Our teacher and Our Stand-In

“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”                           John 14:26,  Romans 8:26-27

    I love the role that the Holy Spirit plays in a Christian’s life.  Where would we be without Him?  He is our life force, our breath.  Verse 26 of John 14 calls Him the Counselor.  In this verse Jesus tells us that He will teach us and remind us of what Jesus said.  This means that in a time of need, sorrow or even joy, something from God’s Word will come to mind.  These words will instruct, comfort us, or warn us.  This is one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit.  What an amazing work of Almighty God to be with us always, leading us in His ways.  Be warned though that it is impossible for the Holy Spirit to remind us of Jesus’ words if we have never read them.  When we read and study our Bible, it is like making a deposit in a bank.  The Holy Spirit draws from that bank at the exact appropriate moment.  So Bible study is vital to a Christian.  Also the Holy Spirit stands in for us.  As a former high school teacher, a substitute was necessary many times in my career.  Sometimes the substitute was better than the original, but more often than not the opposite was true.  Imagine a substitute who was better than the original always. Verse 26 of Romans defines the intercessory role of the Holy Spirit.  When we are weak maybe because of overwhelming sorrow, those times when the pain is too difficult to put into words, the Holy Spirit intercedes with groans that words cannot express.  He intercedes or prays for us, expressing what we cannot to the Father.  He is our substitute.  Sometimes we know we ought to pray about our sin or pray for someone else, but just cannot find the words to express our heart cry.  Again, these are the times the Holy Spirit stands in for us, taking our cries to the Father.  He can take our confused, desperate words crying out for help and make them as sweet incense to the Father.  What an amazing gift the Holy Spirit is!  Pray today, thanking God for the Holy Spirit!

From You Ain’t in Kansas Anymore, p. 3

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