Reflection on John 14:26-27
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
I’d guess I’m not alone in having some “up’s and down’s” during lockdown. We were in the middle of the Lent Bible study course; looking forward to numerous events and activities when everything just stopped. And, of course, with very good reason.
Thy Kingdom Come was uplifting and a great focus of prayer, together with thought-provoking reflections and stories, that spanned Ascension to Pentecost. Some of us joined in prayer via WhatsApp groups and then Zoom gatherings; both of which has been a real tonic and great way to connect and support each other. The modern wonders of technology have many blessings.
But there were still those moments of worry, stress & exhaustion. I turned to my support network of Christian friends and was reminded that I needed to stop trying to do things in my own strength. With so much focus on the Holy Spirit over the last month or so and the Thy Kingdom Come daily reflections coming to an end, it was suggested I read a book next that might re-energise me. So I read “Alive in Christ” by Charles W Price. I recommend it; it uses many references of the Old Testament to show how God’s presence, laws and daily provision will satisfy us in our busy pace of modern life.
I believe, the Holy Spirit, if allowed to, will direct us to remember His teachings in the Bible. Then the peace of God can be allowed to fill our hearts, pushing out the hostile forces. As Paul encourages us in Philippians 4 v6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
In these times of change and challenge, let us draw on the power of God’s Spirit within us for strength and strategy to overcome our battles.
Natalie Greenfield BCM