Three Important Tools for Christians

John 14:23-27  Jesus said to him in answer, If anyone has love for me, he will keep my  words: and he will be dear to my Father; and we will come to him and make our  living-place with him.  (24)  He who has no love for me does not keep my words; and the  word which you are hearing is not my word but the Father’s who sent me.  (25)  I have  said all this to you while I am still with you.  (26)  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom  the Father will send in my name, will be your teacher in all things and will put you in  mind of everything I have said to you.  (27)  May peace be with you; my peace I give to  you: I give it not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled; let it be without fear.
Jesus was nearing the end of His life on earth and knew what He must suffer for the sake of humanity. He also knew that His disciples would also need encouragement and instruction in His absence. Some of the last instructions He gave them are what we call the Great Commission, as they were to spread the Gospel. In that effort, He knew they would face great challenges. He provided three important tools for His disciples and for us.

The Word of God. The people who take His Word to heart are the ones who will have a relationship with God (John 14:23-25). The Words of men have no authority in the lives of me like the Words of Christ (Romans 10:17). We can have confidence that by following Christ’s words we can have a relationship with Him. Jesus connected love for Him with keeping his Word (John 14:24). People say all they time that they love Jesus but you don’t see it in their action. 

The Holy Spirit. The Bible had not been written down at that time in the same way we have it today and they needed help remembering the words of Christ (John 14:26). Jesus ensured His disciples had the miraculous gift of the Holy Spirit. They recorded those words for us so that we now have the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in writing. We have the same tools that they had in our hands. Showing appreciation for God and His Word is evident in the amount of time we are willing to devote to studying it. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17  Every holy Writing which comes from God is of profit for teaching, for  training, for guiding, for education in righteousness:  (17)  So that the man of God may be  complete, trained and made ready for every good work.

Jesus Provides Peace. He gives us true peace to deal with whatever comes along (John 14:27). Jesus delivers peace to the person who relies on God and that peace chases away fear. Is the peace that you strive for worldly or godly? Worldly peace will be shattered by the powers of this world. Eternal peace from Jesus offers a timeless security that Satan himself cannot take away. Trust in God and the peace that Jesus gives can’t be touched by the world because you bind it up in your heart

There is security in the words of Christ. Fear is the absence of God. These tools give us the ability to carry out God’s mission in our lives as it did for the apostles. 

Philippians 4:7  And the peace of God, which is deeper than all knowledge, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

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