The disciples asked Jesus many things during the course of His ministry, but as He drew close to the cross He told them that they hadn’t asking for anything in His name. He instructed them – and us – to ask in His name so that they would receive and their joy would be full. Despite the questions that often arise regarding delays in answers to prayer, when we are following the leading of the Holy Spirit to seek first the Kingdom of God there will be joyful answers from the Lord even if we don’t fully understand them. The life of a Christian is hard. That is a scriptural promise. This journey to joy is paved with trials, but we must continue to seek, to ask, and to press in. Pray boldly in this hour and know that Jesus has won the victory for us. May God bless you and give you joy!
Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
The Holy Spirit is often misunderstood in Christian circles. This is a particularly notable shortfall in the body of Christ. We must be familiar with the person of the Holy Spirit and how He acts both in the Old and New Testaments. If we are truly born again we have the Holy Spirit in us. Every day we have the choice to allow the Holy Spirit to have more control or less control over our lives. For far too long we have decided to focus on the carnal rather than the spiritual – even the carnality of attempting to walk out a righteous spirituality in our own strength. Awake now to the unfathomable blessing of God being for you and with you. Be inspired by the Lord who came for you and loves you beyond compare. Know the Holy Spirit and seek the wisdom and discernment that He provides.
“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.
“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.
Are your eyes on this life or on eternity? We must act in this life, but our priority must be eternity. Jesus has promised us that the Holy Spirit will give us insight and will declare the things that will come. We know where our real home is, but if we become distracted by the ways of this world we can see our rewards eroded. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, so where is your foundation? Jesus is reaching out with encouragement. What will you prioritize in the days ahead? What about eternity? What about those incredible words: well done thou good and faithful servant? Seek first the Kingdom of God and receive the eyes to see what God would have us to see.
“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.