September 10, 2016

Today you should read: John 16:1-15

The Wonderful Work of the Holy Spirit

Can you imagine how incredible it would have been to have been one of Jesus’ twelve disciples?  What would it have been like to walk with Jesus, share fire-side chats, watch Jesus heal and raise the dead, and feel like you were on His closest team?  As great as that would have been, Jesus tells us that we’re better off because we now have the Holy Spirit living in us.

I am going away to the one who sent me… But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate (Holy Spirit) won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. (v.5a, 7)

You and I (if you have come into a relationship with God through Jesus) have the Holy Spirit living in us.  We don’t begin to understand this incredible power.

What are some of the things the Holy Spirit does?

He Convicts (v.8-11)

This means He shows what is right and wrong. Have you ever done something or watched something or said something and you felt this overwhelming sense of conviction inside?  That’s the Holy Spirit in you. This passage reminds us that He not only convicts us, but the whole world.  Can you even imagine what the world will be like when His power is removed in the Tribulation period?

He Guides us to Truth (v.13)

The Holy Spirit is our Truth Guide.  In a world where wrong seems right and lies are projected as truth, the Holy Spirit guides us to truth.  He reveals error and confirms the truth.

He Focuses the Glory on Jesus (v.14)

Never forget this: the Holy Spirit does not exist to bring glory or attention to Himself, but to Jesus.  Remembering this will keep you from so much error being taught today.

He Teaches Us What we need to know (v.15)

He is our Teacher.  Imagine the author of the Bible personally teaching the truth of it to you!

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.  John 14:26 (also see 2 Peter 1:20-21)

How can you yield to the Holy Spirit today and allow Him to lead your life What does He want to teach you today?

By: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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