So many times in life we venture into the daily grind of the unknown with little to no assistance. And, quite frankly, we leave the best assistance behind.
This is especially true as Christians. No matter how many times we hear about God’s desire to help us, strengthen us or equip us, we always like to prove our ability to do it on our own. Just hearing that phrase “on my own” makes me think of sappy broadway ballads, and so that I do not break into some Les Miserables song (trust me, no one wants to hear me sing) let’s just cut to the chase and set the record straight – you were never intended to walk this path alone.
Before Jesus went to the cross, He promised this everlasting assistance:
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14: 16-17 ESV)
Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as our Comforter or Paraclete. He promises that this Helper will be with us forever. Forever. Let that sink in a moment. Forever is a long time. Forever means that He is available during all stages of our life – standing beside us and sustaining us throughout life’s various ups and downs.
What is interesting to me is the power that the Holy Spirit provides. Just look at Peter. Moments after Jesus was arrested, he begins denying ever knowing or being associated with him. He lacks courage and his integrity crumbles like a withered rose.
Fast forward to the Day of Pentecost, and following the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Peter speaks with such boldness and conviction that thousands are brought into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Peter’s courage and boldness continues to grow and there are countless stories that speak of it.
If the Holy Spirit did not come upon Peter, I believe that we would have seen a repeat of denials from him. It was only due to the Paraclete, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit that Peter was able to boldly proclaim, without fear or hesitation, the saving power of Jesus.
What does this mean for you and me? Simply put, if you are walking around defeated, rejected or scared, you are leaving something on the table. You are leaving the key to victory behind. Do you feel that the Holy Spirit was not intended for you? It was a gift promised to all!
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord calls to himself.” (Acts 2:38-39 ESV)
Peter makes it pretty clear. Today, you have a choice on whether to receive this free gift or not. I encourage you, don’t leave the greatest tool behind.
Question: Can you share a time when the Holy Spirit gave you boldness or victory in a situation?