Holy Spirit 2

'It is better for you that I go away. When I go away, I will send the Helper to you.' John 16:7 NCV

Imagine how the disciples must have felt when Jesus told them that he had to leave them. This man had called them from their ordinary lives, shown them Kingdom-living and changed the course of their lives forever. Jesus knew that they would miss him, so he assured them that his leaving would actually open a new era of power and authority for them (see John 14:12).

Jesus told the disciples that the Spirit would 'help you and be with you forever' (John 14:16 NIV). The Spirit would enter their human bodies and live there permanently. This wasn't just an advantage for the disciples; it is also an advantage for us. For example, we might wake up feeling stressed, weary and irritated, and these feelings could easily dictate our entire day. But because the Spirit lives in us, these things don't have to control us.

Paul writes, 'Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you' (1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJV)? When we're going about our everyday life, whether at work, at home, at the doctors, or somewhere else, God's Spirit is living in us. We are never alone.

So what now? God's Word says, 'the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control' (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV). The Spirit causes these things to grow in your life, making you more like Christ. Pick one fruit of the Spirit that you'd like to develop in yourself, then ask the Holy Spirit to help you grow in that area.

Soulfood: Josh 16, Josh 17, Josh 18, Josh 19:1-23, John 16:1-11, Ps 130, Pro 28:21-24

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