If you love Me, obey the commandments I have given you.
I will ask the Father to send you another Helper,
the Spirit of truth, who will remain constantly with you.
The world does not recognize the Spirit of truth,
because it does not know the Spirit and is unable to receive Him.
But you do know the Spirit because He lives with you,
and He will dwell in you.
I will never abandon you like orphans; I will return to be with you.
The church seems to be limited in the understanding of the Holy Spirit (myself included). We either overemphasize what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit or ignore Him completely because the idea makes us shiver as if He is the ghost of some creepy person from the past.
Something about the Holy Spirit being called our Helper makes Him seem “less than.” When I really look at how the Bible talks about the Holy Spirit, it snaps me right back into place. He is the Spirit of the Lord who raises Jesus from the dead. Not exactly a job for a wimp.
We get to have this very spirit living in us - guiding us, teaching us and reminding us of God’s truths. And what’s more is that He has unlimited access to Jesus, because He is part of the triune God. Jesus says that He is confident He will care for His own and reveal the path to us. (John 16:13-15 and 14:26) That is Help that I undoubtedly need.
If you are in Christ, you are filled with the Spirit - whether that excites you or gives you the willies, it is the truth.
Ephesians 1 : 13-14 tells us,
“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”
Let’s acknowledge this truth and act like we know we are filled with power of the Spirit of the LORD! John the Baptist leapt with excitement for Jesus even in the womb (Luke 1), Peter prayed and spoke scripture with boldness (Acts 4), Paul spent his life proclaiming the name of Jesus despite the consequences (Acts 9)… all because the Spirit of the Lord was at work in them.
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8 : 2-6
We are filled with the Holy Spirit as believers, but Romans 8 reminds me that it often feels like a dual personality disorder. We face this battle of flesh and spirit every day, but we have the power of the living God in us.
So, set your mind on the spirit and walk according to the Spirit that is in you. If you are in Christ, you have been set free from sin and have all the help you need to walk in the spirit of life.
See You In The Round,
The passage in John is taken from The Voice™. Copyright © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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