Wonderful Promises of Jesus- John Chapter 14

When we make promises, do we keep them? We can be well intentioned and still fail to follow through. Things can happen that are beyond our control. Jesus has all power and his character never changes, so if Jesus promises something, we can rest assured that it will happen. Nothing can thwart the promises of Jesus.

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There are wonderful promises to unpack in just seven verses in John chapter 14. They are John 14:15 to 21. They read:

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 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 in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 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.”

Notice the conditional aspect of the promises. If you keep my commands. What is Jesus talking about when he refers to commands. If helps to look at other verse in John to understand.

In John 6 after Jesus had fed the thousands with a few loaves of bread and a few fish, they followed him around and asked what they needed to do to do the works God requires. Jesus’s answer was:

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

To receive the promises, we need to believe in Jesus.

Jesus gave a new command in John 13:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

To experience the promises in fullness, we need to love one another.

1st promise- The Holy Spirit

We can overlook the fact that for these men and others The Father sent The Holy Spirit a little over 40 days from the time Jesus was speaking to them in this passage. We learn four things about The Holy Spirit from these verses; 1- he is the Spirit of truth, 2- he will be with us, 3-he will be in us. 4- he is an advocate for us.

2nd promise- Jesus will never leave us.

Jesus promised not to leave us as orphans. I have visited orphanages in various countries. Some are in very sad conditions. Orphans have no hope unless someone comes to help them. They are defenseless. Jesus promised to come to us and not leave us helpless.

3rd promise- We will see Jesus.

For the disciples, they would see Jesus after his resurrection. Jesus only appeared to those who believed in him after his resurrection. For the disciples, this would all transpire in a matter of days from the time of this conversation. For us, we know we will see Jesus face to face one day when we go to heaven.

4th promise- The Father’s love.

If we love Jesus, believe in him, The Father loves us. The love of God the Father is beyond our comprehension. He does not see or hold our sin against us. He sees Jesus when he looks at us.

5th promise- Jesus will show himself to us.

So many ways Jesus shows himself to us. Have you ever suddenly had a verse from the bible come to mind? Have you ever had a song about Jesus in your spirit? Have you ever needed something and without expecting it, a friend is there? Jesus shows himself in many ways while we are in this life. One day he will show himself to us when we go to heaven.

Remember as you read John 14 that what Jesus was talking about was in the near future for the disciples. What a wonder it would have been to see Jesus after his resurrection and then to be in the room when The Father sent The Holy Spirit.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- How You See Me Now by Lydia Laird

What do you see when you look in the mirror? What thoughts about your self run through you mind?

When Jesus sees us, he see someone he loves so much that he died for us. He sees someone he has either made part of the royal family of God or someone he wants to make part of the royal family of God.

If we saw ourselves how Jesus sees us, what a difference that could make in our lives.

I love this video by Lydia Laird because it deals with exactly that-How Jesus sees us.

I hope the song blessed you like it has me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Wellness Wednesday-What Ifs?

None of us really goes through this life unscathed, but for some there can be hurtful memories from the past whether from family issues, abuse, trauma, job loss, health issues etc.

It is so easy to fall into the pitfall of the What If thinking. I have to admit at times in my life What Ifs have dragged me down.

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What If my father had not lost his business and found our he was diabetic when I was 12. What If he had not retreated in his vodka.

What If I had not experienced a serious health crisis and had to leave the school where I was studying for the ministry.

I know the What Ifs all to well.

But two scripture verses raise me up.

Romans 8:28- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

God is always at work in my life to bring everything together for my good.

Ephesians 2:10- For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God created me with abilities and talents to match what he is calling me to.

So how do I turn the What Ifs around when they try to raise their ugly heads?

What I do is change the What Ifs. Examples:

What If I had not had my health crisis 1993 to 1995. I would not have been led to what I do now.

What If I had not been through what I have been through. I would not have met the people Jesus has blessed me with meeting, sharing his love with, and helping.

What If my family life had not been so messed up. I would not have the empathy for others that I have now.

By changing my What Ifs, it keeps my focus on Jesus and his calling on my life. It helps to keep things like despair, self pity, etc out of my life.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Tremble by Lauren Daigle


I will tremble at no other name
My heart’s surrendered to no other reign

I will bow at no other throne
Rest my heart at no other home
Let these hands lift no other crown
Let these knees fall on no other ground
Draw these eyes from the gold that won’t shine
You turn this life from water to wine

When I think about Jesus on his throne in all of his glory, I think my reaction would be the same as The Apostle John when he was taken into heaven and given the Book of Revelation.. Revelation 1

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.

Jesus has all power. He is our creator. He is holy, all powerful, all knowing, present everywhere. There is nowhere we can go that Jesus is not there.

But the good news is the awesome all powerful Jesus loves us. His response to John in Revelation 1 was:

Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.

