Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me,
be with Me where I am,
so that they may see My glory which You have given Me,
for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
I love learning what Jesus wanted, because I want to desire the same things as Him!
What did He want?
That His people be with Him. You know what it’s like to want to be with someone. To be in their presence and to be enjoying the same things. That’s what Jesus wants. Companionship with His own! Lovely! Me too! I want to be with Him! (Maybe today, Lord?)
That His people see His glory. This is the glory He had before He became a man. What glory He left behind to do the Father’s will! But that was only temporary. He wants His own to see that beauty. I can’t even take in what this is. I look forward to seeing His glorification because I, too, will be glorified! I can't wait! (Maybe today, Lord?)
I’m singing this beautiful hymn today!
When all my labors and trials are o’er,
When Mumsy and I were preparing her for glory, we would sing about glory all the time. I'm also singing one of her favorites today! And rejoicing that she is with Him and she is seeing His glory!
There may be tears to shed as we travel home,
These things I have spoken to you,
so that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation,
but take courage;
I have overcome the world.
Where can I find peace?
Remember yesterday we were told to abide in Him?
This is another reason to stay where He put us.
Peace. In Him.
So often when we struggle, we turn to other people or things to get peace and can’t find it.
Peace is only In Him!
In the world? Tribulation.
He has overcome the world!
Stay where He put you… in Him!
Craig and I were being branches on the vine in this vineyard. Silly, yes! But this morning it reminded me to stay in Him! There is Peace!
I love the above picture! Craig and I walked through this beautiful vineyard in Georgia and thought about Christ as the Vine and us as the branches. I remembered this as I read today's reading.
Abide in Me,
Jesus is the Vine. When we get saved we are put in Him, the Vine. To abide in Him means to live where He put us. I need to draw my life from Christ. That means drawing near in the Word, prayer, and fellowship with believers. Then He abides in us! What a sweet position He gave us. Why would we think we could get our nourishment from anywhere else? Why? Foolishness!
I love this encouragement to stay where He put me! And then what?
And much fruit!
And fruit that remains!
I want that! Because someday I want to have something to give back to Jesus to honor Him.
My word for the day… Stay! Abide!
He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me;
and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father,
and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.
Jesus answered and said to 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 abode with him.
This is a most wonderful promise!
Oh, that it would grip our hearts!
The more I love God, the more I obey Him.
The more I obey God, He reveals Himself to me in special, intimate ways.
When I disobey God, I miss out on intimacy with Him.
I want to be a lover of God!
Oh, to be quick to obey!
Oh, to know Him better!
Now before the Feast of the Passover,
Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world
to the Father,
having loved His own who were in the world,
He loved them to the end.
I love John 13. Today I was gripped with the first verse.
Jesus knew it was time for Him to die.
This was the reason He came.
At that time… He loved His own to the end.
He showed this love as He got down and washed their feet.
He showed this love as He went to the cross.
Not many people love to the end.
It’s a rare quality.
Jesus does! He loves you!
Down from His splendor in glory He came,
Truly, truly, I say to you,
Here is the principle of life.
If you want to live, you must die!
Die to your selfish desires and ambitions.
A seed has to die before there is beautiful fruit. So, too, in our life.
If you try to keep your life, and do your own thing, you lose your life.
You will be that little seed. Alone. So much potential... unused!
If you give up living for yourself and live for God, you keep your life.
You bear much fruit! You don’t even know what fruit there will be!
I find that very exciting.
Jesus is the example of that principle.
He died so that many could live.
Was it easy? No! Did you see how troubled He was?
But He knew His purpose, to glorify God.
Now look at His fruit!
Many sons brought to glory! And so much more!
If you want to serve Jesus, you must follow Him to death.
Death to self.
Death to selfish desires.
Fellowship with Jesus.
The Father honors you.
The Father is glorified.
Any sacrifice for Jesus blesses others and gives more personal blessing than anything.
Today we have a chance to die.
Will we take it?
So the sisters sent word to Him, saying,
"Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick."
But when Jesus heard this, He said,
"This sickness is not to end in death,
but for the glory of God,
so that the Son of God may be glorified by it."
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when He heard that he was sick,
He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.
When my dad died in 2003, I was lying on the couch at mom’s house while she slept, taking phone calls. One of my dad’s preacher friends called and quoted this verse to me, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.” It has been precious to me ever since.
The Lord loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
He was doing something in each one of their lives.
He used this difficult time for His glory.
He didn’t act like they thought He would or wished He would.
He was about to do something outside of what they knew!
Their lives would never be the same!
There is so much about this account that I love.
These are good things to remember!
God loves you.
That doesn’t mean He won’t allow hard things.
Things you don’t understand.
They are to His glory.
I am the door; if anyone enters through Me,
he will be saved,
and will go in and out and find pasture.
I am the good shepherd;
the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
My sheep hear My voice,
and I know them,
and they follow Me;
and I give eternal life to them,
and they will never perish;
and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
My Father, who has given them to Me,
is greater than all;
and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
I and the Father are one.
Jesus is the door! Do you want to be saved?
You must come through Jesus!
He is the only way!
Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
He laid down His life.
He gives eternal life.
He keeps His sheep so that they are safe!
It doesn’t get better than this!
Are you saved?
Are you secure?
The blind man’s story Is so wonderful!
So they were saying to him,
"How then were your eyes opened?"
"The man who is called Jesus made clay,
and anointed my eyes, and said to me,
'Go to Siloam and wash';
so I went away and washed,
and I received sight.”
John 9:10, 11
So a second time they called the man who had been blind,
and said to him,
"Give glory to God;
we know that this man is a sinner."
He then answered,
"Whether He is a sinner,
I do not know;
one thing I do know,
that though I was blind, now I see."
So they said to him,
"What did He do to you?
How did He open your eyes?"
He answered them,
"I told you already and you did not listen;
why do you want to hear it again?
You do not want to become His disciples too, do you?"
He became bolder and bolder!
I love his sarcasm and the opening of His spiritual eyes!
There is so much more between all these verses. Please read it.
They ended up kicking him out of the synagogue.
Jesus heard that they had put him out,
and finding him, He said,
"Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
He answered, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?"
Jesus said to him,
"You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you."
And he said, "Lord, I believe."
And he worshiped Him.
The blind man believed and worshiped!
What a story of saving grace.
I have a story of how Jesus saved me too.
Do you have a story of how you came to understand who Jesus is and believed?
This man didn’t just believe, he became a worshiper!
Jesus said to her,
"Woman, where are they?
Did no one condemn you?"
She said, "No one, Lord."
And Jesus said,
"I do not condemn you, either.
From now on sin no more."
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,
"I am the Light of the world;
he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness,
but will have the Light of life."
Jesus is the Light of the world!
He illumines darkness.
Darkness and light are alike to Him.
He sees us.
He knows us.
He knows our sin.
When His light points out our sin it is so that we will go and sin no more.
What grace! Grace that is greater than all our sin!
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!