April 2, 2019

The Holy Spirit: The Counselor - John 15:26

"This young woman had been abused as a small child. Her sadness and her depression is still lingered across her precious 19 year old face. I picked up on her sadness one day as she diligently served meals in our camp dining hall."

Family Discussions:

  1. What are some of the other names for the Holy Spirit?
  2. How is he tied to the Trinity?
  3. How does that all work together in your mind? Father, son, and Holy Spirit?
  4. How can his ability as a counselor help you today?
  5. Why did God give a believer his spirit? Why did he give you his spirit?

Transcriptions:

00:13 It is the best day of my life. Every single day. When I get to see someone, just transformed by the spirit of Christ. I want to, I want to tell you about one of those today. And, and, and, and the, uh, the ability for that comes from, uh, from scripture and from the man of scripture. John Chapter 15, 26 when he writes of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. And here's what Jesus says. He says, "when the helper comes, whom I will send to you from the father. That is the spirit of truth. Who proceeds from the father. He, the Holy Spirit will testify about me." Oh Man. This, this young woman had been abused as a small child. Um, her sadness and her depression is still lingered across her precious 19 year old face. You know, I, I picked up on her sadness one day as she diligently served meals in our camp dining hall.

01:11 Uh, just, just a lovely girl with a humble servant's heart. Uh, we talked for a long while there in the dining hall in amidst many tears. She let me in on her seemingly unresolved problems. With much assurance of God's amazing unconditional love, I got to share with her that his word and his spirit, were her constant counselor. Uh, you know that she literally had a problem solver living in her heart. You know, it was unbelievable. You know, that day she began to memorize God's word and, and defeat her mind with her counselor's thoughts - God's thoughts. She began to pray constantly to fill her heart with, with her counselor's love. She trusted Christ continuously to fill her soul with her counselor's assurance and, and, and, and I'm telling you something. It's true. Y'All a week went by and I saw a smile. A month went by and I saw a happy heart.

02:07 A year went by and I saw her dance. I saw her dance like a little kid at Christmas. You know, the Holy Spirit comes into your heart the moment you accept Christ as savior. He is a humble person and he always lifts up Jesus. His ministry in your heart is to make you like Christ and to make your heart dance. Here's some questions to ponder. What are some of the other names for the Holy Spirit? Uh, you know, spirit of God, you know, Holy Ghost, you named some of them in scripture. And then how is he tied to the Trinity? How does that all work together in your mind? Father, son, and Holy Spirit? And then this question, how can his ability as a counselor help you today? And then lastly, why did God give a believer his spirit? Why did he give you his spirit? And here's the lifeline. When you think about the Holy Spirit, you can agree with Paul when he said, thanks be to God for the indescribable gift.

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