A Cup, Made Just For Me

So I’m thinking of a little boy. Sitting in a small house, early in the morning, beside a fire. As he sits, his mother brings his breakfast and begins to pour his drink, into a small, wooden cup…and he begins to smile. His smile, comes not from the drink, but of his mother’s love and the wooden cup. The cup was handmade, by Joseph, his father, who is a poor man and carpenter. It was made from a piece of scrap wood, but carved and polished with great pride, love and adoration, for the boy.

As the boy grew, he always used that cup. He carried it with him to school and used it, because it was made, just for him. With some age, however, the other kids began to pick on him because it was, after all, a child’s cup. But it was made, just for him. None of his friends would use it, though he offered; they all said it just didn’t fit their mouth…”you’re the only one who can drink from that silly cup”, they would say.

Many years later, in a garden, as a grown man, the boy prayed. He was very anxious and worried and frightened. He thought about his mother, father and friends as he prayed. With tears flowing down his face, he held that little wooden cup in his hand, thinking of how he wanted to remain with his mother and father.

But he was praying to his father in heaven, this time…pleading with him, to take away THIS CUP, which was made, just for him. This cup, only he could drink from, it only fit his lips…and he recalled the children from school, making fun of him. He thought how cruel the world was, but he loved everyone. He loved them, but he prayed, three times…PLEASE, take this cup from me!! If it is possible, PLEASE!!

After many, many tears and much prayer, his heart, filled with such great love for mankind, gave in. Father, I know it is right to ask, but nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done. This cup should not and cannot be taken away. For it was made, just for me, out of love and only I can drink from it. Fill my cup, Lord, that I may drink from it.

And the little boy set down the wooden cup, walked away from it, trading it for the one he would now have to drink from. It was quite full and it’s taste was bittersweet. But he drank it all. He finished the entire cup and said, “It is finished” as he closed his eyes, thinking of his little, wooden cup.

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Show & Tell

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“Stop throwing the Bible AT people. Not everyone needs an artillery barrage of quotes. What they DO need is for us to SHARE the Bible, Jesus Christ and the Gospel, with them”

Posing the question some days ago on Facebook, I asked my friends to offer their input as to how they handle a type of situation. When we tend to receive the cold-shoulder, the reactionless, blank-stare or the wide-eyed-look of “oh no, another Christian is gonna throw the Bible at me”, what do we do? How can we better learn to avoid this? Not avoid the happening, but prevent the need for it?

A great many people (once, including myself) react in such a way as to describe how they have so often tried to get it, used to go to church, God & Jesus just aren’t real, etc. Most of us will immediately, regardless of their reactions, begin to “throw the Bible” at them and begin to uselessly quote what little scripture we know, to the best of our abilities. We tend to enter into a sales pitch, rather than a testimony or offer witness.

I’ll use a challenge, faced by own son, who has been blind since birth. A very, serious challenge of what would seem, rather simple, on the surface and yet, remains quite perplexing. Spending many days, “telling” a young boy how to tie his shoelaces, when he cannot see them, watch the process or frankly, understand it without significant limitation, is challenging, indeed.

Finding a solution, a means of “showing” him and “sharing” how, that is the answer. He has a special need, my son must do almost everything, via touch and hearing. So, in order to teach him, we must find a means by which he can feel the process, while hearing the explanation.

And this is much like what we need to learn with regard to witnessing. How we should refrain from thumping the Bible, throwing it (and the kitchen sink) AT someone…finding a means of sharing the Gospel and Jesus Christ with them. Stop telling and start showing and sharing. There comes a point, for every man, woman and child, that salvation, must become absolutely, personal. And in order for this to happen, we must make it personal and relatable, to them.

Jesus, spent much of his time, teaching people in a personable manner. The apostle Paul, related to people and their sins, hardships, weaknesses, as did Christ. They related to people and people could relate to them. Both, found a way to make it personal and share their love for others, by not only sharing the scripture, but showing their love and stories.

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Perhaps, in another analogy? Certain persons are rather successful at selling automobiles? Why? They have a talent for NOT throwing fancy, technical jargon at people who are clueless as to what that means. Instead, they take the time to artfully, descriptively, explain how such bells and whistles will benefit the buyer. The salesperson is able to effectively articulate the cost-to-benefit of the item and justify how it will become a wise, buying decision.

