Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.
Today let us welcome the precious work of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. In particular, let us acknowledge two wonderful roles He plays in our lives.
Firstly, let us appreciate the Paraclete’s readiness to lead us into ALL TRUTH. Against the backdrop of the fact that the devil is the father of lies, this work of the Spirit becomes even more relevant. What we mean here is this. We are all subject to all sorts of satanic lies that assault our lives unawares. The evil one is busy spinning untold fibs day in day out.
So many things that discourage us, so many things that hurt us, so many things that intimidate us-they are simply falsehoods that look like truth. Without the aid of the omniscient Spirit of truth, we would be deceived beyond measure. We would live in fear. Our faith would be eroded. Our hopes would be dashed.
Secondly, let us appreciate the Holy Spirit’s readiness to show us THINGS TO COME. We all have an innate desire to know something about the future. As spirit-beings, we are not content to be totally clueless about what tomorrow holds. Why do you think all sorts of “prophets”, soothsayers, fortune-tellers, augurs, diviners and astrologers are in high demand?
However, we must intentionally choose to depend on the Spirit of Truth to show us those things that our eyes, ears and hearts haven’t perceived (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). If we don’t watch it, the evil one-the father of lies-will gladly fill the gap. The devil’s predictions are typically convincing because they always have an element of truth, cunningly distorted to deceive gullible folks. The evil one’s lies are sugarcoated poison-quite palatable, often delicious, but fatal. Saints beware!
Let us appreciate the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives today. Take time to listen to His still small voice. He is ever ready to speak, guide and lead us. Are you ready? Pastor Josh