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Wednesday Devo


John 16:5-8
5 “But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. 6 Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. 7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.


15:5 Apart from me you can do nothing does not mean “nothing at all,” for unbelievers of course carry on their ordinary activities of life apart from Christ. Rather, it means “nothing of eternal value,” or an inability to produce spiritual fruit.
15:6 The person who does not abide in me is an unbeliever who does not have a personal faith in Christ. The verse echoes Ezek. 15:1–8, where a vine failing to produce fruit is said to be good for nothing but the fire (see Heb. 6:7–8). Fire is a common Jewish and biblical symbol for divine judgment (e.g., Isa. 30:27; Matt. 3:12 par.; 5:22; 18:8; 25:41). Some take this “fire” to imply loss of reward for true believers, not eternal judgment for unbelievers, but this does not fit as well with the image of branches being entirely burned up by a fire.
15:7 Two conditions are given for answered prayer: abiding in Jesus, and his words abiding in believers (thus transforming their thinking). Elsewhere Jesus says that believers must ask in his name (i.e., in accord with his character and for his glory; see 14:13–14; 16:23–24). If God’s people truly abide in Jesus, they will desire what he desires and will pray according to his words, and those prayers will be pleasing to him.
15:8 God is glorified not by praise and worship alone but by his followers also bearing much fruit for the advancement of his kingdom on earth. Here again, fruit bearing is evidence of being true believers, or being Jesus’ disciples.


  • The Big Idea was, "The Holy Spirit is GOD with US." Think for a minute about Jesus and His ministry. Imagine being one of His disciples. You not only get to be with Him all day every day, see all the miracles first-hand and sit under His teaching, but you are His FRIEND! How amazing would it be to have Him physically and personally in your life? But before He ascended, Jesus told the disciples it's better that He go so that the Holy Spirit could come. That's how important Jesus thought is was that we be able to have the Spirit in our lives. He's the one that brings regeneration and sanctifies us. He comforts and counsels and leads and guides. How often are you overcome with gratitude for the fact that you get to live everyday with God's Spirit in you? How often are you taking advantage of that nearness?

  • Just like the disciples after Pentecost, the Holy Spirit empowers us to do the work of the Kingdom. And He gives us each spiritual gifts so that we might serve His church. A life without the Spirit is a powerless, ineffective one. How active is the Holy Spirit in YOUR life? Can you say you know what it is to live by the power of the Holy Spirit? Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? Are you using them? 


  • That you would realize the gift you have in the Holy Spirit.
  • That God would give you opportunities use your spiritual gifts.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

6. Is the Bible God’s Word? Jesus proved He is God by rising from the dead and said the Old Testament was God’s Word and gave authority to the Apostles to write the words of the New Testament, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so that all the words of the Bible are God’s Word.
(Matthew 5:18; Luke 24:27, 44; John 14:25-26, 15:27, 16:12-13, 17:20; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21)

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