In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


October 5, 2007 – A Helper for All Occasions – John 14:16-18 

            Have you ever wished there was some kind of emergency telephone number that rang in heaven? In a way, there is. We all face situations that cause us to cry out to God for help. And He has fulfilled our need by giving us a Helper for all occasions. 

            Even the disciples, who had spent three years under Jesus’ personal teaching, could not live successfully without divine aid. That is why the Lord insisted they wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come before they began sharing their faith. Jesus told them, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you” (John 16:7). 

            While Jesus was living on the earth, He couldn’t simultaneously be with everyone who needed Him. Now, however, God’s help is readily available through the Holy Spirit, who indwells all believers and is constantly present with each one. 

            Thanks to the Spirit, every Christian can become the person God designed him or her to be. Through the Helper’s knowledge and power, we can be effective Christ-followers, even in a corrupt culture. The Spirit’s work includes opening our minds to God’s truth, providing supernatural energy when we are weary, and comforting us during heartache. 

            Our heavenly Father loves people so much that He provided an ever-present Helper to all who place their faith in Jesus Christ. When we are in trouble or in need, we can call upon the Holy Spirit and be instantly connected to the power of our heavenly Father.

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