Your Answer Is on the Way!

Have you ever wondered how on earth God is going to answer your prayers?

When we ask God to do something that seems beyond the realm of possibility, our mind immediately tries to figure out how He is going to do it. If we cannot think of a means for God to answer our prayers, we often fall back into doubt and unbelief. The result is that we either let go of our dreams or fall into hopelessness and despair.

God doesn’t want us to give up just because we can’t figure out how He is going to answer our prayers. This is why King Solomon wrote:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV) 

God delights when we trust Him to answer our prayers, even when we can’t figure out how He is going to do it! When the situation seems impossible, that is when God loves to show us that He is more than able to do it.

Many refuse to believe that they have the answer until they see it with their own eyes. But Jesus said these words:

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

God expects us to believe we have the answer the very moment we ask Him for it! Isn’t that amazing? When we ask Him to give us something which He has promised in His Word, He says “Yes” to us. He immediately sends His angels to bring it to pass. Sometimes the answer comes at that very moment, but other times we have to stand in faith until it does. This can take days, weeks, months and even years. It all depends on what God has to do to bring it into our hands. Sometimes He has to raise us up to a level where we are able to receive it. As we grow in our faith, we can develop it to a point where we are not moved by how long it takes for an answer to come. We can have peace and joy believing that we have the answer now in the spiritual realm, regardless of how long it takes to show up in the natural.

If we practice believing we have the answer when we pray, it will become second nature to us. That will be our new normal! We will be unmoved by the fact that we can’t see the answer just as the Apostle Paul wrote:

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV)

God wants us to keep walking by faith, trusting in Him, and not be moved by our circumstances. He wants us to believe the answer is on the way, even though we can’t see it.

We often don’t realize that our prayers are already being answered in the unseen realm. From the time we make our petition, God’s angels are actively at work to bring the answer to us. We cannot see what they are doing, so we have to trust God that He is working everything out for us. Jesus used this illustration to show how things take place in the unseen realm:

The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.” (Mark 4:26-27 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

Can you imagine a farmer digging his seed up every day to see if it’s growing? He knows to leave it in the ground, even though there is no evidence of growth. In the same way, once we place our request in God’s hands, we need to leave it there and let Him take care of it. That is the secret to answered prayer! This is why the writer of Hebrews wrote:

“Now faith is . . the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

Our job is not to know how God is going to answer our prayers – our job is only to believe! Once we have made our request to the Lord, we need to stop asking Him for the same thing over and over again. God is not moved by the number of times we pray about our needs. He is only moved by our faith. Jesus said:

“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” (Matthew 6:7-8 NKJV)

Just meditate on those words and let them sink in. It will completely transform the way you pray! If God already knows our need before we even come to Him in prayer, then why do we need to remind Him about it? If we do come to Him again about the same need, it should be to thank Him for hearing and answering our prayer. That’s how we show that we believe He heard us the first time we prayed!

If you haven’t seen the answer to your prayer yet, don’t give up. God is faithful to keep His promises and your answer is on the way!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you seen God answer your prayer when you couldn’t see how He could ever do it? 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.]

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Wake Up to Your Dreams

Did you know that God has placed dreams in your heart?

Many of us have had deep desires to accomplish certain things in our life. Some of these desires have been with us from childhood. Others have sprung up as we began to picture the kind of life we would like to live. God not only wants to supply our needs, but He also wants to help us achieve our dreams.

It is important to have goals in life. They give us the ambition and drive to get up in the morning and push ourselves each day. People who don’t have any direction in life tend to wander aimlessly. Each one of us needs to have a clear vision of where we are going and what we want to accomplish in the future.

King Solomon wrote:

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)

Without a clear-cut picture of what we want to achieve, we can find ourselves going around in circles or stagnating in our present situation. As believers, the best visions and dreams come from God. When He is the One who puts those desires in our heart, He will shape our destiny. When we learn to identify those God-given desires, we can begin to pursue them with all of our heart.

The Psalmist wrote:

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

The first step to achieving our deepest desires is to delight ourselves in the Lord. He not only gives us those desires, but also the ability to achieve them. He wants to walk with us throughout our whole journey and help us accomplish those things which He has placed in our heart. This way we are drawn closer to Him as we press toward our dream. By doing it together with Him, He gets all the glory!

Once you have identified the desires that God has placed in your heart, then go to the next step:

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5 NKJV, emphases mine.)

Most of the time we have no idea how God is going to fulfil our dreams. That is why He wants us to commit our way to Him and trust Him to bring them to pass. Instead of depending on our ability, He wants us to work with Him!

