Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Simply Jesus - Rough Times

SORRY THIS IS LATE THE WIRLESS NETWORK I WAS EXPECTING ON HOLIDAYS WAS BROKEN SO I HAVE FINALLY FOUND AN INTERNET CAFE TO POST MY THOUGHTS. THINGS MAYBE A LITTLE SPORADIC BUT REST ASSURED I AM READING ALONG.

John 16

v1 I’ve told you these things to prepare you for rough times ahead

There is a certain belief system that crops up in church world sometimes suggests that if you are having a rough time and things seem to be falling apart you are somehow out of the will of God.

So the reverse should then be true if you are in the perfect will of God then everything will go smoothly. Even Jesus agrees that this is hogwash.

Over the last couple of chapters Jesus is preparing his followers for the ultimate bad time their martyrdom.

Jesus does not say I am going to rescue you out of it or if you are really good and are full of faith and stay at the centre of my will you will be OK. No what he says (Ch15 v 26) is that he was going to send the Holy Spirit to comfort us in the difficulties.

Now is that a description of truly living by the Spirit facing the rough times head on and trusting Jesus through them.

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