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Summary: There are times in life when we feel abandoned. This sermon will help people when they experience those feelings.

Ever Feel Abandoned?

John 14: 15-17

15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—

17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

19 "A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.

20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?"

23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me.

25 "These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Have you ever been to a ghost town?

In southern Arizona sits the ruins of the ghost town Gleeson.

Gleeson was established in the late 1890s

by a miner, John Gleeson, who registered a copper claim

and opened the Copper Belle Mine.

The post office, established in 1900,

supported about 500 people,

most of whom worked in the mine.

The town burned down in 1912,

but the demand for copper was so high

that Gleeson was quickly rebuilt.

The mine continued to boom through the World War I era.

After the war, copper prices fell and production decreased.

The mine shut down in the 1930s

and most of the families moved on.

The post office closed in 1939.

There is nothing much left of Gleeson

except for decaying foundations.

Some of the better preserved buildings

include a hospital, a saloon, a dry goods store,

and a jail.

The jail has been privately purchased and restored,

and at certain times of the year, it is open to visitors.

Gleeson, Arizona was abandoned by the people.

It’s one of many ghost towns in Arizona.

In our Bible verses for today,

Jesus says no matter what the world

and other people might do to us,

God will never, ever abandon us!

Point #1. We are never abandoned if we are obedient to the will of the Lord.

15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—

Do you see the connection

between obedience and the Holy Spirit?

As a born again Christian,

you can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit

when you are obedient to what God wants.

The Heavenly Father will give you an Advocate

to be with you forever.

Do what He says and you will feel His supporting presence.

Jesus says in verse 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."

Sometimes we get those two things backwards.

We want to feel first the presence of Holy Spirit

and then we’ll consider doing what the Lord says.

But that’s got it backward! That’s got it turned around.

The Lord calls us to be faithful in the tough times,

to be obedient; and then, if we are obedient,

the Holy Spirit’s presence will be there to help us.

Jesus says in verse 23 "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

He will not abandon us

Point #2. We are never abandoned when we follow the Spirit of truth.

17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

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