“We have His spirit dwelling in our hearts at all times. “
At the end of Jesus’ life, He tried His absolute hardest to prepare His disciples for what was ahead. But, thinking about it logically, from His point of view, how could He truly ever do that?
The portion of scripture we’re looking at today are some of my most favorite words in the entire Bible. Here, Jesus is promising His followers that after He is gone, not to give up hope, but to wait for His Spirit.
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
What’s the point?
What You Have to Gain Through a Relationship With Jesus:
We have His spirit dwelling in our hearts at all times.
Whether we like it or not, whether we choose to feel it or not … we all have the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts.
We often treat “religion,” as a coat that we can take off when it’s in the way, or put on when we need it.
We can “be christian,” when it makes us look good, or when we’re in times of need, but we don’t always want to have to carry the burden of the label, so we opt to take it off from time to time.
Thank God for grace! The beautiful, undeserved truth is, even at times when I CHOOSE to ignore the Holy Spirit … it is there for me, anyways!
One of the very last things that Jesus promised His disciples before He was crucified was that, while He may be leaving them physically, the result of His death meant that God would then be able to send the Holy Spirit in His place.
Having no context with which to understand what He was saying, Jesus tells them, “Trust me, just wait – it will come!”
I imagine these disciples were filled with sadness, fear, and a great deal of confusion!
Do you ever feel like you read the words out of the Bible, hear a beautiful sermon, but just can’t fully grasp it.
As difficult as it is, sometimes, you just have to take God at His word, and believe the promise that what you need, will come.
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
One of the biggest things we GAIN, out of a relationship with Jesus is the opportunity and privilege to pray.
We are committing to establishing a habit of prayer over the course of this study. For further information check out The Steam section of Day 1’s post.
So …. How’s your prayer time going? Do you need or want to make any changes?
I’d love to hear from you!
If you’re looking for further ideas, advice, or want to share your journey please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!