This is the Gospel: Day 10

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

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Today's Text: John 14:15-27, John 15:26, John 16:7-15

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

-  John 14:16-17, ESV -

The first day of kindergarten is scary.

I don’t remember the dread myself, but I could see it on the faces of the tiny boys and girls walking the school halls, impossibly large backpacks on their little backs and timid looks on their faces. Our family had been anticipating this day for years — the day when my twin boys would venture through the doors of the “big kid school” for the first time.

But, as it turns out, Day 1 wasn’t scary for them. They had a built-in buddy! They were born with a BFF, a shadow of camaraderie and encouragement literally with them wherever they go. Watching how they interact and observing the way one brother’s constant presence affects the other has always fascinated me. It’s like living in a Discovery Channel episode.

Nervous about trying something new? Don’t be; I’ll do it with you!
Feeling threatened or afraid? No worries; I’ve got your back!
No clue what to or how to do it? It’s cool; I’m here to help!
Feeling down and out? It’s okay, brother; I’ll make you laugh.

What would it be like to have a constant companion who encourages and equips you, comforts and defends you?

Of all the verses about God’s provision of the Holy Spirit, John 14:18 is my favorite: “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.” Jesus does not save us by His grace only to abandon us back to ourselves and our own works. He comes to us. He adopts us as His own and takes up residence in our hearts by way of His Spirit.

And aren’t we so glad?

How do we remember all Jesus has taught and is teaching us? How do we defend ourselves against the spiritual attacks Scripture promises will come to Christ’s followers (2 Timothy 3:12)? How do we open His Word and understand the heart and mind of a God so infinitely greater and higher than ourselves (Isaiah 55:9)? We don’t — not in ourselves.

You and I have not been left alone. We have been given the Holy Spirit – the spirit of the very same One who gifted us saving grace.

When we are attacked, He is our defense.
When we grieve, He is our peace.
When we lack understanding, He is our wisdom.
When we wander away, He calls us back.
When we fear our hope is in vain, He is our guarantee.

Now it is God who strengthens us, with you, in Christ and has anointed us.
He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts.
- 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, HCSB

The Holy Spirit is more than the buddy who never leaves our side. He is the holy, infinite, gracious God dwelling in the hearts of men and women.

What an audacious promise! What an unfathomable gift! As we walk through this life in the grace of the Gospel, may our hearts and minds be filled with the peace of the Spirit, given to us by Christ Himself:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
- John 14:27, ESV

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  • I love how Amanda related this story to her twin boys, it really helped me paint a picture in my mind of how God’s Holy Sprit is there with us to lift us up! :)

  • Cillavalerie

    John 14:27 is one of my favorite bible verses!

  • Hannah Marie

    “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
    Precisely what I needed to be reminded of in this moment of quiet near the lakeside at my cottage. xo

  • This is exactly the message I needed to read tonight. Thank you Lord

  • Christina

    I am Glad for this message. I often get really scared and worry way too much in the future. I am the type to have everything planned out and I know that it will do no good to try to plan my life out. I know God has a plan for me. I may not know it yet. I need help in trusting him more and not letting fear get in the way or let fear lead my life. I’m just trying to completely surrender and submit to God. I really have to stop over thinking.

  • Thank you Jesus for leaving the Holy Spirit with us always

  • So thankful for the Holy Spirit. Such mystery and grace in the gospel!

  • So not only did Jesus give us the gift of his grace, which is unfathomable in itself, but he also asked the Father to gift us with the Holy Spirit. It is just crazy to me that we have been given two gifts we are so unworthy of receiving. Yet they were given to us not because God needed us, because He doesn’t, but because He LOVES us and I mean truly loves us. I know that I’ll never find a love like that anywhere.

    • Brianna Griffiths

      So powerful and so much truth! Our good good Father is SOOO overwhelming!

  • Such powerful verses! Thank you God.

  • When we are attacked, He is our defense.
    When we grieve, He is our peace.
    When we lack understanding, He is our wisdom.
    When we wander away, He calls us back.

    When we fear our hope is in vain, He is our guarantee.

    Thank you Holy Spirit!
    I really do want to feel your presence and hear your voice. Help me, teach me to know and love you all the days of my life Amen

  • Kylah Gabbert

    He never leaves or forsakes us. What other god can claim that? None! Thank you Jesus!

  • We are not orphans, he is coming to us.

  • Steff Peralta

    So encouraged in this season!

  • Natalie Blevins

    By grave through faith

  • BlessedandFavored

    What a comfort to know of his great grace!

  • Caroline

    It is so comforting to know that God is with us always. He is here for us, supporting us, and in control!

  • Holy Spirit you are welcome here, come flood this place and fill the atmosphere. Your presence God is what our hearts long for to be overcome by your presence.

  • Today’s reading could not have been more perfect – it was precisely what I needed to hear. I’ve been worried all evening, and now I feel peace, and only by grace ❤️

  • Morgan Hoff

    I love how when it’s been a while since I’ve gotten in the Word, the Lord knows exactly how to tug at my heart strings and tell me what I need to hear that day…just another reminder that he loves me and cares for me. This reading was exactly what I needed to hear today and exactly what I’ve been struggling with lately.

  • Katie Morris

    Seek the truth soak up the word!!! Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38- we have Gods Holy Spirit in us!! How amazing!

  • I agree. It’s so comforting to know that he is there through good times and in bad. It makes my relationship with God that much stronger.

