It’s interesting how so many of us know of the Holy Spirit but not so many of know the Holy Spirit. When we read the bible, we learn that Jesus told us that He would send the Advocate. (John 16:7; NLT) but we often don’t really understand why and what He, the Holy Spirit, will do.
Sometimes we tend to get fixated on a word used. For example, the NLT uses the word ‘Advocate’, the New King James uses the word ‘Helper’, the King James uses the word ‘comforter’, the NIV uses the word ‘Counselor’. The word in Greek is Paraclete and it means all of the above and more. We need only look at the Amplified which gives us, ‘Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby’. Understanding the word will help us open our minds to the incredible and wonderful power of God’s word and how the Holy Spirit has been sent for our benefit and He is many things to us. We learn in verse 8, that He will convict us of our sin, convince us and show us what is right, how to set our heart right.
Jesus came and gave us the message, and He sent the Holy Spirit. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth”; (16:13). “...The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me”; (16:14).
Jesus never came then left us alone. He came; His body left but He is with us 24/7 and His Spirit is guiding us when we are lost or confused, comforting us when we are distressed, counselling us when we are confused, interceding for us when we are in turmoil, helping and strengthening us when we are weak. In fact, He is everything and anything we need Him to be. He is there for us, we need only call out to Him; whether it is a feeble and weak, “help me”, or a scream, “HELP ME!!”
I know from personal experience that at a time when I had given up hope and felt all was lost, I had called out, “God help me!” and He did, because within an hour a wonderful sensation of peace and confidence came over me. He comforted me and reassured me.
When we call on God we need to remember that God will do it His way; not necessarily our way and be assured His way is always best. He has plans for us and we need to submit to Him and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
God bless you all