Today's verses are John 14:15,16: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever..." My child, true love always manifests itself in willing obedience.  If you love your spouse, you desire to serve him/her.  Love is not mere emotion.  Love is emotion in motion.  Love is a verb.  Love acts.  Love gives.  Love shares.  Love cares.

That's what I wanted my disciples to know.  If they really love me, they will obey my commandments.  Obedience proves their love for me.  They knew who I was.  They knew my unique authority.  They had pledged devotion to me. But willing obedience to what I've commanded my disciples to do proves love is really in their hearts.

Then I made an extraordinary promise to them.  I said I would ask my Father in heaven to send them "another Helper."  I knew that they, and you, would need every heavenly assistance and resource possible to face every day trials.

This "Helper" would be my helping presence.  He would be the inward Comforter and Encourager.  His voice would give strength in times of need, encouragement to keep moving forward in life.  If you ever hear a voice of condemnation or accusation, it's not the voice of my "Helper."  It's the voice of the evil one, trying to paralyze you with guilt so that you cannot serve me.  The Helper's voice will only remind you of your true identity in me, that your sins are forgiven and there is now no condemnation for those who are in me!

The Helper will be my divine, inward presence in your heart forever.  He will never leave you or desert you.  He will be with you always, even to the close of the age.  He literally is my presence in you, though I am no longer physically on earth.  He will give you power to be my witnesses, first in your local situation, and then throughout the world, should I call you to witness for me globally.

My child, as you obey my commandments, as you live for me in this world, as you face your day today, please know I am with you.  I've asked my Father to send you "the Helper," the Holy Spirit, my very presence to be in your heart forever.  My divine presence is with you today.

Do not be afraid, for I am with you.  Do not fear, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you today.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Even though you may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will be with you.  My rod and my staff will protect you.  Be strong.  Be courageous.  I am with you.  I go before you.  I have your rear guard.  The Lord over all the universe, the one who commands all the angel armies, lives in you, is by your side, with you, even to the close of the age.  Me plus you equals all the strength of heaven!

No weapon formed against you will prosper.  Walk confidently with me today.

You can trust me today.