Day 1-- Holy Spirit: Our Guide in the Word
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
Jesus Christ, the Faithful One, never abandons His disciples. Instead, He promises them a Helper. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, gives us the Bible (2 Pet 1:21) and is our guide in knowing God and His truth (Jn 16:13). Isn’t God kind to not leave us on our own? We have a wonderful Helper!
Jesus knew we needed help. Before going to the Cross, Jesus knew that His disciples would be sorrowful, doubting and discouraged. That is why He promised them “another Helper”. This Helper, “the Spirit of truth”, inspired the original disciples to write Scripture, preserved it through history, and helps us understand today every time we open God’s Word.
All believers in Christ have been given the Spirit of truth (Eph 1:13), and this passage tells us that He dwells in us and with us. Do you feel like you’re fighting all your battles by yourself? God has put His presence in His people. All of the Christian’s spiritual life is the Spirit's work, and it is He who guides us. He works in us to help us understand and experience the power of God’s word. Do you feel like you have no more strength to go on? The Spirit will even help us do even “greater works” than when Jesus was in the world (Jn 14:12).
- Do you feel far away from God today? Would you take time to recognise that God has not left us alone in this world?
- Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth as we begin this churchwide prayer journal today. Ask for His help to understand the big story of the Bible.
Our Father, in Your Word, You tell us of another Helper who will come after the Lord Jesus. We praise You for giving us Your Spirit so that we are never ever alone. Your Spirit is here, guiding us in all of our spiritual life, and helping us loving the truth of the Bible. Holy Spirit, I open up my heart to Your Word. Make me a lover of the Bible and help me especially when I don’t feel like reading it. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
- All GBC members to grow in their love for God's truth through this prayer journal
- Missionaries involved in Bible translation will be effective in bringing God’s Word to the nations
- Family Ministry at GBC to become a place for good discipleship.