THE PASSIONATE CRY
OF THE LORD JESUS BEFORE HE DIED WAS THAT HIS FOLLOWERS WOULD BE ONE
TOGETHER IN HIM. He also had to deal with the overconfidence of His
disciple Petera lesson for us. Today, that we all be one does
not seem possible. Oh, but who can tell what God will do!
DAY 1Jesus set an example of humility for us by washing His disciples
John 13:13-15 Ye call Me
Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord
and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one anothers
feet. For I HAVE GIVEN YOU AN EXAMPLE, that ye should do as I have done
LORD JESUS, forgive me for being so proud a person. Please
give me the grace to humble myself before my brethren. I can no longer
think of myself as better than anyone of them. Even while I reign with
You, teach me to live every day with that graceful humility You exemplified.
The humility of Jesus can be found in this, one of His last
acts before He went to the crossJohn 13:1-17
DAY 2Even while in the sorrow of His betrayal, Jesus taught His
disciples to love.
John 13:34,35 A new commandment
I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that
ye also love one another. BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY
DISCIPLES, ye have love one to another.
DEAR LORD, I have to
admit there are some people easier to love than others. Please work
in me the ability to love people that are not lovable. Give me the faith
to know that if I love them it will make them lovable. And, LORD, let
these people see You in meenough that they will want to know You
when I witness to them.
God Himself teaches us to loveI Thes 4:9-12
DAY 3The most self-confident of us could be the closest to falling.
John 13:36-38 Simon Peter
said unto Him, Lord, whither goest Thou? (where are You going?) Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow Me now; but
thou shalt follow Me afterwards. Peter said unto him, LORD, WHY CANNOT
I FOLLOW THEE NOW? I will lay down my life for thy sake. Jesus answered
him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for My sake? Verily, verily, I say
unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied Me thrice (three times).
LORD, please help me
not be overconfident. I want to be strong in knowing You, but not to
the point that I step over into prideful self-confidence. Teach me,
even in my weakness, how to rely on the strength You are giving to us
Overconfident Peter denied the Lord three timesJohn
IN HIS LAST GREAT
TEACHING BEFORE HE WENT TO THE CROSS, JESUS LAID OUT VALUABLE PRINCIPLES
BY WIUCH WE WILL LIVE IN HIS KINGDOM. As we let these principles to
work in us, they will draw us on to behave as sons and daughters in
God's household of faith.
DAY 4It is the desire of the Lord Jesus that we live in the place
He has prepared for us.
John 14:1-3 Let not your
heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Fathers
house (seat of government) are many mansions (dwelling places): if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place
for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again,
and receive you unto myself; THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO.
LORD, I love You, and
I want to be with You, where You are. I am learning that You are seated
at the right hand of our Father. Strengthen my heart and mind to know
that I am with You there, along with others who know You. Show in us
the strength, love and power of Your Kingdom.
Jesus taught the way to reigning in life with Him is through death to ourselvesJohn
DAY 5It is very clear; there is only ONE WAY to the Fathers
John 14:4-6 And whither (where) I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto
him, Lord, we know not whither Thou goest (where You are going); and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I AM THE WAY,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.
O, LORD JESUS, what
great love You have shown to us sinners! You are the Way for us out
of this dark alley! You have become the Truth for us when deception
is all around us! You have become our Life! Hallelujah!
Jesus will give the Water of Life to whoever asks HimJohn
DAY 6If we know Jesus, we know the Father.
John 14:7-9 If ye had known
Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know
Him, and have seen Him. Philip saith unto Him, Lord, show us the Father,
and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time
with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? HE THAT HATH SEEN
ME HATH SEEN THE FATHER; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
FATHER, I want to lay
myself in Your arms. There are things demanded of me today that I cannot
face alone. Oh, LOVING GOD, I can face them if I am with You! My close
Friend! My Resource for living! Oh, You are my life!
Christ, the Image of the invisible God, has set us free from
the ruling power of the darknessCol 1:12-15
DAY 7If we know Jesus, we know the Father.
John 14:10,11 Believest
thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? the words that
I speak unto you I speak not of Myself but the Father that dwelleth
in Me, HE DOETH THE WORKS. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the
Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works sake.
