God, Life, Love, People, promises, Uncategorized, Writing

More promises….

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 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.” John 14:18-20

John 14 has so many promises in it. Promises that are both comforting and exciting.
• I go and prepare a place for you
• I will come again
• I will come and get you
• Where I am, you will be also
• I am the way, the truth and the life
• Whatever you ask in my name, I will do
• I will give you a helper
• I will not leave you as orphans
• I will come to you
• You will see me
• Because I live, you will live also
• He who loves me, will be loved by the Father
• I will love him (me) and will manifest (reveal, appear) myself to him (me)
• The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and will help you remember all I have said to you
• Peace I give you

That’s 15 promises in one chapter. Amazing, huh! I am astonished by the limitless ways Jesus understood us so well after walking around and hanging out with us humans for 33 years. He knew exactly what we needed to hear. He still knows exactly what we need to hear. We are such needy and high maintenance creatures….emotionally and physically. We need
constant reassurance and reminders of who we are in Him and just how much He loves us. Only the sacrifice He made on the cross was powerful enough to still move us over 2,000 years later to the point of surrendering our lives to a Savior who gave it all up to save a human race who literally lives every day at some level of selfishness. We struggle and are conflicted daily with our inner man. We want to sell out to this all-powerful God, we want to live a life that gives voice to our commitment to a Savior that sacrificed His own life for a world of people. But the sinful part of our nature screams for us to look inward and consider only our own thoughts and our own desires. But then God does His thing. He shoots a ray of light that pierces our soul and something eternal swells inside us and we are reminded of the love He showers on us moment by moment. He is such a compassionate God. Why else would we still be taking one more breath. The most amazing part is that He isn’t just doing this inside me, or you, He’s doing this inside all of His children. That promise of His spirit dwelling inside us, yeah, that spirit swirling and moving in our hearts, it’s a sensation that we who share that bond of His salvation experience together, as one. I love Him! Because at any moment, whether sitting at my desk, walking in the mountains, putting my toes in the waves washing up on the beautiful beaches He created, His spirit stirs in me reminding me of these very promises written in black and white and spoken thousands of years ago by our precious Jesus. He loves me and will reveal himself to me….who doesn’t just want to squeal with delight and run and give our heavenly Father a big ole’ hug!

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