“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
John 14:15 NKJV
This is one of those Scriptures that really catches my attention. For me it’s like a bright neon sign flashing in the middle of a dark night. It can’t be missed!
It’s blunt and to the point.
He didn’t say if you love Me try to do what I’ve commanded. Give it your best effort and if you don’t succeed that’s OK.
Because it’s not OK!
We don’t get a pass on this one!
When you look at what Jesus has had to say it will serve us well if we look at His words of instruction as commandments rather than suggestions.
This goes not only for the written Word of God but also for His leading by the Spirit.
Your rejection of Him speaking to you by the Spirit, to your inner man, reveals a lack of respect for Him.
We can’t disrespect Him and love Him at the same time.
Your our love for Jesus is revealed in your obedience to His instructions, both from the Scriptures and Him speaking to you.
Your inward witness.
I like the way The Passion Translation reads.
“Loving me empowers you to obey my commands.”
John 14:15 TPT
I really like that!
Loving Him empowers us to obey.
It’s not a forced obedience because it’s a choice on our part. We can elect to do what He says or not.
It’s entirely up to us and we can always be confident that He will grace us to carry out His instructions for our lives.
He will help us, He will empower us!
Father God we love You and thank You for Your Word that speaks to us. We also thank You that You are also speaking to us by the Spirit.
Father we thank You for Your grace, Your empowerment, to carry out Your instructions. We give You all the praise and the glory in Jesus Name.
It’s exciting day to be alive and expect great things to be happening because He is with you every step of the way!
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16:15-18 NKJV
Glory to God it is a great day to be alive and serving the King of Kings.
We are so excited about what God is doing in the earth today and we are excited about what He desires to do through you.
You are very special to Him! You are one of a kind, there is no one like you. No one like you ever before and there will be only one of you to walk this planet. Ever!
You are special to God!
Special to Him and special to the work that He has called you to do.
In our Scripture today, Jesus is commissioning His disciples, instructing them in what they are to do after He is gone.
This work that He has been doing in His ministry was to be continued by them.
He told them:
• Cast out devils
• They would speak with new tongues
• They could expect God to supernaturally care and protect them
• Lay hands on the sick
This commissioning is not just for those 12 but it’s for you and I today!
This is our commission as long as we are living and breathing on planet earth. Many believers are wondering what God would want them to do with their lives. Well here’s where you start!
“And the apostles went out announcing the good news everywhere, as the Lord himself consistently worked with them, validating the message they preached with miracle-signs that accompanied them!”
Mark 16:20 TPT
Friend, you have been commissioned by the Master “to go” and Jesus will be working with you validating the message with miracles.
That is awesome and it doesn’t get any better than that! Jesus Himself is with you every step of the way!
So let’s not you and I delay any longer but as Larry the Cable Guy likes to say "Git-R-Done!