THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT

Scripture Reading: John 15:26-16:11

“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go I will send Him to you. And when He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:7-9)

The disciples of Jesus were filled with sorrow when Jesus told them that He was leaving in order to return to the Father. He went on to say that it would be better for them if He left because He was going to send the Holy Spirit who would dwell within them.

While Jesus was on earth, He was limited by His physical body. He told the disciples when the Spirit was poured out upon them, that the Spirit would permanently dwell within them. They would never be alone. So it is with us. We are never alone, for the Holy Spirit is always in us. The words of Psalm 139 give us this assurance — “Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there Your hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139:7-10).

One of the works of the Holy Spirit is to convict us or our sins. We are often blind to our sins. We fail to face up to them and to be honest about them. We make excuses for our sinful behaviors and attitudes. We fail to recognize the seriousness of sin.

But we have the Holy Spirit who convicts us of our sins. We all know that small, inward voice that pricks our consciences. The Spirit reveals our sins and prompts us to repent of them. He encourages us to confess our sins — “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).

The Spirit also convicts us of righteousness and judgment according to Jesus. The Holy Spirit reveals what true righteousness is and prompts us to live holy and righteous lives. He also convicts us of judgment. He reminds us that there is a day of judgment coming when everyone will stand before the judgment seat of God.

We must learn to listen to the promptings of the Spirit. We must be sensitive to His still, small voice. We must remember that we are never alone for the Spirit of God has taken His abode within us. We must learn how to practice His presence.

O Spirit of God, You are present within me. I am never alone. Thank You for convicting me of my sins. Thank You for showing me the way to righteousness and for reminding me of God’s judgment. Enable me to listen to Your promptings and to practice Your presence throughout the day.

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