Summary: The Holy Spirit gives supernatural wisdom, understanding and sensitivity to help people at the precise point of their most essential need. The following are eleven ways that the Spirit of God enables, enlightens and engages us in the process of helping to
Let the Spirit Direct You to Help People at the Point of Their Need - John 16:13-27
"But when He, the Spirit of Truth (The Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (The whole truth). For He will not speak HIs own message (on his own authority) but He will tell whatever He hears (from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to him) and He will announce and declared to you the things that are to come (that will happen in the future). John 16:13 (Amplified)
Theme: The Holy Spirit gives supernatural wisdom, understanding and sensitivity to help people at the precise point of their most essential need.
The following are eleven ways that the Spirit of God enables, enlightens and engages us in the process of helping to meet people’s needs:
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.
Illustration: Help people to pray as Jabez prayed, "Oh, Lord, would you bless me indeed and enlarge my coasts and would your hand be with me and would you keep me from evil that it may not do me harm and I know you will hear and grant my request." (I Chron 4:10)
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)
Application: 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.
Illustration: It was 1916, and Hattie Green was dead. Hattie’s life is a sad demonstration of what it is like to be among the living dead. When Hattie died, her estate was valued at over $100 million; yet Hattie lived in poverty. She ate cold oatmeal because it cost money to heat it. When her son’s leg became infected, Hattie wouldn’t get it treated until she could find a clinic that wouldn’t charge her. By then, her son’s leg had to be amputated. Hattie died arguing over the value of drinking skim milk. She had money to meet her every need, but she chose to live as if it didn’t exist.
Turning Point, March, 1993.
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)