Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Letter From the Father

Dear Daughter,
There is no shame, no fear in My love.  I am perfect love.  I chose you in Me, before time began, to be Mine.  You were chosen as My trophy of grace.  I see you as blameless and holy.  See yourself as I see you: perfect as you are, no matter how broken, since you are Mine.  I am working in you, making you more like Jesus each time you encounter Me.  Bring Me your brokenness!

Every moment of your life has been filtered through My hands--nothing in your life, no trial, no difficulty, no sickness--has been wasted.  I have brought you here to be you, the REAL you.  You are someone now you would never have become.  Give Me all of these, and I will make you not only free, but also able to show others how to be free.  My design is to let you have a part in My redemption--to show others how to live a redeemed life.

Like the river that flows, there is another river flowing from My throne, full of grace for you.  Let Me lavish My grace on you.  Let Me love you.  Step into the river and be immersed in My love.  I will heal you and give you whatever you need to live a life pleasing in My sight.  You please Me.  I am overwhelmed with love for you!
Come to Me--bring your life story to Me--and let Me show you how I will redeem all the rocky and broken roads you've been on.  No regrets!  I am still at work in you!

I love you and am 

All You Need.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Things I Learned From Larry

I have a good friend, Larry Evans, who is very sick.  We're praying for him to be healed, and hoping for a miracle.  So far, no go.  I'm going down to So Cal this weekend to spend some time with him.  

I thought now would be a good time to give this man some Kudos.  He's taught me a great deal.  I want him to know how much I appreciate him now, this side of the Gate, so he'll know I do.

I met Larry and Susie Evans when I was a senior in high school.  I was going my own way--mom had insisted we go to church, but like every teenager I've ever known, I knew better.  So I was drinking (when I could) and partying (if there was one) and my best bud and partner-in-crime was Lori Evans.  Lori took me to her brother's house on Thanksgiving.  

Over the years, we had some contact, until my husband Tom died, and I married Jeff six months later (yeah, I knew better!)  When our relationship began to go through what alcoholic marriages go through, I cried out to God, and He was merciful to me.  Then Susie and Larry (through circumstances left to another day's blog) came back into my life.

One of the great things about having your best friend be a pastor is that he will counsel you with the Truth.  Larry gave me some good counsel concerning my husband, and was instrumental in saving my marriage.  He wasn't so great at comfort...once he told me that Jeff was unsalvageable, that he was probably going to hell and there wasn't anything I could do about it.  I could pray, yes, but it was unlikely that it would do any good.  That's the kind of comfort your brother will give you.  Look you in the eye and tell you what he thinks is the absolute truth of the matter.  Fortunately, he was mistaken.

Not only did he teach me how to survive marriage, but Larry also pastored me, and taught me how to put God first in my life.  He taught from the pulpit that if we want a life that is good, we'd have to put something into it.  I would need to spend time in the Word and prayer, and how to dedicate myself to God daily, and to walk in the Spirit.  He helped me to see how to lay down my life to the best of my ability and pick up the cross God would have me carry.  He taught that I must not only be holy in my life, but also in my thoughts.  He taught me that submission is mutual, for the church as well as for marriage and indeed, in all relationships.

Larry and Susie taught me much about the Bible.  I learned the basics, but also the mystery of prophecy, and about how God is not finished fulfilling His Word.  I learned to hope in Christ, in His return, and in the things He is doing in me now.  Through their ministry I learned how to teach God's word.  I learned how to shepherd the flock God has called me to lead.  

Larry, I want you to know that I appreciate all the years of ministry you invested in me.  I want to be there on the day when our Lord says, "Well done!" and be able to testify that you were a good and faithful servant of God.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Let There Be Joy: Overcoming the World

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus mentioned these things so that, when the Holy Spirit reminded them of His words, they would have peace.  He has overcome the world, even though we can’t see it yet.  His peace will be beyond our understanding—Philippians 4:6ff.  It will “rule our hearts” Col. 3:15. 

The Kingdom of God is found in peace Romans 14:17; Jesus is our peace Eph. 2:14, and that peace keeps the unity of the spirit Eph. 4:3. 

We have His peace because He paid the price for it.  We must appropriate it through our faith in Him, trusting Him and learning how to walk in peace.  We have a position to claim!  That of the overcomer.

We have two choices in this world—either overcome it, or be overcome by it.  We can either be Eyeores, accepting every circumstance as what the world is, “Oh, well, bounced again.” Or we can be victors, trusting God and having faith in His word, and experiencing joy in the midst of difficulty.  I don’t think it’s very attractive to the Gospel to look like Eyeore. 

