“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things.” John 14:26

This evening I extend a Salute… to one of God’s great messengers who suddenly passed away this past week. Her name was Noel, which always reminds us of the great time of Christmas and the love for Christ Jesus it brings. Noel bravely and admirably fought cancer that had spread into most of her body for quite some time. Upon returning home from her last Doctor’s visit, her heart gave out. She was given an incredibly gorgeous service as her family said farewell for a time. We will be with her again. In the meantime, she has been given relief and is living an extraordinary life of love with our Lord and all that went Home before her who are, no doubt, celebrating her arrival. Here… We will miss you, Noel. We love you. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŸ

Ready to camp out in John 14 for a while longer with me? I have been in other areas of study, of course, but keep wanting to come back to this wonderful part of Scripture to share with you. I don’t normally spend this much time on a particular passage but this chapter is so important, it is worth repeated examination. Picking up at verse 25, we see and hear these words from our Jesus as He said:

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But The Advocate, The Teacher, The Helper, The Counselor, The Great Spirit of Truth, all known to us as 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.”  John 14:25-27

As we see in verse 26, Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them remember what He had been teaching them. This He did. This fulfilled promise ensures the absolute validity of the words we see and “hear” in the New Testament. Let me say again: THIS PROMISE ENSURES THE ABSOLUTE VALIDITY OF THE WORDS WE SEE AND HEAR IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. The Disciples were eyewitnesses of Jesus’ life and teachings. The Holy Spirit helped them remember all that He did and said. The Holy Spirit then impresses the truth of Jesus’ life and existence on our hearts today. This is the process of belief. 

In verse 27, we see that the extraordinary result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Scholars have said, “Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance, with Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict.”                                

If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace. This is the relief He desires to give and will give – as we give Him all that we are.๐Ÿ’š

Ukraine is still in desperate need of prayer. For the safety and well being of hundreds of thousands of children that have reportedly been forced to crossed the Russian border and are feared to have been separated from their families for the purpose of genocide. Please join me in praying for an end to this devastating war.

May the Lord bless you and keep you in all things and in all ways, my Brothers and Sisters. As our Lord says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŸ

Poppa B.