Never Alone

 

God said in Genesis 2:18 it was not good for man to be alone.  It has never been God’s intention man walk alone.  In John 14 Jesus alone61was preparing His disciples for His impending death.  A primary concern was that the disciples realize they were not going to be left alone.  Jesus promised in John 14:16-17 that the Holy Spirit would be sent as a helper after His death.  Jesus would not allow the disciples to be left orphans.  God would send the Spirit to help them in life’s walk.

 

Today we do not walk alone.  Perhaps our greatest misunderstanding concerns the Holy Spirit.  We make Him the equivalent of written text.  To limit the Spirit by making Him only available by reading Scripture is false understanding of God.

 

The Lord tells us that the Spirit will dwell in us.  As God dwells in us He will do many things for us.  The Spirit is intended as our helper.  How often have we been taught that if we will just read more Scripture, pray more, go to church more often, choose better friends, or maybe try harder we can be the kind of Christian God wants us to be.  Unfortunately we have forgotten God’s promise.  God promised to send the Spirit to help with our journey as a Christian.  Could it be that too often we think we are walking alone?

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One Response to Never Alone

  1. Wayne McDaniel says:

    Dell, Receiving the Spirit imparts His joy that becomes our strength (Neh.8:10). All who repent and believe receive the Spirit at their baptism — not a portion of scripture (Acts 2). John reminded believers they did not need teaching from those who claimed to have special knowledge: “And as for you, the annointing which you received from him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as his annointing teaches you about all things and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in him.” – 1 John 2:27

    The earliest disciples did not have the 27 books to argue over, but knew how to recognize one another — the LOVE the Spirit had poured into their hearts (Rom. 5:5). We have likely met disciples who were not well-versed in the scriptures, but RADIATED the love of Jesus. I have been humbled more than once by such encounters. It is thru prayer that we are emptied of our pride by confessing our sins, so that we may be filled with the Holy Spirit and love.

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