DEAR JESUS, what a revelation
of the Father You are! So humble! So pure! So near! You show us the
way to true holiness. You teach us what love is all about. Continue
Your work in me, in us, today. Bring us out of empty religion to become
true sons and daughters in Your Kingdom.
A long prophetic eye saw the Lord dwelling with His people,
even some brought from rebellion
DAY 8Here is one of His greatest promises.
John 14:12,13 Verily, verily,
I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he
do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto
My Father. And WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK IN MY NAME, THAT WILL I DO, that
the Father may be glorified in the Son.
LORD JESUS, help us
here believe what You promised. Our reach, our praying, our worship
has been too small. Move on us who come together in Your Name. Let us
know You intimately and with grand assurance. Manifest Your grace and
Your power in us. Oh, it must be by grace!
God will give good things to those who come before Him with
DAY 9When we know Jesus intimately, praying takes on the simplicity
of asking, a kind of asking that will not be denied.
John 14:14 If ye shall ASK
ANY THING in My Name, I will do it. John 15:7 If ye abide
in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ASK WHAT YE WILL, and it
shall be done unto you. John 16:23 And in that day
ye shall ask Me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever
ye shall ASK THE FATHER IN MY NAME, He will give it you.
FATHER, what shall I
ask? Oh, I will ask for a heart more pure, that I might love more purely.
I ask for a spirit more pure that I might know You more surely. I ask
for understanding that Your Word might stay with me when I go from this
place. Oh, Father, teach me to pray, without ceasing!
Jacob prayed out of fear. But he prayed on and on because he
would not be denied. He became a cripple while he was praying. But,
he also became a changed manGenesis 32:24-30
DAY 10Jesus challenged His disciples regarding their love for Him.
John 14:15 If ye love Me,
keep My Commandments. I John 2:4,5 He that saith, I know Him,
and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in
him. But WHOSO KEEPETH HIS WORD, IN HIM VERILY IS THE LOVE OF GOD PERFECTED:
hereby know we that we are in Him
FATHER, You have a kind
of love thats difficult for mean unconditional love. Sometimes
I think I might have it, but then someone does something I dont
like, and before I know it, my love is gone. Oh, please work on me!
It may be painful, but I say I want this love. Even if I cant
mean it yet completely, do the work in me anyway.
If we hate, we lose our wayI John 2:3-11
JESUS PROMISED HIS
DISCIPLES HE WOULD NOT LEAVE THEM AS ORPHANS. He would send the Holy
Spirit. The promise is to us who live today. When Gods Spirit
comes into us, He bears His testimony in us. And we bear our testimony
in the world.
DAY 11This ranks close to the highest promise ever made by anyone
John 14:16,17 And I will
pray the Father, and HE SHALL GIVE YOU ANOTHER COMFORTER (a paraclete,
an advocate, an intercessor) that He may abide with you for ever;
even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it
seeth Him not neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth
with you, and shall be in you.
FATHER, right now, I
open my whole being to Your Spirit. Let Him move through me and search
me. Let Him find any and every offensive thing and burn it up like trash.
Work in me till there is no ground left that would be pleasing to the
enemy. Then, let Your Spirit fill me, to overflowing.
Paul called the Holy Spirit the Spirit of adoption. God
brings us into His familyRom 8:14-17
DAY 12When Gods Spirit is in us, we discover a glorious union
with Him and Jesus.
John 14:18-20 I will not
leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the
world sees Me no more; but you see Me: because I live, you shall live
also. At that day YOU SHALL KNOW that I AM IN MY FATHER, and YOU (are) IN ME, and I (am) IN YOU.
FATHER, now I see how
our togetherness with the Lord Jesus and You becomes a reality. A glorious
reality! Your Spirit makes it so. My mind cannot fathom this, but my
spirit is beginning to know it. Oh, let this understanding run through
all my being! Let it bring influence to all my life.
Where I once faltered and failed, stumbling in sin, I now have
a living hopeRom 8:1-4
DAY 13One not indwelt by Gods Spirit cannot understand the
things of His Spirit.
