Our Guide and Comforter

2017-02-23

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes,
he will guide you into all truth ..
 and he will tell you what is yet to come”
(John 16:13)

Reflection:
There is only one person who knows and understands everything about the past, all that will take place in the future, all that is happening in the present and everything about us. He also is ensuring that His plan and purpose continues to unfold despite the best efforts of others to frustrate it.

We need Him to bring His light of revelation into our own lives and situations. He will reveal to us our own great needs and the ways in which these are best addressed – to enable us to have the relationships and live the lives that are most fruitful and blessed. He will point us to and draw us into an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus Christ Himself and, through Him, to the glorious and loving Father.

It is He who will discern the gifts and ministries that He needs us to have and equip and empower us for these. He will also provide the opportunities for us to exercise them with Him. These are ‘the good works which God has prepared in advance for us to do.’ And He is the One who will reveal to us the hints of what is to come where it would be helpful to Him and to us to have this information.  This revelation will have more to do with the establishment of the Kingdom of God and the needs of people than the ups and downs of the Stock Market!

We may look around us in bewilderment and concern at many of the things that are taking place in our societies and across the world. Many of the works of ‘the world the flesh and the devil’ are disturbingly evident and uncomfortable. They need to be recognised for what they are and held before the Lord for His intervention.

In the face of such things the revelation that we continually need to embrace is that,

“the One who is in you is greater
than the one who is in the world.”
(1 John 4:4)

This Holy Spirit of whom Jesus was talking has already come, and He is with us and in us today. He is both our guarantee of our redeemed relationship with God and our eternal salvation, as well as our strength and inspiration for the present and the future. If He indeed is closer to us ‘than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet’ (Tennyson) then that closeness should be embraced and enjoyed.

Response:
Be still, listen for His word in Scripture and in quietness – and talk to Him.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit I turn to You, to acknowledge You within me and to enjoy Your presence. Bless me Lord and open me to Your love, Your truth and Your will, in Jesus name. Amen.

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