Just What You Needed To Hear

The writer of Proverbs wrote, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weigh’s him down, but a good word makes him glad,”12:25.  Each and every day of our lives we are desperate for words that lift our spirits and lighten our load.

This morning I was keenly aware of this as I walked through John 15 and 16.  The disciples were now hearing the words of Jesus more clearly than they ever had.  They still yet did not grasp it all, but one thing was for sure.  The ministry of Christ was now coming to a head and what the disciples were hearing was very hard.

Jesus begins John 16 with these words, “I have said all of these things to you to keep you from falling away.” Brothers and sisters there are many hard moments in life that threaten us and cause us to threaten to run and hide.  However it has been my experience, that our God always had just what we need to hear in such moments.  It was so with the disciples at this moment, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world,” 16:33. Our Lord and Savior was pointing His disciples to Himself because only in Him can we have peace.

These are just the words we need to hear.  Often we are like the flag that flies in the wind.  We fly in which ever way the wind directes us.  How often do you have joy only when others affirm you?  How often is your joy dependent on success at work or the love of someone?

I have discovered that people, possessions, and positions at best are filled with tough moments.  Only in Christ can we have peace. I encourage each of you to become riveted to what Christ says in His world.  I promise you it is just what you need to hear.

Also as an extra, I want to challenge you to join me in 2011 as I focus my attention on speaking the right things to those who hear.  I want to impart grace instead of sorrow into people’s lives.  The only way this can happen is if I am filled with the Spirit and empty of myself.

Join me in taking inventory of your speech. Join me  in submitting to God’s sanctification of my mind and moth.  Finally join with me in sowing the good news of the gospel with the world.

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