The Holy Spirit is not enthusiasm, compassion, or bravado! He might stimulate such emotions, but he himself is a person. He determines itineraries (Acts 16:6), distributes spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7-11), and comforts (John 16:7 KJV).

Jesus promised the following about the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, and helper:

If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you (John 14:15—17 NLT — Bold text added for emphasis.).

Occasional guest? No sir! The Holy Spirit is a year-round resident in the hearts of his children.

As God’s story becomes our story, his power becomes our power.

Then why do we suffer from power failures?

We turn to him to get us started, and then continue in our own strength. The same hand that pushed back the rock from the tomb can shove away your doubt. The same power that stirred the still heart of Christ can stir your flagging faith. The same strength that put Satan on his heels can, and will, defeat Satan in your life. Just keep the power supply open.

For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being... (Ephesians 3:14—16).

As God’s story becomes our story, his power becomes our power.

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