January 30 // Kaitlyn Whisnant
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
God’s presence is real, full of love, and has the power to completely transform each of our lives. It takes what is broken, bringing healing and restoration. It takes what is lost and directs the way back with the guidance and strength of our Heavenly Father. It will give you rest and a peace that surpasses all understanding and it will help lead you if you are open to accept and receive it.
John refers to the guidance of the Holy Spirit as the Helper. How powerful is that? I found myself in awe, meditating upon those very words. What an abundant gift and blessing that we, as His beloved children, get to rely upon the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not only a helper, but is also an advocate, friend, and comforter.
How many times have you not asked for help because you thought you knew it all? How many times have you needed a friend but not known where to turn? The Holy Spirit is waiting for us to lean on Him; He is the answer to all those questions. He is the way Christ speaks to us each day.
As believers, it is our job to first respect the Holy Spirit’s guidance and then to intentionally listen to His presence. There are many ways we can listen and become aware of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. For instance, one of my favorite ways is on a long run when I can spend time with just the two of us. Another way is setting aside quiet time in the morning to journal/spend time in the word.
This looks different for everyone and it is important to find out what works for you. This could be going on a long walk, listening to worship music or even going to a community Bible Study. We have continuous, daily access to the Holy Spirit because He is with us wherever we go and He has promised to never leave us. Always remember that whatever you are facing – the Holy Spirit is within you and you are not alone. He is there to teach you, remind you of Jesus’ words and provide truthful insights. Ultimately, glory and honor and praise will be brought to the kingdom of God through his Spirit.
Heavenly Father, how wonderful it is to know that you have sent the Holy Spirit in your name to guide me and teach me the living truth within your word. Thank you for opening my heart and eyes to see the Holy Spirit move miraculously in my life. I pray that you open my understanding even more to be accepting and ready for whatever the Holy Spirit calls on me to do. I pray that we continue to lean on the Holy Spirit and seek out your presence in everything we do. I ask for restoration in our country, our church and our families. I pray that we rely more on your presence than anything else. We love you and praise you.