Face it, people, especially buyers, are a practical people. They want to know what they are getting for their investment, why, how and under what terms. People want the nuts and bolts, firstly; they can become a whiz, later. Not to say people don’t do their research at times, but many people, with regard to the Bible, simply do not. Or, they have done just enough to be self-detrimental and destructive. Even worse, they have encountered precisely, one-too-many a Bible-throwing, quote-babbling, impersonal or seemingly, disingenuous witness, already.

We need to learn how to share and explain the bells and whistles, features, and costs (yes, there are indeed costs) of a decision of faith. Assuredly, we are NOT selling anything, but people almost always take it as a sales pitch. They think that you want or expect something from them and they don’t like giving in to pressured purchases, do they? Do we?

My hopes for you all are simple, in that, I desire for us each, to build and design effective bridges. Bridges which span the gap and eliminate the divide or disconnect, to others. In the olden days, preachers would simply scareimagesCAFN52VU and horrify people into repentance and salvation. Screaming and yelling, fingers pointed and pounding of ham-sized fists…well, it has its affect, doesn’t it?

People could use….a lot, of compassion, couldn’t they? Jesus made a pointed effort to be gentle, kind and above all else, personable, with people. Christ spoke to everyone as children, and children, especially kindly. Christ understood how hard life is and that an oppressed people did not need or even desire, more oppression, fear tactics and endless quoting of the Law & scripture; they needed someone to show and tell.

All of the teachings Jesus did, were ones of effectively showing and telling of the “good news” as He spoke. Sitting down with people, with them and not at them. Jesus reached people in such as ways as I love and attempt, compassionately and gently. He didn’t always reach everyone, but many that he did reach, were reached with a method of personable, descriptive teachings. He was able to show and tell, just what salvation, faith, trust, belief, etc. would do and why it was all necessary.

Sometimes, it’s perfectly alright to lay your Bible aside for a few moments and simply talk with people. Later on, open it up, open your hearts and show  the wonders of the Gospel. Take the time to share it, alive and descriptive, like one shares a bedtime story with a child…tenderly, affectionately and above all else, with involvement. Remember, our desire is to bring others into the family, not keep them at an arms-length distance. Does one respond better to screaming the message, down the hall or by having it, spoken to them, face-to-face, with a gentle voice?

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You Say Following Christ Is Easy?

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Responses from onlookers can be unrealistic, critical, misinformed and disingenuous, at best. Most people believe that the lives of those who follow Christ are lives of ignorance, conceit, self-absorption and/or delusional, holier-than-thou attitudes. People, often, consider it easy to follow our faith and live as we strive to live; they are misinformed and incorrect.

Folks also consider our faith to be one of giving up everything fun, becoming “boring” and having all things made off-limits or taboo; this too, is no so. Yes, there are certainly, portions of life which we may no longer partake of, but does that mean we have really “given up” anything valuable or of actual worth? I dare say, we have not. Not that such things are beneath us as we’ve become somehow superior or our royalty precludes us from stooping to the lows of mere paltry people, but that they are not blessed of God and are of the World. We are a “peculiar people” according to the Bible; Dr. Dan Hayden also wrote this explanation:

When the King James translators used the word “peculiar” in 1 Peter 2:9, identifying Christians as a “peculiar people”, this is not what they had in mind. According to A. T. Robertson, the word “peculiar” comes from the Latin word, “pecus” which means “flock”. The KJV translators were simply reflecting the idea that believers in Christ are the unique possession of God — they are His flock.

As followers, believers and children of Jesus Christ, as “Christians”, we are called to a life and held to standards which simply cannot be compromised. We are held accountable by God’s word, the commandments of God and of Jesus Christ and the convictions of the Holy Spirit. No person is excluded from these accountabilities, commandments and guidelines; many, simple decide and desire not to adhere to them. Judgment will be carried out, regardless of whether one accepts & believes or not; this is simply a fact and a rather unavoidable one at that.

