When I first became a Christian everything about this new life was new to me. I didn’t know much, really anything, about the Bible. I didn’t know Christian songs. I knew little about praying. I certainly didn’t know anything about the Holy Spirit – what was it? I soon learned the question is ‘Who is He?’ Still, the answer was long in coming.
It wouldn’t be until many years later that I finally understood. And knowing Who He is makes a huge difference.
“But I tell you I am going to do what is best for you. This is why I am going away. The Holy Spirit cannot come to help you until I leave. But after I am gone, I will send the Spirit to you.” (John 16:7 CEV)
If you don’t know Jesus yet, then this whole thing about the Holy Spirit will seem even more foreign. So hard for finite flesh and blood to grasp God and His Son Jesus. But never just tack on the Holy Spirit. For all of God is all three. The great favor of God for all who believe since the death of Jesus, is the constant presence of the Holy Spirit.
Looking back over the years, I know He’s been right there in me. How much I missed by not acknowledging His presence, yet I see His fingerprints spread throughout my days. “For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:5 NLT)
Some years ago I noticed running through my back thoughts almost constantly is a song about God. A few words of a praise song or an old hymn, a melody about Jesus. My brain isn’t wired to be that focused on anything, so I know this is the Holy Spirit’s way of keeping me on track. Reminding me of God’s constant love, Jesus’ all time sacrifice, and the ever present help of the Counselor. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” (John 14:26 CSB)
Now more than ever, we need the presence of someone who won’t lead us astray. Someone who is there in the tough times and who rejoices in the good times. And, if I’ve learned anything over the years it’s this: no human can fulfill those needs all the time.
Call on the One who dwells in your heart. In the midst of trouble – He is Peace. When lost – He is the Way. When needing assurance – He is the Comforter.
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