“From His Heart to Ours”-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power-Monthly WOW

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome to our monthly WOW, aka, our Words of Wisdom and/or our Weapons of Warfare. I’m super excited about this one because I’ve been asking Him for a few days what our Wow was supposed to be and boy did He tell me! Grab your coffee and come on in.

So for those of you who join me more often than not for coffee hour, you know we’ve been doing a pretty long series called “If I could have coffee with God…” and then within that series, we have a tough question that we have been trying to ask Him for some answers for. Well, that’s what I love about His Word; it always answers something! 🙂  Our monthly WOW actually goes hand in hand with that series, and it is also speaking to my heart in a very profound and personal way.

Let me share the verse with you and then I’ll get a bit up close and personal, and if it takes us a couple of coffee hours, so be it. 🙂 This month’s WOW is found in the book of John, Chapter 16, verse 33. BTW, this is taken from the New King James version: “These things I have spoken to you; that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

First, let me give you a little background so that you don’t feel as though this is being taken out of context. First of all, Jesus is hanging out with His disciples and He’s just told them that His time on earth was coming to an end and then He talked to them about how to pray in His physical absence; that He was/is only a prayer away. Oh, and did I mention this was at the Last Supper? Imagine you’re there, seated on the floor around this shin-high table hanging out with Jesus! The truth is, you and me were there, sort of.  Oh, I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to really have supper with Him! 🙂

Now let’s get back to our WOW but let’s take with us the picture of Jesus having this sweet fellowship with His disciples whom He considers to be His friends, disciples whom He loves. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to put myself on the other side of John, whom Jesus called His beloved, right next to Him. There’s room for you. Come on. 😉  Join us!

There is a sweet fragrance of fellowship going on, but it is also fairly somber, especially after Jesus tells them He’s gonna be checking out real soon to go be with His Daddy! 🙁 🙂 🙂  Talk about mixed emotions! I can’t even begin to imagine how heavy His heart was but I know there were many reasons: Knowing what He was about to face with the trial, the flogging and beating, the tortuous time on the cross, the eventual separation from His Father, the descent into hell to pay for our junk, but I’m thinking He was also very sad to be leaving His friends. He was concerned for them, and us. 🙂 He knew they/we were going to have a hard time without His physical presence

It’s very important that we get that because it makes His words within our WOW even more meaningful and insightful. It’s like this is a wrap-up from Him to them AND to us as well. That’s the other thing – we must include ourselves in this Last Supper, knowing that these words are for us as well as them.

For those of you who are familiar with the Bible, you already know that “red” letters mean HE spoke these words. I tear up when I think of Him speaking to you and to me, despite all He had to go through. He was and is concerned for us and our futures. This verse is proof of that! 🙂

So as He says, “these things I have spoken to you,” is like He’s saying, “the reason I’ve told you these things previously. . .” don’t you feel the “because” coming? This is so simple, so exciting, and yet so tough to grasp, this solution to many things that threaten to steal the very thing He promises, the solution to whatever is currently causing us stress, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, frustration, and any other negative emotion that you can think of. You ready? It’s HIS peace. He says it right here: that in ME, you may have peace.

In other words, there is NOTHING in this world that can provide the shelter of peace that He promises when we abide in Him! He tells us that right here: “in Me . . .” not in a boyfriend/ a girlfriend, a husband or a wife, not from money or material things, not food, or drugs or any other addiction, but in Him!

There’s so much more to chew on in this verse which was spoken at the Last Supper, but I better let you go for now. Please come back tomorrow and we’ll talk about the kind of peace He’s talking about. 😉

Abiding in His Peace,

Evinda

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