When Jesus left earth to return to heaven, He did not want us to stumble. He gave us His Holy Spirit to guide us
on our journey. He promised never to leave us alone. In fact, he said he would adopt us. He wanted us to have a sure direction and a confidence
in ourselves. Imagine how the Lord loves us! His provision lifts us to be nurtured by Himself!
The Glory of God
How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Ephesians 1: 3-6 The Message
Adoption as Sons and therefore, Heirs of God
When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts (the Holy Spirit,) crying out, “Abba, Father.” Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4: 4-7 NKJV
Before Christ came, God gave promises to the Israelites -and as Gentiles, we were excluded. The following verse ties it up for us:
But now, in Christ, Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2: 13 NKJV
These things have I spoken to you that you should not be made to stumble. John 16: 1 NKJV
Jesus warns us that the world will not look kindly upon us because they don’t know Him
and actually hate Him. Since we are followers of Jesus Christ, the world has the same way of
thinking about us. Before Jesus ascends into heaven to the Father, He gifts us with the Holy Spirit
to lead and guide us through life’s journey, until one day we shall see Him face to face.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father has sent in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14: 26 (The Holy Spirit is a Friend, the Bearer of truth, the One who leads the way.)
These things have I 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. John 16: 13
Thank you for leading us into Your holiness by Your truth. Thank you for walking with us until the
day we walk with You on heaven’s shores. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Inspiration from John 16
“I am the vine and my Father is the true vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit. He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15: 1, 2
“Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the
vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15: 4, 5
The fruits of the Spirit are kindness, gentleness, love, joy, longsuffering, peace, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 8: 38
“And I will pray to the Father and He will give you another Helper, The Holy Spirit, that He may abide with you forever-the Spirit of truth….
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14: 16, 17, 18
Thank You for loving us. Thank You for giving us your Holy Spirit in this world.
Help us to be more like You every day. Bless the readers of your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2016 Carol Ann Castagna
He leads me by quiet waters. Psalm 23: 2