In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Thursday June 9, 2005

The Holy Spirit's Presence
John 16:7-15

Although Jesus had spent three years teaching the disciples, He knew that human understanding and strength would not be enough for the tasks ahead. They would need a divine companion to guide them. So do we.

God sent the Holy Spirit to enable us to do the work He has planned for us. (Ephesians 2:10) The disciples had been told by Jesus that they were to evangelize the world—a seemingly impossible task. (Matthew 28:19-20) Although they had been under Jesus' tutelage for several years, they remained men with only human abilities. To do the spiritual work required of them would be impossible without divine strength. The presence of the Spirit in them and His work through them brought resurrection power to bear on all they said and did in Christ's name.


To make it possible for us to live God-honoring lives, the heavenly Father sent the Spirit of Christ to be our Counselor. Peter was transformed from a proud, quick-tempered man who denied Jesus to a strong church leader who boldly proclaimed the Gospel of Christ. The difference was the Holy Spirit's presence along with Peter's willingness to let the Spirit lead.

God the Spirit is equal in importance to God the Father and God the Son. Jesus Himself said it was for our benefit that He was sending a helper to us. (John 16:7) Christians who have trusted Jesus as their personal Savior need to also allow the Holy Spirit to live out the life of Christ through them. (Galatians 2:20) Does that describe you?


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