Romans 12:21 says “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  We can’t just let the sin and evil of the world get to us, we must do something about it—resist it and conquer it by the power of God.

John would later write “All that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.  The world is passing away, and the lust of it, but he that does the will of God lives forever” (John 2:15-17.)
We have a choice to live like the world does—lusting after things, desiring things for image’s sake, and wanting things because everyone else has them—or we can do the will of God.  We can overcome the world and all that is enticing us.  1 John 4:4 says “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”  We have overcome all that is in the world. 

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:3-5.)

His commandments are not burdensome.  They aren’t hard.  “Love one another as I have loved you.”  Is that hard?  Well, sometimes it is.  But if we let Him help us by the Spirit, we begin to find that it isn’t hard.  It becomes easy.  “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and gentle of spirit, and you shall find rest for your souls.”  Jesus wants to come alongside us and help carry the load. 

This promise that Jesus made would be based on the fact that He has overcome the world.  Chuck Smith says, “Jesus has defeated Satan through the Cross.  The only power Satan can exercise over you now is the power you allow him.  He has been dethroned, and any power he has is usurped power.  When we, as children of God, come against Satan in the name of Jesus, on the basis of the Cross, he must yield to the authority of Jesus.” 

Are you giving the enemy power over you through your lusts?  The temptation to sin is hard to overcome, but we’re promised victory!  Greater is he that is in you!

It’s not going to become easier to fight the battle over sin.  It’s going to become more difficult.  It may even become a battle unto death. 

Revelation 12:10-11 “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.  "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”  Are you overcoming, or are you allowing the enemy to accuse you before God? 

There is a sense that this victory is yours in the spiritual realm, while you are still unsure that you want it for yourself.  Let me just warn you that this might be a limited time offer!

The blood of Jesus covers your sins.  It was at the cross that Jesus, the Lamb of God, won this victory.  The word of your testimony is that Jesus is your Lord, if you are submitted to Him and obedient to Him.  This keeps the enemy from controlling you.  Lastly, love not your life to the death.  Are you living for Jesus, or for yourself?  These three things overcome the enemy.  If you are living for Jesus, believing the cross’s victory in your life, and have the testimony of Jesus, you can overcome. 

How victorious are you feeling right now?  Could it be that you need to take what is yours as God’s child, and apply it to your life? 

For me, no sin is worth missing eternity; nothing in this world is to be compared to Heaven, and especially nothing less than Jesus is enough.

Monday, February 28, 2011

John 15

The Vine and the Branches

 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

   5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 

They were clean because of His Word.  In Ch. 13 we saw that He washed their feet—how when our feet are washed by the Word we are able to walk in Christ.  We recognized this as a once and then repeated process.  First, we must be washed by the blood of Jesus, and then we must be continuously washed by His Word.  In this way we are able to walk in Christ.  Now we see that another step has to be followed.  We must “remain” in Christ, and He in us, so that we can be fruitful. 

In this we see a responsibility to do something so that we can have a part in this thing called faith.  Salvation is free, and we only need accept it.  Sanctification is free, a side benefit of abiding.  But abiding in Christ is something only we can do ourselves.  I can only abide for me, as you can only abide for you.  Much as we’d like to, we can only abide in Him for ourselves.  I know there are many people in my life that I would love to be able to bring in, but it’s not possible.  You can graft in other varieties of grapes into the vine, but you can’t graft in a banana tree branch, for example.  The fruit would not grow.  The withered branch is useless.  When a person becomes unfruitful, it’s a sad thing.

I said that we must do the abiding, but that is only partly true.  We can only abide if we let the Spirit in to do this.  He wants to abide in Christ, so it’s easy, as long as it’s your will too. 
I think we can forget that we must “abide” in order to bear fruit.  There are times in my life that I become dependent upon myself for my own ability to “do” ministry.  We become competent, so that we can generate a product (as far as the world sees.)  Our confidence is in ourselves and our own abilities.  But our joy is missing, or we have little satisfaction, and we don’t sense God’s pleasure in what we’re doing.  That’s when you can tell you’ve been outside of the Vine.  We’ve become dried up, withered branches, of little use to the Gardener.  Ask for refreshing, and He’ll have you grafted in again before you know it. 

