Holy Spirit, Help Us Know You

March 8, 2016

 

John 16: 5-14

“Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

Holy Spirit, Help Us Know You

How we thank God for His precious Holy Spirit the lives in us, walks with us, reveals the Father to us and leads us into all truth.  It is my continual cry and prayer to hear Him more accurately, distinctly and more often.  Without Him I can not have the Spirit of truth, of love and of His power.  Holy Spirit is God’s channel through us to do what Jesus said He would do, “he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” 

It is not because we preach condemnation and judgement upon people.  The mistake so many of us make in our self-righteousness is that we think we are the Holy Spirit and it is our responsibility to do the Holy Spirit’s work.  The Holy Spirit is a big boy and He can do His work far better than we ever could.  When the nature of Christ’s love is upon because of the Holy Spirit working through us then as we live like Him and are obedient to the Holy Spirit’s prompting then the Holy Spirit can move in the circumstances to bring that conviction, judgement and righteousness upon others.  The cross of Christ stands as the condemnation of the prince of this world.  We are not here to stand in condemnation upon those who are still under his influence we are here to rescue the perishing and give life to the dying.  When we are living out of the life and love of Christ the Holy Spirit is fully able to do His work through us.  One of the hardest things for us to learn is to wait upon Him and not go rushing ahead in our fleshly enthusiasm to usurp what the Holy Spirit wants to do by acting and doing outside His direction.  If His sheep hear His voice and will not follow the voice of a stranger then we want to learn and discern our own thoughts from those of His, because our own thoughts are that “stranger” if they are separate from His.  

We all know how impetuous children can be, thinking they know how to do something, just because they have heard it or seen it done.  That is how many of us are in the Spirit.  We are sometimes too anxious to be spiritual that we actually miss the Holy Spirit in what we are attempting to do. The Holy Spirit will train us and lead us as we practice daily being in communion and fellowship with Him.  He will gently deal with the issues that all of us are still dealing with as we learn to do two things, trust and obey.  What He is leading us into is unfamiliar to the natural man, so it is important that our spirit remains open to Him to guide us in His ways.  We often do fail, but the love and blood of Jesus covers us with grace.  If our hearts are right then we can trust that Holy Spirit is working in us the will and do of His good pleasure.  

Blessings,

#kent

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