The Proof

John 14:23-26 TPT  Jesus replied, "Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place. But those who don't love me will not obey my words. The Father did not send me to speak my own revelation, but the words of my Father. I am telling you this while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I've told you.”

The disciples and Jesus are having a conversation right after Jesus washed their feet. Jesus tells the disciples, except for Judas, that they will be receiving the Spirit of Holiness, after He is gone. The disciples are perplexed. Jesus tells them not to worry but to do as He has done and taught them. 

1. Changed life occurs because of Jesus. Loving Jesus as God’s Son is more than words. Lots of people have prayed “the prayer”. Jesus says, “if you love me you will obey my word.” Jesus and God are One, so the Word of God is relevant to our salvation. We cannot say that we love Jesus and disregard what the Bible says about sin and those things that God hates. (John 3:36) Loving Jesus will change you inside and out. When no real change occurs question your belief.

2. Prefer a life in tune with God’s word and the life of Jesus. Live unhappily in disobedience. When you choose to disobey God’s Word, is your life truly miserable? Jesus not only told us how to live in the Father’s presence but He showed us. It is more than being obedient, the life longs to be with God. (Luke 12:46-47) Jesus steals moments of solitude to be with God. Do we long for Him? Are we eager to hear and study God’s word? Do we pray that Jesus will help our unbelief and lead us in paths of righteousness? (Hebrews 3:12) Does our longing for Jesus interfere with developing new bad habits? Does our misery in disobedience cause us to try to make things right with God and others? If you answer “No” to any of these questions, what do you really believe about God and His Son?

3. Eagerly preparing for Jesus’ return. Happily looking forward to the rapture. Are we waiting expectantly for Jesus? How settled are you in this world? As Christians, we are the Bride of Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:22) Have you ever heard an, in love, bride say she hopes her groom does not come until after...? Of course not! She wants to be with him. This is how we should feel about Christ’s return. He loves us perfectly. We are righteous with Him. There will be no injustice, pain or sorrow with God. (Revelation 19:7) Why would we hope He does not return until after our baby is born, the kids are married or we have made that trip to Alaska? Why have we forgotten what is better?

These questions on your life’s strategy will reflect the truth of your salvation. Our memory verse this month is 2 Peter 1:10 TPT  “For this reason, beloved ones, be eager to confirm and validate that God has invited you to salvation and claimed you as his own. If you do these things, you will never stumble.”



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