Did you know that the Holy Spirit longs to have a personal relationship with you?
When we first got saved, we fell in love with Jesus. He became our Savior and our Lord. For some of us, He also became our healer, and all we could talk about was the wonderful things Jesus had done in our lives. However, Jesus came so that He might also introduce us to the Father. He said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV)
After we were saved, we discovered that we were born into a new family and that God had become our heavenly Father. For those of us who had a difficult relationship with our earthly father, it may have been challenging for us to understand the love of our heavenly Father. It is just as important to have a deep, personal relationship with the Father as it is to have one with Jesus. That is a vital step in our spiritual maturity as sons and daughters of God!
Many believers have no difficulty embracing the love of Christ and the great care of the Father, but seem to have little idea how to engage with the Holy Spirit. To them, He seems to be that hidden figure who works in the background to bring us into the new birth and to help us grow in Christ, but not more than that. Millions of other believers have joyfully experienced what is known as the baptism in the Holy Spirit. They encountered Him, tasted His power, but did not realize that the Holy Spirit wanted to have a deep, personal friendship with them. They didn’t know that they could get to know Him as a person!
Before Jesus ascended back into Heaven, He told His disciples:
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” (John 14:16 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)
Jesus was our first Helper, but He asked the Father to send us another Helper – the Holy Spirit! He was sent from Heaven to do the things that Jesus would do for us, if He were still here on earth. Jesus went on to say:
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)
For three years, the disciples had Jesus walking by their side, teaching them about the Kingdom of Heaven. He showed them how to proclaim the Gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demons. However, Jesus knew that His time with them had come to an end. He was about to go back into Heaven, but He was not going to abandon them like orphans. He promised to send them another Helper to go with them everywhere they went throughout the world to show them what to do. He said:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NKJV)
Jesus said the Holy Spirit would speak to them, lead them, guide them and even show them things that would happen in the future:
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak of His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13 NKJV)
Jesus declared to the disciples everything the Father had told Him. He then explained that the Holy Spirit would do the same thing:
“He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14 NKJV)
If you have had trouble picturing the Holy Spirit as a Person, count the number of times Jesus used the word “He” in the last two verses. He is not just a vague presence, He is an actual Person and He has been sent to have a personal relationship with us. There will be times we will hear His voice and receive revelation from Him. He is ready to talk with us about anything we are going through, just as Jesus did with His disciples. He wants to share in every moment of our day and help us with everything we do. We just need to take the time to get to know Him!
You are holy, dear saint!
Have you experienced the Holy Spirit speaking to you about what you are going through? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]