The Spirit of Truth
A devotional thought from Lizette Beard for “The Spirit’s Work”
John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you what is to come.”
Many Christians are to some degree uncomfortable with the Holy Spirit. We’ve seen abuses and false teaching tied to claims about what the Holy Spirit was doing. Unfortunately, when we are uncomfortable or confused, we risk making the Holy Spirit an optional Member of the Trinity. In our effort to avoiding false teaching, we end up ignoring the Spirit of truth.
As we read in John 16, the Spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit) guides Jesus’ followers into all the truth. Listening to the Holy Spirit draws us closer to the truth, not further away. What the Holy Spirit reveals to believers is what the Father and Son have already said. The Holy Spirit will never contradict the Father and the Son.
It is impossible to live as a follower of Jesus without the presence and work of the Holy Spirit. Rather than avoiding Him because of confusion or fear, we need to seek out what the Bible says about Him and His work in our lives.
Take heart! Just because the Holy Spirit may have been confusing to you in the past, that doesn’t mean He hasn’t been close and at work in your life. Learning about Him doesn’t change what He was sent to do; rather, greater understanding will increase your faith in seeing how God has been at work and continues to work in your life.
Pause and Reflect
• Have you allowed confusing teaching or false teaching discourage you from wanting to know more about the Holy Spirit?
• Read Psalm 25:4-11. Pray this as a prayer for sensitivity and guidance from the Holy Spirit that you would see God’s ways and walk in God’s paths.
• In what ways does learning about the Holy Spirit make you nervous? Hopeful?