Christ In Me – Part 4
Read with me, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
What does John 14:16-17 mean for us, today? I love that this passage includes the word ‘forever.’ He was then, is today, and will tomorrow be our Helper. The Greek word for another in this context means “of the same sort,” which helps us to understand that the Holy Spirit is of the same ministry as Jesus. HE did not leave us an inferior Helper, He did not hand us over to someone who is incapable of helping us. What is even more amazing is that the helper is with us FOREVER. He lives in us, and ‘ will be with you.’ This refers to a constant abiding, a present help. This makes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit personal as well as continual. It is important to note that the function of the Holy Spirit is to help us while operating in truth. He helps us by bringing us the truth. Our Helper is the Spirit of Truth. What happens when we allow the Truth to help us along? We gain freedom (John 8:32). He is able to efficiently assist us because He lives in us. When Christ ascended to heaven and left physically, He didn’t leave us destitute. No. He left us the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Christ. It is The Holy Spirit in us who gives us new birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus unless one is born of water and of Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. With being born again we receive the Holy Spirit who testifies of Christ in us, who constantly reminds us of the reality and truth of God. The Spirit of truth comes and reminds us that we are able and loved, empowered and we have been given grace, reconciled and favored. He is the one who comes alongside us encouraging us in truth, edifying us and exhorting us to good works. When we fall short, it is the Spirit of Truth that whispers to us, “You have been redeemed. Be encouraged. His power is made perfect in your weakness.” Allow the Holy Spirit to encourage you to continue the good works by advocating your salvation. HE speaks the truth, you are accepted and loved.
Read with me, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
A great part of the testimony the Holy Spirit speaks to your soul is the reminder that you have what it takes to make it. He reminds us that God is on our side. We belong to Him, and therefore we overcome through Him. As His children, He takes our side and assures us the victory we need in the face of circumstances and onslaughts. You are of God, dear child, you have overcome. Claim your victory, He who is in you is greater than who is in the world. He chose to make His abode in you, valuing relationship with you, affording you the opportunity to face life with the boldness that comes with being equipped for warfare and victory. His Spirit inside us, reminding us of the reality of His might is the empowerment we need to run head-first into battle, unafraid of the world.