Monday Morning: 25 Feb 2019 – John 16:16-33 ~ Cheer up! I win in the end.

Monday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 16:16-33 (NLT)

Sadness Will Be Turned to Joy

“In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again.”

Some of the disciples asked each other, “What does he mean when he says, ‘In a little while you won’t see me, but then you will see me,’ and ‘I am going to the Father’? And what does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand.”

Jesus realized they wanted to ask him about it, so he said, “Are you asking yourselves what I meant? I said in a little while you won’t see me, but a little while after that you will see me again. I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world. So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

“I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father. Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God. Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”

Then his disciples said, “At last you are speaking plainly and not figuratively. Now we understand that you know everything, and there’s no need to question you. From this we believe that you came from God.”

Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe? But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
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Morning Reflection:

Got trouble? (tribulation, trials, distress and frustration) Jesus says: “Cheer up! I win in the end.”

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” – John John 16:33

Jesus is speaking directly to his disciples to prepare them for his “Passion,” and his apparent defeat by the forces of evil in this world. They had no way of knowing what they would be facing in the very near future. And Jesus wanted to assure them – “It’s not over ’till it’s over; and in the end, I win!”

We have the advantage of knowing how it all plays out – the trials and sorrows of Jesus’ disciples, and the trials and sorrows of the early church even after Jesus’ resurrection and the gift of his Spirit to every believer. And today’s reading is an assurance to us as well – “It’s not over ’till it’s over; and in the end, I win!”

What causes sadness?

+ The grief of defeat – Good Friday and the apparent death of hope.

+ The sorrow of despair – the victory dance of the forces of evil.

+ The fear of martyrdom – those seeking to destroy and devour believers.

+ The failure of believers – surrendering to the forces of evil.

Why should we cheer up? Jesus says –

+ Expect sudden, wonderful joy – I’m alive!

+ Expect safe and secure joy – No one can take it away from you.

+ Expect direct access to the Father – Use my name and your in.

+ Expect to experience the love of the Father – Because you are mine.

+ Expect full and complete joy  – Just ask and receive it in my name.

+ Expect my return – Everything will be made right in the end.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.” – John 16:31

Questions for consideration:

  • When you think of trials and troubles, what comes to mind? Please explain.
  • What causes you the most sadness and sorrow? Please explain.
  • Do you find any comfort in today’s reading? Please explain.
  • How does joy factor into your life? Have you asked for more? Please explain.
  • What would that look like in your personal circumstances? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Lord Jesus: My trials and tribulations are as nothing compared with yours; still they are my trials – the cross you have given me to carry on the road to freedom, on the road to full and complete joy. Give me the courage and conviction to live with the end in mind – “You win!” Strengthen me in faith and expand my understanding of your indefatigable love for me, even in my fears and failures. Thank you for the assurance you gave your disciples; make it mine today. I ask all this in your name. Amen.
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“Overcome The World” – ENCS Music, Singapore

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Morning Reading & Prayer: Fri, 15 Sep – John 16-18 ~ “keep them safe from the evil one”

Morning Reading & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Please Read: John 16-18 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

John 16:1-4 (NLT)“I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me. Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning. I didn’t tell you earlier because I was going to be with you for a while longer.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

John 16:5-15 (NLT) “But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’

Sadness Will Be Turned to Joy

John 16:22-24 (NLT) – “So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

John 16:32-33 (NLT)“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

The Prayer of Jesus

John 17:1-26 (NLT)After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.

“I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.

“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.

“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!

“O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
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Our Father: We come before you in Jesus’ name to intercede for all those you have given to him – that we may know you, the only true God, and bring glory to your name.

+ Thank you for the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, your Son and our Savior.

+ Protect us and guard us by the power of your Word and Spirit.

+ Keep us safe in this world from the wiles and deceit of the evil one.

+ Make us holy through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and by teaching us your truth.

+ Make us one in you even as you are One, a perfect unity – Father, Son, and Spirit.

+ Bind us together in love for you and for one another that the world may believe in Jesus Christ.

Holy Father: Thank you for the promise of eternal life we have through your Son, Jesus Christ. Fill us with the same love that you have for your Son, that we may live and move and have our being in him through the power of your Spirit. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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“Our Father” – Hillsong Worship


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!