John 14:21,22 He that hath
My Commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and HE THAT
LOVETH ME SHALL BE LOVED OF MY FATHER, AND I WILL LOVE HIM, AND WILL
MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM. Judas saith unto Him, not Iscariot, Lord, how
is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
FATHER, Your Son is making Himself known to me! There are
things I dont yet understand. But, I know You are drawing me on,
and on, toward knowing Your Kingdom. Oh, I praise You! Now, please embrace
with Your love these I name.
Gods Commandments might be summed in one word: LOVEI
John 2:1-10; 3:14
DAY 14Jesus taught He and His Father would dwell in those who guard
John 14:23 Jesus answered
and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father
will love him, and WE WILL COME UNTO HIM, AND MAKE OUR ABODE WITH HIM. Isaiah 57:15 For thus
saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, Whose name is
Holy; I DWELL IN THE HIGH AND HOLY PLACE, WITH HIM ALSO THAT IS OF A
CONTRITE AND HUMBLE SPIRIT, to revive the spirit of the humble, and
to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
DEAR GOD, the glorious mystery of Who You are
and where You are is being solved in my own mind and heart. You have
become so real to me that I now know You are here with me, and I am
with you. I no longer wonder where You are. Oh, loving Father, I love
You! I love You! I love You!
When we confess Jesus as the Son of God, we are on our way
to knowing Gods indwelling presence
I John 4:15,16
DAY 15When Jesus taught, He exemplified a glorious togetherness with
John 14:24 He that loveth
Me not keepeth not My sayings: and THE WORD WHICH YE HEAR IS NOT MINE,
BUT THE FATHERS WHICH SENT ME.
John 5:19 Then answered
Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can
do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things
soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
DEAR LORD, what a revelation
You were! You revealed the Father. I thank You that You have brought
me to know Him. I am learning to dwell in His secret place. Oh,
meet with me there!
We are discovering the secret place of the Most High.Psalm 91:1-16
DAY 16The Holy Spirit coming within us will be our blessed Teacher.
John 14:25,26 These things
have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But THE COMFORTER,
Who is the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He SHALL
TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever
I have said unto you.
DEAR FATHER, everyday
the Holy Spirit is making Your Word come alive to me. I praise You for
this. Please help me walk in the reality of what He is revealing to
me. Let my life become a revelation of Your grace and peace. Help me
live in a way that will make others want to know You.
Whoever denies the Lord Jesus knows not the Fatherl
DAY 17Precious Jesus gives His disciples peace.
John 14:27,28 Peace I leave
with you, MY PEACE I GIVE UNTO YOU: not as the world giveth, give I
unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.
If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I GO UNTO THE FATHER:
for My Father is greater than I.
GRACIOUS LORD, I praise
You for the peace that has come over my soul. Day by day it increases.
It is so wonderful just to know You are giving it to me. I will let
nothing take it from me. And I praise You also for the wisdom and understanding
You are giving me. Precious Lord!
Peace was one of the last gifts Jesus imparted before He returned
to His FatherJohn 20:19-22
DAY 18Jesus warned His disciples that they would face the prince
of this world.
John 14:29,30 And now I
have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass,
ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for THE PRINCE
OF THIS WORLD COMETH, AND HATH NOTHING IN ME.
FATHER, please prepare
us to withstand the prince of this world. Let the Spirit of revelation
work in us as You teach us more about the authority You are giving us.
Let us see the promised outpouring of Your Spirit for the latter day.
We will not be like those whose understanding is darkenedEphesians
DAY 19Jesus set the clear example for us in obeying His Father.
John 14:31 But that the
world may know that I love the Father; and AS THE FATHER GAVE ME COMMANDMENTEVEN SO I DO. Arise, let
us go hence.
Hebrews 5:8,9 Though He were a Son, yet
learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; and being made
perfect, HE BECAME THE AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION unto all them that
GREAT SAVIOR AND LORD,
what a salvation You won for us, sinners all! I love You. I worship
You and I want to live out my life in obedience to You. Even if I must
suffer, I want to be made perfect for Your eternal Kingdom.
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