July 10, 2016
John 16: 17-24
Jesus was teaching His disciples about the future. The disciples were wondering about the saying, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me, and because I am going to the Father.” Once we settle in our hearts that we will be with Jesus in Heaven we are free to believe and live in faith and confidence. Many people never see the big picture revealed by the Lord. We as the children of God should never be downcast or defeated because we will not perish but have everlasting life to look forward to. God wants His best for our lives and has paid a great price so that we can live the abundant life. He said, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. What would it take for you to experience God’s best in your life?
1 An Open And Willing Heart
Before you can experience the blessings of God, you must be open to His love and will for your life. He takes joy in blessing those who love Him. Jesus told His disciples, “Ask and you will receive.” (v24) Being open to God’s blessings does not mean just being open to receive something good from Him. It means being willing to receive whatever He sends your way. And in some cases, He may send something that you did not wish to receive. However, you can be sure that every gift can work for good and is sent from a loving Father who has your best interests in mind. Sometimes God works His greatest blessings in our lives through the struggles that make us stronger in our faith.
Are you open and willing for God to be in control of your life?
Has God blessed you through unanswered prayers?
Does God answer your prayers?
Obedience is a key to receiving and enjoying the goodness of God. Many times your faithfulness may not be noticeable to others, but God knows. When you take a step forward in obedience, the Lord always sends His blessings your way. The Bible says, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:7-9) What could you learn from obedience and what source could you become as a blessing unto others?
Have you struggled with obedience with loud cries and tears?
Have you ever heard any loud cries and seen any tears lately.
I think I heard some loud cries the other night from up Highway 49 North that sounded like, “Woe is me for I have to teach Sunday School this week!” The Lord might say, “Be obedient my faithful servant and this too shall pass.”
3 The Ability To Dream
God wants you to look forward to His gifts that bring you joy. When you lose the ability to dream and think on the goodness of God, something inside dies. No matter how small your dream for the future appears, refuse to let go of it. Allow God to reshape it if necessary, but always believe in His loving ability to supply answers and blessings to your hopes and dreams.
I have an assignment for all of you this week. I want you to go to the bulletin board in the hallway outside the church offices and read the letter called Member Highlights about April Graham who dreamed about becoming an airline pilot and remember to dream big!