In the first installment of the “Experiencing God” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at what Jesus and his teaching of loving him in John chapter 14. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including how he engages us and how we engage him.
Experience His Presence
Experiencing God, Part 01
John 14:21 – Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
Jesus Clarifies Who He’s Talking About
- The person who loves God has His commands.
- The person who loves God obeys His commands.Jesus Promises Benefits to Those That Love Him
- The Father loves (agape) those that love Him.
- Jesus will manifest Himself to those He loves.John 14:21b – …I too will love him and show myself to him. Emphanizo – [em-fa-nee’-zo] to show, manifest, disclose, reveal
How God Engages Us
He counsels you.
John 16:7 – But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
John 15:26 – “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.
Paraklētos [pä-rä’-klā-tos] – a counselor, a helper, an aid, one who provides deeper knowledge and strength
Ephesians 4:30 – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
He prays God’s Will for you.
Romans 8:26-27 – 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
He provides you with peace.
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
How We Engage Him
Psalm 22:3 (NASB) – Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned
upon the praises of Israel.
Matthew 6:6 (NKJV) – “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.