What you may not understand about “Religion” is that it is not Christianity and the two have very little, if not nothing whatsoever to do with one another. According to James, this is the extent of religion and its practices and beliefs are observed as follows:

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27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world

One might also be misinformed as to the fact that Christians can be and do have, FUN! Often, in fact! We live a life that knows many smiles, laughs and happiness. But we also know one of constant struggles, battles and discomforts. We live a life of servitude, embellished by the constant need to decrease ourselves, so that God may increase and be glorified. We live a life that requires great humility, lacking the pleasures which others find in self-acknowledgment(s), giving all honor to our Father in Heaven.

There are both, wonderful and terrible examples of Christians all over the globe. Painted in so many lights, with countless opinions, views, concepts, disagreements and misunderstandings, Christians are portrayed as the thorn in everyone’s side. Because religion and religious people have marred, if not ruined, the very name of a great people of God. Without dismissing the additional truths, fellow Christians and those professing to be such, have done their disgrace to us, seriously causing all but irreparable damage.

Lest I continue with the chasing of rabbits, may I please submit, our faith is not an easy one to aspire to. We live difficult lives. Enduring, not only the hardships placed upon everyone else in the world (taxes, education, jobs, family life, marriage, unemployment, etc.) while then having the additional requirements of keeping the commandments given us by God. This life, it is not for the faint of heart and “those who endure to the end, shall be saved” is for sure, factual. We must endure, all things, and can, by the very grace of God.

We survive and manage to live an abundant life, if we strive to honor God, acknowledge Him in all things, keep His commandments, and act with compassion, mercy and love. If you really think it is so simple and easy to do as we do, try this requirement for a while:

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Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

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If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

You Say Following Christ Is Easy?

Who Has A Plan For Your Life

Not Who First Came To Mind?

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We have, each of us, heard of God’s perfect plan for our life, the world, etc. There is, factually, divine plan and agenda. All creation remains subject to God. We know who will prevail. But before God’s will is completed and His works finished on Earth, we have a contender.

Satan is a ruthless, unceasing, relentless, furiously-hatred-filled being. Antithesis of God and Jesus Christ, perfected. Satan is the total opposite to them, just short of he is created and subject to them. Powers and ability, on Earth, are his to do as he chooses; that is pretty spooky. Yes, we have protection, armor, even defenses. But never underestimate the devil. Not for a second.

Satan is not always the culprit. But by far, he is always the enemy. How do we understand Satan and his plan? Simply put, each and every thing you know of God’s ways, will and works, Satan is the absolute contrast to them, opposite in every manner. A most straightforward logic is the focus on truth. If we seek truth, Satan will not be in it, for the truth is not in him. When we listen to that voice in our heads or perceive something is from God, we are told to test those spirits. Why? Because he is a deceiver and will camouflage himself in many ways. Ask yourself firstly, is there truth in what I am hearing?

Having spoken a bit about this  last night at church, it has weighed upon my mind since then. You see, we consider ourselves as warriors or soldiers for the Lord. What most do not realize is the state of ever-preparedness is also Satan’s greatest weapon against us? WHAT?? As a soldier, what comes from relentless training, drills, or being “on-point” without a break? Fatigue! And without response from the enemy what do we become? Complacent! Fatigue and complacency are our most brutal foes. Being worn-down, tired, sleepy, exhausted and at times, bored; it is easy to find ourselves gradually slipping in our precautions and readiness.

Satan does not usually do a full-on, frontal, mass attack. No, no. Satan is the master deceiver and subtlest, most clever designer of minute attacks. It’s in the small, gradual tests, minute messages, and tiniest suggestions, that he gains ground. When we think it’s alright to take a short nap while on watch, he jumps. Make sure someone else has relieved your post before you rest or relax. Liken to the skilled sniper, Satan takes his shot when he is certain he will hit his target. Maximal effect, with the least-required effort.

Nothing but the return of Jesus Christ shall save you from Satan or his desire to destroy you. If you are not reborn, all the better to him; one more soul in the eternal bucket. If you are a witness to Christ, why does Satan want you? Your soul is eternally promised to God, right? Satan can’t take that away, right? True, your salvation cannot be removed. But a bigger picture is seen, if you venture to look.

What is the opposition to Satan on Earth? Those who follow and profess Jesus Christ. Who best to remove and SHUT UP than those pesky Christians!! If he can kill you, he will. If he can shut you up, he will! If there is any means or situation in which he can turn you from God or cease your professions, Satan will use it in the blink of an eye. Kill the soldiers, end the fight. Satan wants YOU to close YOUR mouth, ending  your sharing of the Gospel.

