Tonight in our ‘Little Big Church’, we looked at the subject of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit.
Just as we may well have more than one name, so God has many names. He is one God in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and we looked at some of the names given to the Holy Spirit: Comforter, Advocate, Guide and Helper, as well as acknowledging that He is our ‘power supply‘, giving us the power to be witnesses wherever we are and wherever we go. (Acts 1:8)
Children often need the comfort of a teddy bear or blanket to help them when they feel alone, but the truth is we all need comfort. The Holy Spirit is there to assure us that we are loved by God (see 1 John 3:1) and that we are never alone.
On journeys we often benefit from a compass, map or SatNav which guides us to our destination. The Holy Spirit is there to guide us into all truth (John 16:13) and to remind us of all Jesus has said. He acts as a beacon of light to us, highlighting God’s word to us.
Having a helper is invaluable in many situations in life, and the Holy Spirit is also our advocate (or defender), enabling us to stand against the devil’s accusations and assuring us that Christ’s righteousness is all we need; there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Rom 8:1-5)
We need God’s Holy Spirit and He is pleased to give us this gift. All we have to do is receive Him in faith.