Teacher and Guide: “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27) With these words, Jesus promised his disciples the power to testify to all that they had witnessed while they were with Jesus. The Holy Spirit continues to strengthen us to do the same. The Spirit give us the ability to speak of our faith, to proclaim our faith, and not be timid about our proclamation. “When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12:11-12)
Friend: Since the Holy Spirit reminds us of all that Jesus taught, the Spirit brings us comfort in time of distress. Jesus promised “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) No matter what, we are never alone. Through the highs and lows, the Spirit is right there beside us, strengthening us to face life’s challenges head on. We live in the knowledge that although this life is fraught with pain, discouragement, sadness, and challenges, we have a constant, loving companion in the Holy Spirit.
Prayer Partner: Paul, in his letter to the Romans, writes: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27) The Spirit knows what we need even when we don’t. The Spirit makes our prayers known to God, our Father, and asks the Father to meet our needs according to his will. We do not need to try and find the words to express our thoughts and feelings to God. The Spirit is already there, praying on our behalf.
Gift Giver: The Holy Spirit gives believers the gifts and abilities needed to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. We need but listen to and heed the prompting of the Spirit to do the will of God. To the church at Corinth Paul writes: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
The Holy Spirit is our Teacher, Guide, Friend, Prayer Partner, Gift-Giver, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. Let us give thanks to our God!
Heavenly Father, we thank you for sending your Holy Spirit into the world and into our hearts. Let the Spirit’s fire blaze within us so that we may bold proclaim your majesty, power, and glory to the ends of the earth. In the name of Jesus who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen