In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
September 22-23, 2007 – Our Help in Weakness – John 14:16-17
Following the Last Supper, Jesus took time to teach the disciples more about His mission and what would happen after He left the earth. He knew their darkest times lay ahead. They would experience the loss of their beloved Teacher, despair at His death, great joy when He rose, and sorrow at His departure. Most difficult of all, bearing witness to His life would challenge their faith. So, in John 14-16, He promised them a Helper to stand alongside them in the coming trials.
We often face life with a stiff upper lip, trusting our own ingenuity and skills to get us through. But following the Lord means adopting a totally different mindset: We’re weaker than we could have imagined, but through the Holy Spirit, we are stronger than we dared to hope.
Whether our struggle is spiritual, emotional, or physical, we can rely on the Holy Spirit to help us. The apostle Paul gives us an example of what this looks like. When he was dealing with pain from a physical condition—which he called his “thorn”—he prayed that the Lord would take away the difficulty. Instead, God said His strength would be “perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Too many Christians operate under the misconception that God meets us when we have gone as far as we can go. In reality, His Spirit doesn’t add to our strength, like some kind of spiritual steroid. Instead, when we admit we are powerless to help ourselves, the Holy Spirit gives us the strength we need to face any challenge with absolute confidence in God.
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