A devotional by Martin Smith. A 5 day plan
talking to us about The Holy Spirit
Day 1 // Him
Let’s be clear – you can’t escape the Holy Spirit. The Bible says He has been here since before the creation of the world. And more than that – before the earth was formed, He was “hovering over the waters”. He is not aloof therefore, but He is inseparable from the Earth and connected and interested in all that is going on. Let’s also be clear that you are not meant to escape Him. He was the one that drew you to Jesus and if it was not for Him you would not be a Christian. The Holy Spirit did not die for you – Jesus did that - but Jesus said in John 14:16-17:
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive Him, because it cannot see Him or know Him. But you know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you.”
Jesus also did not intend us to live without Him. In John 14:23 He said:
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
So, the Holy Spirit is God (part of the Trinity) and whether we like it or not we are to live our Christian life with Him and draw upon Him for all that we do. As we journey through the next few days make a commitment to recognise the Holy Spirit, working in your life, and determine to draw close to Him. He wants to be intimate with us and wants to reveal His comfort, strength, power and truth of Jesus to us.
Dear Jesus – I acknowledge that not only were my sins forgiven when you died for me, but you also sent me your Holy Spirit to help me live. Help me journey near to the Holy Spirit over the next few days as He comes close to me and help me draw from Him to live a powerful and victorious Christian life. Amen.
Day 2 // You are not alone
We are, unfortunately, living in a time when being lonely is not unusual. The Covid-19 situation has also increased this. In Psalms 139:7-12, however, David writes:
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,“ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
The point he is making is that there is no place on Earth where the Holy Spirit is not there. These are not just geographical areas, however. David makes it clear that even the darkness cannot shut out God.
During this time, you may have felt not only isolated from people, but you may even have felt in a “dark place”. These verses assure us that no place is too far or too dark for God’s Spirit to reach. You do not have to “find God” He is already there – next to you! What we have to do is acknowledge His presence and allow His light and love to flood into our being. As hard as it may be to realise – we are never alone. God is always there, through the Holy Spirit, to respond to us and help us. He does, however, want us to call on Him and reach out to Him as He wants us to make a clear choice. God will not force Himself upon us so let’s make a decision to invite Him in.
Holy Spirit – I realise that I can’t escape you and that you are always close to me. I invite you into my heart and being so that I will realise that I am never alone but that You love and care for me. Come to me now and fill every part of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Day 3 // You are not alone
As we get to day three, I am believing and trusting that you are experiencing the Holy Spirit being with you and that you are inviting Him to be in you.
In John chapter 7:37-39 Jesus said:
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.
Ok – so now we see some effects of the Holy Spirit being inus! He actually changes us, and Jesus describes it using physical images. Water brings life and is cleansing; it is also strong and powerful and can sweep away all that is in its path. Jesus promised that this can be our experience as the Holy Spirit lives in us. He brings life and revitalisation along with strength in our inmost being to live well and how He wants us to. This is where theory transitions into practice and reality. God is real, the Holy Spirit is real, and He wants to transform you from the inside out today. Clean water, however, can only flow from clean vessels so say sorry for any sin and receive the Holy Spirit!
Thank you, Jesus, for sending your Holy Spirit. I understand that He is with me, but I ask that He be in me. I say sorry for anything that may have offended You and I ask You to fill me with the Holy Spirit and rivers of living water right now, as You have promised. I thank You in advance for filling me. In Jesus name, Amen.
Day 4 // You can have comfort
Jesus talked a lot about the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of John and particularly Chapters 14, 15 and 16. The word He used was recorded in Greek as “parakletos”. This has been translated using a number of English words which include “comforter”, “helper” and “advocate”. The imagery is clear - that the Holy Spirit comes alongside of us and supports us. There is nothing like having someone who will speak for us and get us out of a tricky situation – even if sometimes it is our fault! A good parent will always do this.
Let us not forget God’s thoughts towards us. In Zachariah 8:8 it says, “for whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye”. This expression is a metaphor referring to the pupil of the eye – that is how closely God holds you and how protective God is towards you.
It also says in 2 Corinthians 1:22 that God has “placed His mark of ownership upon us, and who has given us the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the guarantee of all that He has in store for us”.
So if you have experienced anything of God’s Spirit this week – stirring you or reassuring you or coming upon you or in you, you can be assured that you are His child and He has wonderful things ahead for you. So, today, draw on the comfort of the Holy Spirit, let Him encourage you and let Him bring healing and wholeness to parts where you need it.
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for being my comfort. Thank you for encouraging me and being for me. I pray that you come into every part of my being to bring healing and wholeness. I open up the whole of my life to Your transforming and restoring power so that I may be the person You created me to be. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen
Day 5 // You can have truth
Words are powerful, words are transformative, and the Word of God can completely change us. In John 16:12-13 Jesus says:
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.”
We have the Bible to tell us what God is saying to us, and this is vital, but Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will also guide us into truth and speak to us. It is important, therefore, that we listen to His voice. Jesus also said that “His sheep hear His voice…. and will never follow the voice of a stranger”. How can we hear His voice? The answer is rather simple – we listen!
This means we sensitise our spiritual ears. It may be that a verse of scripture just seems to “jump” out at you, or another believer says something that resonates with you or you have a strong internal conviction. The Holy Spirit is very creative and can speak to you in lots of ways to get your attention - if you are listening! Remember, however, He will never say anything to you that contradicts the Bible (because He also wrote that!).
It is clear from the verses given that Jesus wants to speak to us so He can guide and strengthen us. If your journey seems a little hard perhaps you should listen!
Lord Jesus I understand that You want to guide me and strengthen me. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to speak to me and direct me. Help me have sensitive ears to hear what You are saying to me so I can follow You and walk with You all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.