The next step is to write our dreams down. The Lord emphasized this importance when He said to the Prophet Habakkuk:

Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

Just like Habakkuk, we should make a clear outline of our dreams, prayerfully listing all the steps needed to accomplish them. If we have a BIG goal that seems beyond our reach, then we need to ask God to give us several smaller goals that lead to the desired result. As we complete each step, we will get closer to accomplishing what seemed impossible. Sometimes we can cut out pictures from magazines to symbolize what we want to achieve. Whether we paste them into a notebook or pin them up on the wall, we should keep those images before us all the time. Another strategy is to put up Scriptures that will give us inspiration. By doing that we can look at them every day and thank God for helping us achieve those goals.

Faith is a vital key to realizing our dreams. Jesus put it this way:

If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23 NKJV)

Each morning we can reinforce our resolve by looking at the list of dreams that we have committed into God’s hands. By believing and declaring that God is going to bring them to pass, our faith will rise up to a place where we will have no doubt He will do it. What may have seemed impossible at the beginning of our journey, will become possible if we keep trusting God.

Thank God that nothing is impossible with Him. Therefore, we can wake up to our dreams each morning, rejoicing that God is able to bring them to pass!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Do you have dreams that you are trusting God to fulfil in your life? Let me know in the comments below so I can stand in agreement with you!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., or otherwise posted]

 

 

 

 

 

Your Darkest Hour

“It is always darkest just before the dawn!”

Have you ever heard an expression like that? It has been around from at least the late 1600’s. It means that there is hope even in the worst of circumstances. When everything seems to be going wrong, and there is no chance for a breakthrough, we can still cling to hope. It is a belief that if we just keep pressing ahead, somehow everything will turn around for our good.

For those who do not have God in their lives, this kind of hope seems bleak at best. Yet, many of these people have held fast to their hopes and desires and have been able to press through to the breakthrough they dreamed of making. If it has worked for those who seem to have no basis for hope, how much more will it work for us who serve the God of hope?

Abraham found himself in such a position at ninety-nine years of age. God had promised him a son at the age of seventy-five. He believed God’s promise to him and held fast to the hope of having a son for twenty-four years. His situation looked pretty hopeless. How on earth could he expect to have a son at his age? Yet the Apostle Paul had this to say about him:

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, ‘So shall thy descendants be.’ ” (Romans 4:18 KJV, emphasis mine.)  

You will notice that this is a quote from the King James Version of the Bible. What does “Who against hope believed in hope” mean? It simply means that when there was no hope, he believed God and expected to receive exactly what He had promised. What seemed impossible became possible through faith and hope in God!

Faith and hope must always work together if we expect to receive what God has promised. Faith gives us the assurance that what God has promised belongs to us right now, regardless of what we see in our present circumstances. On the other hand, hope is the expectancy we have in our hearts that what God has promised will come to pass. The writer of Hebrews wrapped it all up in these words:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

We could say it this way: If you believe that you have it right now by faith, then expect to come to pass every day until you see it!

Sometimes it seems we have to battle our way to victory. This is called: Fighting the good fight of faith. Paul refers to this battle when he wrote:

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed a good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

Here, fighting the good fight means speaking positive words of faith before everyone around us. We have to keep doing this until we see the victory. This applies to every situation in our lives!

When there seems to be no end in sight, we are often tempted to waver in our faith. Although we started our walk of faith with our eyes fixed firmly on Jesus, our attention is often distracted by our present circumstances. Instead of confessing what we believe in God’s promises, we begin to speak what we see going on around us. It is at that moment we often find ourselves sinking into fear and doubt.

This may remind you of Peter when he walked on the water toward Jesus. He had no fear until he looked at the waves being blown by the wind, at that moment he started to sink. Then he looked back to Jesus and cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out and grabbed him by the hand and said:

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31 NKJV)

Jesus chided Peter because he had been doing so well as long as he kept his eyes on Him. It was only when he looked at the circumstances that he began to doubt. When we find ourselves in a predicament, we have to be careful not to waver in our confession of what God has promised us. We must keep our eyes firmly fixed upon His promises to us. This is why the writer of Hebrews wrote:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He is faithful who promised.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV, emphasis mine)

When everything seems to be completely hopeless, and we are going through our darkest hour, God is with us in the middle of our situation. Even though we may have yielded to doubts and fears, God’s promises have not changed. We can hold fast to our confession of faith and hope until we see the answer come. Instead of saying, “I am going through such a dark season in my life,” we should say, “I don’t care how impossible it seems, God is going to get me through this!” Then we will discover that our darkest hour was just before the dawn of our breakthrough!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you held fast to your confession of faith during a very dark period in your life until you saw the victory? 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., unless otherwise noted]

 

 

 

 

Feeling Stretched to the Limit?

