August 12, 2019: SOAP #3538: Jeremiah 10-12; John 14 Scripture: John (NIV) 14:28 [Jesus speaking] “You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have […]
August 12, 2019: SOAP #3538: Jeremiah 10-12; John 14
Scripture: John (NIV) 14:28 [Jesus speaking] “Youheard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me,you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater thanI. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen youwill believe. 30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of thisworld is coming. He has no hold on me, 31 but the world must learn that I lovethe Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Comenow; let us leave.
Observation: In John 14-16 we read of Jesus speaking tohis disciples just before going to the Garden of Gethsemane where he would bearrested the night before the crucifixion. In these chapters Jesus, 'God the Son,' spoke of the other two membersof the trinity. He spoke of 'God theFather' and of 'God the Holy Spirit.'
John 3:16 shows us that the Father's priority was sending Jesus to die for oursins. In the verse above we see that Jesus'priority was doing 'exactly what the Father commanded Him.'
Application: I shouldbe as careful to do God's will as Jesus was in doing His Father's will. It is not a 'hit or miss' proposition. It is not an 'on again/off again' life. Reading of the life of Jesus in the Gospelswill show me His commitment to the Father. I need to listen to the Holy Spirit as I read the Bible. I then then need to listen to the Holy Spiritas I go through my day. He will show mehow to live out my commitment. The scriptureswill become alive in me.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I need your presence andguidance to faithfully live the life you intend for me. Find me committed like Jesus. Anoint me to minister like Jesus and for Hisglory. Amen
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