“All this I have spoken while still with you. 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. 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 (NIV)
Well, I certainly need that. What do you certainly need? I certainly need to be taught by you. Why is that? Day in and day out, the world is attempting to teach me. The world is constantly bombarding me with all its thoughts, opinions, values and practices. Without your help I will become conformed to the world. I will think, speak and act like a worldly person. On my own, I cannot think your thoughts, speak your word or do your deeds. Only your teaching and training will enable me to live the life that you have called me to live. That’s true.
Do you have any role in my teaching and training you? Do you think that I will pour the wisdom of my teaching into your mind while you sit around and wait? That sounds silly. That sounds improbable. That sounds unlikely. No, I will never receive your teaching and training by sitting around as a passive recipient. You do have a role for me to play as your student. How so? Your main teaching tool is God’s word. You will use God’s word to teach and train me. You will bring to my remembrance what I have studied or memorized or meditated on in God’s word. You will apply God’s word to the circumstances I will face in life. You will use God’s word to change my heart and transform my mind. So, it is critically important that I meet with God in His word. I need to allow God’s word to dwell in me richly. I need to hide God’s word in my heart. I need to meditate on God’s word day and night. I need to keep God’s word ever before me. When I do these things, God’s word will become a tool in your hands to teach and train and guard and guide me. Yes, it will.
How else will I use God’s word in your heart and mind? You will use God’s word to sustain and strengthen me. You will use God’s word to help me to live and walk in peace. I will know the truth. I will understand my future. I will know and live in the truth I have in you now, in the future and forever. Yes, you will. That will be very good.
Lord, I must confess that I have been a worrier. I have allowed my heart to be troubled. I have often succumbed to fear. Forgive me. Help me to receive all the peace you have for me. Help me to live boldly and confidently because of the future I have in you. Amen
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