Morning Devotional


COMING FROM GLORY TO DWELL IN OUR HEARTS

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

[John 16:7]

It’s easy to be confused about something—or someone—you cannot see.

In order to make the unseen clear, Jesus devoted much of his last discourse to the subject of the Holy Spirit—the helper, the third person of the Trinity.

R. A. Torrey explains who the Holy Spirit is and why his coming would be a source of comfort for Jesus’ followers.

WALK WITH R. A. TORREY

“If we think of the Holy Spirit only as an impersonal power or influence, then our thought will constantly be, ‘How can I get hold of and use the Holy Spirit?’

“But if we think of him in the Biblical way as a divine person—infinitely wise, infinitely holy, infinitely tender—then our thought will constantly be, ‘How can the Holy Spirit get hold of and use me?’

“If we think of the Holy Spirit merely as a divine power or influence, there will be the temptation to feel as if we belong to a superior order of Christians.

“But if we think of the Holy Spirit in the Biblical way as a divine being of infinite majesty, coming down from glory to dwell in our hearts and take possession of our lives, it will put us in the dust, and make us walk very softly before God.”

WALK CLOSER TO GOD

Christ knew it would be advantageous for his disciples if he returned to the Father, for his departure meant that the helper was coming! Not an “it” but a “he.”

Not an impersonal force, but a personal teacher, guide, consoler, and advocate. Reread Mr. Torrey’s final paragraph above. Then come to God today with soft steps and a grateful heart for the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.

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