March 6, 2017

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Reading along with us in John? Here’s today’s reading:

John 16 (ESV)

“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”… Continue Reading

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  1. In John 16:1, Jesus continues the previous chapter’s instruction (John 15:1-27) saying, “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.” This reminds me of the Parable of the Sower when Jesus explains the meaning of the “rocky ground” hearers that “fall away.” I don’t want to be a rocky ground (or thorny ground) hearer! (Matthew 13:18-23)

    What has hit me in a new way this morning is how wonderful it is to have a glimpse “behind-the-scenes” with Jesus instructing His disciples. What value we have to be a part of their conversations and instruction and not regulated to what “the crowd” heard from Jesus.

    I also love how honest the Bible is – revealing that even after Jesus explained things, they were left scratching their heads at times. But then The Teacher reveals things further and “KAPLOWEEE”…they get it! “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” (John 16:29-30)

    Then Jesus once again tells them (us) why He has said these things, “that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

    That is so comforting especially in light of what Jesus said earlier in John 16:2, “They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.”

    Oh Father, give me this peace that no matter what I face, I can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. I surrender myself to you, my Sovereign God so that the peace that surpasses understanding may me mine, even in the face of death.

  2. Reading and taking notes on 2 Corinthians 10 today. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

  3. Loving the Holy Spirit from John 14:16 to be with us forever- the Spirit of Truth. That Jesus will not leave us as orphans but comes to us – vs. 18.
    That because He lives, we also live and are linked to the bond of the Father and Son in a beautiful way vs 20 ” On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”
    Our love for Him leads us to obey Him and They make Their home with us ! Vs.23
    So amazing!
    From John 15:16 ” You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last.” Quite an honor.
    In John 16 the Counselor will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, and righteousness and judgement. And the comfort that the prince of this world now stands condemned.
    That the Father himself loves us because we have loved Jesus and believed that Jesus came from God. Vs 16:27
    And that Jesus’ enthusiasm when we believe at last but knowing we will fail him like his deciples vs 31-33 but still gives comfort and peace and for us to take heart! He has overcome the world ! Praise God!
    And the all of ch 17 is pure gold.❤️

    The High Priestly Prayer

    1. Hi Melanie – I had to remove part of your comment because you pasted the entire chapter of John 17 in your comment and we do not have permission to do that. That is why I only share part of the chapter with a “Continue Reading” link to the entire chapter on another website.

      We’re allowed to share a few verses but not entire chapters.

      I went ahead and linked to it which we have permission to do. Thanks!

  4. April 20, 2017 – I read John 16 tonight because I apparently skipped it before!! This is the chapter where Jesus speaks much more directly to His disciples about prayer, and specifically the promises attached to prayer offered to our heavenly Father in JESUS’ name. Do you know what it means to pray in Jesus’ name? 🙂

    In John 16:23-24, Jesus promises that whatever His disciples ask in His name, they/we WILL receive from the Father. Why? “So that [our] joy may be made full.”

    What a promise!!

    Check out John 16:26-27: “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.”

    Those of us who love Jesus and believe He came forth from the Father have direct prayer access to God, because He loves us!

    Remembering John 14:20-24 – ” ‘In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is 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 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. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.'”

    This reminds me of Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

    Jesus directly ties our obedience to love for Him…love for Him to the Father’s love for us…and the Father’s love for us to receiving whatever we ask for in the name of Jesus.

    Here’s a great article: “Prayer in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ” at https://bible.org/article/prayer-name-lord-jesus-christ

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