Inside Job: 3

‘I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.’ John 14:16 KJV

There are many benefits to receiving the Holy Spirit. In the New Testament Jesus told His disciples, ‘I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.’

The Greek source for the word ‘Comforter’ is parakletos, which means one who comes alongside you to strengthen, encourage and advise you. This means that when you feel discouraged, confused, and powerless, you don’t have to stay that way. You have access to a wise, compassionate, competent Helper who will show up to support you and give you whatever you need.

So instead of struggling to go it alone, learn to lean on Him, trust His power, and ask Him to do His mighty work in you. Here’s another Holy Spirit blessing. Paul tells us, ‘I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to.’ (Galatians 5:16 TLB)

The battle of the Spirit versus the self is constant. Our fleshly nature can never be subdued by human thinking; that just produces defeat and discouragement. And another advantage of the live-in Spirit is that you qualify for a Spirit-directed lifestyle. The Bible says, ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.’ (Romans 8:14 KJV) Praying and taking your best guess isn’t God’s way. The Holy Spirit’s guidance—not your guesswork—should direct your lifestyle.

SoulFood: Exo 20:16, Deut 19:15–20, Rev 21:8

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

Today’s Readings

Exodus 20:16 ()

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16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Deuteronomy 19:15–20 ()

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15 “A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. 16 If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, 17 then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days. 18 The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, 19 then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. 20 And the rest shall hear and fear, and shall never again commit any such evil among you.

Revelation 21:8 ()

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But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

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