One in His Word 9-17-18

One in His Word-9-17-18

Just as He was about to get taken and put in prison then tortured and hung on the cross Jesus spoke to His followers about peace. He forewarned them that there would be all kinds of crazy stuff gong on in the future and that they were not to worry about that because He had already taken care of it.
He told them to have peace, not as the world gives but peace that passes all understanding to the point of understanding the unbelievable and believable.

He did not just tell them to have peace but Jesus gave it and left it with them. He left it with a stipulation; that we obey His commands, or His teaching. We need to obey God to have peace. And that’s nor really such a big deal, obedience is easy when it is someone you love.
If you love me keep my commandments. John 14:15

It is no different today if we want to have a peaceful life we have to be sure we are keeping God’s Word in our heart and obeying His Word as well. It proves that we love Him and I believe it also makes God want to bless us in the same way we want to bless our children when they obey us.

Jesus answered and said to him, “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. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me “I have told you all these things while I am with you. But the Helper will teach you everything and will cause you to remember all that I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name.  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. John 14:23-27
I love this chapter of John because it gives us so much to think on each day. Jesus was winding down his time on earth and about to be captured and hung on the cross for us; He gave us such meat and such dessert!
The meat is the ‘get your heart and mind right with God through His Word’; the dessert is the peace, joy, and love going on in our lives! We receive the blessing of dessert when we have completed our meals as children, so why not as children of God? It all makes such sense!
Looking back at verse fifteen we can see that God wants to be part of our lives forever, but again we must keep the peace between us with the obedience in His Word.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he 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 14:15-20
Another cool thing in this chapter that stands out to me is that we are one; one with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are one church, throughout the world, full of many denominations but one through Christ!
It is funny cause so many people want to see God, as a child my sister an I got part of that concept a little off as we would try to figure God out. We had heard that God was with us, and in us. So we found that funny, we would say something and say hey if God is in us then God just talked! We had no clue then but we know the difference now. We were not so far off because the Holy Spirit within us is whom we are representing when we speak. So when we talk, God is sharing with our words. Let the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be accepted in Your sight  oh Lord. For when I speak, the words I speak are to be filtered through Christ. I fall short sometimes; I confess when I am frustrated I am not always tempered with peace; I forget that I have joy within me with just a simple prayer and I sometimes say words I wish I had never heard from anyone come out of my mouth.  Don’t let your imagination run wild; know that the rotten stinky words I have used are not too bad compared to others, but I know they are not acceptable in His sight I am ashamed to say.
So what do we   do when a word comes out that we may have heard someone say in the world, what do we do then?
 We pray and ask God to forgive us and whoever was in our midst as we muttered those words.
I want only good to come out of me, but occasionally that which we hear is what will come out. So lets make it a pack to not use words that produce bad feelings but only good; lets decide to dig in the Word more so that we can be one with Christ always and not speak  out in words of anger, but that our utterances will be full of prayer for peace, hope, love, and joy.
I know my God is with me wherever I go, and that means that even if a word or a thought slips out I am bringing it to Him, because we are one with Jesus via the Holy Spirit. I cannot deny Christ just because I am walking around in an unholy world. We need to live by bigger standards than the people who do not know Christ.
 But whoever denies Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in heaven. "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a word. For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law': Matthew 1-:33-35

He did not come just to bring us peace, but He does give us peace. If we work to keep our hearts and minds clean before the Lord then our mind will be stayed on Him, and He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him! Isaiah 26:3 paraphrased.

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us for not keeping our minds clean before you. Help us to remember that we are one with You and that all it takes is a moment of remembering to clear out the unacceptable thoughts and words, help us to remain in You from start to finish of each day as we think in Your Word. In Jesus name, amen.

Suggested Reading: John 14:1-31, John 15:1-25, Isaiah 26:1-21,  John 16:1-24