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Devotional - week of April 20, 2014


OUR OTHER HELPER (3)

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  John 16:12-13

Jesus was speaking to His Apostles who had been with Him for over 3 years. He had continually taught them all that time. Yet, He knew that after His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, the Holy Spirit would enter their lives and teach them many things about these events. Read all the letters of the New Testament and see many of the new things the Holy Spirit had taught the authors of those letters.

The most vivid illustrations of this are found in the writings of Paul. For example, the Holy Spirit taught Paul that when a person is saved, he is spiritually crucified, buried, and resurrected. At the time Jesus was teaching the Apostles, it would have been impossible for them to understand being spiritually crucified, buried and resurrected. Today, the Holy Spirit is in believers and teaching us these and other truths of the Bible.

We were born into the Kingdom as spiritual babies to grow beyond spiritual infancy by an increasing understanding of spiritual truths. All believers should understand that the Holy Spirit is in them and is there to “guide them into all truth”—especially spiritual truths. Unfortunately, vast numbers of believers seem not to be interested in receiving new spiritual truths which would result in their growth as believers. When we lose interest in growing in Bible knowledge, our spiritual growth has come to an end.

Let us keep on growing by continually receiving the filling of the Holy Spirit. Our lives will be more fruitful and more fulfilling. Stay in God’s word. If reading and studying the Bible has become boring to you, you are not filled with the Holy Spirit.

You can continually receive that filling by continually living out the five commands listed below this devotional.