prairwarur: Jesus Comforts His Disciples ~~~
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
4 And you know the way where I am going.”
5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”
6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Oneness with the Father ~~
7 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”
8 Philip *said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
9 Jesus *said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. 12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
Role of the Spirit ~~~
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 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.”
22 Judas (not Iscariot) *said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 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. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.
26 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 said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
28 You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
29 Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe. 30 I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;
31 but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.
prairwarur: DAILY DEVOTIONAL
He led them by a straight way. ~~~ Psalms 107:7
Changing circumstances often causes the anxious believer to ask, "Why is this happening to me?"
I looked for light, but darkness came; for peace, but faced trouble. I said in my heart, my mountain stands firm, I shall never be moved. Lord, You hide Your face, and I am troubled.
Only yesterday I could read my title clearly; but today my evidences are blurred, and my hopes are clouded. Yesterday I could climb the mountain and view the landscape and rejoice with confidence in my future inheritance; today my spirit has no hopes, but many fears; no joys, but great distress.
Is this part of God's plan for me? Can this be the way in which God would bring me to heaven?
Yes, it is even so. The eclipse of your faith, the darkness of your mind, the fainting of your hope--all these things are just parts of God's method of making you ready for the great inheritance, which you will soon enjoy.
These trials are for the testing and strengthening of your faith--they are waves that wash you further upon the rock--they are winds that steer your ship more quickly toward the desired haven.
What David wrote then will be true of you: "he brought them to their desired haven" (verse 30). ~~ By honor and dishonor, by evil report and by good report, by plenty and by poverty, by joy and by distress, by persecution and by peace--by all these things your spiritual life is maintained, and by each of these you are helped on your way.
Do not think, believer, that your sorrows are out of God's plan; they are necessary parts of it.
"Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom."1
Learn, then, to "count it all joy . . . when you meet trials of various kinds."2
O let my trembling soul be still,
And trust Thy wise, Thy holy will!
I cannot, Lord, Thy purpose see,
Yet all is well since ruled by Thee.
1) Acts 14:22
2) James 1:2
One-Year Bible Reading Plan
Psalms 75, 76
1 John 1
Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg.
prairwarur: Anchor of Hope Charity - 4 year old boy creates charity to feed hungry kids in Zambia. Only $45 dollars will feed one child for a year!
prairwarur: Stop telling God how big your mountain is and start telling that mountain - your problems - how big your God is. Amen.
prairwarur: Verse of the Day
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
prairwarur: Verse of the Day
“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
prairwarur: DAILY DEVOTIONAL MAY 13, 2017 by Alestair Begg
Just a Little Longer
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalms 30:5
Christian, if you are in a night of trial, think of tomorrow; cheer up your heart with the thought of the coming of your Lord. Be patient, for "Lo! He comes with clouds descending." Be patient! The farmer waits until He reaps His harvest.
Be patient; for you know who has said, "Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with Me, to repay everyone for what he has done." If you are presently in wretched circumstances, remember:
A few more days of marching into battle,
Then you will receive the crown.
Your head may be bowed with thorny troubles now, but it shall wear a starry crown before long. Your heart may be filled with care--it shall be filled with the praise of heaven soon. Your clothes may be soiled with dust now; soon they shall be gloriously white. Wait a little longer. How trivial our troubles and trials will seem when we look back upon them! Looking at them here in the prospect, they seem immense; but when we get to heaven we shall view everything from a new perspective.
Our trials will then seem light and momentary afflictions. Let us go on boldly; even if the night be ever so dark, the morning comes, which is more than they can say who are shut up in the darkness of hell. Do you know what it is then to live on the future--to live on expectation--to anticipate heaven? You are happy, believer, to have such a sure and comforting hope. It may be all dark now, but it will soon be light; it may be all trial now, but it will soon be all happiness. What does it matter if "weeping may tarry for the night" when "joy comes with the morning"?
prairwarur: There's only one encounter that can break the power of darkness over your life forever, and that is an encounter with God's grace.
prairwarur: Asking for prayers for my Mother-in-law (92) Mom fell and we had to call 911. Still awaiting news about her injuries. I'll post an update as soon as possible.
God bless you all, God's beloved.
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Lookingforhome: The king of glory is always with you Jesus never leave your side he hears your prayers and wipe your tears trust me I know I live with constant pain physical emotional but I know that the Lord Jesus Christ is Right By My Side it doesn't matter how much pain I suffer as long as I have faith in him and no he is coming and I share his love with others that is my job on this Earth I've had 48 years of suffering under my belt and that's okay Jesus Christ died for me to forgive me of my sins and everyone else so I can suffer for as long as a board sees fit I don't like it no but I accept it because it's what God has in store for me and that's all that's important God's will I will still do his bidding I will still be his servant I will still be his fisher of men so remember he's always with you no matter what I love you in Jesus name always and will keep you and your mother in my prayers all of you God bless
prairwarur: Kenneth Copeland ministry
Get serious about the Word of God. Study it. Go hear it preached. Confess it. Become such a diligent workman that the devil himself will look at you with fear and say, “There’s one believer who’s not playing games anymore.”