we are one…we believe…

John 17:20-26

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:  I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

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    • Glory:  take great pride or pleasure in;  bestow honor or distinction by common consent; a highly praiseworthy asset
    •  Christ’s glory – his asset; he came from God and he pleased God.  Our glory given to us by Jesus and the Father; the honor and distinction of belonging to Him, the asset of unity in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
  •  He prays for us…let that sink in. 

 He prays that we are one.  He prays that we have complete unity.  The unity that gives evidence to the rest of mankind that we are loved; that Christ came from God.  The beliefs we hold to, the thoughts we give allegiance to, the actions we approve and engage in all find their source, their origin in Christ, who came from God.  We accept Christ’s authority, his word and we become as he is, we become one in him and have unity with each other for we believe in no other.  He continues to make God known to us and fills us with God’s love.  His desire is to be so much a part of us he calls it being in us.  This community is so special, so different from that known by the rest of mankind.  It is so self-less, other oriented, Christ-centered.  Differences are still there but they do not hinder the work of the Spirit, they give it flavor and interest.

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Living the truth…

John 17: 6-19

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.  As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

 Set apart from the crowd, with a purpose and a mission.  Keeping His word, learning of him, knowing him.  We have his word, we may have his joy.  We are set apart because we have the truth, the truth we serve and believe  creates a division between us and the rest of mankind.  We are not set apart just to be different, there is a holy purpose in the difference.  We are light and salt and in that we should be making a difference, not just being  different.  We are not self-oriented, we are not self-driven.  We know to whom we belong, we know his will, we live as he commands and that makes the difference.  We do not serve our dreams, but his reality.

DREAMS….CLOUDS

They start small

They expand and grow

Til they can hold no more

Til they let go

 

There is a dream

To be what you ask

There is a dream

To do your task

 

Driven by love

Living by grace

Keeping your words

Seeking your face

 

Belonging

Keeping

Serving

Living

          -gracie

Knowing, not knowing of…

John 17:1-5

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

 This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ  whom you have sent.  Knowing…from its beginning , or the awareness of it, to its what? There is no end, it is eternal.  Knowing what? Knowing the true God and Jesus Christ his son.  Knowing rather than knowing of.  We can know of people in the news.  We can know of their thoughts, actions, even beliefs; but we don’t know them unless we have a relationship with them that involves both of us.  Unless the knowing is reciprocal.  When we meet someone for the first time; someone we have read of or heard about, it is often said, ‘I feel as if I know you.’  The real know doesn’t occur until there is communication, contact and the development of a relationship.  We can know God and Jesus Christ his son that way.  The knowing becomes a relationship, is reciprocal and is eternal.  He knew us first…

 Knowing

 Hearing your voice

Seeing your works

Receiving your love

Returning that love

Drawn to you

Warmth in your embrace

Never let this end

Always to see your face

Always to hear your voice

Always to do your work

Always to love

Always…

          gracie

There is peace…shalom

John 16:25-33

“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.  In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”

 His disciples said to Him, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God.”

 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?  Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will  have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

 We do not question who you are, no one need question who you are; we know you came from God.  The disciples affirm Jesus, his authority, his origin, his identity.  He came, he revealed himself, he taught, he is ready to return for his mission is near complete.  He continues to forewarn of the trouble to be faced by anyone who places trust and belief in him.  The majority of mankind will not treat the believer kindly.  He plainly states there will be trouble.  He came, he reveals himself to us, he teaches us, and comforts us with his peace.  We know him, we believe his words, we have his peace.

 

Speak plainly

Leave the pictures behind

Speak clearly

Tell me I am yours and you are mine

 

Love communicates

Love assures

Love brings peace

Tells me I am yours

 

Peace comes

Tho’ trouble be near

Your peace

Quells all fear

                              -gracie

Ask, receive…joy

John 16:17-24

Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is saying.”

 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’?  Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.  A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

 Birthing something new involves pain of various degrees: a sense the labor and pain will never end,  fear can be a factor for those in it for the first time, regret for being involved in the process.  Once the new has been revealed, whether it is a child or anything else, the labor and all it entailed is forgotten.  It wasn’t taken away, it still existed but the joy of the baby erases the pain, labor, fear and regret.  Jesus relates this to the birth of the new covenant.  There was all of this: pain, labor, fear, regret and more but with His resurrection, with the knowledge of what He was bringing to the world came joy that covered it all.  While we are in the process of working for the kingdom of God, he promises us we will receive anything we ask of the Father in His name.  He also promises a time when we will no longer ask him for anything.  What will make the difference?  We will have received and our joy will be complete.  The birth will have taken place, the new will have been revealed.  Can this be applied to many different situations?  Absolutely.  And we can move forward in the knowledge He leads, we can ask and will receive and there will come a day when our joy will be complete.

The Spirit of truth is…

John 16 :12-16

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

“A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.”

 The Spirit of truth has come.  How well do we know and experience his presence? He will guide into all truth; he will tell what is to come; he will bring glory to Christ.  We can know the spirit with which we work, the spirits with which we come into contact; are they of God or not?  Do they bring glory to self or Christ?  Does the truth they proclaim line up with the Word of God?  Jesus says the Spirit takes from what is his.  We can know His voice, we can know if what we hear is of Christ only if we know the Word of God and then we will not be deceived by another’s words.  Be immersed in the Word of God and be filled with the Spirit of God.  Then we will know the truth and be set free from deception.  It takes many forms, this deception.  Unique for each   individual.  There is one Word and one Holy Spirit. There is one Christ, and one Father.  There is one church that is the body of Christ, made up of many members.  Let us know and study the Word of God that we not be deceived.

It’s who you know…

John 16:1-11

 “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.  But these things I have told you, that when the  time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.

“And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;  of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

 This we have been told to keep us in the way Jesus has shown us.  The opposition we face will not drive us away from our knowledge of Him.  It will not cause us to follow another line of thinking.  It will not be a hindrance to the work of the kingdom; in fact this will bring conviction upon the opposition, they will stand judged, of sin; because they do not know the Lord God, they do not know Jesus.  We are told from the start  so we are not surprised when we experience the opposition, we have been prepared for it.  We have received the gift of the message and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus repeats that the cause for the opposition is due to the lack of knowing God.  They knew and now know history, they knew and now know tradition; they did not and do not now know God.  We do.

It is in who you know…

Cold shivers,

Hate quivers,

Rage slams,

Meanness damns

 

Knowing warms,

Loving charms,

Joy inspires,

Sweetness  aspires

                         – gracie hill