Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

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Jesus is preparing his disciples for when is to die and leave them behind, read his words from the Gospel of John 14:23-27  “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 

When we die, we leave everything we own behind. But we also leave behind memories, traditions, experiences and relationships. Sometimes there are small gifts, treasures and photos.

Jesus had no possessions to leave behind. But he had other things that would never spoil and were more precious than anything else. One of them was peace. When conflict was rife outside the Upper Room; while violence was being planned; when death was knocking at the door, Jesus gave them peace.

This was the peace created by complete trust in the presence of God. It was absolute faith in His omnipotence and the acceptance of His holy will. It was also Christ’s own peace. By this gift of peace, He gave them something of himself. He knew they would be confronted with danger, opposition, suffering and even death. They would need peace more than anything else.

Open up your heart now to receive Jesus’ gift. Like the disciples, you probably need them more than anything else. If you are grappling with problems, confusion, opposition, resistance, ridicule, temptation, loneliness, pain or suffering, cling with all your might to this gift that Jesus gave his disciples. Allow his peace to calm your anger. Allow his peace to take over prejudices, your doubts and your grievances. Let it take over your entire attitude, your speech and your relationships. And whenever possible, give this peace away to someone else. The more of it you give away, the more it grows inside of you.

Grace and Peace To You My Friends

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Treasures In Heaven

Matthew 6 19.png    “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up from yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasures is, there your heart will be also.           Matthew 6:19-21

Jesus tells people that we must avoid the things that can be spoilt by moths and rust. In the East, the clothes a person owned made up a large part of that person’s riches. But Jesus says it is foolish to set your heart on these things because the moths can get to them where they are safely stored away and destroy their beauty and value. Possessions like these things have no lasting value.

The Hebrews were very familiar with the expression “treasures in heaven.” It meant especially two things to them. They believed that the good deeds someone did on earth, became a treasure in heaven. Jesus said that possessions selfishly hoarded, would be lost, but that which was given to others in goodwill, would become a treasure in heaven. The early Christian church lovingly took care of the poor and the sick. They believed: What we keep, we lose, and what we give, becomes a treasure for us in heaven.

The Israelites believed that a shroud had no pockets. The only thing people could take from this world at their death was themselves. Everything that was precious to people here on earth, would mean nothing to them in the hereafter; it only made them unwilling to leave this world. If people’s eyes were fixed on eternity during their stay on earth, the things of this world would have little meaning for them and they would leave this world with joy because their eyes were always focus on the things of God. 

Jesus never said that this world was unimportant, but he emphasized over and over again that its worth was not in itself, but in where it would ultimately lead to. This world is not the end of life, it is just a phase on the road to eternity. Our eyes must constantly be fixed on the final goal: eternal life.

The truest end of life, is to find the life that doesn’t end.           Anonymous 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

Wisdom and Understanding

Colossians 2.jpg Paul who was a follower of Jesus Christ was in Roman prison when he wrote to the church in Colossae. False teachers were coaching the Colossians to worship angles and follow special rules and ceremonies. Paul corrected this thinking through his letter, stressing that faith in Christ is sufficient for salvation and that nothing needs to be added to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Jesus. So he is relevant to absolutely everything! The world is such a fragmented place, with many voices calling out to all of us-claiming to have the answers, When we are learning or experiencing new things, it is vital to stay in communication with God. He can help us understand things from His perspective, drawing on His wisdom. He wants all of us to examine everything in the Light of biblical truth. If you and I keep Jesus central to our thoughts, we can discern order and design in a chaotic world. There will continue to be things any of us can comprehend, because we live in a broken world. Acknowledging the limits of our understanding opens the way to profound worship. This will encourage our hearts, as well as the hearts of our fellow worshippers, to worship Jesus and Jesus only. To worship Jesus our hearts must be united in love, woven into a beautiful love-tapestry. As we worship, this united, we can enjoy His majestic presence together in ways that transcend our individual experience. This enables us to venture further and further into Jesus vast hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends