Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 13 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 226)

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TEXT: John 14:16-18

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 226.

Charles Spurgeon said, “Between Christ on earth and his disciples what a distance there was! In his condescension he came very near to them; but yet you always perceive a gulf between the wise Master and the foolish disciples. Now the Holy Ghost annihilates that distance by dwelling in us.”

When Jesus first described the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the third member of the Godhead who is just like Himself, the disciples must have been glad. Surely they felt better knowing that some semblance of Jesus’ presence would continue to be with them even after He had return to Heaven. Surely they felt comforted.

In our last message, we talked about how the Holy Spirit comes alongside and dwells in believers. He is a constant companion, friend, counselor, and guide. Surely, everyone wants a friend like this in their life. However, there are some who cannot receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus calls Him “the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him.”

Why is it impossible for those in the world to count the Holy Spirit as their friend? Because Satan is the Prince of this World and the Father of Lies. He deceives the world, hoping that people will not come to Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Light. The Holy Spirit does not dwell in those who are still bound to Satan’s world system. Only those who are free and have been saved by the blood of Jesus receive the Holy Spirit; because we, like the disciples, “know him”, and we see the world as it truly is.

Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck add: “The world cannot receive the Spirit because the world lives ‘by sight’ and not by faith. Furthermore, the world does not know Jesus Christ; and you cannot have the knowledge of the Spirit apart from the Son. The presence of the Spirit in this world is actually an indictment against the world, for the world rejected Jesus.”

Yes, it is a tragic fact that, while believers can joyfully sing, “What a friend we have in Jesus,” the world misses out on the friendship of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus ends this little dialogue with these comforting words: “He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” What a relief this must have been to the disciples who had constantly heard Jesus talking about His impending death. Historians tell us that Jewish religious leaders were often considered the “fathers” of their disciples — at least spiritually speaking. When their leader died, those disciples became orphans — without a head, a guide, someone to instruct and defend them. Jesus did not leave His disciples that way. He left them with the Holy Spirit. They did not have to fear being orphans.

Jesus’ words, “I will come to you,” are a relief for us today because, although Jesus was raised from the dead and is in Heaven right now, sometimes, we can still feel lonely on this earth. We can feel like God is nowhere to be found. But, we do not have to feel this way because the Holy Spirit lives inside of us and comforts us.

Anne S. Murphy wrote —

There’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave,
A peace that it cannot take away;
Though the trials of life may surround like a cloud,
I’ve a peace that has come and is here to stay!

Constantly abiding, Jesus is mine;
Constantly abiding, rapture divine;
He never leaves me lonely, whispers, O so kind:
“I will never leave thee,” Jesus is mine.

Are you ready to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior so that you can receive the Holy Spirit? If so, here is how.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.