Protection from falling away!
Scripture reading for November 12th: John 16
Key Scriptures: John 16:1-4 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor Me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.”
Jesus had just finished a long dissertation explaining that He would be going away and that persecution would come. His Father would send them another ‘Helper’ Who would be with them always. He told them about their access to Him by prayer and how they would do even greater works because He was going to the Father and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. In summary, Jesus stated that He had told them all these things to help keep them from falling away when the events of His departure unfolded and the persecution that would come escalated. Their remembrance of these things would be facilitated by the Helper, the Holy Spirit.
John 16:12-15 “”I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you.””
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Words of wisdom and encouragement to all who believe and follow You. Thank You for securing the Holy Spirit to be with us always, bringing to remembrance all that You have spoken. Lead me today into all Truth and empower me to proclaim Your Word to those in need of a Savior and those of Your followers who need to hear so that their faith would not fail!
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”