7 Life-Changing Truths Jesus Shared In John 14

From my reading in John 14 in the One Year New Testament.

This is one of those chapters with to much good stuff to pass up so here’s a summary of the highlights! These seven truths were originally told to the apostles but I believe most (if not all) apply to us today.

1. Don’t Be Troubled, Trust Jesus

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” John 14:1

2. Jesus is Preparing A Place For His Followers

“There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?” John 14:2

3. Jesus Is The Way The Truth And The Life

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

4. Through Prayer Jesus Gives Power To Do Amazing Things

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.” John 14:12–13

5. Jesus Asks The Father To Give The Holy Spirit As An Advocate

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” John 14:16–17

6. Jesus Reveals Himself To Those Who Obey

“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” John 14:21

7. Jesus Gives Peace of Mind And Heart

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

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3 Excuses for Not Praying – Matthew 14:22-36

Reflection from my reading in Matthew 14:22-36 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

The Priority of Prayer

Jesus originally crossed the lake to get time alone with God, but then was mobbed by people. He ministered to them all day and even miraculously fed them, but once it was night he sent them away and finally got to go pray!

And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,” Matthew 14:23

Jesus Made Time For Prayer

After an exhausting day, Jesus was going to spend his night time hours in prayer. It probably would have been more convenient for him to go with the disciples in the boat but he made a sacrifice to get time with God. When was the last time you made a sacrifice like this to spend time with God? 

3 Common Excuses For Not Praying

1. “I’m Too tired”

 Jesus was fully human and must have been tired from a full days work ministering to the masses, but he still prayed.

2. “I’m Too busy”

Jesus had crowds of needy people clamoring for his attention and he still made time to be alone with God.  The truth is that we have so much to do that we need God’s help! We are too busy NOT to pray!

3. “It’s Not Convenient”

Spending the night up on a cold hill after working hard all day does not sound convenient. Walking on water to where his disciples were sailing to does not sound convenient. Jesus’ relationship with the Father was so great that he was willing to sacrifice convenience to spend time alone with him.

A Time and A Place

Jesus intentionally would go up to the hills or into the wilderness  in order to pray. I wonder if those of us who live in cities and never get out alone amidst God’s creation miss something. If Jesus made it a point to get alone physically then we would be wise to follow his example in finding some time and an inspiring place for prayer!

I am inspired by Jesus’ commitment to prayer and hope that I can make it more of a priority in my life.

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