  • I feel the same way as Tamara! It’s so cool to think of it that way :)

  • It’s amazing what a different perspective on something can do for a person. I’ve never thought to think of the Holy Spirit as a built in best friend, comforter, and encourager. At least not in the way of a set of twins.

  • Thank you both for the kind words Taylor and Tiffany. Amazing to know that even through this app God can bring kind words from others to help me through

  • Such a comforting thing to hear after suffering a miscarriage last week. It’s amazing how alone when can feel when going through something like this

    • Tiffany

      I am so sorry for your loss. It is such a hard thing to go through and you do feel alone. Probably no funeral. No body to bury. That was one of the hardest things I ever went through. It’s like the world keeps going on around you and they don’t know what you are going through. But God knows. On the day I lost my baby God put one of the most beautiful sunsets in the sky like he was saying he saw my pain and he was there. He is with us always and he will give you peace. May God bless you in this hard time

    • Taylor Earle

      I am so so sorry for your loss, you will be in my prayer through this time of your trial, stay strong and lean into Him

    • Tanya

      I am so sorry Kim for your loss. May God wrap his big arms around you and your husband. May he give you peace and may you be comforted. ❤️

  • He will never leave me I am not alone!

  • Elisa Best

    “When we fear our hope is in vain, He is our guarantee” – This was so important for me to hear today. I was going through a period where I was doubting my faith, doubting God, doubting if I’m really saved. I was viewing my salvation from the perspective of the things I have done. When the guarantee of my salvation was staring at me face to face through the words I was reading. When I don’t feel like I’m close to God, when I don’t feel like I’m saved because of my sin, I rest on the promise that Jesus has achieved salvation for me and my current feelings and actions don’t change that fact.

    • Meredith

      Elisa I’ve been struggling with all of the same thoughts! Through this devotional I’ve been realizing how God’s approval of me doesn’t depend on me, but in who He is! Also that He delights to save me! It’s always so awesome when the Holy Spirit brings foundational truths to life… Makes my relationship with the Lord that much deeper and sweeter. Thanks for being real!

    • Madalyn

      I know I’m a bit behind on this devotion, but I felt compelled to reply to your comment, even though it’s from a year ago – I’ve been struggling with the exact same thoughts as you, and have encountered doubts and anxieties like never before. Perhaps it was the Holy Spirit that led me to this devotional even now, because tears have pricked my eyes multiple times as I’ve read through this plan. I have no idea where you are at now, but I’m praying that God has continued to work in you and pull you close to him. And I’m thankful to be allowed to be a part of an honest, vulnerable and bold community of women seeking the lord. Thanks be to God.

  • Nadia Aldaco

    It’s life changing to know that we are never left alone.

  • Just say, “Holy Spirit, help me pray” it is amazing what He will do…

  • Abigail Huebert

    Such a comfort to me this week.

  • This is so full of wonderful reminders! I really needed to hear these promises of peace from my Savior during this crazy time in my life.

  • Allybee18

    I love it when scripture comes to life in your life. I’ve experienced the Holy Spirit biblically many times and it was today where God just open my eyes to it scripturally. The Holy Spirit is awesome and I’m so thankful for Him. Thank you Lord!

  • Really liking this devo. Today was helpful reminder that I have someone walking through each day with me. This is super amazing specially due to fact I work at a large university all around me are people that are rude, complaining, disrespectful people that constantly put down God.

    • Katie

      I feel the same way, Kirsten. I just started college at a large university and it’s very overwhelming to be around so many lost souls at once.

  • “Come be the fire inside of me, come be the flame upon my heart; Come be the fire inside of me, until you + I are one.” – You Won’t Relent (such a good song).

    He holds us over until we meet again for eternity by SENDING HIMSELF to us on this earth! Unfathomable! He always is exactly what we need. First becoming a man to die our death, then by sending His spirit to carry us through. I’m in awe.

  • Andie Walton

    Huge eye opener. He leaves us with peace something the world cannot give. Isn’t that the truth? We are always stressed, worried, something is always going on. How amazing that of all the things we can go get on earth, peace, true peace is not one of them.

  • I am a twin and I never put the two and two together but wow! Your right! Having the Holy Spirit with me should give me the same day to day comfort, joy and peace as having a twin sister does. Thanks for making this so real for me to understand.

  • Karen Gargon

    I needed this today!!! Amazing!

  • Kasey Summers

    This was SUCH comforting truths about the Holy Spirit- our Helper! So thankful for the Holy Spirit!!

  • Lizzieb85

    “The Holy Spirit is the holy, infinite, gracious God dwelling in the hearts of men & women.”

    Sometimes I think of the Holy Spirit as God’s buddy who helps us. No. He IS God. Living inside me! The God who created the universe lives inside me. Whoa!!! Every single time a devo about the Holy Spirit comes up, I am floored by what an amazing & beautiful gift He is! What other religion promises such a gift?! Thank you thank you Lord for such an awesome gift! I am humbled.

  • Traci – when I struggle with this it always helps me to remember that His ways are higher than our ways, He knows better and always wants the best for us. We just have to trust in His plan for us. Have you ever listened to the song Background by Lecrae? If you haven’t, check it out and read the lyrics at the same time, it’s a really good one!

    • Traci

      I love Lecrae…I don’t remember the lyrics of that one. Believe me checking it out today. Thanks Kimmy.

  • 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 authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
    Thank God for the truth, His word, His promise, and His gift…I am so glad Jesus Christ is there to restore his people and lead them in the ways of righteousness to fulfill His commandments and walk in love.

