Words of Faith 2-3-17
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2017
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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 "All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
There used to be a popular bumper sticker that read “God is my co-pilot”. It is a nice thought but not a very biblical one. The Bible uses the word “Lord” a great deal to talk about our relationship with God. There is no Greek equivalent for “co-Lord” or “assistant Lord”. Just Lord.
The truth is we don’t need God as a reserve flyer, we need Him in the first seat. He is my pilot and He is also my navigator. He develops the flight plan. He also manages fuel supplies. So what do I do? Whatever He tells me to do! But He certainly is not my co-pilot.
But just how does the Lord God pilot my life-course? Asked another way, how can I have an ongoing relationship with Jesus? In what way do the Father and Jesus make a home in the believer (14:23)? Jesus tells us that it is by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Who is the Holy Spirit? Of course we know He is the third person of the Holy Trinity. Though often ignored or thought mysterious, He is the Spirit of God with us. He is the presence to pilot, navigate, and fuel our journey!
The Scripture says that the Holy Spirit is our Counselor. The word in Greek is parakletos and means an intercessor, consoler, advocate and comforter. Anything that we experience of the reality of God is the Holy Spirit. Jesus demonstrated the personality and character of God to men but after his departure the Holy Spirit makes the living Christ real to his followers.
The Holy Spirit is not some optional religious experience. He is our access to and experience of God. When we talk in any way about God’s leading we are talking about the Holy Spirit. When we talk about inviting Jesus to live in our hearts, we are talking about the Holy Spirit. When we demonstrate any giftedness for Spiritual matters or work, we are talking about the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is our teacher. He is the one who illumines the Scripture. He is the one who gives us insight. There is no spiritual truth that one can learn that is not revealed by the Holy Spirit. There is no genuine communication from God whether it be through a sermon, song, hymn, or utterance that does not originate with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is our reminder. The disciples would need a lot of reminding. Very soon Jesus would be arrested, tried and crucified. They would be reminded that Jesus had told them all these things had to happen. There were many things that Jesus had taught them which needed to be written down. The Holy Spirit would remind them of these things and so inspire those parts of the Holy Scriptures. The Holy Spirit reminds us as well!
Have you ever had a Scripture come to mind that you had not thought of in a long time? Have you been reminded to call on a friend only to discover that person had been praying for help? Have you been reminded at just the right time of a spiritual truth once learned? The Holy Spirit is our reminder.
Have you talked with the Holy Spirit today? Have you sought His comfort, guidance or strength? If you have trusted Jesus for Your salvation, the Father and Jesus have taken up residence in your life by way of the Holy Spirit. He represents and mediates their very presence and strength in you. What might you ask of Him today? Ask Him to teach you. Ask Him to remind you. Ask Him to give you power for living.
Holy Spirit, make Yourself known to me today. Lead and guide me. Empower and strengthen me. Teach and remind me. You are my pilot. In Jesus’ name.
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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2002, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
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Melbourne, Florida 32940 (321)-259-7200
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