some NOT know? Probably they were ignoring the still small voice of the Spirit or ignoring the information the Spirit was leading them to – in their defense it was a very noising time and many voices rose up to drown out the voice of the Spirit. At the time I wondered why many out spoken new age ‘good’ witches were suddenly on the same side I was on. It was because it muddied the waters and further confused whose voice was whose. So that we are aware for the next attack and we have all learned the lessons – the attack comes in chaos and the Holy Spirit is where the peace is.
“27 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.”
If you are acting on behalf of your fear or someone else’s fear – fear is NOT of God! Jesus left us peace in the Holy Spirit. For example, the only reason for wearing a mask was fear of hurting ourselves or someone else, same with being locked inside or taking an untested drug – fear. Taking off the mask, stepping outside or saying no to the drug did not end fear’s attack nor did it guarantee peace. Peace only comes when you’ve received the download, or heard the Spirit, or received the revelation.
Hearing from the Holy Spirit is not usually an audible voice, and if it is the Bible says it is a still small voice. I believe louder voices may be Jesus or angels. But there is a solid grounded feeling of peace in a whisper that IS the Spirit and it stirs us to be on fire and emboldened and inspired!
Peace is the confirmation that is it the Spirit of God! If you have confusion it is not the Spirit.
Now Jesus explains the spirit, gives them peace, and then explains how we should mourn those who leave us to go to The Father before us – specifically and more immediately, Him.
“28 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.”
We should rejoice for those who went to The Father before us! We will miss them, but we are NOT to be earthly minded, but heavenly minded! We will see them again someday just like we will see Jesus someday because he is coming back, not as the lamb – but as the victor and ruler of this world He created!
And when Jesus said this we know a peace fell upon them – because Jesus left them peace. Then the attack came and tried to rob them of it, but understanding that The Father is greater and STILL IN CONTROL will win and bring them back the peace.
“29 “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 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.”
So Jesus again lets them know this is prophetic and about to happen. You and I know what happened. We can look at it and think, how many people can predict their own death, and tell people the correct way to handle it? Not many.
I am so grateful that he did and that He also taught us to be grounded in Him in a real way and how he was going to interact with us after His death, because that is when you and I can into this. And now we know how to be grounded with a strong foundation to reach out to the Father, through Jesus, by the Holy Spirit!
Please join us tomorrow as we jump into our weekend wisdom reading brought to you without commentary and we will return to continue to discuss the Book of John, on Monday.
I also wanted to remind and inform all of you, that instead of writing a book on fasting (since it is the topic I get asked the most about) I have created a Facebook group that is designed to be interactive and give you all the Bible verses on fasting, all the types of fast, and how to fast. In the group are specialist to help us along the way, like the creator of The Fasting Protocol (fasting for health and weight loss; which is part of fasting and important to know about – He can also speak to fasting in a healthy manner). The group is new and other experts are invited, I am hopeful they will join. So let’s join the group and see what we will learn about prayer and fasting. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/509149707741862
Thank you for reading in 2023 – a Year of Grace and Provision
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace. Walk in wisdom.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!
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