The Holy Spirit is the presence of God in us, leading, guiding and empowering all believers to live as he wants us to live.
In John 14:15-19, Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” (NIV)
Jesus promised his followers they would experience his presence more fully and intimately because the Father would send them the Holy Spirit. The expression “another Advocate” implies that Jesus was the first and the Spirit would be the same kind of “Comforter.” When Jesus would no longer be with the disciples physically, the Holy Spirit would be with them and in them, and he would lead them “into all truth.”
Jesus did not leave the disciples, or us, alone. He is with us through his Spirit, encouraging, assuring, convicting, guiding, enlightening, and empowering. We need to depend on him, listen to him,and follow his lead.
Questions to Consider
When do you sense the Holy Spirit working in and through you?
How has the Holy Spirit helped you understand and apply the Bible?
Talking to God
It’s part of being human to feel isolated or lonely at times. Thank God for the incredible gift of his constant nearness to you. Ask him to help you “practice” his presence by remembering him all through the day. Thank God for the gift of his Spirit to teach you, to convict you of sin, to lead you into all truth.