Summary: How the Holy Spirit Directs Us to Help People at the Point of Their Need - John 16:13-24
How the Holy Spirit Directs Us to Help People at the Point of Their Need - John 16:13-24
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Author Jamie Buckingham once visited a dam on the Columbia River. He’d always thought that the water spilling over the top provided the power, not realizing that it was just froth, that deep within turbines and generators transformed the power of tons and tons of water to electricity--quietly, without notice, not like the flashy froth on top.
1. The Holy Spirit helps us sow
faith where there is doubt;
trust where there is envy;
love where there is hatred;
calm where there is anger;
assurance where there is fear;
peace where there is conflict;
contentment where there is jealousy;
healing where there is sickness;
maturity where there is immaturity;
unity where there is divisiveness;
progress where there is a stalemate;
trust where there is suspicion;
joy where there is sadness;
hope where there is hopelessness;
power where there is weakness;
control where there is a loss of self-control;
purpose where there is meaninglessness;
motivation where there is complacency;
peace where there is conflict;
direction where there is confusion;
light where there is darkness;
encouragement where there is discouragement;
knowledge where there is ignorance;
patience where there is impatience;
authority where there is anarchy;
wisdom where there is uncertainty; service where there is selfishness;
forgiveness where there is sin; and
solutions when there are problems.
Ask the Lord to help you look to the Lord for His all sufficient grace in all situations for every relationship and with every ministry. (2 Cor. 12:9,10)
2. The Holy Spirit knows how to add blessings to us without adding any sorrow. Solomon wrote, "The blessings of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it." (Proverbs 10:22) Ask the Lord to let you be a channel of His blessings to people without adding any unnecessary burdens to them.
3. The Holy Spirit gives SPECIAL grace during our times of need. David wrote, "The arrogant are attacking me O God; a band of ruthless men seeks my life - men without regard for you. But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Turn to me and have mercy on me; grant your strength to your servant... Give me a sign of your goodness that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me." (Psa. 86:14-17) Ask the Lord to help you to show people how they may find whatever they need through the Spirit’s power.
Illustration:Sometime back the Associated Press carried this dispatch: "Glasgow, Ky.--Leslie Puckett, after struggling to start his car, lifted the hood and discovered that someone had stolen the motor." Without the Holy Spirit’s power we are like that car without its engine.
4. The Holy Spirit helps people make use of the rich resources they have in Christ. Paul wrote, "God has not given us the spirit of fear, but a Spirit of power, love and discipline." (2 Tim. 1:7) Ask the Lord to help you show people how they may better appropriate ALL of the rich resources they have in Christ.
5. The Holy Spirit enables people to do things that they might think otherwise impossible. Habakkuk wrote, "The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights." (Hab. 3:19) Ask the Lord to show people how they can trust Him in doing the seemingly impossible through the Spirit’s empowerment.
6. The Holy Spirit inspires people when they see no visible resources available for their needs. Habakkuk wrote, "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." (Hab. 3:17,18) Ask the Lord to help you become an example of one who rejoices in anticipation of what the Lord will miraculously provide to meet your personal, relational, family, social, financial and ministry needs.
7. The Holy Spirit is able to show us truths from scripture that minister to our precise emotional, mental, or spiritual need. Samuel wrote, "O Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant." (2 Sam. 7:28) Ask the Lord to direct you to the scripture that will best minister to people at the precise point of their need.
8. The Holy Spirit is able to fulfill God’s purpose in our life when we think all hope is gone. David wrote, "I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me." (Psa. 57:2) Ask the Lord to help you foster the kind of trust in people that encourages them to know that God will fulfill His purpose through them regardless of their circumstances, adversity or problems.