SUPERNATURAL HELP

And I will ask the Father, land he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
Jn.14:16,17

The night before Jesus was killed, He spent the evening with His disciples, telling them about the season of the Holy Spirit that was about to begin. “I will not leave you as orphans”, He said, “I will send the Helper to be with you”. The phrase Jesus used was actually allos paracletos, which means another helper exactly like Him. The disciples had no idea of the magnitude of His promise, but they were certainly about to find out. After about fifty days, the Holy Spirit came upon the followers of Jesus, nothing could ever be the same after that.
What kind of help did the Holy Spirit offer? His help is limitless and effects every area of our lives. Here are some of the ways He helps us today. In Acts 11:18, He gives us the ability to repent, to change our lives. In Romans 8:26, 27, He enables us to pray supernatural prayers. He helps us to worship, in John 4:23,24, we see the Spirit and His involvement in true worship. The Spirit also equips us to testify, in Acts 1:8 He is said to empower us to be witnesses of His work. He is also involved with our spiritual understanding, in John 16:13 we see Him leading us into all truth. Concerning addictions, habits, and fleshly weaknesses, the Holy Spirit joins together with us to overcome all of our struggles in this carnal arena. Paul describes this help quite graphically in Romans 8:26. As far as ministry is concerned, He is the supernatural power of God distributing His gifts for the purpose of ministry and outreach. Just as in the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit will help us reach our world by equipping us with the power of signs, wonders, and miracles.
What kind of help do you need today? The Helper has come, His power is unlimited, and His love is immeasurable. If you are sick, He is the Healer, if you are lost, He is the Savior, if you feel weak and powerless, He is the mighty power of God available to you today. How can you receive His help? That part is simple, call upon the name of Jesus. He promised, that when you call He will answer and all that call upon His Name will be saved.

HELP

John 14:26
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you

Have you ever needed help? I have, all kinds of help. We needed help when we were born, we couldn’t do anything. We needed help in school, and as teenagers, we needed all kinds of help, we just didn’t realize it. We needed help getting started as adults, we needed help in our marriages and raising our children. We really needed help after Katrina, we were in need of lots of help for a very long time. Let’s face it, we are very needy people.
All of us have needed the Lord’s help all of our lives, like immature adolescents, we avoided God at all costs. “We have everything handled”, we silently muttered, at least we thought we had it handled. Then, inevitably, the bottom fell out of our lives. The day had finally come when we saw we needed help. We became painfully aware of our greatest need, we are sinners in need of a Savior. In that moment, He came to our rescue. As soon as we turned toward Him, He was already there, ready to move on our behalf. After all Jesus called this unseen person the Helper. He is always there, always ready to show Himself as the Helper in our lives.
What kind of help do you need? He is the Counselor, to those who need guidance. He is the Great Physician to those who need healing. He is the source of all things for those suffering financial lack. He is the greatest of all friends to those who are lonely. He is the faithful High Priest when we need forgiveness. He is Unspeakable Joy to those imprisoned with depression. He is the Opener of prison doors to those captive to alcohol or substance abuse. For those caught in the world of lust and immorality, He has mercy and freedom in His touch.
He is the Helper and there is no problem too big, no sin too dark, no chain to strong that He is not able to overcome in your life. The term Jesus used in greek for Helper is Paracletos, one called alongside to help. When does He come?; when He hears someone calling. Today, I think He heard your cry. He will come Himself to bring His supernatural help into your life.

HELP ME

Jn.14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

We have all prayed this prayer at one time or another; HELPPPPP!!!!! For some, it takes longer than others to get to that point, but when we call He will answer. The night Jesus was arrested the disciples were in that crying for help mode. They realized Jesus was about to be killed and they were not in a place to believe in resurrection. To say they were distressed would be a huge understatement. They were consumed and over whelmed. Jesus spent the last evening encouraging His disciples with a gigantic promise. The Holy Spirit would come and His very nature is a nature of help. Jesus word for the Holy Spirit, Paracletos; was One Who is called along side of us to help us. The only catch, we have to come to the place where humility sets in and we cry out for help from the Lord. Some people say John Lennon got saved before he was killed in New York. I don’t know if that is fake news or not but one of the songs he wrote called HELP describes what could be called a prayer for help.

