July 19, 2015

CONNECTED WITH GOD

Passage: JOHN 12 AND 2 CORINTHIANS 5:7-14

Bible Text: JOHN 12 AND 2 CORINTHIANS 5:7-14 | Memory Verses JOHN 14:15-17
15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
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What Does the Scriptures Say?

Trust Me! God throughout His word echo’s this same message over and over both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. He knows and understands that we, left to ourselves are weak spiritually and prone to get distracted-so He repeats the message-TRUST ME!

One of the last talks that Jesus has with His disciples before He is crucified starts out with the same message-Don’t let your hearts be troubled-Don’t worry-you say you trust in God so here He is-right in front of you-trust also in Me-I hold both you today and your future in heaven-I must go back to my home and you will be the ones who continue the ministry I started here on earth-you will care the message to the world-THE GOOD NEWS- you will be my mouth piece-my ambassadors-my physical presence on earth.

His disciples are taken back and Thomas says they don’t know the way to go, Philip ask to see God. Jesus responds by asking the question of Philip, after all this time and you still don’t know who I am? I am God- I am connected to the Father, and through Me you will be connected to the Father-in fact – I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME!

While the disciples are obviously confused about Jesus going away, and yet stilled being connected with them, Jesus explains that although He is leaving in a physical presence, that after He goes He will be sending back His Spirit – His Advocate- to be with them, in fact this is going to be a whole new kind of experience-a Spiritual Presence of God-not just with them but actually in them-indwelling them-a connection directly with Him and God the Father and the disciples-all believers.

This new experience, having the presence of God in them will be there to comfort them, to direct them, to empower them, to remind them of the Words of Jesus, to correct them as needed and to give them direction and power to be Jesus’ representatives on earth. The most important part of this new experience is that the Holy Spirit will never leave them-He will be with them wherever they go.

Jesus reminds them that they have been changed into a NEW CREATION-
They have been given power to overcome their human-ness, their fears, their worries, their thoughts about what the future holds for them-they have been set free in their minds, hearts and spirits, and the only ones who can experience this indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God are those who choose to accept Jesus and follow Him.

The Apostle Paul addresses this in his letter to the people in Corinth by saying, that because they followers of Jesus have accepted Him as Savior-the Son of the Living God-that they have been changed, made New Creations-they have surrendered to Jesus love and His leading in their lives, they no longer look at the world from a selfish personal perspective, but they have been given a new vision-a greater vision-they no longer live for just themselves but they live for Christ and live to invite others into this relationship with Him-this family of God and brotherhood of man.

They have been made ambassadors for Jesus to the world, His bodily representatives on earth to appeal to the rest of the world that God wants to be connected to them, that they were created for that connection and without that connection they will never be all they can be.

DO YOU SEE THE REALITY OF GOD, HIS PRESENCE IN YOU?

Memory Verses JOHN 14:15-17
15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
___________________________________________________________
What Does the Scriptures Say?

Trust Me! God throughout His word echo’s this same message over and over both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. He knows and understands that we, left to ourselves are weak spiritually and prone to get distracted-so He repeats the message-TRUST ME!

One of the last talks that Jesus has with His disciples before He is crucified starts out with the same message-Don’t let your hearts be troubled-Don’t worry-you say you trust in God so here He is-right in front of you-trust also in Me-I hold both you today and your future in heaven-I must go back to my home and you will be the ones who continue the ministry I started here on earth-you will care the message to the world-THE GOOD NEWS- you will be my mouth piece-my ambassadors-my physical presence on earth.

His disciples are taken back and Thomas says they don’t know the way to go, Philip ask to see God. Jesus responds by asking the question of Philip, after all this time and you still don’t know who I am? I am God- I am connected to the Father, and through Me you will be connected to the Father-in fact – I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME!

While the disciples are obviously confused about Jesus going away, and yet stilled being connected with them, Jesus explains that although He is leaving in a physical presence, that after He goes He will be sending back His Spirit – His Advocate- to be with them, in fact this is going to be a whole new kind of experience-a Spiritual Presence of God-not just with them but actually in them-indwelling them-a connection directly with Him and God the Father and the disciples-all believers.

This new experience, having the presence of God in them will be there to comfort them, to direct them, to empower them, to remind them of the Words of Jesus, to correct them as needed and to give them direction and power to be Jesus’ representatives on earth. The most important part of this new experience is that the Holy Spirit will never leave them-He will be with them wherever they go.

Jesus reminds them that they have been changed into a NEW CREATION-
They have been given power to overcome their human-ness, their fears, their worries, their thoughts about what the future holds for them-they have been set free in their minds, hearts and spirits, and the only ones who can experience this indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God are those who choose to accept Jesus and follow Him.

The Apostle Paul addresses this in his letter to the people in Corinth by saying, that because they followers of Jesus have accepted Him as Savior-the Son of the Living God-that they have been changed, made New Creations-they have surrendered to Jesus love and His leading in their lives, they no longer look at the world from a selfish personal perspective, but they have been given a new vision-a greater vision-they no longer live for just themselves but they live for Christ and live to invite others into this relationship with Him-this family of God and brotherhood of man.

They have been made ambassadors for Jesus to the world, His bodily representatives on earth to appeal to the rest of the world that God wants to be connected to them, that they were created for that connection and without that connection they will never be all they can be.

DO YOU SEE THE REALITY OF GOD, HIS PRESENCE IN YOU?