“But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative—and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you.” - John 14:26
Is your memory a thing you forget with? Are you good at remembering birthdays, wedding anniversaries, the names of your in-laws’ family? How about Scripture? Are you good at memorizing verses from the Bible? We are told to hide God’s Word in our hearts, and it will “check” us when we think of sinning (Psalm 119:11). Jesus promised his disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit into their hearts to help them remem-ber his words. That promise was for all disciples in all ages—people like you and me!
But even the Holy Spirit can’t help us remember what we’ve never taken the trouble to learn! Some people seem to think the Holy Spirit is a magic wand standing in the corner of our minds. When we are too lazy to learn something, we somehow expect him to cheat for us by whispering the right answer in our ear. But he won’t do that. He never said he would. Our Lord said the Holy Spirit would be sent to teach us all things and would then help us to remember what had been taught.
Now I don’t know about you, but my memory needs help. It stands to reason that I might need heavenly help when it comes to heavenly things. But I must learn the spiritual concepts, do the studying, and work at the memorizing. Only then will my heavenly Helper aid in the recall of all that hidden treasure of wisdom in the vault of my heart.
For Further Study: John 14:22-31
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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