Monday August 15, 2005
A Helper for All Occasions
Did you ever wish for an emergency telephone line that rang in heaven? The truth is that we have something much better. The Holy Spirit lives inside us to be our helper in every situation.
The night before His crucifixion, Jesus warned the disciples that He was about to depart. The news probably confused and frustrated them, even though it wasn’t the first time He’d spoken of His death. But the Lord offered His followers reassurance that He would send them another helper. The Greek word for ‘another’ implies that the new Helper would be like the previous one — a divine being with access to the Father. As promised, God’s Spirit came to dwell in men and women who receive Jesus Christ as Savior. (Acts 2:1-4)
Our Helper has a distinct role within the Trinity. The Father reigns over all, while the Son sits at His right hand, interceding for believers. The Holy Spirit, meanwhile, enables Christians to accomplish the work God has designed for each one to do.
The Father knew we couldn’t follow Him without help — that is why Jesus told the disciples to delay spreading the Gospel until after the Holy Spirit’s arrival. Whatever we are called to do in daily obedience or in lifelong vocation, our Helper offers direction. And when we are beset by tough times or temptations, God’s Spirit provides strength and encouragement.
The Holy Spirit is involved in our life intimately and personally. He is more a part of us than our bones and blood. We are privileged to have a divine Helper guiding us on the path of God’s will.
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