Verse of the day.
And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Helper, that he may abide with you forever,
Growing up, I used to imagine what it would have been like to be one of the twelve disciples. Imagine walking the Galilean streets with Jesus, eating at the same table with Him, sleeping in the same house, laughing with Him or standing by as He performed great miracles.
Imagine sitting with Him on that Mount while He spoke of this strange Kingdom, or withdrawing with Him from the multitudes as He served eternal mysteries.
Imagine snuggling so close you could hear His heartbeat, like John did. Imagine watching Him confidently answer questions from the Pharisees intended to confuse and destabilize, or standing by when He hung on that cross.
Imagine seeing Him again, so resurrected you could poke your finger through His wounds.
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Do these thoughts evoke at least a bit of longing in you? Or maybe for you, it may be a little envy for what the disciples had?
The truth, however, as we can see from today’s text is that having the Holy Spirit is exactly like having Christ with us.
The disciples had spent about 3 years with Jesus. They relied on Him for everything from instructions to guidance, healing, and help in spiritual and practical matters like financial provision. When He had to leave, how do you think the disciples would’ve felt? They were grieved!
Still, because He is so loving, so gracious and all-knowing, He decided, “I’m leaving but I’ll leave my Spirit with them.” If you’re following this, you’ll see that this simply means; He is still here! But through another Person.
Verse 17 tells us “but you know Him”, and the only way the disciples could know the Holy Spirit was because they knew Jesus and the Spirit was Him abiding in and with them.
The Holy Spirit is here. We have access to the same experience as the disciples and even much more!
We don’t have to imagine what it would be like to have Jesus here because as we fellowship with the Spirit, we fellowship with Christ. The Holy Spirit helps us (as Christ did the disciples) and His help is utter, complete. He is our Comforter, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Teacher and Standby (Amplified).
Remember that it was through this same Spirit that people like Apostle Paul were able to access such mysteries and their great walk with God.
Engage the Spirit today!
We have access to the same experience as the disciples and even much more! We don’t have to imagine what it would be like to have Jesus here because as we fellowship with the Spirit, we fellowship with Christ. Click To Tweet
Thank You, Father, for the gift of Your Spirit. I engage the Spirit today. I receive even greater access to You through Him.
(Pray in tongues if you can.)
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