“I promise that I will never leave you helpless or abandon you as orphans—I will come back to you!” – John 14:18 (TPT).
With Jesus’ impending departure, the disciples were naturally worried about being left alone. Who could blame them? But in Jesus’ great love and care for them, He promises to show up in a new way. This ushered in the new era of the Holy Spirit. This is one of the most encouraging verses in Scripture. God did not leave us alone to fend for ourselves. He provided an amazing Helper in the person of the Holy Spirit who will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves—if we let Him.
We need never be afraid again, or lonely, or hopeless, or sorrowful, or helplessly inadequate. For the Helper is always with us.
There is always Someone standing by to assist us no matter what circumstances we are facing. God has provided every resource I need through His Spirit. When we can’t, He can. When we’re tired, He isn’t, When we’re weak, He’s strong. When we think, “I don’t have the wisdom for this situation, or I don’t know how to love my neighbor, or I can’t take one more round of hard medical news” He has the answers. You were never meant to carry it all alone. You were never meant to live as an orphan.
The Holy Spirit speaks to us in a number of wonderfully specific ways. As we read God’s word, the Spirit speaks to us, convicting us, encouraging us, and strengthening us. The Holy Spirit illuminates God’s Word, helping us understand the Bible. John 14:26 says, “ But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” And we know from 2 Peter 1:20-21 that the Holy Spirit moved upon the authors of Scripture to write the Bible. “Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.” The Holy Spirit helps us interpret it and apply it to our lives today. The Holy Spirit shines a light on Scripture to help us understand what He is trying to say.
Have you ever felt prompted to pray for something out of the blue? That’s the Holy Spirit. Have you ever been suddenly convicted of sin? That’s God speaking to you. Have you ever felt the small or large push toward obeying God’s word? That’s the Holy Spirit at work. The more we give the Holy Spirit’s presence a place in our lives, the more sensitive we become to His voice. It’s this fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit that makes us better able to hear the voice of the Lord when He speaks to us.
- What is the work of the Holy Spirit?
- What can we do this week to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us?