“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”
– John 16:12-15 (Jesus speaking)
Today’s passage picks up where yesterday’s left off.
In the apostle John’s account of the evening of the Last Supper, Jesus speaks of the Holy Spirit – also using the terms “the Spirit of truth” and “the Helper.”
In the name “the Holy Spirit,” “spirit” tells us that He can be seen or touched, “holy” tells us that He’s concerned with holy things, and “the” tells us that He comes from the one true God. (To say a little more about “holy,” this means that’s He’s not concerned with making us more successful or better looking.)
In the name “the Spirit of truth,” “truth” tells us we can fully rely on what He says.
In the name “Helper,” we are reminded that Eve had such a name. Thus the Holy Spirit is perfectly designed to be what we need.
As I mentioned yesterday, the Holy Spirit is our lifeline to Jesus. At this point, it will be helpful to remember a verse we have pondered in a prior devotion:
“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
– Matthew 13:12 (Jesus speaking)
The application of this verse to the Holy Spirit is that if we do not take to heart the words of Jesus in the New Testament, it does not make sense for Him to extend His Spirit to us. On the other hand, if we are taking proper heed to the words of Jesus in the Scriptures, He will extend His Spirit to us without limitation.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, let me take heed to everything You’ve told me in the past so that You have reason to keep speaking to me. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit according to Your will…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)