6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

The contrast is startling!  Worth vs. worthlessness, life and death!  We’re His, so He can do with us as He wills…but if we will not remain in Christ, we are useless to the Lord.  Our whole purpose is to bear fruit, so that God can give Jesus an inheritance: all those we bring to God on the last day.  Everything you are, think of it!  All your gifts and talents and abilities, how you relate to others, your personality, all of this has been deliberately shaped by God so that you can be a fruit-bearing Tree of Life to others. 

My dear beloved friends, how can we neglect this?  What does the world have by comparison?  We must remain in the Vine and bear Him fruit for eternal life. 

I challenge you to examine your own fruit.  How do you feel about your ministry unto the Lord right now?  Is it thriving?  Are you thriving?  Are there things you know you should do but haven’t felt like it?  Remain in Him, and watch it all take off!  Success for the sake of success is empty.  But if your desire is that you succeed in doing the very thing God wants done, and you rely on Him to do it, you will have a very satisfying experience!

I pray that you will experience Jesus, the true Vine, as you abide in Him, and that you will be to the praise of God as we stand before Him in a short while.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Heart Troubles

John 14

Coming on the heels of the announcement “one of you will betray me,” it is no wonder the disciples were troubled.  Jesus’ next words are equally as confusing; but the Good Shepherd makes sure that His sheep have what they need to get through the winter of doubt and despair that the next few days will seem to be. 

In this next section, the Lord lays down six assurances that will encourage the heart of every believer.  We are going to heaven, we have the privilege of prayer, we know the Father right now, we have the Holy Spirit, we enjoy the Father’s love, and we have the gift of peace.
We are going to heaven:

 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Heaven is a real place, prepared for you.  It is the place where God’s throne is, where Jesus sits at the right hand of God.  Some further descriptions:

We’ll get a warm welcome!  2 Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is our inheritance! Mat. 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 

It is a place where we will be truly satisfied Ps. 36:8: They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. 

It’s an unfading, incorruptible and everlasting place 1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.
God has laid up goodness for us there Ps. 31:19 [Oh] how great [is] thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! 
Our hope Col. 1:6 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 

Where we will receive our reward 2 Tim. 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

It’s the place where we already live in our hearts if we’re true believers.  Heb. 11:16 But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. 

If you belong to Jesus, you’re going to heaven!  It’s your true home. 

The word translated “mansion” in the Old King James Bible is “mone” in the Greek, better translated dwellings.  If Jesus has had more than 2000 years to prepare a place for me, I know it’s going to be beautiful! 

John 14:3 is a clear promise that Jesus is going to come back for us.  He goes, He returns and takes us to be where He is.  That sounds like the Lord is taking us to heaven! 

1 Cor. 15:51-58 (51-52) Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  It’s not a story, and it’s not a fairy tale.  It’s a mystery, but it will happen!

1 Thess 3:11ff May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.  Not if the Lord comes, but when!

1 Thess 4:14-18 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

According to whose word?  Someone who thought he was speaking for God?  A pseudo-prophet who was half insane?  No!  According to the Lord’s word!

1 Thess. 5:9 says, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.”

Is. 26:19-21 But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer. 

1 Cor. 15 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 

Our destiny is to receive salvation, not to suffer wrath.  Jesus took the judgment of our sins on the cross, so our place now is with Him. 

2 Peter 3 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a]

 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
We have heaven to look forward to! 

 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Wow, thanks Thomas!  Were it not for that man’s words, would Jesus have answered this way?  So much for “many paths to God”!  One way—through Jesus—and no other.  The early church was called “The People of the Way.”  Before they were called “Christians,” they were of the way.  In the ‘60’s, we used to point upward to heaven to indicate One Way.  Jesus didn’t just teach the way or point the way, He is the way.  Through Jesus, through the covenant that God made with Abraham, that same which He fulfilled on the cross, is the way. 

He is the Truth.  He tells the truth and His life shows the truth.  There is no lie in our Savior.  The Bible says “God is not a man that He should lie,” and Jesus proved this to be true. 

He is the Life.  Life is in Him and He is the Lord of it.  No wonder no one ever got sick around Jesus!  No wonder someone once simply touched the hem of His robe and they were healed.  Jesus is the Life.  I think of the scripture—wait on the Lord and renew your strength.  Why is this true?  Because He is the Life. 


You Know the Father Right Now

 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 

I know a few people, myself included, who have struggled with knowing the Father.  For me, my own father, my earthly father wasn’t such a great example.  So I struggled with what my heavenly Father might be like.  Jesus is saying here, everything you see in scripture about me is what God is like. 

It should not surprise us to hear Jesus giving the Father credit for what He has said.  I love that Jesus points to God doing His work here.  We can do this as well…point to that work on the cross and point out that same work being done in the lives of those around us and our own lives.