Help, I need somebody

Help, not just anybody

Help, you know I need someone, help

When I was younger, so much younger than today

I never needed anybody’s help in any way

But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured

Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down

And I do appreciate you being round

Help me, get my feet back on the ground

Won’t you please, please help me

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways

My independence seems to vanish in the haze

But every now and then I feel so insecure

I know that I just need you like I’ve never done before

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down

And I do appreciate you being round

Help me, get my feet back on the ground

Won’t you please, please help me

Who knows who John Lennon was calling to for help, all I know is this; The Lord is near to those with a broken and humble heart. If you cry for help, the Helper will be suddenly there.

SUPERSTAR

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

It’s funny the things the Lord uses to reach the people He is after. My story has been intertwined with Jesus Christ Superstar even before my conversion. Actually, I was mesmerized by the sound track from the Broadway Rock Opera even before I was converted. I knew every song and listened to that album endlessly. When the movie was released, Parris and I had to go. It was a hot summer’s night in August of 1973, we had no idea the drama that would unfold in our lives as a result of that movie. Even though the movie wandered away from the Biblical account, I was somehow entranced by the crucifixion scene. In the movie there was a fast moving collage of famous artwork of the cross. Somehow, I connected the dots. I got it, it was my sin that was somehow responsible for the death of the Lord. I left the theatre that night a blubbering mess looking for someone just to point the way.

That’s when the real drama began. Parris and I ended up at the Mardi Gras Fountain on the lakefront of Lake Ponchartrain. The Lord was waiting for us there. Actually it was a small group of Jesus freaks but the Lord was unmistakably in their midst. Before the night was over I had experienced the new birth.

What a strange season the seventies were. In a moment of time I experienced a life change. It didn’t happen in church, there were no televangelists involved. Just some hippies, a folk guitar, and a testimony. You see, at the end of the day I was looking for something real. I had tried the whole sex, drugs, and rock and roll thing and it left me empty. Finally I was tasting something with some substance. Is it possible that is what this generation is looking for? Rather than a watered down relevant message that seems to be borrowed from a multi-level marketing scheme maybe its the reality of God found in the same old gospel message that this generation longs for. We will never know until we try it. Maybe its time to get out those old gospel tracts, dust off your guitar and launch out into the deep. Maybe there are some other lonesome souls crying out for something real.

CHRISTS FINAL PROMISE

John 14:2,3 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

You can usually tell what is important to people when death draws near. I’ll never forget the day of my dad’s death. It was Thanksgiving Day 1987. My dad wasn’t interested in his bank account or any of his possessions that day, he wanted to be with his children. We all gathered around his bed as he said his last goodbyes and took his last breath.

Today’s verse is just that for Jesus, He is gathering with His friends for His last words before He died. In chapters 14-16 in John’s gospel we see an intimate glimpse into those last moments with His friends. In this passage He talked about what really mattered. He revealed why He really came, to open up a way for us to live a new kind of life. This flows out of a new intimacy with God characterized by a profound relationship with the Holy Spirit. Here are some words from Jonathan Edwards about this passage.
“The promises of the new covenant were never so particularly expressed and so solemnly given forth by Christ, in all the time that he was upon earth, as in this discourse. Christ promises them mansions in his Father’s house. Here he promises them whatever blessings they should need and ask in his name. Here he does, more solemnly and fully than anywhere else, give forth and confirm the promise of the Holy Spirit, which is the sum of the blessings of the covenant of grace. Here he promises them his own and his Father’s gracious presence and favor. Here he promises them peace. Here he promises them his joy. Here he promises grace to bring forth holy fruit, and victory over the world. And indeed, there seems to be nowhere else so full and complete an edition of the covenant of grace in the whole Bible, as in this dying discourse of Christ with his eleven true disciples.”
Here we see that Jesus died for more than just a life that lasts forever, we already had that being created in the image of God. He came and He died to give us a different quality of life. This life is the very life that Jesus enjoyed with His Father. He purchased that for us. This new kind of life begins when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. This Spirit filled life is life indeed.

