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The Helper

Have you noticed how much Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit in chapters 14 and following of John? Of all the verses, perhaps this one is most interesting: Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. (John 16:7)

Jesus makes it plainly known to us that the Holy Spirit is a vital part of our Christian life. He comforts us. He convicts us. He directs us. He speaks to us. He counsels us. He works miracles in and through us. But perhaps above all, He never leaves us. God with us. God in us. Forever.

Perhaps you are wondering how you can receive the Holy Spirit. The answer may surprise you. There is no magic needed. No pleading of God. No trick. The scriptures say, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

Believe in Jesus. Follow him into the waters of Baptisms. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Experience the life led by the Comforter.

But notice that last sentence. We are to be LED by the Comforter. This means we have to be willing to quiet ourselves so we can hear His leading. This means we have to humble ourselves so we will follow His leading. This means we must be willing to submit.

This is comforting to me. I cannot tell you how many times I followed my own thoughts and desires and it ended up not going well at all. If I had just stopped long enough to listen and follow it could have been so much better.

Lord, thank you for giving us your Spirit. Thank you that you love us enough to not leave us alone. Help us to listen. Help us to humbly follow the life you will lead us through His prompting. We love you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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