Jesus’ words are God’s words. When we read and study our Bibles, we come to know God through His Son, our Savior Jesus. When we come to the knowledge of our Savior, we come to obey our Savior. When we come to obey our Savior Jesus, we come to obey the Father. When we disobey Jesus, we also disobey the Father. With so much at stake, how will we know what Jesus wants us to do?
We have in our possession, only by the grace of God, two great blessings: One blessing is Scripture, especially the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) which tell us about Jesus’ life and words. The other blessing is the Holy Spirit, which helps us understand Jesus’ words, reminds us of Jesus’ words when we are trying to live for him, and leads us to become more like our Savior, Christ.
John 14:25-27 New American Standard Bible
25 “These things I have spoken to you while remaining with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. [a]Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor [b]fearful.
The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
As believers, we have been given the Holy Spirit as a Helper, Teacher, Friend, and seal for the promised inheritance of eternal life with God. His presence, guidance, and wisdom in our lives are our greatest gifts while here on earth.
Through him we have access to direct connection with our heavenly Father. Through him we receive spiritual gifts to empower us. And through him we are able to bear the incredible fruit of abundant life. Pray! Open up your heart and mind to all the Holy Spirit would give you, show you, and lead you to this week.
We have in the Holy Spirit the same Teacher who faithfully breathed the perfect and practical words of Scripture to imperfect men across 10 thousands of years.
And Jesus said in John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” Not only did the Holy Spirit teach the disciples, but he also longs to teach us. He longs to reveal to us the depths of God so that we might learn what it is to be a true follower of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
He longs to show each and every one of us the wisdom of God so that we might surely live as men and women inspired by God rather than fools who find their knowledge only in the matters of the world. Let’s open our minds and hearts to receive the wisdom which can only come from God himself in the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:10, “These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”
The Holy Spirit who dwells within us searches the depths of God and longs to reveal to us the ways of our heavenly Father. He longs to teach us what it is to be a lover of God in a world so fully and completely set in opposition to the ways of God. The Holy Spirit longs to reveal to us the maximum allowable wisdom of God’s plans for us and show us the folly which comes from living for the world.
The Holy Spirit desires to be your Teacher today.
The questions before you and me today are:
Are you and I willing to be his student?
Are you and I willing to submit the shallowness of our understanding to the ageless understanding of the Holy Spirit and live in light of his teaching?
Are you and I willing to appear foolish at times when the world does not have any desire, or a very limited desire, to come to understand the wisdom of God?
Are you and I willing to live wholeheartedly for the pleasure of our heavenly Father over the undefinable shallowness and the fleeting opinions of man?
If you and I will open our hearts and minds today to being taught by the Spirit, you and I will discover an undefinable, limitless wealth of truth which has the power to set you free from the bonds and burdens of this world. Scripture will begin to change our lives as the Holy Spirit reveals unto you and me how these words written thousands of years ago are entirely applicable to our life today.
Receiving the counselling and guidance and teaching of the Holy Spirit is as simple as submitting our lives to him one day at a time and making quality time to sit quietly and listen to him and study and pray, ponder, the word with him.
As important and helpful as they are, we don’t have to be ordained pastors, ministers, theologians, or scholars to understand what the Bible means.
The Holy Spirit will be our teacher the way he was for the disciples. He will teach us how Scripture applies to our life and guide us into the way of truth. It’s incredibly important that we make time to study Scripture, but it’s equally important we read the Bible along with the Spirit instead of apart from him.
The Bible is an eminently practical book meant to impact the lives of those who read it under the influence of the Spirit. It’s a text manual for living life in the abundance of relationship with God, not a book to be read apart from the reality of God’s nearness. Scripture is meant to guide us into direct communication with our heavenly Father, not to substitute real, direct relationship with him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Trust in the teaching of the Holy Spirit today. Lean on his wisdom instead of your own. Acknowledge the reality of his nearness in your life. And discover knowledge that has the decisive power to fill you with abundant life.
1. Meditate on the Holy Spirit’s desire to be your teacher.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26
“But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.” 1 John 2:20
“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have in your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not [a]personally seen my face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and that they would attain to all the wealth [b]that comes [only] from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.” Colossians 2:1-4
2. Choose to be a student of the Holy Spirit. Choose to follow what he reveals to you to be wisdom over the ways of the world. Choose his opinion over man’s.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” Proverbs 3:5-6
“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” 1 John 2:27
3. Spend time studying Scripture with the Holy Spirit. Pray and ask the Spirit to reveal to you what measure and degree of wisdom he wants to show you. Ask of him to reveal to you the deeper meaning of the words and passages and text you are reading. Surrender Self! Allow him to apply Scripture directly into your life.
“These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
We now have perfectly powerful guidance in Scripture and the Holy Spirit. The pairing of God’s written word and the very God who authored the word have the power to lead us into a life of all wisdom, understanding, and revelation. But we must choose to live this life in light of eternity. We must now choose success in heaven over success in the world’s eyes. Scripture and the teaching of the Holy Spirit only have power in our lives if we follow their leadership and principles.
Choose today to be a doer of the word instead of a hearer only and discover freeing and empowering wisdom that has the power to transform your life.
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Let us Pray,
Father, please bless me as I seek to obey Jesus and live according to his words for my life. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who is at work to bring those words to life in me. Forgive me, dear Father, when I have not sought to know more about Jesus in Scripture or when I have resisted the work of the Spirit to transform me to be much more like my Savior. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.