Todays Reading : John 14   ;   Psalms 116

Preparing for the posting today I have a song in my head. Below are the lyrics:

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let his praises ring;
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing, standing, Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

While reading the passage, my bible titles it the “Jesus Promise the Holy Spirit”. As I read and mediate on this chapter it is shown that we are standing on the essential Promise that Jesus has for us, He will not leave us wanting or in need of comfort or peace.

John 14: 15-17; 25-27

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[f] to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[g] in you.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still 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 that I have 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 hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

This year God has been revealing himself to me through the His Spirit. After completing “Forgotten God – by Francis Chan” and “ Comfort Detox – by Erin Stranz” I have a more intimate relationship with God and a better understanding of the Spirit and the power that is manifested in the knowledge of Him. This year, wife and I have been presented with many challenging and difficult circumstance and situations that have grown our faith. In our small group, we discussed the desert or wilderness that we sometimes face and the growth that happens as we go through.

In Chapter 14, Jesus is preparing the disciples for a journey through their “ wilderness” which He is providing a guide and Comforter. From these past months, I have been in a wilderness experience, but I have had the peace that the Spirit is only able to give and now I am coming through. It has only been through the faith and peace that I have been given through the Spirit of God, I am able to make today.

Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Spirit that rest within us. Thank you for you the Son that allowed this communion to become whole again. Thank you for the peace and comfort that the world is not able to comprehend. Your Spirit is true and your promises are real. Amen