Holy Spirit 05

Holy Spirit 05
John 14:25-26

Today’s devotion is number five in our Holy Spirit devotions, and we are headed to John Chapter 14, verses 25-26. So, grab your Bible if you can. (I use the NLT.) Get your notebook or journal and something to write with. I encourage you to take this opportunity to really focus on God’s Word and to really, truly interact with God in these verses and in his Word.

These are small, bite-sized devotions to prayerfully help inspire you to know the Holy Spirit better, to seek the Holy Spirit more, and to sense the Holy Spirit more in your life. If you’d like to go deeper in knowing and seeking the Holy Spirit, I’ll give you some ways that you can do that at the end of the devotion.

So, this is our fifth devotion from our Scripture By Topic list on the Holy Spirit. And you can get that entire scripture list on the Holy Spirit, along with instructions for our Daily Devotion Journal at MyDailyChurch.com.

Our scripture is John 14:25-26, and let’s just pray that the Lord would make our hearts ready to hear from him today.

Heavenly Father, please pour out your Holy Spirit on us. Open our hearts and our minds, Lord, that we would hear from you, that your Word would come alive to us, Lord, that we would sense your presence today. In your mighty name, Jesus, amen.

We return to John Chapter 14 with Jesus and the Disciples in the Upper Room on the night of the Last Supper. And Jesus does so much during this last night. He does so much to prepare his Disciples for his death, for his physical departure. This jam-packed teaching goes from John Chapter 13 to Chapter 16. And then it ends with the incredible prayer of Jesus in John Chapter 17. And so, if you’re looking for some awesome few chapters to really dig into, these chapters are an incredible choice.

In the section that we’re in today, Jesus has been promising to send the Holy Spirit to his Disciples, and he has twice already connected the Holy Spirit to us obeying his commandments. That’s kind of an important thing to remember. And then, in verses 25 and 26, Jesus explains that the Holy Spirit is an extension of himself. The Holy Spirit will come to continue the teaching of Jesus. As Jesus taught his Disciples in person for three and a half years, so now the Holy Spirit will teach us.

But guys, listen, this is really important to hear. The Holy Spirit was not sent to teach us something new. He was not sent to teach us something in addition to what Jesus taught. Don’t get sucked into that. It’s bad theology. Instead, the Holy Spirit was sent to teach us what Jesus taught and to remind us of what Jesus taught.

So, let’s read our verses.

John 14:25–26 (NLT)
(Jesus – speaking to his disciples, says) I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.
26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

Guys, there are so many reasons why we need the Holy Spirit, but this is a really big one right here.

So, here’s what I’d like to do today. I’d like to dig into these verses using the Amplified Bible. If you’re not familiar with the Amplified Bible, it’s considered a paraphrase of scripture because it amplifies, as the name implies. It amplifies the meaning of the original language in order to help us better understand how that the original language translates into English.

John 14:25–26 (AMP)
25 I have told you these things while I am still with you.
26 But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

Oh man, that is awesome! I love the way the AMP Bible draws that out. Amplifies it. The Holy Spirit is the divine extension of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. He is our Counselor. He is our Helper. He’s our Intercessor. He’s our Advocate. He’s our Strength in there. And he is the extension of Jesus into our lives to teach us what Jesus taught and to bring to our minds the words of Jesus.

And notice in verse 26, it says the Father is sent the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus. “In the name of” means, “according to the full character and nature of Jesus.” And so, the Holy Spirit comes to us as the divine extension of Jesus and in the full character and nature of Jesus. The AMP Bible says that the Holy Spirit comes in Jesus’ place to represent Jesus and to act on behalf of Jesus. How incredible is that? How much do we need to grasp that and apply these truths to our lives?

And guys, the Holy Spirit comes to teach us; to open our minds to the truth of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit shines the light on God’s Word so that we can see it and so that we can understand it. The Holy Spirit makes God’s Word come alive to us. I pray that you have had or that you will have those moments where you are reading God’s Word and then suddenly, as certain truths jump right off the page and smack you upside the head or pierce your heart, or just God impresses something strong on you, the Word of God speaks to something specific in your life. Guys, that is the Holy Spirit bringing the Word of God alive to you. That’s the Holy Spirit speaking God’s Word to you. He is teaching you God’s Word. And he will remind you of God’s Word. He will remind you of what Jesus has said in the Word to you.

The word of God, guys, comes alive in our hearts, in our lives, through the Holy Spirit. It’s one of his primary jobs. And without the Holy Spirit telling you, and I’ve seen it, without the Holy Spirit, we can read the Bible forever and never be transformed by it. Guys, the Holy Spirit is the third member of the Godhead who brings the Word of God alive in our hearts. He is the divine power of God in our lives. He makes the truth of God’s Word come alive to us, and he reminds us of the truth of God’s Word. You and I cannot truly live for Jesus and walk with Jesus without the Holy Spirit.

So let’s pray through these verses. Let’s pray through them today from the Amplified Bible. And then, after I’m done praying, I want to give you 60 seconds to pray yourself. You pray along with me while I pray. But then I want you to cry out to God to ask God for this greatest and best gift. The greatest and best gift he could give you as his son or daughter is the incredible gift of the Holy Spirit. But you need to ask. You need to ask him to pour him, the Holy Spirit, out on you. So let’s pray. Let’s pray through John 14, verses 25 and 26.

Lord, Jesus, you told us so much. You did so much, Lord. And there is so much in your Word of what you did and what you said and what you taught while you were here on earth. But then, Lord, you said the Comforter, our Counselor, our Helper and Intercessor Advocate, the one who gives us strength and the one who stands by us, you said the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in your name, you said he would send him in your name, Lord. In your place, on your behalf to represent you. To act on your behalf.

Lord, you said that your Holy Spirit would teach us all things and that he would cause us to recall. He would remind us of; he would bring to our remembrance everything that you have spoken to us. He, Lord, will make your Word come alive to us. And so, we pray that you would do that, Lord. We pray, Heavenly Father, that you would pour out the Holy Spirit into our lives, Lord, that we would be baptized in your Spirit. That we would be immersed in your Spirit. That your Word would come alive in our heart, that we would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. That we would be led by the Holy Spirit and that people would see the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. That’s what we pray for today.

You pray. 60 seconds. Start praying about these verses, look at the verses, and pray through them again. You just talk to God.

Thank you, Father, for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to be all these incredible things for us. Lord, may we learn to continually depend on your Holy Spirit. May we learn to depend on the Holy Spirit teaching us, and guiding us, and reminding us of your Word. And may we learn to depend more and more on your Holy Spirit for the power and the peace that comes in your name. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for the incredible gift of the Holy Spirit. We pray in your mighty life-transforming name, Jesus, amen.

I mentioned I’d give you a way to dig deeper into knowing the Holy Spirit. And so, if you’d like to watch or listen to some full messages on the Holy Spirit, you can go to MyDailyChurch.com, click on the teaching tab, and then in the search media box, type “Holy Spirit,” and you’ll get 25 messages on the Holy Spirit. Plus, some previous podcast episodes we’ve done on the Holy Spirit. And you can skim through all those messages and take your pick.

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