So we have the awesome responsibility to direct people to God, showing them the Father in Jesus.  Some may not see Him.  But we need to be sensitive to the Spirit, pointing out that God is, that He is good, that Jesus is the perfect representation of who God is.  In this way, we can direct people into eternal life. 

You Have the Privilege of Prayer
12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

This is a wonderful promise!  But there are conditions to it.  In order for prayer to be effective, we must first abide by the qualifications.  First, we must pray in faith.  “Whoever believes in me” does the works Jesus is doing.  And it’s not us doing them.  Jesus continues to work in us.  “I will do whatever you ask” He promises. 

“Greater works” was definitely true of the apostles—Peter preached one sermon and three thousand were saved!  But it wasn’t they themselves who performed these things—the Lord working with them, according to Mark 16:20 and Phil. 2:10 “for it is God who is at work in you.” 

Praying in Jesus’ name isn’t a formula for having your prayers answered.  It’s as if a friend said, “tell them I sent you.”  It’s a way to privilege through Jesus.

Ask anything doesn’t mean we should ask to fulfill our own desires—remember the “in My name” part.  What would Jesus have you ask for?  Ask God’s will.  God is not willing that any should perish, but that all might come to repentance.  Pray for repentance!  Pray for salvation.  When asked by some lepers, “Lord, if you’re willing, you can make us clean” Jesus responded “I am willing.  Be made clean.”  Jesus is willing to heal.  Ask for healing!  Ask for provision.  We’ve been told to ask for our “daily bread.”  Ask for comfort.  Jesus has already asked for the Comforter to come—now you can ask as well and that prayer is sure to be answered. 
Pray thoughtfully, lovingly, and in obedience to your Lord.  Not to feed our own desires, but in love, wanting to do what God would have us do.  Psalm 37:4 says we are to delight ourselves in the Lord, and He will give us the desires of our hearts—not just our hearts’ desire, but that our hearts might be so much alike His heart, that we want what He wants.  Then we truly receive our hearts’ desires.

We have the Holy Spirit
    15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you.18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 

True love obeys.  Jesus asks us here to obey Him as a proof of our love for Him.  As the old song says:
              Trust and obey
                  For there's no other way
              To be happy in Jesus
                  But to trust and obey.

Trust You, Lord, with our loved ones who don't know You?  Trust You with the ones who have strayed from You?  Trust You with our illnesses, our financial situation, our children, our relationships, and OBEY You, even when it seems counterintuitive? 
If must be proven.  Jesus proved His love for us-on the cross.  

He said there is a cost of discipleship: If anyone comes after Me, let them deny themselves, pick up their cross, and follow Me.  Not an easy thing to do!  And not to be entered into lightly.  We enter in to the life of a believer knowing that the cost may be all we have: our friends, family, jobs, health, wealth, and time.  He is our example in all things-just as He gave all, so we give our all for Him.

There is reward for those who follow: endure the temptation to live your own way, and you will receive the crown of eternal life!  

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Not just peace in your heart, but a real joy, and let me tell you this one beats happiness by a long shot!

Psalm 16:11 In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Jesus is returning and you will be rewarded by Him! 

Rev. 22:12 And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.

It's not for nothing that we give Him everything!

Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.

Don't give up--don't give in to the world--yes, count the cost, but remember that there is a reward!  Run the race with me and let us see what God will do!
Jesus names the Spirit by two names: The Comforter and The Spirit of Truth. 
The word used by John for “Comforter” is the Greek word parakletos.  It means ‘called alongside to assist.’  That’s what the Spirit does.  He helps us to obey God in spite of ourselves.  He works in us and through us. 
Jesus told the disciples—he has been with you and will be in you.  The Spirit is alongside us before we come to the Lord, turning us gently toward God.  Then He enters in to us when we become believers.  “The body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit.”  We have the Spirit living in us.  Then Jesus told them, “wait for the Holy Spirit of Promise” in Jerusalem.  The Spirit can be upon us to utilize us as someone who speaks for Him. 

The Old English meaning for Comfort is derived from two Greek words that combine to mean “with strength.”  We can face our trials and troubles because the Spirit gets us through!  He helps us face the most difficult things with grace.  Some translations call Him “the Encourager.”  I like this because He truly does this in us!  John uses parakletos in 1 John 2 and it’s translated “Advocate.”  Jesus is our advocate with the Father—he stands alongside us when we’re accused and stands up for us when we’re helpless.

