Peter Howard

A Perfect Reason to Rejoice

 

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. John 14:16-18

Jesus was encouraging his disciples. Even though he would have to leave them to return to heaven, he would send them the Holy Spirit to encourage and support them. Today, we  need to let the Holy Spirit come into our lives. Only then will we be ready for the physical coming of Christ. We can jeopardise our future by not allowing the Holy Spirit to do his work in us. 

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  John 14:23


David often triumphed in God, and yet he dwelt much upon his own unworthiness and sinfulness. His conscience was not asleep or dead. “My sin,” he cried, “is ever before me.” He did not flatter himself that sin was a matter with which he had nothing to do, and that should not concern him. As he saw the depths of deceit in his heart, he was deeply disgusted with himself, and prayed that God would keep him back by His power from presumptuous sins, and cleanse him from secret faults.

It is not safe for us to close our eyes and harden our consciences, that we shall not see or realize our sins. We need to cherish the instruction we have had in regard to the hateful character of sin in order that we may repent of and confess our sins  EGW (Letter 71, 1893).