59. Receiving and Embracing the Truth

“I was back in John’s Gospel this morning,” Stan began.  “Jesus said some amazing things!”

“Such as?” I responded.

“In the seventeenth chapter, which is often referred to as ‘The High Priestly Prayer,’ Jesus is praying to His Father.  At one point in that prayer, Jesus says that He told His disciples what the Father had told Him — and that the disciples received and believed those words.”

Stan continued, “And that is my prayer.  I pray that I will receive and believe His words.”

“More over, not just receive and believe, but embrace all that He has for me.”

“What do you mean by embracing?” I asked.

“For me,” Stan replied, “embracing the truth means that I live that truth in every single aspect of my being for as long as I have a breath to take on this side of eternity.”

“Sounds like a big undertaking,” I responded.

“Sure is, but that’s the assignment God has for me.”

“Think you can do that?” I asked.

“Not on my own, but I sure can by denying myself, doing what He has for me to do, being who He intends for me to be, and following Him wherever He leads.”

“And you know the really good part?” Stan asked.

“What’s that?”

“I don’t have to try to do it on my own; God has given me His Sprit to help!


For the words which you gave to Me I have given to them, and they received them, and truly understood that I came forth from you, and they believed that you did send me.  John 17:8.

Prayer:  Lord, you have much to tell me, and I thank you for that.  I need and I ask for your constant help for me to hear, understand, receive, believe, and embrace all you have for me so that I will truly live as you intend as long as you keep me here on this side of eternity.  Amen.

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