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A Deeper Walk With The Holy Spirit

John 16:13

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.

I miss my dad. I often went to dad with spiritual and personal issues in my life. I would also talk to him about church life and share my concerns and my joys. He was a good sounding board – a man of faith and a man of love. He guided me through many troubling waters and helped me avoid so many as well.

Is there someone in our lives that fits this bill? Is there someone who we turn to in times of need and times of joy? A number of my friends are fellow clergy and we often have people coming to us for guidance on issues in life.

My children come to me from time to time – but not nearly as often as I would like – seeking guidance. I miss my dad greatly – because he was a source of strength for me.

Jesus is instructing His followers and telling them that the Holy Spirit would be this source of strength and support when He was gone. Here is today’s passage in partial context. John 16:1–15 – 1 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, 5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

Jesus wants to remind us that the Holy Spirit is our source of strength and guidance. If we do not have a relationship with the Holy Spirit – we are missing so much – we are missing a contact with God – because the Holy Spirit is God with us today. If we want a deeper walk with the Holy Spirit – with God – we need to turn to the Holy Spirit.

Troubles will come – we have been warned about this. My dad warned me often of the dangers lurking in the world – from temptations to destructive people. I often came to him but I also went to the Holy Spirit. With dad gone – I lean even more on the Holy Spirit (I actually leaned on the Holy Spirit working thru him when dad was alive). Today I want to deepen my walk with the Holy Spirit.

How’s our relationship with the Holy Spirit? Do we need to increase our contact – our trust – on Him? We need to deepen our walk with Him. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

In June – we will take a look at the Holy Spirit in our sermons. We hope that this will help all of us connect on a deeper level with the Holy Spirit.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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May 26, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , ,

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