Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:23-27 (ESV)
Plenty Of Reminders
I need plenty of those. You need plenty of what? I need plenty of reminders of what I have been taught. I have often been forgetful. I have seldom fully learned a lesson with my first go around. I need constant repetition of what I have been taught, for it to sink into my heart and mind and life. I need to hear and see and sometimes even touch the lesson from multiple vantage points for me to completely grasp what you want me to remember. Oh, and I also need to look back over time, to review what I have gone through, to fully comprehend your hand at work in my life. Even then, without your help, I am incredibly dense at recognizing your activity in my life. Let’s be clear here, you are talking about what you have or haven’t learned as a follower of Christ and a child of God. Yes, that is exactly what I am taking about. Do you feel that you are uniquely dense or especially stupid? Ha, that sounds funny. No, I suppose not. All I know is that I desperately need your help. I need plenty of reminders from you about what I have been taught as I have attempted to love and follow and serve God with all my heart and soul and strength. I want to remember all I have been taught as a follower of Christ and a child of God. That is a very good desire within you. That desire comes from me. That desire is a gift that you have been given. You have a passion to live your life with and for God. Without that desire, you would not remember or care about not remembering what you have been taught. Once you become a follower of Christ and a child of God, I began to teach you and have continued to bring to remembrance what you have been taught. Have you listened perfectly? Have you learned perfectly? Have you put into practice perfectly what you have bee taught? I can answer those question. Go ahead. No, I have not listened or learned or perfectly but into practice what I have been taught. But you are still listening attentively. But you are still following passionately. But you are still desiring to live more fully live as a Christ follower, and child of God. Yes, I am. That is very good. I will continue teach you and bring to your remembrance what you have been taught. I will give you plenty of reminders. Thank you, Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit, I will take God’s word deep into my heart, mind, and life. I will allow you to use God’s word to teach, train, mold, make and guard and guide me. Be my counselor, comforter, and helper. I will listen attentively to what you bring to my remembrance. Amen
Key Question… How are you making your heart, mind, and life fully attentive to the Holy Spirit speaking to you?
Living It Out… Listen attentively to the voice of the Holy Spirit bringing to your remembrance what you have been taught.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Holy Spirit will use God’s word to teach, train, comfort, counsel, guard, guide and help you.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Holy Spirit reminds you of what you have been taught.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you listen attentively to the Holy Spirit so you can hear Him speaking to you.
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