Holy Spirit 3
'I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever.' John 14:16 NCV
There are only benefits to receiving the Holy Spirit! Jesus told his disciples, 'I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever' (John 14:16 NCV). This Helper's job is to strengthen, encourage and advise us. When we feel discouraged, confused and powerless we have access to a wise, compassionate and competent Helper. Instead of struggling to do everything alone, we need to learn to lean on him, trust his power and ask him to do his mighty work in us.
Paul tells us, 'Let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature' (Galatians 5:16 GNT). There's a constant battle between our spiritual side and human side. And we can't win that battle by ourselves. Even with the best intentions, we'll struggle without God. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can live God-led lives. Praying and taking our best guess isn't God's way. The Holy Spirit's guidance - not our guesswork - should direct our lives.
God's Word promises: 'Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom' (2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV). That means that because we have the Spirit in us, we have freedom. Freedom from addiction, temptation and fear. The Spirit can free us from the things we think we're chained by. He can completely transform our whole life.
So what now? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you in an area you're struggling in. Be free in this area through the Holy Spirit in you.
Soulfood: Josh 19:24-51, Josh 20, Josh 21:1-45, John 16:12-18, Ps 2, Pro 28:25-28