Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Peace I Give You

Today's Reading:
Numbers 22:21-23:30
John 14:15-31
Psalm 42:7-11
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Focus Verses: John 14:25-28
25 "All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, 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. 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.

Jesus promised his followers that God would send the Holy Spirit to them. The Holy Spirit, Jesus said, would teach them all things and remind them of all Jesus had spoken.

The gift of the Holy Spirit is so much greater than anything the world has to offer or give. God's Spirit comes alongside his people to comfort, transform, and guide them. Christ's promises and the gift of his Spirit are a source of lasting and real peace. The Spirit is able to put the mind and heart at peace—calming fears and dispelling anxiety.

Response and Action:
I will take hold of this promise Jesus has made to his followers. Jesus has made provision for me through the gift of the Holy Spirit—the Spirit of Christ, sent from the Father. I will live with assurance, believing this promise, and look to the Holy Spirit for peace, understanding, wisdom, and hope. The Holy Spirit is able to help me remember all Jesus has said.

Thank you, Jesus, for this promise. Thank you, Father, for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, teach me, lead me, calm me, and direct me. Remind me of all Jesus has said and, by your power and grace, transform and strengthen me that I may walk in the way of Christ Jesus to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Spiritual Formation Verses: 2 Thessalonians 3:16
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Baptism and Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today
by John Stott

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