In His Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

May
27

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Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

The world can be a difficult place, especially for someone following Christ.  John, who recorded this statement of Jesus, knew firsthand.  He was “a fellow partaker in the tribulation…in Jesus” (Revelation 1:9).  Yet he also knew that in spite of the tribulation from the world that in Christ he could overcome the world – and so can you.  “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5).

Believe in Jesus, the one who has overcome the world, and His victory will become yours.

Have a great day in His word!

May
26

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Jesus said to the apostles, “Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.” (John 16:32).

When Jesus wanted his closest companions among the disciples to “keep watch with” Him, instead they would sleep (Matthew 26:38-46).  They would all soon forsake Him (:56).  When given the opportunity to stand up for Him, one of His dearest friends would deny Him three times (:69-74).  Indeed, they left Him alone.  In spite of them Jesus could still say, “…yet I am not alone.”  He knew that no matter what the people around Him may do, “the Father is with Me.”  With this knowledge He confidently faced what and who He knew lie ahead of Him.

People in your life may disappoint you.  They may not be there for you when you need them most.  They may not answer when you call or respond when you text.  Yet know that you are not alone.  The same Father who was with Jesus has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).  And what difference should this knowledge make in your life?  “So we may confidently say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (:6).  You can have the confidence of Jesus in facing what and who may lie ahead of you, “because the Father is with me.”

Have a great day in His word!

May
25

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Jesus said, “For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.” (John 16:27).

Do you want to get on a father’s good side?  Then love his child.  This principle applies to both earthly fathers and our heavenly Father.

Jesus is the Father’s pride and joy, the fulfillment of His eternal plan.  What joy it must bring Him to see people believe and obey His Son.  What love He must feel for those who demonstrate love for His Son.

When you believe and love Jesus, know that the Father loves you.

Have a great day in His word!

May
24

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Jesus said to the apostles, “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16:22).

Their current grief over what Jesus told them was about to happen would be turned to joy when they saw Him raised from the dead.  So convinced would they be of who Jesus was when they saw Him raised from the dead that no amount of suffering endured for Him could dampen or destroy their joy.  Even when beaten they would rejoice for the honor of suffering for Him (Acts 5:40-42).

There is plenty evidence still today to convince you of Jesus’ resurrection.  Once you accept the evidence and believe in Him as the risen Savior and submit your life to Him, then nothing and no one can take from you the joy He brings.  “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13).

Have a great day in His word!

May
23

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Jesus said to the apostles, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.” (John 16:20).

Jesus knew something about grief.  He endured intense grief with His death on the cross.  Yet He “endured the cross…for the joy set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2), and He calls on you to do the same.

Jesus never said you would not have grief if you followed Him. In fact He said you would.  But He also said it would be “turned into joy.”  Like Jesus, patiently endure the grief.  It is worth the joy to come.

Have a great day in His word!

May
20

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Jesus said to the apostles, “A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.” (John 16:16).

The apostles did not understand what Jesus meant on this occasion (:17-18), as was often the case.  While He referred to His death (“A little while, and you will no longer see Me;”) and resurrection (“and again a little while, and you will see Me”), focus on the time frame.

Throughout the Gospel of John Jesus described His time with them on the earth as only being “a little while” (7:33; 12:35; 13:33; 14:19).  James wrote that the phrase also accurately describes your time upon the earth.  “You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14b).  Jesus committed His “little while” upon the earth to faithfully serving the Father’s will.  How about you?  Remember, you only have “a little while.”

Have a great day in His word!

May
19

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Jesus said of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.” (John 16:14).

While guiding the apostles into all truth (:13), the Holy Spirit glorified Jesus.  We can likewise glorify Him by taking the truth of His word disclosed to the apostles and disclosing it to the world.  We also glorify God by applying His truth to our lives and letting it shine through us (Matthew 5:16).

Are you glorifying Him?

Have a great day in His word!

May
18

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Jesus said to the apostles, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13).

Sometimes when my dad would fish somewhere he was not used to fishing he would hire a guide.  My brother-in-law makes many trips to foreign countries and always has a guide.  Guides show us things and places we do not know on our own.

The apostles needed to know the truth, and there was no one better to guide them to it when Jesus left them than the Spirit of truth.  Unlike a guide who led my dad to some fish, the Holy Spirit guided them to all truth.  That truth involved things yet to come that they have recorded in written form.  Today we continue to be guided by that same truth.

Have a great day in His word!

May
16

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Jesus said to the apostles, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” (John 16:12).

The word used for “bear” is the same one used a few chapters later in reference to Jesus “bearing His own cross” (19:17).  It must have been more than He could bear alone in His weakened state, for another man was compelled to help bear it (Matthew 27:32).

Likewise, someone cannot bear all of God’s word at once.  It takes “time” to develop past “the elementary principles of the oracles of God” (Hebrews 5:12).  Being able to bear more requires becoming stronger and more mature, which is accomplished by having “senses trained to discern good and evil.” (:14).

If some of the Bible seems pretty “heavy” now, then keep growing and developing spiritually by spending more time in the rest of God’s word.  Someday you may be able to bear it all.

Have a great day in His word!

May
13

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Jesus said of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; …concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.” (John 16:8, 11).

By judging and casting down Satan, “the ruler of this world” (12:31), Jesus put on notice the whole world of its impending judgment (Acts 17:31).  By following the righteousness of Jesus you can be ready to stand before Him when that day comes for you.

Have a great day in His word!

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