  • What a wonderful helper the holy spirit is! So hard to allow Him full control of my day to day life. I know what it feels like to be led by Him, yet I try again to be in charge. It causes me a lot of miserable times. Any advice?

    • vicki wire

      Traci – everyone struggles with complete surrender. When you realize that you’ve taken control, give it back to the Lord, over and over and over again!

      • Traci

        Thank Vicki! Pretty simple and possible! I love walking with the holy spirit. Time to give in every minute!

  • Courtney C.

    I love thinking of the Holy Spirit as a down payment in our hearts, in my heart. So good.

  • jgrahampt

    I was at a Mercy Me concert a couple of years ago and the lead singer was talking about how excited he was to meet the heroes of the faith in heaven. He described a scene where he would ask Moses to tell him what is was like to see the Red Sea part for them to cross and Moses would say, "no, you tell me what it was like to have the Spirit of God living in you every single day!" It was such a powerful reminder for me of the way we take this incredible and awesome gift for granted.

  • hesaved83

    Amanda,

    Beautiful devo. Thankful you yielded so Holy Spirit could speak through you.

  • I always thought of the holy spirit as mystical and distant. I like the twin analogy since I am a twin and can imagine the holy spirit being a friend as close as my sister.

  • Abby Dawn

    I love how you started this post by talking about the built-in companionship that your twin boys have because it was a great visual and tangible example for all of us to understand. But as we all know, humans will always let us down. We will at times let others down because we are not Holy, infinite, or ever-gracious. What a beautiful gift we have in the Holy Spirit and I know personally sometimes I forget how powerful that truly is. We are never alone! What a comfort to us today & every day. Blessings to y'all!

  • Praying for you Joanna! I believe that when we are ministering to others in Jesus name the attacks from the devil come strong and hard. Don’t give up sister. The shield of faith can fight those fiery darts coming your way.

    • Joanna

      I’m glad I have people to reach out to who can understand this. I will not give up! Thank you Hannah <3

  • Lord, sometimes I think I can’t hear You, and sometimes I lash out with what I think is best before I even try. Please help me to not be so self-absorbed. Help me to focus on what You would have for me and my brothers and sisters in Christ. Stabilize my heart, God. Be with me and calm my ever-active mind and let me me with You and only You. <3

    • Laura

      This is EXACTLY how I feel!!! I love the “stabilize” my heart part! I am having body alignment issues so I’m trying to focus on stability of my joints but how much more important is stability of the heart?!? To not be wobbly and moved with ease but firm, grounded and supported by the message of Christ! Thank you for sharing!

  • Joanna, praying for you right now! Call out to God and rest in His peace! The more you dive into Him the less the devil will taunt you. God is with you in this hard time.

  • Amen. I had a rough night last night after my depression was triggered by my dad’s drinking and I am struggling with whether or not to take anti-depressants. I am exhausted. Is it possible to healed of depression with faith alone? Please pray for me. It is an awful monster. It might sound crazy but sometimes I do believe it’s the devil and he is preying on my insecurities and keeping me from spreading the Good Word, which is all I want to do.

    • Kathy

      I’m praying for you Joanna. May you be filled with the peace only God, our Heavenly Father, can provide. Much love for you today!

    • Sarah Beth Castaneda

      I’m so sorry Joanna. I have struggled with depression as well and can honestly say yes, you can be set free through Christ alone! I would highly suggest commanding the devil and his demons to leave you and your home and surroundings in Jesus name. Say it out loud when no one is around. Believe it and they must leave. Don’t want to sound weird but the Bible says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
      ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭
      I’m praying for you and also for your dad!
      I’ve heard the book Battlefield of the Mind is great as well. Sweet blessings!

      • Kathy F

        I do this as well (commanding satan to go away out loud) and it really does work. Praying for freedom for you!

      • Joanna

        Thank you! I prayed with a wonderful woman at my job and did just that. I feel a lot stronger. Your support helped!

      • hesaved83

        Amen I agree with Sarah Beth!

      • rachel

        I know this was meant for Joanna but I needed to hear this! I’ve struggled with depression for as long as I can remember and my mom is always telling me that it’s just Satan preying on my insecurities. Seeing this verse was just what I needed to remind myself of that. Its so easy to get caught up in the darkness and try to hide from our problems…the only thing is that I tend to hide from God’s love as well. The reminder to call on him instead of hiding was perfectly timed. Thank you!

    • Alexis C.

      Pray,find quiet time with Our Father. He will guide you on what steps to take.

    • Anita

      Praying for you Joanna. I believe God equips us with mental health experts as well as the Holy Spirit. The answer to depression is different for everyone. Seek God and ask Him to send His Spirit to you. But also, find a mental health professional you can talk to and you trust to give you good advice. “May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May He turn His face towards you and give you peace”.

  • Hi SRT friends! I’ve been with y’all the past three studies, but always a few days behind. I have finally caught up and can join the conversation in real time — woo! :)

    Today’s lesson just made me smile. There’s been a song (“Holy Spirit”) we sing at church that has been on my heart, mind and tongue for several weeks now. It’s become my “catch all” for when I have so many thoughts, prayers, concerns and requests that I can’t quite articulate clearly what is on my mind. These words have been imprinted in my heart:

    “Holy Spirit you are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere. Your glory God is what our hearts long for, to be overcome by Your presence Lord.”

    May they bless someone as they’ve blessed me! :)

    • Hannah

      “Let us become more aware of your presence. Let us experience the glory of your goodness” love that song

    • Sarah

      Yes I love that song!! Definitely goes perfectly with today’s devotional. I want to be filled with the Holy Spirit!!

