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Tuesday, May 27

Posted: Tuesday, May 27

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

2 Samuel 12:1-31
John 16:1-33
Psalm 119:65-80
Proverbs 16:4-5

 

Verse of the day:

I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. (John 16:1)

 

Everyone wants to be in the entourage of the famous person at the height of their fame. Everyone loves a rising star. No star has shown as bright as Jesus. Can you imagine what it must have been like to ride the wave of his popularity? Yeah, the religious leaders did not like him, but Jesus kept them in their place. The crowds, however, they loved him; and if you were up close to Jesus, they loved you too. Jesus, knowing that the time of his ministry was coming to a close, wanted to warn his followers of how quickly things were going to change. Soon Jesus would be labeled a criminal, executed and they would be relics of this “Jesus Movement”.  They would be cast out of the synagogues and refugees.

The fall from grace would be swift. It would be almost over night that they would go from the center of the parade to hiding in the shadows. Jesus knew that when the spotlight faded and the glimmer was gone, the disciples may begin to doubt that Jesus was who he said he was. So he warned them. So they would not abandon the things that they had begun to believe.

When we are new to the walk of faith, we may think that we will always be happy and never have hard times. But soon, as friends, family, and others begin to reject our new lifestyle, mock our new choices, and exile us from fellowship, we may begin to question the reality of our new found faith. Jesus wanted us to know that the walk with him is not always easy. We will have to walk alone sometimes. We will have to endure sometimes. However, no matter what we walk through, we are never alone. He promised to be with us. So we must resist the temptation to abandon our new faith and press through.  

The great thing about pressing through is that the Holy Spirit is coming. John 16, verses 5 through 15 tell us that though Jesus is going away, he is sending his Spirit to walk with us. We don’t have to walk alone. So today, no matter what you face, make sure you link hands with the Holy Spirit. He is your advocate, he is your comforter and he is your guide.

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Pastor Shawn Follis // Student Ministries Pastor

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