Archive for September 1st, 2010

John 14:10-31

John 14:10-31 contains more key teaching from Jesus as He prepares to leave His disciples.  He begins by making it clear what power we have if we will only believe.  Check out what He says: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do…..Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do……If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it”.  These are powerful promises.  It shows us what is at our disposal if we will believe.  It is not name it and claim it – it is the power of true faith and belief.  The key is the belief in Jesus – which requires a personal and deep relationship – and will cause us to align our wishes with His will.  Faith is not about selfish ambition or just getting what we want.  Good friends Mark and Jody Stevenson recently shared these thoughts that apply to this topic:

It’s so disappointing that so many Christians don’t really believe God as God in their life. If they did they would trust Him. We make life complicated as WE try to figure out what is coming next and how we can “make” it be the way we want it.  We don’t always overtly sit down and decide how we can manipulate things the way we want them to be. We just do it. Why?  Because we don’t trust that God who is love and loved us before we loved Him can handle it in a way that will be acceptable to me. That’s sad, very sad.  Bottom line, we’re responsible to two commandments. Love God with all you’ve got and love your neighbor. God’s responsible for the outcomes. We tend to focus on outcomes. That’s God’s job”.

Jesus wants us to focus on being.  “If you love me, you will keep my commandments….whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he is is who loves me….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”.  The focal point has to be on becoming like Jesus.  It is about getting our hearts lined up with His commandments and living life the way God desires – holy and righteous and godly every day.  The good news is that it doesn’t depend on us alone.  “I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever….He dwells with you and will be in you….He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you”.  God wants us to succeed.  He has sent the Holy Spirit to come and live in us to help us walk and live the way He desires.  We can do it, not in our own strength, but in the power of the spirit.  It is not only possible, it should and is expected.  God alive and at work in us and through us in the power of His Spirit.  Are you living victoriously?  Is the Holy Spirit leading you to grow more like Jesus every day?  You need to let the power of God come alive in you.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to each of us as Christ Followers – we just need to allow the Spirit to have His way in our life!

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