We have the “Spirit of Truth.”  Jesus said the Spirit would help us to recall all He said (John 14:26.) 

The Holy Spirit is a person, and can be hurt.  He is the person of Jesus Himself—Jesus said “Another” comforter—meaning one like the first.  “Quench not the Spirit” is one of the commands given by Paul in Colossians. 

I love that Jesus promised not to leave us “fatherless”!  Orphans don’t have a father, but our God is a “Father to the fatherless.” 

We Enjoy the Father’s Love
19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Chuck Smith says, “Paul, writing to the Ephesians, said, "that Christ might dwell in your hearts through faith." That word dwell is the same word here, abode. And it literally means, "just settle down and make himself at home in your heart." Has your heart become Christ's home? Does He feel comfortable there? Does He feel at home? Or does the art on the wall sort of bother Him? What's in your heart, you see? What kind of an imagine or pictures are there on the wall of your heart? As Jesus is relaxing in the lounge and He looks at the wall, what kind of a picture does He see, observing?” 

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

Matthew Henry’s commentary: He promises that they should continue their acquaintance with him and interest in him (v. 19, 20): Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more, that is, Now I am no more in the world. After his death, the world saw him no more, for, though he rose to life, he never showed himself to all the people, Acts 10:41. The malignant world thought they had seen enough of him, and cried, away with him; crucify him; and so shall their doom be; they shall see him no more. Those only that see Christ with an eye of faith shall see him forever. The world sees him no more till his second coming; but his disciples have communion with him in his absence.

1. You see me, and shall continue to see me, when the world sees me no more. They saw him with their bodily eyes after his resurrection, for he showed himself to them by many infallible proofs, Acts 1:8. And then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. They saw him with an eye of faith after his ascension, sitting at God’s right hand, as Lord of all; saw that in him which the world saw not.
 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.
Previously, Jesus had said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”  These two sentences seem to be very similar, but the two words translated “commandments” and “teaching” are different.  Commandment is the Gr. word entole while the word “teachings” is actually the Gr. word logos.  Just as in John 1:1.  In the beginning was the Word.  Jesus is the Word of God. 

My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

To keep His word, is to keep Him with you at all times.  As you do, Jesus is with you and so is the Father. 

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 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. 

I can’t tell you how many times I have used this promise to help people that think they can’t memorize scripture.  The Advocate will remind you of everything Jesus said.  Since Jesus is the Word, the logos, the Spirit can help you remember scripture.  Sometimes I have been talking with someone, sharing Jesus with them, and the Lord reminds me of a verse I didn’t know I had memorized.  If you have faith, God can work in your mind and through you.

27 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.

The world gives and takes away peace, but the Lord gives us peace that never fails.  In fact, it can ‘surpass all understanding.’!!

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid: seems to say that we have a choice to either be afraid or not!  Choose the not!
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. 
   “Come now; let us leave.
Chuck Smith tells of when his mother was laying dying in her bed:
You know, isn't it interesting that when our loved ones die, we cry? If we really loved them, we would rejoice, because they have gone to be with the Lord. It's because we love ourselves that we cry.
In the final days my mother was with us, and the ministers used to come and pray, "Oh, God, heal her," and all. When they'd leave, she'd smile and she'd say, "I wasn't agreeing with them in prayer. I don't want to be healed; I want to go and be with the Lord. Why don't they just let me go and be with the Lord instead of praying, 'God heal me'? So, I just wasn't agreeing with that prayer." Boy, if we only knew the glory of God's kingdom.

If you only knew what God has in store for those that loved Him. If you only knew what a glorious inheritance there is for those saints in light, you wouldn't be praying, "Oh, God, bring them back." You'd be praying, "Lord, Your will be done."

“That the world may learn that I love the Father and do what He commands.” 
The triune is represented here in a powerful way.  Jesus is a very important part of the Trinity.  It has been pointed out that everything in the universe seems to be in threes: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit; a father, a mother and children, the church, Jesus the head, and God; so many more examples.  Jesus looks to the Father just as a wife should look to her husband, and teach the children to honor their father.  A picture of the Trinity.  Homes were meant to be a little bit of heaven on earth.  When we bow to the Lord, then submit to authority around us, we show God at work as well, just as Jesus showed that His works were the father’s and that His words were as well. No wonder the enemy wants to destroy the family unit!

I hope to show the world that Jesus is alive and well in me.  I can only do this as I bow my will to His, and let Him have His way in my heart.  What a way to live!  To know He is at work in my life, through me, and that I am His servant.  Me.  He uses me.  That’s amazing.