Just as Jesus Christ called us all to continue His works, Satan wants to call us to quit. Everything that you have studied, read, learned, heard etc. regarding the Gospel, Satan detests, violently detests and hates. He knows he only has a time to accomplish what he can. Perhaps, he is even so delusional as to conceive that he can still win, somehow. Regardless, Satan will go down swinging and never quit until Christ puts him down!

There is a daily struggle in the world as old as time. Good versus evil. One will prevail, the other shall be utterly crushed. The time is NOW, to pick a side. Your fight will never be over as long as you live on Earth. As long as you suffer the day and life of mortal man, you will remain at war against a formidable foe. The Boy Scouts have it right “Be Prepared”.

Part the Skies, Prepare a Place for Me.

His name, fills my heart. And His voice, plays the part..

Of a father I’ve always longed for, in a home I’ve only dreamed of.

On His name, I believe. By His blood, I am, set free.

From a reminder of my failures. And a life I never wished for.

Part the skies, prepare a place for me!

For thirty pieces of silver, betrayed and delivered.

On a cross He gladly gave up, His holy ghost went straight up.

Part the skies, prepare a place for Me!

I believe, for all He died. And for relief, He must have cried!

To the Father that He longed for. To comfort and console Him.

In a home He always dreamed of. Leaving this life He never wished for.

I part the skies, a place prepared for Thee!

 

Thank You, blessed Lord, for that which I do not deserve. Your grace shall be my promise. Until that day when YOU part the skies and take me to the place You have assuredly, prepared for me.

 

Salvation Is From Jesus Christ

heart-shaped-cookie-cutter-dough-12513329Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a man or woman could grant us salvation? How simple and convenient that would be; just have a person to tell us “you are now saved”. In reality, salvation is through Jesus Christ and by no other means is it possible.

Sadly, how many people have gone to a revival, a youth gathering, some other spiritual gathering and been invited to “come down and pray” only to leave, lost. How many have been asked, during one of these events, to recite some prayer, followed by being informed, “you are now saved”? Who, among men, has this power? Nobody!

We cannot recite anything, expecting salvation to occur or be granted. No person is capable of doing this for us or by any means can they afford or confirm our reconciliation to the Father. Too many “cookie-cutter” preachers with false visions and false understandings of the process, pervert and hinder, true salvation.

Venturing to say that the vast majority of people that were “informed” of the new salvation left with the very same emptiness and feelings of discouragement as they entered in  with, is reasonable. For they never experienced what needed to take place.

The Holy Spirit draws us, not a man or woman. Man or woman can lead us and teach us, by the Word, but the Spirit convicts. Reciting someone else’s prayer is folly; salvation must be achieved through sincerity and recognition of our sins, followed by confession and repentance.

In Matthew, we learn the famous “Sermon of the Mount” and there are very clear indications of who is blessed and who is not. The many descriptions of the blessed are about all of us who truly follow Christ, believe upon Him and have found, true salvation. The descriptions are not given as one fits this person and another, this type of person. But they describe characteristics that should be realized, in full, by all who are Christians.

To be clear, you and I must have been drawn by the Holy Spirit, sincerely realized and understood that we were lost and been convicted of our sins. We must have confessed our sins as genuine faults and offenses to God and been genuinely sorry for them, to Him. We must have realized our need for Him, asked forgiveness of Him and accepted Grace from Him, through Jesus Christ. Finally, we are born again are become a new creature, turning from our sinful ways and seeking the Father in all our new ways.

There should be very, self-evident-proofs of our change. Our lives, the manner in which we live and the disdain for things past should be obvious professions of faith. There cannot be re-birth without ensuing change, for it is not possible for Jesus to reside, or the Spirit to dwell within, without clear change of our nature.

If you have discovered that you remained lost, for days after you were told of your salvation and just felt deeply upset or empty…that is the Holy Spirit, still convicting you. One should experience and know peace and filling after salvation, never loss or emptiness.

