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Saturday, August 29, 2015

You Have a Divine Helper!

You Have a Divine Helper!



Jesus promised that God would send the Holy Spirit to comfort and counsel and teach us everything.  (John 14:26)   Believers in Christ are all given the promise that in Christ's Name the Holy Spirit will live in us and be our divine Helper.  That is really amazing!  We can either make the Holy Spirit feel at home in our lives or we can ignore His presence.  The Holy Spirit will not push His way into our lives or force us to listen to Him.  He waits for us to invite Him into our daily affairs.


The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God.  God is one God, but in three Persons.  The Bible teaches about the mystery of the Trinity. (three in One)  There is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit.  When we have a problem we often go to God the Father in prayer.  And God the Holy Spirit often counsels us and helps answer our prayers.  But how does He speak to us?  And do we know how to hear from Him?


Joyce Meyer writes in her book, Knowing God Intimately, page 103 “One of the greatest ways that God leads His people is through the inner witness.  In other words, in our heart of hearts we just know inside what is right or what is wrong.  It is a deeper level of knowing than head knowledge.  This type of knowing is in the spirit. We simply have peace or a lack of peace, and by that peace or lack of it, we know what we should do.”


I believe that we have to learn to be led by God – to allow the Holy Spirit to be our helper and guide. Many of us don’t trust our ability to hear from God. Let’s not just sit around doing nothing about that, but let’s take an active part and ask God to help us hear His voice. God is pleased when we move out in faith. God invites us to come to Him so let’s do that. He promises that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. (James 4:8)  Let’s boldly step out in faith and find out how the Holy Spirit is working in our lives so we can work with Him.


 The Holy Spirit waits to be invited into our situations. He is willing to do a great deal for us if we ask Him. Scripture says “We have not because we ask not.” (James 4:2)  Everywhere in Scripture we are told to believe Gods’ Word and to ask and receive what God promises to give us by faith.  Scripture says:  “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”  (Hebrews 11:6a)


Years ago I took a typing class and I soon found that I had no ability when it came to typing.  My fingers refused to go where I wanted them to go and I wasn’t turning my work in on time. I was failing my typing class and didn’t know what to do! 


About that time I read the Bible verse in James 1:5.  It reads: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to everyone liberally without reproach or faultfinding, and it will be given him.  Only it must be done in faith,…”  (James 1:5)    I claimed that verse for myself and stopped and prayed to God asking that He give me the “wisdom” to type.  Then I started typing again, this time believing that God was helping me and giving me the ability to type.  Soon my fingers were learning to hit the right keys and I was turning my work in on time.  For three months I spent three hours a week in that typing class and I was typing 60 words a minute before the class was over.  I got an “A” in the class and throughout my life I have used the typing ability that God gave me.  I believe that the Holy Spirit helped me and gave me an ability that I initially did not have.


There is so much available to us in the Holy Spirit.  Scripture says that one of the many tasks the Holy Spirit does is to comfort us when we need comforting.  The Bible calls Him our “Comforter.”  (John 14:26)   He is also our teacher and will cause us to remember what we need to know.  (John 14:26)  He is our power and our strength and we receive that strength by faith.  (1 Peter 5:10)) Of course He won’t strengthen us to do things that are not Gods’ will.


 And another work that the Holy Spirit takes care of for us is this: -the Holy Spirit “seals” us for heaven.  Scripture says: “…Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession, to the praise of His glory.”  (Ephesians 1:13)


Also the Holy Spirit is our intercessor.  He prays for us.  Scripture says: “But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us in accordance with God’s will.”  (Romans 8:27)  And He helps us pray.  We don’t always know how to pray as we should, so the Holy Spirit helps us pray.  Scripture says:  “The Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”  (Romans 8:26)   Also sometimes the Spirit urgently pushes us to pray for someone in need of prayer.


Joyce Meyer in her book, Knowing God Intimately, p. 120, writes that the Holy Spirit is also our Advocate.  The New Testament scriptures were originally written in Greek.  And the Greek word describing the Holy Spirit was the word “parakletos”, which is translated “advocate”.  Biblical commentaries say that the word “parakletos” means “called to one’s side, or called to one’s aid.”  Vine goes on to say, “It was used in a court of justice to denote a legal assistant or counsel for the defense…: one who pleads another’s cause, an intercessor.”   In other words, the Holy Spirit is there to stand up for us!  When we need to be defended or protected, the Holy Spirit defends and protects us.  We don’t have to defend ourselves when we are accused and attacked.  We have an Advocate, a “parakletos” the Holy Spirit. 

When we read the story of Jesus’ life we see that He didn’t spend time defending Himself.  Scripture says: “He made himself of no reputation.”  (Philippians 2:7)  Jesus was humble and never tried to show off or make a worldly impression.  He was born in a stable and grew up in the backwater town of Nazareth.  His family lacked wealth or fame and he didn’t spend much time with the “important” people.     


Many of us spend a lot of time worrying about what other people thing of us.  We try to look good and impress our friends and family.  Our reputations are important to us and we try to defend our actions and our words.  But there are always people who will find fault with us. We can’t please all of the people all of the time and sometimes we can be judged unfairly. We don’t have to justify ourselves before critical people.  We can do our best and let God take care of the rest.  We can let go and let God.  Scripture says that it is God who justifies us.  (Romans 8:33)  We have the Holy Spirit as our advocate so we can relax and let Him take care of our reputation, even if it isn’t straightened out until we reach heaven.    


Scripture says: “Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?...(1 Corinthians 6:19)   The Bible teaches us that we received the Holy Spirit when we believed in Christ as our Savior.  So we are never alone but He is with us and in us all the time. He is our divine Helper and He will teach us and guide us in our Christian walk.  Let’s be open to Him and learn to let Him guide us.   













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