Devo Guide - Feb. 20
John 16:1-16 ESV
"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. "I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. "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. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. "A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me."
In verses 1-4 we encounter the description of what happens when people just do not get what God is doing. The very people that are responding to God are being tossed out by those that proudly think that they are doing the will of God. They absolutely missed what new thing God is doing as they, with good intentions, tried to contain God in their framework. Perhaps Jesus purposefully said those things just prior to a teaching on the Holy Spirit because He knew there would come a day that His church would attempt to contain the Holy Spirit within its constrained framework. Perhaps, Jesus knew that there would come a day that the His church would embrace the Holy Spirit as Comforter, Guide, and Intercessor, but would shy away from embracing the Holy Spirit when He is one that convicts. The ultimate goal of all life is to know and love God, make Him known, and thereby glorify Him. This goal can only be met by the filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Are you open to the Spirit’s convictions? When was the last time that you humbly but confidently proclaimed that you must do something in response to the Spirit’s convictions? Friend, do not shy away from the convictions of the Spirit. Pray now that you would hear from the Spirit and that He would give you the strength and courage to respond. Pastor Dan
• Pray for Pastor Sam and his family. • Pray for our Pastoral Care Pastor, Sharon Harewood. • Pray for all of our small group leaders and coaches. • Pray for the Pastoral Staff as they meet this morning. • Pray that God would draw people to Himself through the ministry of our church. • Pray for the ministry of West Meadows Baptist Church. 3