Are you able to say that you are one of the “Blessed” according to Jesus’ word on the Mount of Olives? Do those descriptions really apply and relate to you? Inwardly and outwardly, are you changed and filled? If not, I beseech and implore you, discard the cookie-cutter and pray to Him, for yourself, right now. There is no magical formula, but there is a necessity for truthfulness. Seek Him and you shall find Him.

Don’t get your salvation out of a box or from another human being…it is as worthless as any of those cheap, plastic toys of which, we were always disappointed. True salvation comes through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 says it plainly and in truth “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Peace, grace and mercy to you.

Not For My Deeds

Wishing the “duality of man” were better understood; how great are our abilities, so terrible our actions can be, likewise. We’ve an innate kindness nested with selfishness. Are we aware of which master we choose to serve, each day? Can we overcome one and dispose of the other? Should we? Or should we keep both to better appreciate the need and benefits gained, one from the other? Do they compliment each other or are they simply detrimental to us?

We cannot serve two masters, for we shall love the one and hate the other, right? How does one properly wrestle this? How best to select one or the other seem left up to the individual. But that is not the case. We shall always struggle against sin and our sinful ways, for that is the nature, by default, of mankind. The Holy Spirit, which abides in us, helps; it is the “Helper” and the “Comforter” for many great reasons.

To be more like Christ in our daily walk, we must allow the indwelling Spirit to do its job. Without resistance, given to supplication, humility and profound knowledge of our very need for its presence, we must be willing to be directed. The more of Christ which is within us, the less of things unlike Christ, can remain. For instance, one cannot completely fill a jar with more than one material at that same time. Different matter cannot occupy the same space at the same time. If the jar is completely filled with water, it cannot then by filled with sand also, while retaining the same amount of water. One will cause the other to be displaced. In this way, if we are filled with flaw, but allow ourselves to be filled with perfection, one will displace the other. Imperfection will be removed by displacement and occupation of perfection, in its place.

Always, there shall remain choice; we can affect the balances of the “fillers”. But when we maintain our desire to serve the Lord, knowing He is an endless, flowing fountain of Living Water, we learn and benefit. This fountain, continues to flow and whatever sand we allow into our life, it is easily and constantly being washed away {displaced} by the water.

Your faith shall always prevail, if you maintain your desire upon the Kingdom and the Father, to whom your heart belongs. Be of good cheer and strong. Grace will ever, surpass wrath when we make ourselves subject to the Lord.

Testimony – Strayed and Returned to the Lord

Once, there were two families which were joyous in the Lord, my own and the family of the Pipkins. Our families became as closely-knitted as if to be one of the same. We shared fellowship, friendship, love and admirations for one another, completely.

The Pipkin family was made up of Bill & Claudia, (dad and mom) Louise (daughter) and Sammy….a most beloved son, whom the family revolved around. S…ammy was my very best and closest friend; he was a remarkable boy. Sammy was a vibrant, God-loving, energetic youth, that had a smile liken to that of an angel. Our families spent so much time together. If Sammy was somewhere, I was less than a stones-throw away and vice versa. We were absolutely inseparable. The Davis’, comprised of my mother Cheryl, brother Steve, sister Diane, and my Grandmother, Carolyn Clark were all God-loving, spiritual people and were completely intertwined with the Pipkin’s.

On one mid summer afternoon, their entire family had come to visit and pick me up to spend another countless weekend with them. It was a full house, with all their family, me, my mother, sister, grandmother and my sister’s friend. Everyone was doing their own thing. As Sammy and I waited and played in my bedroom, we passed the time as boys do. Talking and dreaming and cutting up, sharing everything we could think of and get our hands on. We loved to shoot and my mother had raised us all with STRICT gun safety and responsibility. This was a great thing which should never be talked about too much.

As I rummaged through the closet my brother Steve and I shared, I came across the brand new .22 rifle he was so happy about having received from his father. It was a semiautomatic, magazine fed rifle. First thing, I turned the weapon to its side and made sure there was no magazine, then, I pulled the bolt about a half dozen times to ensure the chamber was cleared. Just a s we were taught.

Turning to Sammy with the “cops and robbers” or “Indians and pioneers” laugh in our heads, we were joking about, the rife discharged. I knew this only because I heard an almost silent “pop” as I saw Sammy clasp his chest. I was still smiling at the thought of him acting out the silly part he was playing. Then, I realized, as he turned very starkly pale and blood ran between his fingers…it had happened. He collapsed and died, almost instantly at my feet, in my room, at my hand, in front of my face. I was not even yet a teenager nor was he.