SURROUNDED

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John 14:20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

I recently went for a walk on the lakefront in New Orleans. I wanted to get some fresh air, a little exercise, and some time with the Lord. I got more than I bargained for that morning. It was a little chilly with a north wind blowing off of Lake Ponchartrain, the sun was rising and the sky was crystal clear. To say it was a beautiful day was a great understatement. After praying and walking I gradually became aware of the presence of the Lord. All I can say is that I was surrounded. People who have been to heaven describe the heaviness of the atmosphere of heaven. This heaviness is the Holy Spirit and is a taste of that atmosphere. I began to reflect on today’s scripture as His presence increased throughout my walk. What a great revelation, I am in Him and He is in me. That day I was stuck on the “I am in Him” part. I was in stunned amazement as I began to sense the great enormity of His glory. Stephen and Isaiah both said that the universe itself cannot contain Him. The Pulpit New Testament Commentary touches on this reality.

“Your own consciousness of my presence, and of continuous communion with me, will reveal to you, as you never knew before, that I am in my Father, and also that I am in you. So the apparent paradox presents itself, that in order to know the Father, to see the Father, we must commune with the humanity of Jesus; but in order to realize and come into contact with that humanity, we have to grasp that it is lifted up into God. Because he is in the Father he is able to be with and in us.”

What a powerful truth, I am in Him and He is in me. Like I said before, that day I was stuck on the “I am in Him” part. If I am in Him like, I sensed on my walk, all the time, even when I am not feeling it, then I have a feeling everything is going to be okay. That’s what I got on my walk that day, “I’ve got you”, you just draw near to me. I get it now, I am surrounded, surrounded by the Lord, surrounded by a His love.

EVERYONE HAS A STORY

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And will manifest myself to him.
John 14:21
So, what is your story? Everybody has one, especially Christians. Our real story is His story because it starts with our first encounter with Christ. I often say that my life didn’t really start until I was born again, it was out of that first encounter with God’s love that I came alive and began to have purpose and meaning in my life. It’s funny the differences in our stories but also the stunning similarities that followers of Jesus have. Often it starts with a realization of our shortcomings, yes the sinfulness that characterizes our lives. Next, He reveals His love and forgiveness which brings us into the most shocking of all experiences. Forgiveness brings us into the presence of the Lord, this is often characterized by extreme and unexplainable joy. You could say you are alive for the first time, and now joy is filling every part of you. Here are some thoughts from Charles Spurgeon on this unfolding story.

“In the biographies of eminent saints, you will find many instances recorded in which Jesus has been pleased, in a very special manner to speak to their souls, and to unfold the wonders of his person; yea, so have their souls been steeped in happiness that they have thought themselves to be in heaven, whereas they were not there, though they were well nigh on the threshold of it-for when Jesus manifests himself to his people, it is heaven on earth; it is paradise in embryo; it is bliss begun. Especial manifestations of Christ exercise a holy influence on the believer’s heart. One effect will be happiness; for in God’s presence there are pleasures for evermore. Holiness will be sure to follow. A man who has no holiness has never had this manifestation. Some men profess a great deal; but we must not believe any one unless we see that his deeds answer to what he says.”
The holiness thing totally catches you by surprise. I never would have connected joy to a new holy lifestyle, joy was the last thing I would have connected with living right. I thought holiness smelled of somberness, I never would have associated it to ecstatic joy and celebration. So what is your story? Have you entered through His portal of forgiveness into bliss and holiness? That’s when you will truly begin to live.

