Holy Spirit, Lessons from Jesus

Helper and Guide

John 16:13 – When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

Jesus had spoken to the disciples on a number of occasions about the Holy Spirit to assure them that they would never be alone. In chapter 14 of John, we read a promise to the disciples – “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you”. Jesus goes on to say, “He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you”.

The Holy Spirit is both a Helper and a Guide. As a helper, He is there to assist in the everyday challenges we face in life. I discovered recently that ‘Helper’ is the term used for an extra locomotive that is attached to a train in order to provide additional power for steep inclines. It is a self-propelled engine that is used to either push or pull a train or individual railcar. Thinking of the Holy Spirit in this way made me smile because he does provide the power that I need to conquer every steep incline of life. And He is not just there for me, or for you, as an individual, but for us collectively as the Church. He has the power to drive us forward in the work of the kingdom.

The Holy Spirit is also our Guide. In Acts 8 we read of Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian official who had come to Jerusalem to worship and was now heading home. He was sitting in his chariot reading the words of Isaiah. Philip heard him and came over and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” To which the man replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” As we read above, it is the Holy Spirit who will guide you into all the truth. He accompanies us on our journey through the Scriptures and through life, directing us in the way that we should go.

I am sure many of you have been on some kind of city tour when on holiday because it is the best way to see an unfamiliar area. Whether it’s a walking tour or a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, the guide is able to point out things of interest and explain the meaning or significance of various landmarks. None of us know what lies ahead on our journey through life and the terrain differs from day to day. The Holy Spirit is able to guide us through unfamiliar territory and He is able to point us to passages of Scripture that will help us navigate the way.

The Holy Spirit, requested by Jesus and given by the Father, can be of so much benefit to us. Let Him be your Helper and Guide and let His power be the driving force in your life.

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