“Wow! Am I ever being stretched right now!”

Have you ever felt that you were being pushed to the breaking point? Each one of us has found ourselves in a place where we thought we couldn’t handle one more thing. We felt that if anything else went wrong, we would break from the weight on our shoulders.

When we feel that we’re being stretched to the limit of our ability to cope with the circumstances, we must be careful not to give place to fear. This is why King David wrote:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

We may not feel we are about to die, but we may feel pretty desperate. The good news is that God is with us right in the middle of our deepest valley, regardless of how dark it may seem. He is there to lead us by the hand and bring us out safely to green pastures and still waters. He is amazing!

Even if we have learned to trust God when the way becomes difficult, we may still feel our faith is being stretched to the limit. Have you ever said, “Lord, you know how much I trust you but aren’t you stretching me beyond what I can handle?” Sometimes God allows us to get in a position like that because He doesn’t want us to keep going in our own strength. He wants us to depend completely on Him!

The Psalmist wrote:

“The steps of a good man (or woman) are ordered of the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24 NKJV, emphasis mine; words in parentheses mine.)

We may not realize it, but the Lord has been holding our hand all along. He won’t let go. He is here to keep us going all the way through the testing of our faith. When we realize this, we can relax and rest in the joy and peace that He gives us despite our circumstances.

The Apostle James explained exactly what we must do when we find ourselves in this situation:

My brethren, count it all  joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:2-3 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

God wants us to face each trial with JOY! When our faith is being tested, we can have joy knowing that God is there to bring us through to victory. We have the assurance that one day this trial will be behind us.

Some versions of the Bible translate the word patience in the above Scripture as endurance. He wants to increase the ability of our faith to endure trials and testings. He uses each test to strengthen our faith and give us the ability to trust Him more. That trial we are going through will actually take us to the next level of our faith!

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:4 NKJV)

Our journey is designed to promote us from one level to the next until we reach full maturity and completeness in Christ. He will perfect us where we are lacking in our faith! How amazing is that?

However, when the testing of our faith seems to drag on endlessly, we can often feel worn out. We feel tired and drained from clinging to the Lord to get us through what we are experiencing. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

When there seems to be no end to the dilemma we are going through, God wants us to guard ourselves against becoming discouraged. He is the God of hope and He wants us to expect Him to lead us through to victory. At times it may seem difficult to keep trusting God, especially when no breakthrough is in sight. This is why King Solomon wrote:

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)

When we try to figure everything out with our own understanding, we are not trusting God to guide us. He must become our only source for direction. This is why Solomon went on to say:

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6 NKJV)

God wants us to trust Him to smooth out our path and lead us all the way to victory!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you expected something good to come out of a situation where your faith was being stretched to the limit? 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.]

 

 

 

Keep a Strong Grip

Do you know people who were faithfully involved in a church for years, but now they are not going at all? Have you ever wondered if that could happen to you?

This phenomenon we are seeing in some of our friends and acquaintances is not new. It happened even back in the Early Church. They also had people who seemed to be strong believers, full of the Holy Spirit, but started to drift away from the Lord. Soon they seemed to have no interest in spiritual things at all. How could this happen?

In the New Testament, when Jesus saw that believers were slowly losing interest in Him, He cried out:

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” (Revelation 3:11 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

We have to keep a strong grip on everything God has given us because there is a thief who is trying to steal it away!

God doesn’t want us to naively go through life complacently thinking that nothing bad can happen. He wants us to be vigilant at all times, knowing that there is an enemy out there who is relentlessly trying to steal everything we have. This is why the Apostle Peter wrote:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV)

Jesus also warned His disciples that there was a dangerous enemy, who was always after His sheep:

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV, emphasis mine.) 

From the moment we were saved, the enemy has been lurking around us trying to draw us back into the world. He seeks to entice us away from our heavenly Father. Sadly, we have seen this happen to many believers. How do we guard ourselves against making this same mistake?

One day I had a dream from the Lord. In the dream, I was leafing through a beautiful book about the crowns mentioned in the Bible. The pages were filled with beautiful lettering of many different colors. As I came out of the dream, I heard the Lord Jesus call out to me, “Let no one steal your crown!”

One of the first things we have to guard ourselves against is a root of bitterness or unforgiveness. We must be always be quick to forgive those around us for any hurtful things that they may have done to us. If we aren’t careful to keep our hearts from these bitter roots, they will soon grow into major feelings of anger and resentment. It is our attitude toward others that will either keep us walking in victory or drag us down into defeat.

