Summary: How the Holy Spirit Directs Us to Help People at the Point of Their Need - John 16:13-24
Illustration:HOLY SPIRIT, power of
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 (quickview) ) 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.