The Holy Spirit (1)
Life comes with surprises. Some of them you welcome, and some of them you don’t. One summer you take a trip to the beach, next summer the beach has too much e. coli in it and you can’t swim in there.
One month your stocks are soaring and your investments are growing, then suddenly it all comes crashing down. And the ‘brains’ you thought were running the system sit at a Senate hearing and say, ‘We just never anticipated this.’
And in those rare seasons when you think the world has settled down, watch out! A malignant cell shows up in a colon, or a typhoon ravages an entire province, flooding half of the nation.
So what are you going to do?
When Jesus told His disciples He was leaving them, they were in panic mode, so He said to them, ‘…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. I’m leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid’ (vv. 26-27 NLT).
You need to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit who lives within you, and build a relationship with Him. He’s not an ‘it’ or a ‘thing’ or an ethereal spirit that’s beyond your reach. He is Christ’s ‘representative’. He’s willing to teach you what you don’t know, and to remind you of the things you so easily forget. And best of all, He will give you ‘peace of mind and heart’ regardless of what life throws at you.
‘I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind…’ John 14:27 NLT