Father LORD, You Know our hearts and stories far better than we know ourselves. We submit to Your will in our lives. We ask for Your will to be done in our lives. We plead The blood of Jesus over us to cleanse, renew, bless and complete us. Father, Your Spirit dwells within us. Direct, lead, comfort, guide and teach us we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Father fill us with joy, bestow on us peace, rain down Your mercy – Hallelujah! For our good success in all we do in and for Your will in our lives, in Jesus’ name. AMEN
Who is the Holy Spirit? And what role does he play in the Christian life? In John 15, Jesus tells his disciples about the persecution they will encounter by following him. “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20) As he went on about what life would be like after he eventually left to be with the Father, they naturally grew sorrowful (John 16:6). They didn’t know the wonder that God had planned next. Jesus comforts them in John 16:7, “I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you.” This “Helper” is the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is The Helper: Meaning of the word “Helper,” which is translated from the Greek word, parakletos. “It has a legal dimension; it refers to one who would be an advocate”. “In its wider context, it speaks of comfort, of protection, of counsel, and of guidance.”
Three things that we should remember about the identity and importance of The Holy Spirit:
1. “The Holy Spirit is a unique person and not simply a power or an influence.”
I remember thinking as a child that the Holy Spirit was more like a ghost than a real, concrete being, but that kind of thinking can damage how we relate to the Spirit and interact with him. “We have to understand that the Spirit of God, the third person of the Trinity, is personal,” Begg said. “As a person, He may be grieved (Eph. 4:30), He may be quenched in terms of the exercise of His will (1 Thess. 5:19), and He may be resisted (Acts 7:51).”
2. “The Holy Spirit is one both with The Father and The Son.”
This is the most powerful and baffling thing about the Trinity — each third is unique, but all three are united. “In theological terms,” Begg explains,” we say that He is both co-equal and co-eternal. …So the activity of the Spirit is never given to us in Scripture in isolation from the person and work of Christ or in isolation from the eternal will of the Father.”
3. “The Spirit is the author of The Scriptures.” We read in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “all Scripture is God-breathed” and in 2 Peter 1:21 that “men spoke from God as they were carried along by The Holy Spirit.” These verses illustrate the divine work of the Holy Spirit through men to record what we know now as the Bible– “this is a book that exists as a result of the out-breathing of the Holy Spirit,”