OF SATAN’S SUBTLETIES

Some most interesting verses of Scripture are found in John 14; verses that were uttered just prior to His betrayal, his departure and the subsequent promise of another “helper”; namely, the Holy Spirit. 

We are aware of the three plus years of ministry, but the idea that He would not be present to personally minister to their needs, obviously brought forth a little bit of anxiety.  Understand, we would have probably been in the same boat!

First He reminds them of His availability.  “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him to know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

The Christian has an availability that he is sometimes cognizant of, and sometimes his awareness dwindles because we humans are dependent on what we see.  There was no lack of belief after the Pentecostal experience!  As we would say in Bermuda, “they shaped up!”

Jesus made a promise, and through His subsequent appearances solidified their thinking and understanding that God the Father would be sending a “strengthening one”. (That is the meaning of that word “comforter”)!  Every believer has that promised endowment as he faces the day by day decisions, be they positive or negative!

Just for a refresher: Paul the apostle reminded the Corinthians in 2 Cor. 6:19, when he said: “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you.”  He not only gives me that guarantee, but with it the assurance of my salvation and the unequaled filling of the Holy Spirit as I render obedience day by day.  The old timer summed it up in these words: “When I have all of Him, He has all of me!)

A long time ago I discovered that if I do my math right, in the process of obedience at that level, He will give me an opportunity to serve Him.  Let us be afresh in our thinking:  We will experience victory upon victory in the knowledge of His presence!

 -Ted                                               

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