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Weekly Devotionals

The Comfort of the Holy Spirit

John 14:26 (NIV)
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

In the business of daily life, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, especially when faced with challenges. During these times, we might find ourselves forgetting the very truths that can provide us with the comfort and guidance we need. But God, in His infinite wisdom and love, has provided us with the Holy Spirit to help us remember His promises and teachings.

The Holy Spirit is our Advocate, our Helper. One of His primary ministries is to remind us of the truths that Jesus taught. When we are in the midst of a difficult situation—be it a personal struggle, a challenging decision, or a moment of fear and anxiety—the Holy Spirit brings to our minds the words of Jesus. He reminds us that we are not alone, that we are loved, and that God’s plans for us are good.

Consider Peter, one of Jesus’ closest disciples. When Jesus was arrested, Peter denied knowing Him three times. In the midst of his fear and failure, Peter must have felt completely lost and unworthy. Yet, after Jesus’ resurrection, Peter was reminded of Jesus’ words and love. The Holy Spirit later empowered Peter to become a bold preacher of the gospel, transforming his fear into faith and his shame into strength and three thousand people came to the Lord through it. This transformation was possible only because of the Holy Spirit’s ministry of reminding and empowering.

Similarly, in our lives, the Holy Spirit takes the truths we have learned and plants them firmly in our hearts. He recalls them to our minds when we need them most. In times of trouble, He whispers God’s promises into our souls, providing us with peace that transcends understanding. He gives us the strength to endure hardships and the wisdom to navigate life’s complexities.

Furthermore, the Holy Spirit does not only remind us of scriptural truths but also of our personal experiences with God. He brings to mind the times when God has been faithful in the past, the prayers He has answered, and the comfort He has provided. These reminders build our faith and give us hope for the future, knowing that the same God who has been with us before is with us now and will be with us always.

As we face each day, let us cultivate a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. Spend time in prayer, asking Him to fill you afresh, to guide you, and to remind you of the truths you need to hear. Study God’s Word diligently, storing up His promises in your heart. The more we immerse ourselves in scripture, the more material the Holy Spirit has to work with, bringing those truths to our minds precisely when we need them.