It was not long after, at his funeral, his mother and father told me that they loved me and still welcomed and wanted me in their home. They loved ME??!! That was the moment when my heart really, truly…shattered.

I quit speaking for a long time, my friends at school called me names like “killer” “murderer” etc. Many joked that I did it purposely; kids can be very cruel, indeed. From those days, I no longer felt the love of God on my face. It went away and so did I. I resigned away to an existence (not a life) of all-consuming guilt and self-hatred beyond imagination.

His family left church, the dad became a drunk, the mother died of cancer, the sister a drug using prostitute. My family divided, all at my own hands. I could not bear it and simply just went away from everything. I joined the military to “get mine” and make certain that I would die. That I would be killed also. It never happened. I went out with the decision that I was going to hell and that I deserved nothing less and nothing better. I made a point to break every single commandment…many times over. I drank profusely, did drugs like candy and tried to find the ultimate, unforgivable sin, so I could commit it and guarantee myself an eternity in hell, where I belonged.

Now there is MUCH, MUCH more to this story as I have had a long life. But to this day, until Randall Taylor, I have never allowed myself to have a close friend. I refused to ever consider a “best friend” because I would not have their blood on my hands and deserved to suffer, all my life. I found new and creative ways to make myself suffer.

….And then came Jesus Christ, when I was so completely broken that I knew I was about to end my own life at my own hands. Enter a KING, into the life of a miserable pawn…but a pawn of heritage! I was also, His child and He, like the parents of my own and Sammy’s, told me that He loved me.

My heart surely burst, for I was given the understanding that guilt is not my own or His. I did not own it and it did NOT own me…but He did. I truly knew that this burden could be taken from me and I could, actually, mean something to someone one day. I mattered to one individual…GOD!

I wrote a song about it one day as well, and accepted both the forgiveness of Jesus Christ and that of my own. Sammy was never angry and never hated me. Jesus spoke to me and said, “In the great things you will do with the life I have given you, I will be pleased. You have survived all this to know, your very name, John. You are not here without anything else but John….John, means “God is Gracious” and He allowed you to come to this place, alive and spared you. I open your mouth, do not any longer, remain quiet.”

If you think you have issues with self-worth, esteem, value depression, etc. I TELL YOU A SOLEMN TRUTH….GOD shall overcome all things! Jesus Christ is the worker of miracles…even for someone like ME.

Greater Things Than These

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Now, in our time, we find ourselves in wonder. We read from this story, a reassurance of the power of Jesus Christ, but also learn of His promise to us. We know Jesus’ capacity but are promised, through Him, that we may and shall do, all things as He. We cannot become greater than Christ, for He is perfect and also the Father and Spirit, in One. But we can accomplish anything, through faith, asking/commanding, in His name.

Also, I am reminded of the passage directly afterward, beginning with verse 15. Wherein, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit shall be sent and given unto us. Do you recall reading this:

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Continuing to read this book, we see the incredible promises of what is to become each and every believer, all who call upon the name of the Lord and trust in Him. So what does it mean to believe, in faith, as a Christian? Let’s consider that in a clear light.

You and I have been promised and HAVE received:

1) Not just Jesus in and with us, but also the Father. For the Father is in Jesus and Jesus in Him, and They, in us.

2) The gift and bestowal of the Holy Spirit upon and within us. The Spirit does not come and go, it remains with us. It is within us! Is not the Holy Spirit part of the God-Head? Likewise, it is also the Father and the Son and all, reside within us.

3) An Advocate  to help you and be with you forever— “17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bein you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

4) Wisdom is afforded us in this way “But the Advocate, 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.”

5) Intercession through Christ – “13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

6) Comfort – 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.

But what I truly wish to convey to you in this is simple, yet evades us, on so many levels. What does our faith, TRULY assure us of? What can we do with, through, by and asking? Jesus described it perfectly in His words to us.

Read this again “11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Does this leave you with any question that you and I have the ability of the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit because we are assured the contrary. We are guaranteed, by the Son of God, that we have this and are able.