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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Loving Jesus Means Keeping His Commandments

by Wally Fry

Sunday, September 8

Loving Jesus Means Keeping His Commandments

John 14:15-21

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them,
he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him,” John 14:21.

Why do we keep Jesus’ commandments? Why do we obey Him and seek to grow according to His plans for our life? Why, exactly, should we strive to grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord? Perhaps this question is best answered by quickly addressing some reasons why we do not do these things.

We do not obey to earn our salvation. We can never obey in sufficient perfection to accomplish that, as even one failure renders us less than perfect; perfection is God’s standard, so that cannot work. We do not, or at least should not obey to repay what was done for us. If the debt could not be paid by us in the first place, how could we possibly repay it? Some do try to repay it, but that is nothing but a life of grueling drudgery, trying to repay a debt we could not pay in the first place. Although He has full authority to command our lives, (because He said so) is not the reason we obey either.

We obey and keep Jesus’ commandments because we love Him. Out of love, we should seek to please Him. Out of love, we should want to do anything we can for Him. That is true in our earthly relationships; we seek to do for and sacrificially serve those who we love. In the greatest love story ever told, Jesus gave Himself for us; our love and gratitude should drive us to do likewise in return.

JUST A THOUGHT: Our relationship with Jesus is not a transaction. Jesus already conducted that for us; it is just that, a relationship.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Assurance of Jesus’ Promise to Return

by Beverly Barnett

Monday, August 19

The Assurance of Jesus’ Promise to Return

John 14:1-6

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also,” John 14:3.

Our devotional today is from a wonderful, assuring, promise of Jesus. It is one that we can be confident will come to pass and reassures us when we are despondent or depressed. It is one that gives us a hope filled future. We can look forward to the day when Jesus comes again, but should we pass in death from this life before He returns to catch us away; our eyes will open to a glorious sight in the presence of Jesus. This promise you can carry in your heart and mind through the difficult times of life.

While we think on our future home, we must not forget to be present in this one. C. S. Lewis writes, “This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave this present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next….It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.”

As we journey through this life, waiting on the next, be active, be alive! Our job as believers is to be busy until the Lord returns or until we see Him face to face.

REFLECTION: “Blessed assurance Jesus is mine—Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!”

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Love Leads Us to Obedience

by Robert Brock

Friday, June 7

Love Leads Us to Obedience

John 14:21

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him,” John 14:21.

Like it or not, obedience to a law system comes first, before grace, mercy and forgiveness. Without a law standard of perfection, man cannot measure his actions and judge himself as having fallen short of the glory of God, be convicted by the Holy Spirit and seek forgiveness. God’s Law does not save; it lets fallen man know he needs a Savior who loves him enough to cover his sin. “And above all things have fervent charity [love] among yourselves: for charity [love] shall cover the multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).

My stepfather loved farming and had a law system for doing everything. He loved raising sweet potatoes. He gave many bushels to our friends. However, no one knew the law system and absolute obedience required to bring such a bountiful crop. It seemed his rows were miles long. The sand was blistering hot to our bare feet. The rows had to be raked off just a certain way, no quitting until the potato slips were planted a certain distance apart and all were watered. I can remember thinking I cannot wait to grow up and get out of here. I did grow up. All the hard work did not kill me, and I learned to love and respect my dad. Then, I would do anything he needed me to do, not out of fear of judgment but because where there is love, one wants to please the object of their love.

THOUGHT: Obedience is a natural result of love. Jesus said if we love Him we will keep his commandments, and He will make Himself real in our lives.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Knowing Jesus is God

by Beverly Barnett

Knowing Jesus Is knowing God

John 14:7-14

“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” John 14:9.

Let us not judge Philip too harshly. After all, the disciples were in a learn-as-you-go classroom. One does question whether Philip was day dreaming while Jesus was speaking, or if he was just a slow learner.

For three years, Jesus had been with His disciples teaching, turning water into wine, healing, casting out devils, multiplying food to feed crowds of more than five-thousand and many more miracles. Each time He did a miracle, He also gave God the glory for working through Him. However, at this present discourse, Jesus explained further that He and the Father are one. Perhaps, I would be as Philip—forgetting about the story of Moses hiding in the cleft of the rock and only seeing the afterglow of God resulting in the face of Moses shining so it had to be covered—when he said to God, “Shew me thy glory” (Exodus 33:18). We love the stern, sweet reply Jesus gave to Philip’s request: “He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father,” as He further emphasized the Father-Son relationship.

However, I am quite envious of Philip. He did see Jesus. He did sit at His feet as Jesus taught with perfect wisdom. He did witness with his own eyes the miracles Jesus performed as proof that the Father worked through Him. Yet, we are as blessed as Philip because we believe in the only begotten Son and the Father that sent Him.

REFLECTION: How can we help our friends? We can help them to see Jesus with spiritual eyes, by encouraging them to see the Father and by walking closer to the Lord every day.

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