    • Pam B

      Love that song!!

  • Such a comforting reminder of who we have in us through everything we face! Especially as a mom when I feel at my ropes end or secluded some days, how good to remember the God who created me and loves me is always with me!

  • Danielle A

    Wow, who knew after all these years, now a mom of two going through rough seasons, would need a refresher of what the gospel is… the Holy Spirit thats who. My soul is being watered, and it was by the leading of this gentle companion.

  • Caroline

    Yes yes yes! Such a good word!! So thankful Holy Spirit NEVER leads us! Amen!
    http://www.in-due-time.com

  • Thank you, Amanda, for your beautiful and insightful description of the Holy Spirit. I grew up in a church that taught very little about the Holy Spirit, and from conversations with other Christians, I've come to learn that of the Trinity members, the Holy Spirit is often the one least instructed about in churches. How sad, though! He [truly, not an "it"] comes to live within us, once we've accepted Christ as our Savior, and then stays with us. When, several years ago, my father passed away, I often felt somehow carried above the sea of sadness…and I know that was the Holy Spirit's comfort. He hugs us with peace when things are difficult. He also can warn us of things ahead…give us proper insight into situations…grant us the best words to say, as well as cautioning us, at other times, to just remain quiet… and counsel us how to interact with others. Recently, the Holy Spirit helped me to find an item – I'd been searching, to no avail, and finally (why must that so often be my later reaction?) prayed for supernatural aid in finding this lost item. A few moments later, I *remembered* where I'd put it…and I know that was the work of the Holy Spirit, reminding me. How wonderful, too, that geographic distance is absolutely of no matter to the Trinity – we can pray blessings on others, even if they are far, far away, and the Holy Spirit does His bidding, as it pleases God to do. Praise God for His infinite goodness in having provided our Savior…and the indescribable gift of His Holy Spirit!

  • churchmouse

    Amen!

  • Reading the scripture for today was like a fresh sock to the gut. “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you….Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
    Can you imagine what His followers must have been feeling? Like orphans…abandoned, frightened, confused. We have the benefit of the full scripture to show us the rest of the story, but all they had was faith. Enormous, unlikely faith. Praying for faith that strong today.

  • I desperately want to live more intentionally with the Holy Spirit in my life. Can anyone share any thoughts on how you embrace or choose to walk with His Spirit each morning? Or maybe it is a continual conversation throughout the day.
    (I realize this may not involve a practical step-by-step guide, but I do long to draw near more fully to God's Spirit in me. Any encouragement or thoughts would be much appreciated!)
    Thanks, sisters! I hope you each have a beautiful day!

    • MCE

      I pray before I read scripture that I´ll have ears to hear and eyes to see what He has for me.

      Same wuth certain conversations (difficult situations, before disciplining my kids, before speaking encouragement or calling out my husband on something…).

      You´re right… it´s pretty much continual, but must be intentional,

      • Beverly

        Thanks, MCE! Continual conversations. So simple when done intentionally yet so full and life-giving.

    • Stacy

      I pray that God would guide me throughout the day and I give up my day to him, letting Him know I am listening and want to hear his voice. Usually in the morning during my quite times I "feel" closest to God but then the day starts! Some things that help (if I remember) before meetings or conversations with coworkers or husband I say a quick prayer – Holy Spirit speak through me and guide my words -something short like that helps to set my mind again on Him. Sometimes I'll add calendar reminders before meetings to take a minute to pray that God would use me and that others would see/hear Christ by the way I speak and act. I think it is really an ongoing conversation throughout the day giving your day, actions, agenda and speech to God. I also notice the more I'm in the Word the more passages "pop in my head" during the day and in different situations and I know this is the HS prompting and reminding me.

      God will guide you and He knows your heart and motives and loves you and will reveal himself to you! Praying for you and all of us that we would be strong in our walk with the Lord and the guidence from the Holy Spirit! Looking forward to hearing from others.

      • Emma

        I love your idea for physical calendar reminders to pray! That’s awesome!

      • Beverly

        Thanks, Stacy! I, too, find that I feel close to Him in the morning during quiet times, and then the day gets going and quiet times seem to be a distant memory.
        Your words and the idea of calendar reminders really brought to mind how it’s similar to habit building. Not to disqualify the reverence in these moments, but the more time I spent with Him in prayer throughout each day, the more it will just become natural. I love the idea of this slow, day by day growth with the Holy Spirit. Thanks so much for your thoughts!

    • katsulli

      GM Beverly I pray that you are doing great this morning. Once you have received the Holy Spirit in your life there is no need to try and embrace Him for is already there with you and in you. Begin to pray in the spirit every morning. Worship is so important. Doesn't have to be anything over the top. Put on your favorite worship song in a place where its just you and Him. Before you know it your will be singing and at times crying out. You will begin to see a transformation. Every time you pray, worship and read His word you are drawing near to Him. I hope this helps. God Bless you!
      Praying in the spirit and speaking in tongues builds us up. We edify ourselves (Jude 1:20, 21, AMP).
      The Spirit helps our weaknesses in the flesh, and intercedes for us when we don’t know what to pray for (Romans 8:26)Acts 10:45, 46
      Acts 1:8
      Ephesians 2:8
      Acts 2:1-4
      John 16: 23-26
      Jude 1:20, 21, AMP
      1 Corinthians 14:2, 14, AMP
      Romans 8:26

      • Beverly

        Thanks, katsulli! I suppose I am all to often forgetful or distracted to fully remember that His Spirit is living and working in me already. I think this is a sign that I am trying to do too much on my own, without His help. Thank you for the reminder, that He is there and working! Praying to trust Him more and draw nearer to His Spirit dwelling in me.