Similar to his response to Peter, James and John when they saw him in his glory talking with Moses and Elijah in Matthew 17:

But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”

I hope I never lose sight of that fact that while yes Jesus calls us friend, he is also the all powerful creator. Being the almighty God, he is more than able to help us in our times of need.

Thank you for reading. God Bless

Music Mondays- Heaven Come by Jenn Johnson

God is calling us each second, each minute, each hour of every day, Jesus calls us to be with him. He always wants us to come to him in prayer to spend time with him.

We do not need to worry about our failures, our past, our feelings of guilt or shame. He treasures us and time with us. We can start new and fresh with him every day shaking off the day before.

God is calling us to take time with him. He knows all about us and wants us to be with him anyway. He wants to help us shake off yesterday’s mistakes and start anew.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Peace Be Still Featuring Lauren Daigle with The Belonging Company

I don’t want to be afraid
Every time I face the waves
I don’t want to be afraid
I don’t want to be afraid
I don’t want to fear the storm
Just because I hear it roar
I don’t want to fear the storm
I don’t want to fear the storm

I love this recording by Lauren Daigle. When I listen to it, it reminds me to look to Jesus in while going through difficult times such as waking up with pain wondering how I will make it through a day.

There are two times recorded in the bible involving Jesus and his disciples. followers, being in a storm while in a boat. There was the time Jesus walked on the water through the storm and the time Jesus was sleeping in the boat when the storm came.

In Mark 4 we read about Jesus sleeping in the boat in the midst of the storm. The disciples were freaking out and woke him up. Jesus simple said 3 words, “Peace, be still,” and the storm stopped and the waters calmed.

In Matthew 14 we about Jesus walking on the water in the midst of a rough waters and says to his disciples who thought he was a ghost. “Take Courage, It is I. Do not be afraid.”.

Storms come and go in our lives. We face difficult times. In the difficult times, Jesus comes to us just as he did the disciples. Our worst problems he can quiet with a few words.

When Peter tried to walk out to Jesus on the water and faltered, Jesus didn’t let him drown. Jesus picked him up out of the water.

What so easily overwhelms us, Jesus has power over it.

I live with chronic illness. Jesus comes to me in the mornings as I pray to give me strength for the day.

We might live with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, yet Jesus will come to us.

Sometimes Jesus calms the storms in our lives and sometimes he joins in the midst of the storms and tells us to take courage because he is with us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

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No One Can Take Us From Jesus Because He Is God The Son- John 10

In this section of John 10 we see the continued conflict between Jesus and the religious leaders, but we also see some wonderful truths for those of us who have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus. This section culminates with Jesus making a clear claim to his Deity. This is the second passage in John that we see this. The first was in John 8 that I covered in Jesus Reveals A Huge Truth About Himself.

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Even after all of the miracles Jesus had performed, the religious leaders persisted in asking if he was the Messiah- Promised One.

“How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

They asked. But they were not ready for the answer.

Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.”

Jesus was not concerned with winning friends and influencing people as seminars will extol. He was and is interested in one thing- the truth. The truth- the religious leaders did not belong to Jesus. They were not his sheep.

Jesus went on to share some wonderful truths for his sheep. His sheep are anyone who believes in Jesus as their Savior.

He knows us. We can have relationship with him.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

He gives us eternal life.

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish”

No one can take us away from Jesus.

 “no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

Why cant anyone take us away from Jesus?

“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

Jesus always referred to God as Father. His father. But Jesus did not leave it at that. He added something that is a clear indication of Jesus being God the Son.

“I and the Father are one.”

Here Jesus is claiming the truth that Jesus and the Father are one in perfect unity. Jesus is a co-equal member of the Holy Trinity. How do we know Jesus was making this claim? Look at the reaction of the religious leaders.

Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him

“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

The question is whether we want to follow Jesus who gave his life for us when he died on the cross and defeated death for us, gives us eternal life, and relationship with God, OR do we want a religion.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Hold Onto Me by Lauren Daigle-Live

I shared this song a few months ago, but after watching this Live version, I want to share it again. I love this song. No matter how dark our valleys in life are, Jesus holds onto us.

Jesus has promised that he will never leave us. Jesus ALWAYS keeps his promises.

There may be times we feel Jesus has left us, but he has not. He is always with us, near us, watching over us. If we feel he has left us, it is because we are focused on our circumstances. Circumstances can be troubling, but they do not change the fact that Jesus never leaves us. No matter how dire our situation is, he is with us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Find You Here by Ellie Holcomb

And I didn’t know I’d find You here, in the middle of my deepest fear
But You were drawing near, You were overwhelming me with peace
So I lift my voice and sing:
“You’re gonna carry us through everything!”
You were drawing near, You’re overwhelming all my fears with peace

No matter what we experience, we can find Jesus in the midst of our struggles.. It surprises us when we find Jesus in our valleys of life, but it is actually Jesus keeping his promise. Jesus said in Matthew 28:

I am with you always

There is never a moment, an experience, that Jesus is not with us. In any problem, Jesus is with us. We can look to him in all situations.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.