The Spirit, Peace and the Enemy

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The Holy Spirit will teach us.

John 14.25-26 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

Let’s summarize what Jesus has taught so far about the Holy Spirit. There will be more in coming chapters.

John 14.17 – The Spirit is described as “the Spirit of truth.” We can rely on the Holy Spirit to give us information about what is really real (the truth).

Isaiah gives a picture of the untruthful, upside-down world of people who are “wise in their own eyes.”

“Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight!”
(Isaiah 5.20-21)

Different from the deception of the world, we can always rely on the Spirit to inform us about what is actually true, because he is the Spirit of truth.

John 14.25 – The Holy Spirit will teach us all things and remind us of all that Jesus said to his followers.

Remember the words of Eduard Schweitzer about the Holy Spirit: “Everything Jesus was to his disciples, the Holy Spirit is to us today.” With that being true, it makes sense that we should ask the Holy Spirit to be our teacher in all things.

How does the Holy Spirit teach us? He brings to our remembrance all that Jesus said to his followers (verse 26). We access Jesus’ teaching as we read the record of his words and actions in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).

For centuries, powerful men and women of God have prayed for the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit to understand the Bible and to have effectiveness in prayer. We can do the same thing. Open your time with the Lord with words like this, “Holy Spirit, as I read the Bible, please reveal to me what you want me to learn today. Please show me how to pray and make my prayers effective.”

Jesus gives us peace in troubled times.

John 14.27-29“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. 28 You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.”

In less than 24 hours from the time Jesus spoke these words, his disciples would have their lives turned upside down. The man whom they loved and walked with for three years would be arrested, tried by the authorities, and executed on the cross. Most of disciples would run for their lives in shame and would leave others to care for Jesus’ broken body.

In a very short period of time, the corona virus has turned the world upside down. The United States is approaching one million cases and the world has over 2 1/2 million cases of the virus. There is great uncertainty, pain, and suffering worldwide.

Like the disciples we welcome Jesus’ words during times of trouble, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you” (verse 27). The Hebrew word for peace is, “shalom.” It is far more than a greeting. It is a wish for wholeness and well-being in the life of the person to whom it is spoken.

When Jesus gives us his shalom/peace, it is more than well-wishing from another person. He has the absolute ability to make peace, wholeness and well-being take place in our lives. His peace is the cure for a troubled heart.

Just as we pray for the Spirit to guide our Bible reading and praying, we can ask the Spirit give us peace. Paul tells us in Galatians that the fruit of the Spirit is “peace” (Galatians 5.22).

We have learned from Jesus that the Spirit is within us (John 14.17). God has given us the right to ask the Holy Spirit to produce his peace in our troubled hearts whenever we are disturbed. We can also expect this prayer to be answered in the affirmative (John 14.13-14).

The ruler of this world

John 14.30-31“I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; 31 but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.”

Jesus calls Satan “the ruler of the world” in this passage. Satan is a created being who has no God-like qualities. He is not all-powerful, all-knowing or everywhere-present, like the only true God who has these qualities. For God’s purposes, Satan is still allowed to have influence on the earth.

Jesus knew that Satan had no control over him (verse 30). He also knew that he would defeat Satan on the cross. It is obvious that the “ruler of the world” still is very active in the world, but Satan’s victories are actually defeats for him.

Shirley Burdick’s grandfather was a pastor in China during the time of the revolution under Chairman Mao. At one point he was marched through his town and the town’s folk threw rocks at him. His church members huddled beside him, attempting to deflect the blows from the rocks.

Shirley and her husband, Bill, are two of the most influential missionaries I know. I think Satan attempted to crush the witness of Shirley’s family, but Jesus instead brought a victory for them as is evidenced by his work with Shirley and Bill.

Shirley and Bill live in Jerusalem and have a ministry to Jewish people. They have established a ministry, entitled “Ten Gentiles.” Shirley received a shipment of protective masks for hospital workers from China this past week. Think of the turn around, rocks were thrown at Shirley’s grandfather and masks were given for Christian ministry. Praise God for this picture of his victory.

Your Turn

Please turn with me to the Holy Spirit to understand what is really real in the times we find ourselves in. Ask the Spirit to teach you from the Bible, as you read it daily. Then, ask the Spirit to direct and empower your prayers.

Seek the peace that only the Spirit can provide, every time worry and trouble comes you way.

When you pray, praise God for his victory through people like Bill and Shirley. Ask God to use them and other people (like Donna Mills and her crew) who are serving in this time of worldwide crisis.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Jesus, the waves of the world are so big and my boat seems so small. Please make the presence of the Holy Spirit a bigger reality to me. I need the truth, peace and power that your Spirit brings. Thank you for your grace.

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