    • Emma

      I struggle with this too. I think what you said is right – continual conversation. For me I run out of energy and patience with my kids so I am constantly asking and pleading for more. “Make me like Jesus” is what I seem to pray over and over again through out the day.

      • Beverly

        Thanks for sharing, Emma! I love your meditation throughout your day of "make me like Jesus." I think choosing a meditation for myself would be so helpful to stay connected to Him. Oh, I bet those moments are so precious to Him. Thank you!

    • Kay Tallman

      My desire is the same, Beverly. Have you tried praying out loud? Just beginning to practice this myself. Blessings

      • Beverly

        Kay, I do pray out loud. However, I'm realizing that my spoken prayers these days tend to be a laundry list of my own making. (Which is probably why I'm feeling a little distant from His Spirit so often…) But I love the idea of praying out loud – in worship of Him, as someone else mentioned. Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Jessamyn Anderson

      Acknowledging that God is present in all that you do can really help with seeking God more intentionally. For example, when positive little things happen throughout the day, just say, “Thanks, God!” Same with negative little things–offer up a prayer asking for God’s guidance and help with that little thing. I’ve found that being more intentional involves a lot of little steps. I hope that helps! :)

      • Beverly

        Little steps… and gratitude… I love these thoughts, Jessamyn! Thank you so much for sharing. Growth does take time, as does practicing and growing a heart of gratitude. I also enjoy the idea of choosing to have a constant, intentional awareness of His Presence. Thank you!

    • Christi

      I had a meeting with a spiritual guidance counselor(a female pastor) at my church after experiencing a really dark month. She helped to soo what was holding me back from walking in his presence daily. It was a lack of trust in him, unforgiveness in myself and others. We prayed and spoke with God. The world looked brighter when I opened my eyes, my husband actually told me I looked like I was glowing. She encourage me to spend some time alone just talking to God, not asking anything but basking in his presence. Saying your love for him out loud. Being present in scripture and knowing that he will never stop loving us despite any misteps. He doesn’t take back his love for us. We are saved by Grace through faith and we will serve his purpose.

      • Beverly

        Thanks for sharing, Christi. I can relate to what you say as I believe a lack of trust is holding me back from fully walking in His Spirit. I love how you spend time talking to God – not asking for anything, but just resting in His Presence. I think my mind has been more set on all that needs to change in my life rather than Him. It's so easy for me to be focused more on the gifts than the Giver. Thank you so much for this reminder! Hugs and prayers to you!

    • emily

      http://www.cru.org/train-and-grow/classics/transf… This teaching absolutely and utterly changed my Christian life. I cried at today's topic because I am so grateful for how the Holy Spirit has equipped, enabled and encouraged me since learning how to walk, moment-by-moment in the power of the HS.

  • Jesus didn't leave us as orphanes he came to us and took up residence in our heart by way of the Holy Spirit. That really hit me this morning, Gods power, peace and guidance in me! He gives us peace, not of this world, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict but Christs peace which is confident assurance in any circumstance. I pray we live in the power and peace of Christ today!

  • When I was a kid in church, I used to think the disciples had such an advantage, being able to talk to Jesus in person and ask questions (this was before I was old enough to read/be taught about the persecution they suffered & the hardships they endured). But having the Holy Spirit with us all the time…I'm so thankful for that gift. To think, in the time before Jesus when only the priests were allowed in the presence of God…but we have access to the Father through Jesus, and we have the Holy Spirit to guide us always…what a blessing! (Now if I could just be quiet enough to listen to Him more!!)

    • Emma

      I used to think the same thing! I sometimes think the HS is overlooked in church. I love this post for reminding us of Him and his power and presence in our lives.

  • Sarabeth

    I love the depiction of the companion on the first day of school. Today is the first day on the floor of a new job. Very nervous, but knowing there is a companion with me gives me peace. He made this job happen, it is His plan. :) I also love how because the Holy Spirit is in our hearts, when we pray those difficult prayers and heartaches, He responds. He know what is in our hearts even if we cannot articulate in prayer-word form our desires. He intercedes for us. :)

  • We have this sweet pup. Based on the Vet's guess, he is about ten years old. We're not entirely certain, because he was an adult when we adopted him 7 years ago. We didn't intend on another dog, but we had arrived at the pound to check on an animal that we'd been through an ordeal with the night before and when we walked into the facility, my eyes were immediately drawn to this guy. He was timid, but so handsome. We brought the sweet boy home and after all these years he is so committed to being with us. Dorian has to be where his people are. He will find a place to lay near you, even if the only spot available is an uncomfortable one and at night, when my husband and I head to bed, D makes his rounds. In and out of each room, as if checking to ensure the kids are in their proper places. When I cook, Dory lies on the kitchen floor behind my feet. When I vacuum, he follows me from room to room. When my husband goes outside or to the basement, Dory keeps charge over his whereabouts. This pup is a loyal one. He doesn't leave our sides, and if he had his way, he'd go everywhere with us. He is a constant companion that even as I type, lays at my feet, his post, keeping me company. This boy makes us all smile. And we know that his ailing body is going to fail him. We know that as we have watched him go deaf, nearly blind and develop a bad case of arthritis, that hinders his climb on our stairs. There will come a day we will say goodbye to this sweet companion. There will be a day he will leave us and we dread it. He is a precious comfort in this life and his care over us has been an unexpected blessing.

