Now the Bible tells us to be filled with the Spirit – that is to say, open by faith, all the doors of your heart house to the Holy Spirit – and let Him fill all of your life.
Alright, thank you very much. And hello again, radio friends. How in the world are you? Are you doing alright? This is your good friend, Bob Cook, and I’m glad to be back with you to invest a few moments in the blessed eternal Word of God, inerrant, infallible, absolutely dependable, and eternal. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall never pass away.” So you and I are anchored to something that lasts. We have a kingdom that can’t be moved, you read that in Hebrews. We have a word that will never be destroyed. We have God’s promises that are yea and amen to us in Christ. We have a Savior who was crucified and buried and risen again. He tasted death for every man. He’s ascended now into glory. He’s our intercessor and our high priest, and our heavenly advocate, and our coming King. Everything is go, as they say, in the space business.
I don’t have any complaints to lay at the complaint desk of heaven today. Do you? Thank God for all that He’s provided in the Lord Jesus. So that’s what we’re talking about today in recapping some of the precious truths in John 14. I really don’t make any excuse for going back and recapping these things because there’s so much there that’s precious. We tend to forget and maybe we can hit just a few of the very important points and nail them down in our hearts and minds and memories, and use them in daily living. And if that is so, then it’s time well spent.
The first thing that strikes me is that the Lord Jesus has told Peter, as recorded in John 13 the last few verses, that he really is not gonna keep his promises. He said, “Lord, I’m willing to die for You.” And the Lord Jesus said, “Is that true? Will you really lay down your life for my sake?” Is that so? Verily, I say unto thee, the cock shall not crow till thou hast denied me thrice. Three times, you’re gonna deny that you even know me, Peter.” But, he says, “Don’t worry. Let not your heart be troubled. Don’t worry. Ye believe in God, believe also in me. You can count on me, Simon Peter, when you can’t count on yourself.”
I think that’s one of the greatest lessons that you and I have to learn. And, personally, I have to relearn it all the time. I never get done learning that I can’t trust Bob Cook, but I can trust Jesus. That’s what he said here. “Peter, are you so willing to die for me? Is that really true?” Why, he said, “You’re gonna deny that you know me before the rooster has a chance to crow tomorrow morning.” And so it came out, didn’t it? They twitted him and said, “Why, you’re one of them.” He said, “No, I don’t know him.” And then somebody else said, “Why yes, I saw you in the garden with him.” “No,” he said, “I don’t know him.” And three times, he denied that he even knew the Lord Jesus.
I guess we have to be reminded often that we can’t depend upon our own good intentions to ensure a proper performance, spiritually. You may have the best of intentions, and yet, you’ll find yourself failing. Now, what’s the answer to it? Well, the answer’s a person, the Lord Jesus. “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me.” And that word, believe, is our word, commit. “Commit yourself to me.” Dear friends, I’ve never had to come back and say I blew it when I was committing myself to the Lord Jesus Christ. When you’re praying, He’s in charge. When you’re trusting the Savior, He’s in charge. You can’t trust your own motives. They are deceitful. “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,” says Jeremiah. You can’t trust your own motives and your own desires.
Can’t trust your words. Isaiah said, “I’m a man of unclean lips, and I’m making my neighbors a carbon copy of me. I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” Can’t trust your desires. Every man is tempted when he’s drawn away of his own desire and enticed. And when desire has conceived, it brings forth sin. And sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. You can’t trust your desires, can’t trust your motives, can’t trust your words and your thoughts. “Bringing every thought,” Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10, “into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Thoughts need to be committed to Christ. Actions and words and desires and motives all need to be committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. And you do that by faith, don’t you? Every moment of every day as the day unfolds, you simply commit yourself to Him in faith and let Him take charge. Then you can depend upon Him. He never fails.
Have you learned that yet? And if you haven’t learned it, would you start now? Start now to distrust your own motives and commit your heart and mind and motives and words and thoughts and decisions, commit them all to the Lord Jesus Christ by faith as you go on through the day. Now He said, “You can trust me because I’ve got plans for you. In my Father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you. I’ve got plans for you. And those plans extend right to the time when I’ll take you to myself. And I’m the way for you to get in to the presence of God the father. No man cometh unto the father but by me.” You wanna think about that for a moment? The purpose, the ultimate purpose of the Lord Jesus is to have you with Him. “That where I am, there ye may be also.” That’s his ultimate purpose is to have you there with Him through all eternity.
Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4, “So shall we ever be with the Lord.” He says in Philippians 1, “I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” So the ultimate purpose of the Savior is to have you with Him, instead of separated by sin and by the human nature failure to measure up to the holiness of God. This wonderful Savior, who has forever vindicated the law and satisfied the righteous judgement of God, and tasted death for every man, He was made sin for us. He who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Christ also hath suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. This wonderful Savior has made it possible for you and for me to be with Him for all eternity. That’s his ultimate purpose. Now that’s done by commitment to Him now, and allowing the blessed indwelling Holy Spirit to reveal Christ to us and through us as we’re on our way to the glory Land. And on the journey, we try to introduce as many people as we can to the Savior. Ye shall be witnesses, said He, unto me. Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, outermost parts of the Earth.
So there’s the framework of it. He said, “You’re important to me. You can depend on me. You’re important to me. I got plans for you, and my ultimate purpose is to have you with me for all eternity. And the way to accomplish all of that is to commit yourself to me. No men cometh unto the Father, but by me. I’m the way.” He said, “I’m the truth and I’m the life.” Commitment to a person makes the difference in your life. Not talk, not even prayer by itself, but commitment to a wonderful person, the Lord Jesus Christ, will make the difference in your life. Would you put that truth to work in your own life today? I hope you will. Now, He says, “I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you.” How does He do that? Through the blessed Holy Spirit. “I will pray to the Father, He shall give you another comforter that He may abide with you forever, even the spirit of the truth, whom the world cannot receive because it seeth Him, neither knoweth Him; but ye know him; for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you.” The Holy Spirit of God comes to dwell in the believer’s heart. The moment you’re saved, the Holy Spirit comes in to dwell.
Now the Bible tells us to be filled with the spirit, that is to say, open, by faith, all the doors of your heart house to the Holy Spirit, and let Him fill all of your life. That is your part and mine. But God graciously gives to you the presence of his Holy Spirit when you receive Christ as your Lord and your Savior. And so, He reveals the Lord Jesus to you and through you. And you won’t be orphans. I will not leave you comfortless. That’s our word orphans. I won’t leave you like orphans. He said, “I’ll come to you.” The presence of Christ, wonderfully real in the believer’s life, because the Holy Spirit is there to reveal Christ to you and through you.
Have you taken any time lately to just be still in the presence of your Lord, and let Him speak to you? Through the word, first of all, through the Bible, and then, in the wordless language of the soul where He speaks to you, and you know that God has met you in a very special way. Take some time, will you? He says, “I won’t leave you like orphans. I’ll come to you.” Well, listen, you have to give Him time. You have to open the door of your heart, and life, and mind, and even your subconscious mind to the blessed Holy Spirit so that the Lord Jesus can speak to you and through you.
Well, we’re hitting the high spots in John 14. And He says, “He that hath my commandments, He it is, that he hath my commandments and keepeth.” That’s our word obeys. “obeys them. He’s the one that loves me. And He that loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love Him. I will manifest myself to him.” What’s the key to getting real with Jesus? The answer to that question is obey what God tells you to do. He that has my commandments and obeys them. He’s the one that loves me, and that will result in the Father loving you, and Christ loving you and manifesting himself to you. This is John 14:21. How do I get real with Jesus? Start obeying God. You’d be surprised at the results when you take simply the step of obedience on matters that you know already God wants you to obey Him. You don’t have to scrounge around to find something.
Already, in your mind, you know there are some things that God has been speaking to you about, and you’ve been putting it off, or you’ve been sort of fighting the idea. Just start obeying God on some of these things, will you? What a blessing, what a difference it will make. Then, not only He says, “manifest myself with Him.” But then He uses a blessed, wonderful phrase in verse 23. He says, “We’ll come to Him and make our abode with him. We’ll live there.” The Lord Jesus at home in your heart house. Make our abode with him. Oh, that’s what I want for you and for Bob Cook. The presence of the Lord Jesus at home in my heart and in my mind. Not a somebody, not a heavenly somebody on whom I call now and then for help. Oh, I do that for sure. Bible encourages me to do that, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee; and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not. Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me.” Sure, you should call on God when you have a need. But beyond that and deeper than all of that is the presence of the Lord Jesus at home in your heart because you love God and because you’re obeying God. Work on that, will you? It’s worth all the effort, believe me.
Dear Father, today, may the Lord Jesus be at home in our hearts because we love Him and obey Him. I ask in His name, Amen.
Till I meet you once again by way of radio, walk with the King today and be a blessing!
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