Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Father Himself Loves You (LS78)

John 16:26-27  "In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God."
   
In that day after the Helper had taught us all things and guided us into all truth, we will then be able to understand Him, His will, ways, works, words, etc. Our Lord Jesus Christ will then show His trust in us, for all our prayers in Jesus' name are directly sent to God without going through or censored by our Lord Jesus.

This is the direct line to the Father because He Himself loves us because we have loved Jesus by keeping His commandments. In the book of Acts we find that the disciples of Jesus with this direct line to the Father could perform miracles, healings, full of love, truth, wisdom, knowledge, perseverance, etc.

John 14:21  "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Act 4:29-31  "Now, Lord, look on their threats, and *grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.*” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

These were the types of prayers of the disciples of Jesus, which pleased our Father in heaven, Who was delighted to answer their prayers. When they were filled with the Holy Spirit, they preached the gospel boldly. All types of healings, miracles, signs and wonders followed them in Jesus' name. Many Jews (later the Gentiles also) believed and were baptized into the body of Christ.

Act 4:31-35  Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.
   
The disciples were not only filled with the powers and gifts of the Holy Spirit but they were also filled with the fruit of the Spirit. They loved one another and sacrificed all they had to share, feed and care for one another.

1John 3:17-18  But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Do you think that those covetous, rich and multimillionaire pastors, prophets, televangelists, etc. who are far from the image of His Son Jesus, have direct lines to the Father in heaven? Beware of these wolves in sheep's clothing for they will destroy you with their heresies and distorted doctrines.

Luke 11:13  "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
   
Brethren, our Lord is waiting for us to be like His disciples. Love Jesus by keeping His commandments, and then ask Him for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.