    This sweet relationship and yet Amanda is so right! "The Holy Spirit is not a buddy who doesn't leave our side". How much more than that is the Holy Spirit? How much comfort in that He will never leave us? How much peace do we obtain from these earthly characters God commits to our lives to bring sweet pleasures and memories, only to lose them? The awareness that all of these comfort giving, love inducing relationships are temporal compared to the Spirit is life changing. If God has gifted our family an animal to bring love into our life, to allow a sweet memory, one that we hold so dear, then how much more should I hold dear HIS OWN SPIRIT! I don't have to be comforted in His closeness only to know He will go. We don't have a limited time together and I don't have to tear up over the expectant day that I will lose Him. This indwelling of the Spirit is my accompaniment, my accomplice in all things and resides so in me that I can't go a step without Him in stride. Knowing that the Spirit literally lives in me, helps me to be in better places. As I am gifted God's spirit to seek and hear from, I want to ensure that I treat my body, my self, my life as a living testimony and temple to the amazing gift that lives within it. Jesus is so committed to His gift of grace that He has ensured He remains. I may not see him, but I know He is there. Ever present, ever waiting, ever seeking. Prayerful that each day, I remember God with me. That the words that come out of my mouth, the places I put myself in and way I treat others reflect this. That as I move through each moment of my life, I recognize that the pains of this world will never tear me from the Spirit that resides in me. Though my body will one day fail, the Spirit never will. Though my knees ache and my face ages, the Spirit is timeless and knows no boundary or limit over His care and keeping of me. ~ B

    • Natalie

      This was so well put and beautiful! Thank you

    • Ruth Perisho

      Beautiful!

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Such a perfect picture B! Such a beautiful reminder!! Thank you! He will never ever leave us!!!!

      On a side note: We have our own special lady, Lucy, who recently turned 10….and is struggling health wise. She has three legs with degeneration and arthritis, but still tries to follow everywhere. We call her Loyal Lucy. She followed me on a run yesterday – I realized this after I turned for home (we live in the country – on a long dirt road….our dogs are not kenneled). With each stride she was whimpering, but she had her big smile on…..I quickly got home and went to grab a truck to get her home. My son was able to get her into the house (she couldn't walk the steps). We broke out her special pain medicine last night and my hubby carried her outside again this morning…..we know our time with her is very limited at this point and our hearts ache. She has been such a blessing to our family….

    • Beverly

      "Knowing that the Spirit literally lives in me, helps me to be in better places." Amen, love this thought. I really enjoy reading your sweet stories, B. Thank you for sharing!

    • Kelli

      This is so beautiful, it made me smile and painted the most lovely picture in my head. :)

    • Pam B

      Such a sweet story. I have a dog who also follows me from room to room. Like you said, the Holy Spirit is our ultimate companion; but I am so grateful for the gift of pets. It’s so nice to have your pet who you can touch and hug during good times and bad.

  • Jess, as I pray for you I get a picture of Jesus reaching His hand out to you. In his hand he has something just right for you, maybe a little food, not too much, not too little. Probably food that only you and Jesus can see. He is the "bread of life", both in the physical and spiritual. Take from his hand, then take his hand. His strong hand will not let you go !!!!! Many prayers for you today.

  • Rae Lynn

    Praying for you Jess!! Trusting In our Mighty God who is able to do even more than we can ask or imagine to bring complete restoration for you! Ephesians 3 is a great passage to meditate on knowing God loves you and He can heal you completely!

  • Father, in the name of Jesus. I am asking for your comfort to be dispatched to Jess as she is battling Bulimia. Lord, please help her to realize that she is made prefect in your sight. This spirit is being told to leave this woman with peace. I am pleading the blood of Jesus ocer Jess and all the women suffering from body image issues and diseases. Holy Spirit activate within us to ourselves with the Live of yhe Lord. Lord, thank you for deliverance and freedom. In Jesus name I pray, Amen

  • Meredith K

    I don’t know where in the world you are Jess but I pray wherever you are, that you have a loving, supportive community to hold you up and encourage you through recovery. Lots of prayers for you for healing and comfort.

  • Praying for you Jess

  • Tonight I am struggling… I can’t even read this devotion right now I’m struggling so much. Bulimia has reared its ugly head again and I am in such a bad stage. 7 years of fighting, praying, seeking God for help and I’m still in this state. I would appreciate prayers. I honestly feel like I’ll never be free.

    • Tammi

      Praying for you!

    • Deb

      Praying for you, Jess.

    • Megan Elizabeth

      I just want to encourage you and tell you that you’re not alone in this and I will be praying for you! My heart goes out to you in so many ways Jess.

    • Nancy

      Jess: Praying that you have a support group to help you with this struggle and that God will guide and strengthen you.

    • ~ B ~

      Oh Jess! I hate reading this this morning. I will be prayerful over your day today and moving forward. Prayerful that today you feel the power of the Holy Spirit within you, that as you move through each moment you hear the sweet whispers of the Father reminding you who you are in Him. That you are comforted with Christ's victory, not your own, and that as you endure this wretched stage, you are surrounded by community that prays heavily over your warring heart and mind. That as you take each step it is with the power of God at your side, that just as Christ took each step to the cross, you can to. That you remember as you carry this, as you feel that you're in a dark pit, Jesus will provide the way out. I am prayerful that you have a renewed strength and that your story becomes a gleaming testimony and you feel the love of God in amazing ways today. You are not alone Jess! So much love to you sweet sister! ~ B

    • Courteney

      i understand what you're going through, its not an easy battle and I know having someone say they will pray is nice but it doesn't make you feel like they can help. I'm here if you want to talk

    • Jennifer

      Prayers for you…

    • Bri

      Praying so hard for you, Jess. Keep pushing through.

