God's Holy Fire: 'Don't Be Troubled or Afraid'

Friday, November 22, 2019

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[Jesus said,] "I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative — that is, the Holy Spirit — he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."
— John 14:25-27 NLT

Key Thought

In a world of chaos and uncertainties as well as trials and difficulties, we can have peace — not because we are out of touch or in denial, but because the presence of the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, within us brings us our Father's comfort. The Spirit teaches us about Jesus and his great love and sacrifice for us. The Spirit comforts us, ministering to our interior world — our spirits. This gift of peace is not something anyone can have without the Spirit. But because of the Spirit's presence, we are blessed in ways that those without the Spirit cannot know. The peace that the Spirit brings us is the basis for our Christian joy, whatever our circumstances.

Today's Prayer

O Father, thank you for the peace that the Spirit brings. Thank you for the peace that comes from the Spirit's presence. Thank you for the peace that the Spirit leads me to find. Forgive me for trying to rush my way through life, out of touch with your Spirit and trying to control the circumstances of my life rather than relying on the guidance of the Spirit. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of John 14:25-27 NLT — "I am telling you these things now while I am still with you."

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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