Thursday, October 13, 2016

Not Alone!

And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another that He may be with you forever. John 14:16

What a wonderful promise! John 14 is one of the most compelling and my favorite scriptures of the New Testament. Jesus explained in great details what was to occur in the future. That’s how good God is! Jesus was facing Calvary and yet, He was concerned about the disciples. He knew the ordeal and the complications they would have to face, He took the time to prepare and to assure them that though He was going away, there was going to be another (someone just like Him). One who would be to them everything He was. Glory! The Lord Jesus Christ wasn’t thinking about the cross, He didn’t care about His own suffering to come; He was planning the disciples’ future.

In John 14, Jesus promised the gift of the Holy Ghost. Who is the Holy Spirit? He is a full member of the Trinity. The Bible also tells us that the Holy Spirit is a Person, a Being with a mind, emotions, and a will. He is God. The Holy Spirit makes decisions according to His will (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). The Holy Spirit thinks and knows (1 Corinthians 2:10). The Holy Spirit can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30. As God, the Holy Spirit can truly function as the Comforter and Counselor that Jesus promised He would be (John 14:16,26; 15:26). This gift is bestowed upon the Disciples of Christ only, and not on the entire world. This is the favor God bears to His chosen. As the source of holiness and happiness, the Holy Spirit will abide with and in every believer forever. He was given to live inside those who believe in Jesus, in order to produce God's character and to build into their lives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

Friend, have no fear when it seems like the ground all around you is crumbling. You are not standing on the sinking sand of this earth but on the promises of the Rock, my savior and yours, Jesus Christ who will hold you and keep you standing while those around you are perishing. You are standing on the strength of the Holy Spirit whose primary role is to comfort and strengthen you. You have the Trinity on your side. You are a conqueror. Even though you are in the midst of the trial of your life right now, the devil will not win this battle because it was already won on Calvary. I don’t know who has abandoned you and left a deep void, (a parent, maybe a spouse or your children). I don’t even want to know who has left those ugly scars in your heart. I guarantee you the void was filled on Calvary and the scars were healed on the cross. You are not broken. You are wholesome in Christ Jesus! The Promise Keeper gave you His word: you are never alone. All believers are given a future with promise and a plan to succeed in all that God has called them to do. The Holy Spirit is not just with you but within you. He has been there since you made Christ your Lord and Savior and He will NEVER leave you ALONE.

Praise the Lord!