But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.
John 14:26 (AMPC)
The Amplified version provides us with a clearer understanding of the Holy Spirit’s ministry. It tells us that He is our “Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby.
The Holy Spirit is standing by to help us. If we do not train ourselves to look to Him He will remain standing by.
There are many people who will never experience the Holy Spirit’s help. This does not mean He is not available. The reason some people are helped and others are not is simply because some learn to look to Him and others don’t.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.
The Holy Spirit is just as much God as is Jesus and our heavenly father. He is available to help all equally.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
We are told that the Lord directs the path of those who acknowledge Him. There are a lot of Christians who will never acknowledge the Holy Spirit. They view Him as some impersonal force but He is so much more.
Most of the world lives according to the input of their five physical senses and their intellect. Proverbs tells us that we must not lean on our own understanding.
People make decisions based on how they feel, what their bank account tells them, or any number of other natural means. There is a much higher level of living available to the Christian. Access this requires us to recognize the Holy Spirit who has taken up residence in the spirit of every Christian.
It will be impossible for any of us to accomplish any task to the best of our ability without His help. He will help us in our jobs, in our relationships, and any other natural task if we will look to Him.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1 John 2:20
The unction is the Holy Spirit. He knows everything about every matter in our lives and is available twenty four hours a day every day to help us.
The tragedy today is that a majority of Christians view the Holy Spirit as some form of emergency help. They do not recognize His presence in their daily lives and will only look to Him when they are in trouble. Many of the troubles we experience could be avoided by simply responding to the Holy Spirit’s promptings.
Several years ago I was scheduled to minister at a local recovery program. My day had been hectic and I was running late. The drive required me to make a right turn out of our neighborhood onto a four lane county highway. As I approached the traffic light an urge to turn left came up out of my spirit. This would have made me even later.
I’ve spent time with the Holy Spirit and recognized this urge as being from Him. I moved into the left turn lane and the car behind me turned right as the light was red. Another car ran the light and hit the person turning right. If I had allowed my schedule to guide me it would have been me in that accident!
The major reason people struggle with learning to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading is that they do not recognize Him as a knowable person. He is a divine person.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14
Paul tells us that we can have communion with the Holy Spirit. He is not just an impersonal force or power!
He will never be real to us until we are able to recognize Him as a person. I’ve heard people refer to Him using the word “it”. They do not know Him and as a result have never developed a relationship with Him.
As we come to the close of this post let’s take a look at how Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit in John 14 and 16.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
In these two verses Jesus references the Holy Spirit using masculine pronouns five different times.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
John provides us with eleven more things that the Holy Spirit will do. Once again He uses masculine pronouns to describe the Holy Spirit.
If Jesus looked at the Holy Spirit as a person, shouldn’t we?
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