OUR FRIEND, OUR HELPER

John, The Love of God

“How sweet it is to be loved by you” is the melody I have in my mind as I read our next passage in John’s gospel. How sweet it is to be unconditionally loved and deeply cared for by another. To know we are loved and to love back deeply puts a spring in our step and gives us confidence for life. Joy and hope bubbles in our soul because of a close, dear, loving relationship such as this. To know we have a Friend who will never leave us, will help us through anything that comes our way and guides us into all Truth about God and Life is comforting, sometimes convicting, and always challenging…in a great way!

“Listen to me”, we say to other humans. What we are also saying is love and understand me. Know me. Love me. This Friend does all that and more! Who wouldn’t want a Friend like this? Our Lord knows just what we need…and sends a part of Himself and God…to stand in His place…as our dearest Friend. This Friend and Helper is the Holy Spirit.

Jesus explains clearly the mission and work of the Holy Spirit who lives in all who believe, accept and walk with Him. Read, savor, think about it and be blessed! Cherish Our Friend and Helper.

John 16 Helper

John 16, The Message
The Friend Will Come

4-7 “I didn’t tell you this earlier because I was with you every day. But now I am on my way to the One who sent me. Not one of you has asked, ‘Where are you going?’ Instead, the longer I’ve talked, the sadder you’ve become. So let me say it again, this truth: It’s better for you that I leave. If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you.

8-11 “When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father, out of their sight and control; that judgment takes place as the ruler of this godless world is brought to trial and convicted.

12-15 “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’

16 “In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me.”

Think about it…Our Friend, The Holy Spirit will:

–Expose Truth for us.
–Love us as much as Jesus loves us.
–Transform our thinking to be more like Jesus
–Help us to obey Jesus
–Teach us
–Lead us
–Show us the best way to solve problems
–Guide our thoughts and actions
–Help us be good stewards of life
–Will point to God and give all glory to Him!
–Will make sense of what we don’t understand right now
–Will grow us to mature in the Holy Fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, all things good and pleasing to God!
–Give power and strength when we are weak
–Prays for us when our words will not come to mind (Rom 8)

The Apostle Paul tells us more about how to live with this Power Who lives in us…(Galatians 5)

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

John 16 Holy Spirit

Dear Heavenly Father,
You are Perfect in all ways. You knew we would need help so you provided The Friend of all friends. You gave us a part of You to live in us to help us navigate this world as we prepare for the next life with You. Thank you. You are God and we are not. We need you every hour…and You knew that. So, every hour we can call on You and Your Holy Spirit is there. Always. Continue to transform our minds, hearts and souls. Thank you, Holy Spirit! What a comfort you are…
In Jesus Name, Amen

And now I’m singing…

There’s nothing worth more
That could ever come close
No thing can compare
You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord
I’ve tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
Your presence, Lord

There’s nothing worth more
That could ever come close
No thing can compare
You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord
I’ve tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory

(“Holy Spirit”, by Francesca Battistelli)

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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