The Helper, the Comforter!
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26
We must understand and appreciate the help of the Holy Spirit at all times. God has given His Spirit, and it is left to us to use effectively. One of the things that the Holy Spirit does is to bring to our remembrance the words of Christ. The office of the Holy Spirit was the topic Christ chose to discourse last with His disciples.
Christ opened before them an extensive tract of truth. They were to receive His words by faith, and the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, was to bring all things to their remembrance. But this promise is not accepted and believed by the people today. Therefore it is not cherished by them, nor is its fulfillment seen in the experience of the church. The promise of the gift of the Spirit of God is left as a matter to be little considered by the church.
Minor matters occupy the mind and soul, but divine power, which is necessary for the growth and prosperity of the church, which would, if possessed, bring all other blessings in its train, is lacking, although it is offered to us in infinite plenitude. Just as long as the church is satisfied with small things, they are disqualified from receiving the great things of God. But why do we not hunger and thirst after the gift of the Holy Spirit, since it is the means whereby the heart may be kept pure?
It is all-essential for the Christian to understand the meaning of the promise of the Holy Spirit just before the coming of our Lord Jesus the second time. We need to talk about the Holy Spirit, pray for it, and preach concerning it; for the Lord is more willing to give the Holy Spirit than parents are to give good gifts to their children. John 16:13 says, “However when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come.”
• Lord, help me to pay attention and to be sensitive to the dealing of your Spirit.
• Holy Spirit, come and take control of my life. I need you more than ever in Jesus’ name. Amen.