Daily Insight for February 27
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” John 14:16-17.NLT
The disciples felt heavy in their heart by listening to the announcement Jesus made. Jesus said would be crucified and then go back to heaven. Last three and half years Jesus was their everything. The disciples left everything they once had-their trade, possessions and even relationships- and followed Jesus. Their life support, sustenance, protection, safety, provision all was in one person –Lord Jesus Christ. They did not know what to do when Jesus goes away. To such worried disciples, Jesus said one of the most heartfelt and beautiful verses of the Bible, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-. Jesus comforted His dear disciples with His promise of second coming.
However, how would they live in this sin and evil bound until His second coming? Jesus gave a powerful provision for their living.
Jesus said he would not leave them as orphans. He said He would send the Holy Spirit of God for them. In essence, He said, my mission of coming to the earth is almost finished now. I am going back to heaven. However, I would not leave you helpless. The Holy Spirit whom He is going to send comes for their support, encouragement, guidance, comfort, and counsel forever. Not a temporary visit. This was the case in the old testament time. Holy Spirit will never leave a believer in Christ in the dispensation of Church. Jesus said, “the world cannot receive him, because it is not looking for him and does not recognize him.
You see God’s Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth, is the special privilege of the children of God. NIV, NASB and other translations say He will be with you forever. Jesus also said, the disciples already knew and familiar the Holy Spirit because He lived ‘with them’ so far. However, the big difference is – after a few days the Holy Spirit will be’ in them’ forever. What He meant is this -after the ascension of Christ, on the day of Pentecost, Holy Spirit would come to indwell in the believers in Christ permanently.
Beloved, you need to understand the real source of the battle going on in this world. It is called a spiritual battle. No one is exempt from it. The battle is between truth and lie. It is between darkness and light. It is between life and death. Bible loudly declares Jesus Christ is the truth. (John 14:6). He is the light. (John 8:12). He is the life. (John 14:6 &10:10). The source of ugly battle is none other than your enemy called Satan, the one who hates God’s creation-Adam’s race. However, Jesus said, He loves you, and you are valuable than the whole world. (Matthew 16:26).
Bible says in Ephesians 1:12, “We are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world.” Unfortunately without the truth, light, and life, many are trapped by the devil. He makes them obey him, but God can help them to escape from his traps. (2nd Timothy 2:26). There is an unseen spiritual battle going over your head and around you. You need the Holy Spirit now than any before.
How do you distinguish truth and lie, darkness and light and life and death? How do you fight correctly and win at the end? How do you make sure your soul is protected and inherit eternal life, not eternal hell? You see, the Holy Spirit of God is the defense. He is the Patriot missile. He is the source of true wisdom from heaven. Without the Holy Spirit of God, you cannot face the arch-enemy, the enemy of your soul-the devil. You may think you are strong to stand against his evil schemes. You are not strong to stand against him. Your strength comes from the one who is inside of you. If you are a believer in Christ, you have the Holy Spirit inside you. If you are not a believer in Christ as of yet, you do not have God’s Holy Spirit inside you to help and protect you from devils arrows. Bible affirms this truth in 1st John 4:4, “the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world.” GNT. The Spirit inside you is the Holy Spirit, and the spirit in this world is the spirit of the devil.
A Gentleman asked this excellent question recently. How can I get the Holy Spirit? Jesus Himself answered John 7:39, “By this, he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” Later means Jesus was referring to the time after His ascension into heaven. The day of Pentecost is the day God sent the Holy Spirit to indwell in all the believers of Christ permanently. The simple answer is those who believe in Jesus Christ would receive the Holy Spirit of God. Have you accepted Christ?
If you are a believer in Christ, if you repented of your sins and trusted Christ, you already have the Holy Spirit. If you have not done it yet, you do not have him. As the second coming of Christ is getting closer, the world would fall into more darkness as the spiritual battle gets intensified. Beloved, you need Jesus Christ. You need Holy Spirit to stand against the schemes of the devil. Jesus said if you ask for Holy Spirit, the Father in heaven will give him to you. He also said you could be filled by the Holy Spirit that rivers of living water would flow from within you. (John 7:38)
Got a moment for today’s prayer? “Father in heaven, I pray to give me your Holy Spirit to live in this wicked and evil world filled with wickedness. I believe Jesus Christ died and rose again for my sins. I repent of my sins and invite Jesus into my heart. Please save me and fill me your Holy Spirit to stand against the schemes of the devil. Thank you for saving and blessing me. Amen.”