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Devotional - week of February 19, 2006


honesty

 

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth … John 16:13e is called “the Spirit of truth.”

 

The Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of truth” three times in the Gospel of John.

 

The statement “He will guide you into all truth” in John 16:13 is a revelation that He will guide us to read the Scriptures. A companion verse found in John 14:26 which says “He will teach you all things” means that the Holy Spirit will teach us the Scriptures. Since He guides us into all truth and He teaches us all things, we can trust Him to be our teacher in every area of life.

 

The Holy Spirit, our guide into all truth will also lead us to a life of truthfulness. A little boy was asked to give a definition of a lie. Showing his knowledge of Scripture and desiring to give respectability to a lie he answered, “A lie is a very present help in the time of trouble.” The little boy spoke for many. Far too often many of us have used the little boy’s phrase “a lie is a very present help.”

 

One Christian suggested to a Christian acquaintance that was not walking with God that he read a certain book. The wayward one said, “I have read that book but I didn’t pay any attention to it because the man who gave it to me is a liar.”

 

If one has spent a lifetime being dishonest and is grieved about it, there is help for him. There can be victory for him. The help and victory are from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, who is in all believers, grieves at every act and thought of dishonesty in the believer. When a person is filled with the Spirit, the grief of the Holy Spirit reaches the conscience of the dishonest person with great intensity. The believer who is struggling with the sin of dishonesty needs to receive the filling of the Holy Spirit constantly.

 

Paul points out in Romans 1:22, 29 that deceit is a work of the know-it-all attitude—our flesh. Jesus says the same thing in Mark 7:21, 22 in pointing out that deceit comes from the heart.

 

When we experience our spiritual crucifixion, our flesh becomes powerless and we are filled with the Spirit of truth.