    • Brandi

      Sweet girl, please don't believe the lies of the enemy. Jesus has already set you free. We can walk daily in the victory already won. Easier said than done I know. Father, I come before You now lifting your precious daughter up to You. She's struggling Father and I ask for Your complete healing for her body and her mind! I pray You would give her eyes to see what a treasure she is to You. I pray You would protect her this day from the lies of the evil one who never wants her to know that she is already free! But I thank You and praise You Father because she is free! I praise You because You are a God of miracles and You are always at work, even if we don't see it or recognize it. I'm praying a hedge about her, standing in the gap with my sisters in Christ, standing on Your promises and praying according to Your will, knowing Father that You hear us and will do what we ask. In the mighty Name if Jesus we pray, Amen.

    • Crystal

      Jess,
      Have you ever heard of Glennon Doyle Melton? She wrote a book called Carry On, Warrior but she also has a blog called Momastery. Google her and read her words. She also suffers from bulimia (and alcohol and drugs) and she has beautiful, real words to say. Go find her blog and book and just read her words when that monster inside you is screaming. Live in the light, sister.
      Prayers and love.

    • Deb Black

      Praying for you, Jess. The Holy Spirit will never leave you! Jesus promises to be with us always, to never forsake us. Just keep looking to Him – sometimes, in the worst of our battles, it is moment by moment, but He is faithful – always and at all times! I pray you will know His strength and His peace in every moment today.

      Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give ti you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

    • JessHH

      Adding my prayers to the others that are being lifted up for you, Jess. Thank you for sharing your struggle…for giving us the opportunity to bring you before the Lord in prayer.

    • KC Blessed

      Praying for you Jess. Don’t let how long you have dealt with this battle distract you from having faith that healing is for you.

    • Sarabeth

      Praying for you.

      • Natalie

        You are loved. God sees your struggle and will not give you more than your brave, strong self can handle. Even better, He is here as your comfort to keep your head above the water. Stay strong sister. Much love and many prayers to you Jess.

    • Stacy

      Praying for you Jess!

    • katsulli

      Praying for you Jess stay encouraged! I know it can be easier said than done at times. Even I am stuggling this morning but with our helper the Holy Spirit we can do all things. An He has not given us that spirit of fear of POWER! God Bless YOU!

    • Kate

      Praying with you

    • Missy

      Praying for you!

    • Kay Tallman

      You are in my prayers too Jess

    • Anita

      Praying for you, Jess! As I left this devotional, I went to read another and here it also was talking of the Holy Spirit. I hope it will help you and you will let the message sink deep into your soul. Hang in there and know that you are loved and that you are valuable! Here it is:
      August 12, 2015

      Thoughts
      by Charles R. Swindoll

      Philippians 4:8

      Thoughts are the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. If I feed my mind upon doubt, disbelief, and discouragement, that is precisely the kind of day my body will experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to thoughts filled with vision, vitality, and victory, I can count on that kind of day. Thus, you and I become what we think about.

      Neither Dale Carnegie nor Norman Vincent Peale originated such a message. God did. "For as [a man] thinks within himself, so he is" (Prov. 23:7). "Therefore, prepare your minds for action" (1 Peter 1:13).

      The mind is a "thought factory" producing thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of thoughts each day. Production in your thought factory is under the charge of two foremen. One we shall call Mr. Triumph, the other Mr. Defeat.

      Mr. Triumph specializes in producing reasons why you can face life victoriously, why you can handle what comes your way, why you're more than able to conquer. Mr. Defeat is an expert in the opposite. He develops reasons why you cannot succeed, why you're inadequate, why you should give up and give in to worry, failure, discouragement, and inferiority.

      Give a positive signal, and Mr. Triumph will see to it that one encouraging, edifying thought after another floods your mind. But Mr. Defeat is always standing by, awaiting a negative signal (which he would rather you call "reality" or "common sense!"), and when he gets it, he cranks out discouraging, destructive, demoralizing thoughts that will soon have you convinced you can't or won't or shouldn't.

      Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition. That may explain why so many who are gloomy and gray stay in that mood . . . and why those who are cheery and enthusiastic continue to be so.

      What kind of performance would your car deliver if every morning before you left for work you scooped up a handful of dirt and put it in your crankcase? The engine would soon be coughing and sputtering. Ultimately it would refuse to start. The same is true of your life. Thoughts that are narrow, self-destructive, and abrasive produce needless wear and tear on your mental motor. They send you off the road while others drive past.

      You need only one foreman in your mental factory: Mr. Triumph is his name. He is eager to assist you and available to all the members of God's family.

      His real name is the Holy Spirit, the Helper.

      If Mr. Defeat is busily engaged as the foreman of your factory, fire yours and hire ours! You will be amazed at how smoothly the plant will run under His leadership.

      Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger with constant repetition.
      —Chuck Swindoll
      – See more at: http://www.insight.org/resources/devotionals/thou

    • scootermae

      I am reading through another devotional too. One of the verses this morning in the other book was my favorite about the Holy Spirit. Rom 8:26 "the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express". O Father many of us don't know the road Jess is walking, but I pray that she will lean hard on you. Bring everything to you, in our weakness You are strong. Guide her heart today, when lies from the enemy enter in, replace them with your truth. Speak your love into her heart. She is weary Lord, hold her, comfort her, give her rest from the battle.
      Do you have a Support group, someone that hs wlkeed your road that you can talk with. I know how hrd elf image issues can be for all of us, can't imagine putting bulimia on top of what we all face day to day.
      Continue to go before The Lord and let him take those deep groanings and inaudible words and heartache…He will turn them into lovely prayer for you.

    • Trisha

      Holy Spirit, reveal your presence to Jess even right now, my God. You are the Comforter, you give strength when we are weak, you give wisdom when we are confused, direction when we are lost. You are the promised Spirit of God who dwells IN us. I ask that you would remind Jess afresh of your promises and your love today. I ask that you would free her from this bulimia and empower her to live victoriously, as we know that this is your will for us! Jesus came so that we might have abundant life! I pray abundant life over my sister now. Protect her from the lies and attacks of the enemy. Send your angels to minister to her and shield her. Jesus, I thank you that you hear our prayers, that we can come boldly to your throne of grace in confidence that you will answer. Thank you for the work you are doing in my sister Jess. In all things may You be glorified. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.

    • A PEACH IN ITALY

      I will pray for God peace and strength. Lean on him, he has you!

    • Alexis C.

      I do not know what it means to struggle with bulimia but I do know prayer helps with everything. My prayers are with you.

    • Ashley Prendergast

      Jess, give it ALL to Jesus. Any part of you that you have not yet given to Him- surrender. I promise you, He’s got you! Do not believe in the lies the enemy sends you- fight back with the greatest weapon- God’s Word! My beautiful cousin Marissa is battling anorexia, and I more than see what a tough struggle it is! Believe t who HE says YOU are! You are so precious and loved! The enemy KNOWS that, and that’s why he wants to shoot you down with those lies like darts. I love you and we love you and more importantly, The Lord in Heaven loves you. He DELIGHTS in you!

    • Jennifer

      I can remember a time in my life where I was sooo down that I prayed to God to not wake up! I had such a heavy-duty weight on me that I didn’t care if I lived or died. This lasted for years. I was involved in church, and I tried to be the good Christian girl everyone thought I was. but behind closed doors I was a complete mess. I didn’t even believe that God cared about me anymore. or that He cared that I was playing church. finally I walked away from God and church I thought forever but something incredible happen to me! I repented before God. I cried out to God for help because I was ready to end it all. I’m not saying that this is you or this is how you feel. I’m telling you this because there is power to change. that power is found in Jesus Christ! I know you are going through it but God can and will help you. don’t give up!!! I’ll pray for you! I’ll believe God for you!

  • Kelly_Smith

    Today is the first day of school for my two big girls. I started this morning with a prayer for help. I tend to be controlling. I recognize this about myself and I don't want to crowd out the work of God in my family by being Sargent Mom. I don't know how to not be that way. My prayer was, "show me how." When I pray prayers like that, I don't often connect it to the work of the Holy Spirit, the intercession of Jesus and the power of God. They work in harmony on my behalf. I ask for guidance –> Jesus takes that request to the Father –> God gives guidance –> the Holy Spirit delivers it to me through whispers, scripture, through His people. It is humbling and empowering to know that the Trinity is at work each time I pray.

  • aprilmcwhite

    For some reason I have always had a hard time remembering that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. Sadly, I have oftened belittled his power and his presence in my heart and mind, but today was another sweet reminder that he is fully God and that through him we have God with us, IN us. The Bible I used this morning has notes on the original Greek language. Here is what it had to say about the Holy Spirit from chapter 14: "Christ designates the Holy Spirit as Paraclete [an advocate or representative of another] and calls him allos, another, which means another of equal quality. Therefore the Holy Spirit is designated by Jesus Christ as equal with Himself. The Holy Spirit is called a Paraclete because he undertakes Christ's office in the world while Christ is away from the world." (Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, p. 1659) Praise God for the gift of the Spirit!

    • MCE

      April, thanks for this.

      Another resource is Francis Chan´s "Forgotten God". Great expansion on what you mentioned above!

    • Traci_P

      Thanks for that expansion on the Holy Spirit!

      • LTW

        Its so awesome to think that God LOVES us so much that he never leaves us or forsakes us. And this is the perfect testimony of Him always being with us. To dig a little deeper on this subject…… Our pastor preached that Gods presence and his Power and His love can never be separated, so what that means is that He is always present with us, and at the same time is always powerfully working in our lives, always motivated by His Love for us!,,, Wow! That's reason to give us PEACE!

  • carlybenson

    I've always struggled with worry and anxiety and heard verses like John 14:27 that promised peace and not really understood how to get it or why I don't feel that peace. This really helps me understand where this peace comes from- that if we know that no matter what happens we are not abandoned or alone, but we always have the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us and help us and encourage us, there really is no reason to be anxious.

  • I love how you described the comfort of having a companion, and then highlighted the fact that the Holy Spirit is so much more than a companion. And the peace Jesus left us is so much more than the absence of conflict. Conflict resolution is the best most people can really hope for.
    But with the Holy Spirit guiding us into truth and renewing our minds, we can have the Shalom Jesus promised. Whole, vibrant, fully alive…we don't really have any words to do it justice. That's the peace that's ours through the promised the Holy Spirit.

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