RESURRECTION IN YOU

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Believe in God; believe also in me.
John 14:1
The disciples were amazed at the life Jesus led. They had no idea that they too would begin to live a supernatural life. Inside of all of us there is a deep longing for the supernatural, a longing for the real. The disciples were about to be changed in more profound ways than they could imagine. That’s why Jesus had come, to provide each one of us a different kind of life, to provide a supernatural life for all of us. Jesus told His followers that He had to leave them so the Holy Spirit could come, it was the Holy Spirit that would change them into different men. They had seen the power of God working in and through Jesus, now they were being prepared for the same thing. The Holy Spirit would not only be with them, He would now be in them and work through them just as He had done in the life and ministry of Jesus, This is the life that we receive because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here is how Andrew Murray describes it.
“In Jesus’ farewell words to his disciples before His crucifixion, He told them that they must believe in Him with the same faith that they had in God: “If you know me, you will also know my Father.” On earth, Jesus could not yet reveal Himself completely to His disciples, but in heaven the abundance of God would be His, and He would do even greater things through His disciples. Faith must concentrate on the person of Jesus Christ in His union with the Father. Everything that God can do, Jesus can also do. The divinity of Christ is the cornerstone of our faith. Christ the person is also God. The same power that worked in Christ and raised Him from the dead works in us and provides for all our needs….Be assured of His presence as Redeemer who can equip and strengthen you. Remember that Christ works in and through you, and provides all that God desires for you and all that you need.”
Wow!! The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is now in us. He is not only with us He is in us desiring to display His power in us and through us. That is what Resurrection is all about, His death, resurrection, and exaltation released His power in us.

PEACE FROM ANOTHER WORLD

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you.
John 14:27
There are different kinds of peace that we can enjoy in this world. There is the peaceful calm at the sunrise, sometimes its like the world is waiting in silence for God’s next great adventure. Then there is a peace that comes when it appears by natural circumstances that we are in a place of provision and safety. There is also a peace that comes after a fruitful day of hard work, gratification that your labor will be well rewarded. All of these things are natural and subject to change without notice. The peaceful sunrise can give way to a catastrophic storm. Our peaceful circumstances can be blown away in an instant by a barrage of bad news. Our labor can be swallowed by famine or thievery; in all of these cases our peace is more of a facade than a place of refuge. Today’s verse describes a different kind of peace, the peace of God Himself that has nothing to do with our circumstances. Watchman Nee describes this peace in his comments on today’s verse.
“It is not just a question of peace but of “my peace.” It is not only that God gives me peace but that “the peace of God,” the deep undisturbedness of God, keeps my heart. We get troubled when things go wrong, but let us realize something else. God chose this world to be the arena of His plan, the center of what He has set Himself to do….He is not afraid to wait another thousand years if need be. That is the peace which is given to us. Paul says the peace of God should be a garrison for my heart. What does that mean? It means that a foe must first fight through the garrison to reach me. The garrison must be overcome before my heart can be touched. So I dare to be as peaceful as God, for the peace of God—that peace which is keeping God—is keeping me.”
So don’t allow good times or bad times to deceive you; both are liars that turn our hearts away from the source of peace that is bigger than all of our fears. There is a shelter from life’s storms which ultimately conquers all of the storms of life. What is that shelter? Of course it is the peace we find in the very arms of God.

I AM IN HIM, YOU ARE IN ME, AND I AM IN YOU

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John 14:20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

This was one of the first passages I was asked to memorize in my Bible School days. It is one of those simple, yet profound teachings of Jesus. He was able to say things in a few words that contained an entire theological system buried inside of them. This is one of those sayings.

First, He speaks of He Himself being in the Father. This is another glimpse of the profound mystery of the trinity. If we have seen Him, we have seen the Father. He is the radiance of the Father’s Glory. He is the very image of God Almighty. He is the very imprint of His nature. Jesus is absolutely God.

Secondly, He said that we would be in Him. We have been immersed into Him by the baptism in the Holy Sprit, that is the whole context of this teaching. We are in Christ. In Christ we find our identity, in Christ we are redeemed by His blood, in Christ we bear much fruit, in Christ we find our refuge and rest, by us being in Christ, God is glorified. This is David’s hiding place and the place Jesus was speaking about when He went to prepare a place for us. He is our dwelling place.

Finally, Christ said He would be inside of us. This is the very heart of why Jesus came. He said unless a man is born again He will never see the kingdom of God. When Christ comes into our lives we experience regeneration. Our whole life changes. We are no longer slaves of sin, Christ is inside of us now, living this brand new life in us that we can never live ourselves. The old life is over, a new life has begun.

Jesus said we would begin to see the depth of this powerful revelation in “that day”. What day was He speaking of? Of course He was talking about the day of the Holy Spirit that began on the day of Pentecost and continues up to now. It is His Spirit that gives us understanding of this profound divine revelation. So that’s it, Jesus is in the Father, I am in Him, and He is in me. That changes everything.