Posts by John Longmire

Posts by John Longmire

Daily Devotions will resume in September

It has been a joy for me to write the Daily Devotions each morning, and I hope it has been a blessing to each of you. I was planning to take a summer break beginning in June, but after some prayer and discernment, I am thinking it best for me to end now and return in the fall. Thank you all for studying along with me. I look forward to writing again in September. I would encourage you to continue…

John 16:13

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13)   The Holy Spirit has full access to God because the Spirit is God himself. God has chosen humanity to be the recipients of his truth. Yesterday we learned that Jesus will teach us through the Spirit according to our ability. Today we see that the goal of the Spirit’s teaching is that we will be guided into all the truth (emphasis on the…

John 16:12-13

I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:12-13)   I am fascinated by this statement of Jesus that he had many other things to teach his disciples, but they were not able to bear them yet. We know that after the resurrection, Jesus spent forty days continuing to teach his disciples about the kingdom of God. It was…

John 16:11

When the Holy Spirit comes, he will convict the world…about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. (John 16:11)   Satan is a liar. He wants us to believe that he is still the ruler of this world. He enjoys it when we fear him rather than fearing God. He wants us to think we are still enslaved to sin, even when Jesus Christ has set us free. Yet Satan is a defeated foe and has already…

John 16:10

When the Holy Spirit comes, he will convict the world…about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me. (John 16:10)   Jesus Christ lived a righteous life, a life that was fully pleasing to God. Jesus came not only to save us but also to enable us to live in the same way as children of God. Jesus taught his disciples the ways of God and set before them an example to follow.…

John 16:9

When the Holy Spirit comes, he will convict the world about sin, because they do not believe in me. (John 16:9)    Whenever you feel convicted of sin, you should recognize that this is the work of the Holy Spirit. The same word also means to convince, rebuke, reprove, or show the fault. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin not to punish us, but to cleanse us. To use some illustrations, a doctor cannot cure a patient unless he…

John 16:8-13

When the Holy Spirit comes, he will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: About sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.…

John 16:7

Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)   The disciples who gathered in the upper room loved Jesus. They had spent the past three years living in his presence, learning his ways, and seeing him do amazing things. Now, in these few hours of intimate fellowship, Jesus…

John 14:25-26

“I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. (John 14:25-26)   The Greek word used here for “Counselor” is “Paraclete,” which is the word used for an attorney, one who intercedes for another in court. In a wider sense, it means a helper, one who is called to…

John 14:22-24

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it you’re going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus answered, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. The one who doesn’t love me will not keep my words. The word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me. (John 14:22-24)  …