Jesus said:

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44 NKJV, emphases mine.)

These people are not necessarily out in the world, they can be in our own church! And they don’t have to do something terrible to draw us into resentment, it is often something minor. If we do not guard ourselves against little roots of resentment, they can grow into something much larger. This is why we need to always walk in love with everyone around us and be quick to forgive them for all the little things they do against us. We need to be quick to bless them and be a blessing to them. That is the best way to guard ourselves against hurt feelings!

There is another thing we have to do keep a firm grip on the Lord: We need to rely upon Him daily and not become independent. We need His help with everything we do! Those who become self-sufficient often find themselves drifting away from the Lord. It doesn’t happen overnight, it is usually a slow process. If we are not careful to cling to the Lord, we can find ourselves reaching a point where we think we don’t need Him at all. Instead, we must hold fast to Him – as if our life depends on it!

If we are going to keep a strong grip on the Lord, it begins with how we start each day. What we do first thing in the morning will shape everything else! The Word of God must become our lifeline to Him. When we are immersed in God’s Word, our prayers will become more powerful. The Holy Spirit wants us to focus on God’s Word and not on the things that are happening in the world around us. He wants us to cling to God’s promises so that the world will no longer have a grip on our lives. Additionally, it is important to keep in close fellowship with the Holy Spirit and with one another. The Holy Spirit will help us guard what God has given us, and spiritual friends will encourage us to keep our eyes focused on the Lord.

God promises us eternal life and life in abundance. Why would we want anything else?

You are holy, dear saint!

Have you learned to keep a strong grip on what God has given you? 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.]

 

 

 

 

Your Traveling Companion

Do you know the Holy Spirit as a personal friend, who is with you wherever you go?

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to do for us everything He would have done if He were still here in person. Jesus told His disciples:

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)

In His human form, Jesus trained the twelve disciples and other followers. It would have been impossible for Him to train the millions of disciples who would come into the Kingdom of God later. For this reason, Jesus said He would send another Helper, the Holy Spirit, who would take His place in training God’s people. He teaches all things concerning the Kingdom of Heaven and the role we are to play in God’s work here on earth.

The disciples were familiar with the Holy Spirit because they had seen Him at work through the ministry of Jesus. This is why Jesus said:

“But you know Him, for He dwells with you and shall be in you.” (John 16:17 NKJV, emphasis mine.) 

It’s important for us to get to know the Holy Spirit, this Helper from Heaven, on a personal basis. We get to know Him through the New Birth because He is the One who causes us to be born again after we’re saved. We can get to know Him on a deeper level through the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. We can also get to know Him more by fellowshipping with Him on a daily basis. The Apostle Paul referred to this relationship when He wrote:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

The Holy Spirit wants to fellowship with us! He desires to share every detail of our day, and help us with everything we are doing. He wants to also teach us how to work in harmony with Him and rely on His strength, not on our own. The Lord put it this way:

” ‘Not by (your) might, nor by (your) power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6 NKJV, parentheses mine.)

The Lord doesn’t want us to rely upon our own strength. He wants us to depend completely upon His Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who will lead us and guide us. He will also empower us to do what we could not do in our own ability. God can accomplish what looks impossible through those who rely completely upon the Holy Spirit!

The King James Version translates the word fellowship as communion: “The communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV). We cannot have communion with the Holy Spirit without communication. He speaks to us and we must also speak with Him. This comes through tuning our spirits to hear His voice and by asking Him for leading and direction. Some people stumble over the idea of speaking to the Holy Spirit, but He is a person and we can speak to Him. He will speak to us in many different ways and we need to learn how to discern His voice. This comes from spending time with Him – and lots of it!

The Holy Spirit is our personal instructor in God’s Word. Jesus told His disciples:

“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, emphasis mine.)

God wants us to open our Bible every day and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us from it. We will be amazed at what new insights He will show us in God’s Word. He has many things that He wants to impart to us so that we might reach new heights in Christ.

The writer of Hebrews also wrote:

But solid food food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their (spiritual) senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:14 NKJV, word in parentheses mine and emphasis mine.)

We are all aware of our physical ears, but we also have spiritual ears. If we learn to exercise our spiritual senses, we will discern the voice of the Holy Spirit. When we recognize His voice, we need to pay attention to Him and do what He tells us to do. If we are found faithful in obeying Him in little things, He will entrust us with bigger responsibilities. This is the kind of relationship that the Holy Spirit wants with us!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you discovered that you can have an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit? 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.]

 

 

 

Your Heavenly Helper

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!

Steve Smith

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.]